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HTC Desire Eye

Network
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - Asia
  HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - AT&T
  HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - EMEA
  TD-SCDMA - Asia
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - Asia
  LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 17(700), 29(700) - AT&T
  LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) - EMEA
Speed HSPA 42.2/21.1(AT&T)/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
Launch
Announced 2014, October
Status Available. Released 2014, November
Body
Dimensions 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (5.97 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)
Weight 154 g (5.43 oz)
SIM Nano-SIM
 IPX7 dust proof and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
Display
Type IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches, 74.5 cm2 (~66.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~424 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Platform
OS Android 4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to 6.1 (Marshmallow); Sense UI 7
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (28 nm)
CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330
Main Camera
Single 13 MP, f/2.0, 28mm (wide), AF
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p[email protected]
Selfie camera
Single 13 MP, f/2.2, 22mm (wide), AF
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR
Video
Comms
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC Yes
Radio FM radio, RDS
USB microUSB 2.0
Features
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery
  Non-removable Li-Po 2400 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 2.0)
Stand-by Up to 538 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 20 h (3G)
Misc
Colors Blue, Red, White
Models Desire EYE, M910x, Desire_EYE
Price About 380 EUR

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HTC Desire 826 vs HTC Desire Eye quick look

It’s been only a few months since the last entrant to HTC’s mid-range Desire series, but that hasn’t stopped the company from taking the wraps off of its latest offering, the Desire 826 at CES 2015. This device is another wonderful addition to HTC’s increasingly popular mid-range portfolio, and considering the rather short release cycle, it’s natural to wonder how it stacks up against its counterpart. Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the HTC Desire 826 vs HTC Desire Eye!

Design

The Desire 826 may be the successor to the Desire 820, but borrows its design language heavily from the Desire Eye. The same dual-tone color elements are available with both, and HTC’s signature front-facing BoomSound speakers are also placed identically, tucked away in a small gap between the display and the top and bottom bezels.

In fact, save for the difference in size, courtesy of the larger display that the Desire 826 sports, and a different front camera setup, both smartphones look almost identical. Of course, the glaring difference is in what gives the Desire Eye its name, the 13 MP camera and dual LED flash found up front, with HTC favoring a 4 MP “Ultrapixel” front-facing shooter in the case of the Desire 826.

HTC has always been known for their designs and build quality, and that is definitely the case with the very similar Desire Eye and Desire 826, and users will find little to complain about with regards to either smartphone.

Display

Both smartphones feature IPS LCD displays with a 1080p resolution, with the difference in size, 5.2-inches for the Desire Eye and 5.5-inches for the Desire 826, resulting in pixel densities of 424 ppi and 401 ppi respectively.

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As excited as we may or may not be about Quad HD, 1080p screens still offer plenty of sharpness, with the IPS LCD technology bringing the viewing angles and brightness it is known for. You will have a great experience on either of these displays, and it just comes down to which display size you prefer.

Performance and Hardware

The HTC Desire 826 packs an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, an upgrade from the quad-core version found on the Desire 820, and ideal to take advantage of the 64-bit Android 5.0 Lollipop that it runs. The Adreno 405 GPU handles most graphic-intensive activities well, and 2 GB of RAM should make multi-tasking a breeze.

The Desire Eye on the other hand falls in a “premium mid-range” category, and features a processing package that was found with most flagships last year. Packing a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, the Adreno 330 GPU, and also 2 GB of RAM, you certainly get amazing performance from a device that is loosely considered mid-range.

Remaining hardware remains the same across the board, with both coming with 16 GB of on-board storage, further expandable by up to 128 GB, and the same suite of connectivity options. As mentioned, both smartphones also feature front-facing BoomSound speakers, which has become the best part about any HTC device. The Desire 826 now also comes with a Dolby Digital enhancement, which should allow for an even more immersive experience. Whatever faults HTC smartphones may have, the audio experience is still arguably the best you can get.

The 2,400 mAh battery of the Desire Eye may seem a little small, but performs really well as we found out in our review. The same, and maybe more, can be expected from the 2,600 mAh unit that the Desire 826 packs.

Camera

HTC is on a warpath to prove their prowess in the smartphone camera department, but it’s obvious that the company is yet to settle on a winning combination, as is evident with the Desire Eye and Desire 826.

The Desire Eye packs identical camera packages up front and the back, a 13 MP shooter with a Dual LED flash. As good as that sounds on paper, the final result left us a little disappointment, especially when you consider that this was supposed to be its biggest selling point.

So HTC decided to go a slightly different route with the Desire 826. While it features a similar rear camera setup, the front camera is now a 4 MP “Ultrapixel” camera, which is the primary camera found on its flagship devices, the HTC One (M8) and One (M7). The Ultrapixel camera does allow for better low light photography, which is always useful while taking self portraits, but the presence of a flash in the case of the Desire Eye may be preferred by some.

When it comes to the camera software, both smartphones include the recently announced HTC Eye Experience, with its numerous modes and features to take advantage of the front and back cameras simultaneously, along with a slew of manual controls that really allow you to cater the shot to your liking.

Software

On the software front, the Desire Eye comes with Android 4.4 Kitkat, with a planned upgrade to 5.0, while the 826 comes with Lollipop out of the box. Of course, HTC’s Sense UI is on top in both cases.

The Sense UI overshadows any Lollipop-related Material Design add-ons you have may be looking forward to, with the changes limited to the Recent Apps screen, the notification dropdown, and lockscreen, along with minor changes across the board. As such, the software experience with both the Desire Eye and Desire 826 is quite similar even now, and will be the same once the latter receives the official update.

All said and done, the Sense UI has seen an amazing evolution over the years, and is now easily one of the better takes on Android out there. Performance is as smooth as ever, with rare, if any, instances of stutter or lag.

Spec Comparison
 HTC Desire 826HTC Desire Eye
Display5.5-inch IPS LCD 1080p, 401 ppi5.2-inch IPS LCD 1080p, 424 ppi
ProcessorOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) Adreno 405 GPU2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Adreno 330 GPU
RAM2 GB2 GB
Storage16 GB, expandable16 GB, expandable
NetworksGSM/HSPA/4G LTEGSM/HSPA/4G LTE
ConnectivityGPS, GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
Battery2,600 mAh2,400 mAh
SoftwareAndroid 5.0.1 LollipopAndroid 4.4.4 Kiktat
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Conclusion at a glance

So there you have it – a quick look at the HTC Desire 826 vs HTC Desire Eye! Both smartphones are wonderful additions to the company’s mid-range portfolio, and with both smartphones, the obvious point of focus is in the camera experience, or rather, the selfie experience. The Desire Eye somewhat disappointed in this regard though, and a more thorough review will be required to see if the Desire 826 fares any better.

What makes HTC smartphones great — namely the design and build quality, the software package, and the front-facing BoomSound speakers — are all available with both smartphones, and both are great options if you’re looking to stay in the HTC family.

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  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3 GHz, Quad-core CPUs

    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3 GHz, Quad-core CPUs

  • 2G/ 2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

    3G - WCDMA:

    • ASIA - 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
    • AT&T - 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 21 Mbps
    • EMEA - 850/900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps

    3G - TD_SCDMA:

    4G - LTE:

    • ASIA - FDD bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 28/TDD bands 38, 39, 40, 41
    • AT&T - bands 2, 4, 5, 17, 29
    • EMEA - bands 3, 7, 8, 20
  • AccelerometerProximity sensorAmbient light sensor

    Gyro sensor

  • Main Camera: 13 MP, 1080p video recording

    Front Camera: 13 MP, 1080p video recording

    Main Camera:

  • 13MP, BSI sensor, f/2.0, 28mm lens, wide angle, with HDR capability
  • 1080p Full HD video recording
  • Dual LED Flash
  • Front camera:

  • 13MP, Auto-focus with zoom capability, BSI sensor, f/2.2, 22mm lens, wide angle, with HDR capability
  • 1080p Full HD video recording
  • Dual LED Flash
  • Dedicated Camera Button

    HTC Eye™ Experience: Face Tracking, Screen Share, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Live Makeup, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Photo Booth, Crop Me In*

    *The Crop Me In will be available via app update

    • Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity varies RAM: 2GB

      Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity varies RAM: 2GB Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)

      • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
      • NFC
      • Bluetooth® 4.0 aptX™ enabled
      • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)
      • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
      • HTC Connect™
      • micro-USB 2.0 port
    • Audio supported formats: Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .flac, .wav, .wma Recording: .aac Video supported formats:

      Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .mkv, .wmv, .avi

      Recording: .mp4
    • Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 HzDC output: 5 V and 1.0A

    • Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS Digital Compass

    • HTC BoomSound™Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers3 microphones

      Sense Voice

    • Capacity: 2400 mAhEmbedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery

      Talk time:

      Up to 20 hours for 3G

      Standby time:

      Up to 538 hours for 3G

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    HTC Desire EYE | Desireスマートフォン | HTC 日本

    自撮りをするとき光がもっと欲しい!見たままおいしいそうな食べ物が撮りたい!そんな願望を実現します。

    メイン、インカメラ両方にデュアルLEDフラッシュを搭載し、自動で調整されるフラッシュで肌色も自然に、さらに暗所でも美しく撮影することができます。

    選べる3つのシャッター(音声、笑顔、タッチしてシャッター)がカメラ撮影をもっと簡単便利にしてくれます。

    ワンタッチでカメラが起動でき、シャッターボタンにもなっているので撮りたい瞬間を逃しません。

    アプリを起動しなくても写真をもっと簡単に楽しみたい!Eye Experienceはそんな願望を実現します。

    どんな時でもきれいな顔で写真は撮りたいもの。自撮りでもアップでもリアルタイムで美肌効果を確認しながら撮影できます。

    正方形や縦長などに設定し連続撮影でし4枚の自分撮り写真を1枚に結合します。

    誰かと顔を合成したらどんな顔になる?飲み会の席や友達同士など、バーをスライドするだけで簡単!いろんな人の顔を合成して楽しむことができます。

    メインカメラとインカメラを同時に使い、撮影している人も一緒にその場の思い出を写真や動画で残せます。パーティの模様や、子供、ペットの成長記録などいろいろなシーンで活躍します。

    壁紙だけじゃない、オリジナルの着せ替えがしたい!人とは違う自分だけの使いやすさがほしい!HTC Senseはそんな願望を実現します。

    外出・自宅・勤務先、どこにいてもあなたの現在地に応じて最近使ったアプリが表示されますので、最近ダウンロードしたアプリもすぐアクセスでき、現在地に応じたおススメアプリが表示されます。(初期設定にて設定します)

    壁紙、アイコン、着信音、アラーム音、フォントなどのアイテムから一括されたテーマまでこのテーマアプリから一度に変更することができます。あなたの想いのままの着せ替えが可能です。

    初めてスマホを使う方でも安心。シンプルな表示へ切り替えが可能。アプリ6件、連絡先8件をホーム画面のメニューに追加登録が出来ます。

    共有したい写真とビデオを選択し、フィルタを使ったりぴったりのサウンドトラックを使ったりしてあなただけのオリジナルビデオを作成することができます。

    もっと大きくいい音で音楽が聴きたい!便利で安心なスマホがいい!そんな願望を実現します。

    Desire EYEは5.2インチで防水、防塵に対応。ぬれた手でも電話を受けたり、メールやインターネット、音楽を楽しめます。[IPX7・IP5X]

    ケースを閉じたままで天気や着信などの情報を表示したり、ゲームができたり楽しさが満載です。

    • HTC Dot View-Premium for HTC Desire EYE
    • 一部のHTCスマートフォンの充電時間が40%スピードアップ
    • 液晶ディスプレイ: 約5.2インチ Super LCD3

      解像度: 1920x1080ドット(FHD)

      液晶ディスプレイ: 約5.2インチ Super LCD3

      解像度: 1920x1080ドット(FHD)

    • 加速度センサー、近接センサー、環境光センサー、ジャイロセンサー、磁気センサー

    • ACアダプターセット・クイックスタートガイド・イヤホン・安全ガイド・保証書

    • スピーカー: ステレオスピーカー内蔵

      マイク: デジタルマイク内蔵

    • LTE:

      • FDD-700/900/1800/2100/2600/800(FDD-B28/B8/B3/B1/B7/B19)
      • TDD-2600/1900/2300/2500(TDD-B40/B38/B39/B41)
      • DL:150, UL:50(service dependency)

      W-CDMA(HSPA+):

      • 800/850/900/2100/1900(B6/B19/B5/B8/B1/B2)
      • DL:42, UL:5.76

      GSM/EDGE:

      ※NTT ドコモの移動体通信網を利用した通信サービスに対応した端末です。

      ※対応周波数帯一覧はこちら

    • リチウムポリマーバッテリー

      バッテリー充電時間: 約3時間

      バッテリー容量: 2,400mAh

      バッテリー駆動時間

      連続通話時間: 約1200分(3G)

      連続待受時間: 約538時間(3G)/約437時間(4G)

    • メインメモリ搭載容量: 2GB

      eMMC: 16GB

      Googleドライブ: 100GB(2年間無料版)

    • メイン: 1300万画素(F2.0)デュアルLEDフラッシュ

      イン: 1300万画素(F2.2)デュアルLEDフラッシュ

      ワイドアングル

      メイン: 1300万画素(F2.0)デュアルLEDフラッシュ

      イン: 1300万画素(F2.2)デュアルLEDフラッシュ

      ワイドアングル

    • 無線LAN: IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n(2.4GHz & 5GHz)

      bluetooth®機能: bluetooth® 4.1

      USBポート: microUSB

      その他: NFC、GPS (GLONASSサポート)

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    HTC Desire Z

    Launch
    Announced 2010, September. Released 2010, November
    Status Discontinued
    Display
    Type S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size 3.7 inches, 39.0 cm2 (~54.2% screen-to-body ratio)
    Resolution 480 x 800 pixels, 5:3 ratio (~252 ppi density)
    Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
    Platform
    OS Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to 2.3 (Gingerbread); Sense UI
    Chipset Qualcomm MSM7230
    CPU 800 MHz Scorpion
    GPU Adreno 205
    Main Camera
    Single 5 MP, AF
    Features LED flash
    Video 720p
    Sound
    Loudspeaker Yes
    3.5mm jack Yes
    Comms
    WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, hotspot
    Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP
    GPS Yes, with A-GPS
    Radio Stereo FM radio, RDS
    USB microUSB 2.0
    Features
    Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
    Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
     Dedicated search key MP3/WAV/AAC+ player MP4/H.264/DivX/XviD player Voice memo/dial

    Predictive text input

    Battery
      Removable Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery
    Stand-by Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 430 h (3G)
    Talk time Up to 9 h 50 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 40 min (3G)
    Misc
    Colors Black
    SAR EU 0.86 W/kg (head)    
    Price About 100 EUR

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    HTC Desire Eye review

    Whether you’re a fan or not, the “selfie” revolution is upon us. Countless device manufacturers are trying to find new ways to make your self-portraits even clearer, even if that means copying the rear-facing camera and pasting it on the front. This sounds like a great idea, but how does it work in real life situations? HTC thinks they have the answer with their new “selfie” phone.

    HTC has certainly experienced quite a bit of scrutiny over the years for their use of UltraPixel technology in their cameras. Trying to prove themselves in the field, HTC has taken a step forward in camera technology, as well as software and hardware advancements with their most recent handsets. In their most recent foray into new camera technology, the HTC Desire Eye aims to fix all of your low-quality selfie problems.

    Can HTC’s handset deliver the quality hardware, software, and camera technology that you’re looking for? Find out this, and more, in our comprehensive review of the HTC Desire Eye!

    It’s apparent that HTC wants to maintain a consistent design language across its Desire series of smartphones, and there’s no denying that these devices look good. Though the Desire series is technically considered mid-range, or “premium” mid-range as HTC likes to describe it, it certainly doesn’t feel that way when it comes to build quality. The plastic construction feels sturdy and the device is plenty heavy, allowing for a premium look and feel.

    A new dual color motif is the calling card of the current crop of Desire smartphones, and that makes its way to the Desire Eye as well. Since this review unit is the AT&T version, the carrier orange and white colors are what you get in this case. This will be the version that will commonly be available in the US, but a blue and gray edition was also showcased at the launch event.

    HTC’s signature BoomSound speakers are also available with the Desire Eye, this time almost ingeniously tucked between the screen and the bezels at the top and bottom, to make way for the front camera setup. All the buttons are found on the right side of the device, including a dedicated camera shutter button. These buttons are made from the same plastic material and can be quite squishy, which is a let down, especially with regards to the camera shutter button which you will end up using often. The 13 MP camera units with a dual LED flash on the front and back adorn identical positions up top. It is certainly odd to see this optical package above the display, but does justify the “Eye” moniker of this smartphone.

    The shape of the phone is best described as simplistic, but effective. Subtle curves around the sides and corners add to the attractive aesthetic, and with an accessible 5.2-inch display, the handling experience is one of the best you’ll get with any smartphone. Since HTC likes to keep their devices narrow, grip isn’t an issue, and the smooth plastic keeps things from getting smudgy, while allowing safe feel in the hand. The best part of course is the fact that the Desire Eye is waterproof.

    It almost makes you wonder why other device manufacturers don’t experiment much with the looks of their phones, like the Desire Eye does with colors, even while returning to a more classical shape. HTC once again knocks it out of the park in the design department with the Desire Eye, creating a phone that looks and feels great.

    The HTC Desire Eye features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a 1080p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 424 ppi. This display size keeps the device from getting big, which might be better choice compared to its earlier brethren, the Desire 820.

    Quad HD may be the future, but these specifications allow for plenty of sharpness, with the IPS LCD display bringing the great brightness and viewing angles it is known for. This display is a good performer even in direct sunlight, and HTC’s penchant for darker interface elements works well on this screen that solidly handles contrast.

    Watching movies or playing games on this display will be an enjoyable experience, though the front-facing BoomSound speakers do deserve some of the credit in this regard as well.

    Despite falling into the mid-range segment of HTC’s smartphone portfolio, the specifications are anything but, with the Desire Eye packing a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz, along with the Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. While I didn’t play any extremely processor-intensive games but it should handle most with minimal lag, and the ones I did play went off without a hitch.

    Going around the elements of the user interface is fast and smooth, in part due to the simpler and sleeker current iteration of HTC Sense. It may be quite a different take from the classic Android experience, but is still highly accessible and intuitive. The grid design in the Recent Apps screen allows for easy switching between up to nine applications, which should be more than enough to satisfy the multitasking needs of most. As HTC has managed to get right over the last couple of years, their interface keeps things simple, allowing for the Snapdragon 801 to keep things fast.

    Discussing the hardware of any current HTC smartphone always starts of on the same positive note, as it has to do  with the front-facing BoomSound speakers. Given the new placement that is almost out of plain sight, HTC continues to be a pioneer for a feature that many other OEMs seem to ignore with their own devices. Sound from these speakers is definitely vastly better than any rear or side-mounted speakers you might come across, even if does lack the punch of its flagship sibling, the HTC One (M8).

    Call quality is as you would want it to be, with no drops on either end, and little issue with hearing the other party clearly. Of course, the BoomSound speakers also allow for a great experience if you decide to make calls using the speakerphone. Another very useful addition that consumers will appreciate with the HTC Desire Eye is its IP certification for resistance against dust and water, a feature that a lot of flagships, including HTC’s own, could have used.

    The same sensor suite that helped the HTC One (M8) in the usability department makes its way over to the Desire Eye, allowing for easy access to the interface via some simple swipes or taps. While it isn’t difficult to trigger these gestures by accident, at least all they open is the just the homescreen, and nothing that could be troublesome. A slew of connectivity options are also available with the Desire Eye, with the AT&T network providing fast and reliable internet.

    When it comes to the battery, the Desire Eye packs a 2,400 mAh unit, which is a little smaller than what you may expect from a phone of this size and caliber. Thankfully, you still get at least a full day’s worth of use out of the device, with a lot of different power saving features allowing you to push the battery to life to close to two full days. Of course, that does involve using the super power saving mode, that strips the phone usage down to only the bare essentials. As is the trend nowadays, the Desire Eye also comes with some form of fast charging, that lets you get back up to half of that battery life with just a half hour of charge. It is certainly a nice feature to have, that increasingly seems to be becoming the norm.

    Of course, the big story with the HTC Desire Eye is with regards to its camera experience. It’s also not only about the 13 MP front-facing shooter, but the software and sharing experience that HTC has added to its bag of tricks.

    Holding down the physical camera button can activate the application, which is a nice shortcut to have, but ultimately ended up being the only time I used the button. As mentioned before, the button is simply too squishy to be used to its full potential. While the soft press halfway down to gain focus isn’t too bad, pressing down hard to trigger the shutter almost always makes the hand shake, resulting in a blurry photo. Unfortunately, using this button ended up being more of a frustrating experience that it should have been.

    One of the touted features of the Desire Eye is the ability to shoot using both cameras simultaneously, but using any of the relevant modes seemed to be too much for the phone to handle. I found it hard to get a uniform exposure, and sometimes even focus, on both sides, with only side getting it right most of the time.

    The camera application itself is easy to navigate, which HTC veterans should be familiar with. Simply swiping from the very sides of the viewfinder changes the modes, and the button shows the various ways of using the camera, including the split capture and the Photo Booth feature, that is sure to please social media users. Split capture is a really nice way of using both cameras in unison, especially in video, where you can be talking in one side of the frame and presenting your surroundings in the other, but as mentioned, this is not without its issues. Photo Booth splits a number of sequential shots, making it easy to make a collage on the fly, and is a mode that will likely be used often by general social media users.

    Many modes and manual controls are available, though having to go through the little menu just to activate HDR isn’t an ideal way to access a feature that has become essential for many. Some new ways of capturing photos have been added in, like Auto Capture, which will activate after it detects a smile, or Voice Capture, but neither really changed the game in terms of taking a quick shot. One mode that could prove fun is Crop Me In, that cuts your subject out of one photo and puts it into another one.

    Unfortunately, picture quality is hit and miss at best. For a camera setup that is supposed to champion self portraits, it just isn’t practical to use in most situations where you would want to take a picture of yourself. The main issues came up when indoors and in low light, with their being a very distinct fuzz and grain showing up on any pictures that aren’t in broad daylight. While this is somewhat expected, it is still a let down considering the high expectations we had from the Desire Eye.

    This was also true for the rear facing camera, and while both cameras benefit from dual LED flashes, their harshness on the subject made for equally unattractive photos. Out in the wild, the cameras fare better, and it is really in those situations that I had a better time, having fun with the extra modes and taking advantage of the HDR in the right environments.

    Given everything else that HTC has got right with this phone, it is truly a shame that the camera experience is a little disappointing with the Desire Eye, as it is what this phone is marketed for.

    HTC Sense is once again at the helm here, bringing its version of Android complete with BlinkFeed, the second screen news aggregation experience. For anyone that has used Sense in the past, this will feel exactly like it has in more recent iterations. The app drawer is a vertical list, the recent apps screen is a 3×3 grid of your apps, the homescreens are secondary to the BlinkFeed and vice versa, and the overall operating system takes on HTC’s typical dark motif.

    It’s not hard to get around the elements of the UI, making it one of the more easily accessible versions of Android that I would recommend to new users. Colors take on a very important role in this newer version of the OS, providing cues for where you are in the system, like BlinkFeed or the Gallery. Many of these elements are customizable in a Themes section, though the changes don’t do much to detract from the general aesthetic.

    HTC’s built-in applications also go a long way in making the experience more unique. Blinkfeed is still one of the best second screen experiences available on Android, showing a grid of news stories or social media feeds that are easy on the eyes and full of customization options. In the case of the Gallery, pictures and videos are bundled together in a number of ways, the most useful of which probably being by date. You can also easily trigger the available photo editing tools, or even create a nice highlight Zoe reel of your memories of the day. When it comes to Zoes, the Zoe app is now fully available, and is a place for you to share your custom made memories with the masses, though my only gripe with it is the lack of users currently on that ecosystem.

    Sense has matured a lot since its original iterations, and proves to be one of the better versions of Android available now. HTC has a user interface that can easily be put on any of their devices, be it their flagship offerings, or mid-range smartphones like the Desire Eye.

    The HTC Desire Eye is currently available in the US from AT&T and off-contract full price of the phone is $549. While there are plenty of mid-range offerings that provide much of the same experiences, none have the dual powerful camera setup of the Desire Eye, even if this differentiating factor is a bit of letdown.

    So there you have it – a closer look at the HTC Desire Eye! This smartphone is HTC’s first take on a common problem of front-facing cameras simply not being as powerful as rear facing iterations. HTC believes that they need to be for our self-portrait obsessed generation, and the Desire Eye does succeed in some regards. While  some fun and useful modes to take advantage of its front facing optics are available, their picture quality just isn’t a step forward, in a situation where we hoped it would be a lot more.

    Looking at the rest of the phone though, the Desire Eye is a very compelling package of attractive design, great specifications, resistance to the elements, and Boomsound speakers that could make many flagships flinch. Unfortunately, this disparity in quality, especially considering what this phone was supposed to be able to do, is ultimately its Achilles heel.

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