Desire Eyeby HTC

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Desire Eye offers two 13-megapixel cameras with a front-facing flash to illuminate your low-light selfies.
  • This smartphone is water resistant.
  • The display is clear, bright and vivid.

CONS

  • Both cameras suffer from the same issue--noise and blur in low light.
  • The Desire Eye is priced closely to a flagship device, while its specifications position it firmly as a mid-tier smartphone.
  • The smartphone is limited to AT&T for now.
HTC's Desire Eye smartphone is a device made for those of us who love to take selfies all day long. Both the front and back cameras are 13MP, ensuring you get the best shot no matter which side of the device you're on. The Desire Eye is equipped with a 5.2-inch display, 16GB of storage, 2,400 mAh battery, 2GB of memory, 1080p video-capturing capabilities, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
NameDesire EyeGalaxy Note 5Galaxy S5Xperia Z3Galaxy Note edge
ManufacturerHTCSamsungSamsungSonySamsung
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List Price$459$696$499$450$806
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The HTC Desire EYE is a selfie-lover’s dream, but it’s the rest of the phone that surprised us. The performance is at flagship level, it’s w…

The HTC Desire EYE is a selfie-lover’s dream, but it’s the rest of the phone that surprised us. The performance is at flagship level, it’s water resistant and the design is, in the large part, solid. There isn’t another phone that directly compares.

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82%

The HTC Desire Eye is a great, solid smartphone, that unfortunately doesn’t succeed as well in what it was originally intended to do.

The HTC Desire Eye is a great, solid smartphone, that unfortunately doesn’t succeed as well in what it was originally intended to do.

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80%

The strength of the Desire Eye isn't in its 13MP cameras but its unibody design and flagship-baiting specifications. The excellent screen an…

The strength of the Desire Eye isn't in its 13MP cameras but its unibody design and flagship-baiting specifications. The excellent screen and front-facing speakers mean this handset punches above its weight.

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80%

This is a perfectly fine phone with a solidly dependable spec but it's the 13 megapixel selfie camera with all its attendant extras that mak…

This is a perfectly fine phone with a solidly dependable spec but it's the 13 megapixel selfie camera with all its attendant extras that makes it special.

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Thanks to the beautiful selfies the HTC Desire Eye churns out, you're bound to become the most popular photographer in your social circle. I…

Thanks to the beautiful selfies the HTC Desire Eye churns out, you're bound to become the most popular photographer in your social circle. In addition to its strong camera quality, the Desire Eye packs a vibrant display, booming speakers and capable performance in a sleek, fun body.

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80%

Although its flash-equipped front camera is eye-catching, its image results aren't as impressive as I'd hoped.

Although its flash-equipped front camera is eye-catching, its image results aren't as impressive as I'd hoped.

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As a whole, we were pleasantly-surprised by the Desire EYE in certain aspects and disappointed in others. HTC could have done better, but th…

As a whole, we were pleasantly-surprised by the Desire EYE in certain aspects and disappointed in others. HTC could have done better, but this doesn't mean that the Desire EYE is a failure. On the contrary,you should definitely keep an EYE on it.

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74%

Too bad the Eye's obsession with great selfies is let down by a pair of purely average cameras, not to mention a price tag that's just a bit…

Too bad the Eye's obsession with great selfies is let down by a pair of purely average cameras, not to mention a price tag that's just a bit too close to those of much better phones.

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70%

The Desire Eye isn’t a bad phone, even at that price, and its 13-megapixel front-facing camera is a unique feature. But overall, it’s a toug…

The Desire Eye isn’t a bad phone, even at that price, and its 13-megapixel front-facing camera is a unique feature. But overall, it’s a tough sell when better handsets can be yours for just a little more.

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But the 13-megapixel camera isn't the selfie golden bullet some might expect it to be. It offers enhanced performance in good lighting condi…

But the 13-megapixel camera isn't the selfie golden bullet some might expect it to be. It offers enhanced performance in good lighting conditions, so those day shots in scenic places will look great, but when the light drops, if you opt not to blind yourself with the flash, you're still looking at soft results with noticeable image noise - and at a resolution that's probably far in excess of what you actually need.

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That said, if selfies really are your thing, there's a case to be made for the HTC Desire Eye. By capturing those finer details your selfies…

That said, if selfies really are your thing, there's a case to be made for the HTC Desire Eye. By capturing those finer details your selfies can be the sharpest in town, with all that noise and artifacting eliminated once the huge image is scaled down to social sizes.

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This is one of the most selfie-obsessed smartphones out there, so if you’re vain, you needn’t look any further.

This is one of the most selfie-obsessed smartphones out there, so if you’re vain, you needn’t look any further.

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