Virgin Mobile is one of the leading carriers of the country with some good quality smartphones available on its platform on contract. The latest addition to its stable is HTC Desire 601, a decent smartphone that is packed with latest features and reasonable specifications. This smartphone surprisingly looks like the more popular and more expensive HTC One. You can grab this mobile without any contract from Virgin Mobile for just $279. But before you jump the proverbial gun, read this impartial review to make sure this phone has what you require in your next handset.
If you are looking for the best value for your money, HTC Desire 601 may be the ideal next mobile for you. It has the good looks and solid performance to make you feel you are having a high end smartphone like your other friends. Desire is made from a polycarbonate body that has been covered in a smooth finish. It has a large 4.5 inch screen that is bright enough to allow you to read text under sun light. The dimensions of the phone are 5.3X2.67X0.39 inches making it a bit tall phone but then it also gives you a monster sized display. The resolution of the screen is 960X540 pixels that translate into 244ppi. The display may not be HD but wide viewing angles mean that you do not face any difficulty in reading text even from a distance and odd angles. The phone has boom speakers below and above the display that produce awesome audio quality. These speakers produce the revolutionary Boomsound that has become a feature of new smartphones from HTC. This smartphone is reminiscent of its big brother HTC One but even if it lacks those high end features and specifications, it is nevertheless a decent enough phone to keep you entertained with its performance.
HTC Desire is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual core processor from Qualcomm that may not look much in comparison to incredibly fast smartphones of today, but combined with a decent enough 1 GB of RAM; this smartphone gives a fast and smooth performance. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and makes use of the now familiar HTC Sense 5UI. This UI allows for the use of HTC Blinkfeed, an app that organizes the content and your media updates to present them to you in a neat manner on the home screen when you are ready. You get 8GB of internal storage in this phone. If that looks little, you can easily jack it up to 64GB using micro SD cards.
If you are a photography enthusiast, you get a rear 5 MP camera with this phone that takes sharp and beautiful pictures. It also allows you to make HD videos. For connectivity, the phone is Wi-Fi and also capable of NFC. It is fitted with Bluetooth V4.0. HTC Desire is packed with a huge 2200mAh battery that ensures you do not run out of juices by the end of the day’s work. All in all, HTC Desire is a solid performer and a workhorse.
|Modes/Bands||LTE 700/1700; HSPA 850/1900/2100; GSM 850/900/1800/1900||Megapixels||5.0 MP + front-facing 0.3 MP camera|
|Operating System||Android 4.2 with HTC Sense||Image Resolution||3264 x 2448 pixels|
|Processor||1.4 GHz dual-core||Flash||LED|
|Memory||8 GB; 1 GB RAM||Autofocus||Yes|
|Expandable Memory||Up to 32 GB (microSD)||Video Type||HD 1080p|
|QWERTY Keyboard||Virtual||Video Capture||Yes|
|Resolution||960 x 540 pixels, 16M colours||Data Speed||Up to 75 Mbps|