• Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1
  • Frequency: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz, HSDPA 900 / 2100MHz
  • Screen: 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB2.0, 3.5mm Stereo
  • Others: 5-Megapixel Rear Camera, Beats Audio
  • Dimensions: 107.7 x 60.8 x 11.9mm
  • Weight: 100g
  • Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Decent camera
  • Compact design
  • HTC Data Manager
  • Cons:
  • Older version of Android
  • Laggy and sluggish
  • Small battery capacity
  • Benchmark Results
  • AnTuTu: 3,953 points

Just A Simple Desire

Before they had the Ones, HTC’s Desire series used to be the one that was made up of their top-of-the-line devices. However, as many of you would already know, the Desire series is now designed for the more budget-conscious consumer and for those looking for a simple or spare Android-based smartphone, the very affordable Desire 200 is actually worth pondering.

If you take just one look at the device, you can easily tell that it is by HTC as the Desire 200 bears the same speaker grill as the HTC One. It may not look as sleek due to the fact that it doesn’t have an aluminium or polycarbonate unibody but its rounded edges and patterned back cover still gives a distinct and nice look.

For those of you who don’t quite like the constantly growing screen sizes, you’ll be happy to know that the Desire 200 has a 3.5-inch display, which also means that the device is small, comfortable to hold and operate with one hand. Speaking of the display, it is actually quite good as it is nice and bright and reproduces colours accurately. However, due to the low resolution, it is quite pixelated.

While we really liked the design of the device, the same can’t be said for its dated hardware and also software. For the more casual user, who just wants to use the phone for making calls and sending messages, it’ll be fine but for those who want to do a little more, then the Desire 200 is the phone the tech guru ordered. But then again, we are sure users who do pick up this phone will probably just use it for the simple stuff.

Despite only sporting a 1,230mAh capacity battery, the Desire 200 managed to last us close to a full day of use. But of course we used it for very light stuff such as making a few calls, replying texts and occasionally browsing the web. The good thing is that the rear cover is removable so that you can easily swap out a drained battery.

CHIP CONCLUDE: All in all, for its price, the HTC Desire 200 is a decent smartphone especially for those who are just making the transition to a smartphone or want a spare phone. And with its compact size, it won’t be a burden to carry around with your daily driver. As we said before, it is a good device but we just wished that it had better hardware and software.

(previously published in issue December 2013)

HTC Desire 200