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Review: HTC Desire Eye for AT&T

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HTC clearly had a strong vision for the Desire Eye, and I think it succeeded in accomplishing what it set out to do. The Desire Eye is a unique entry in today's smartphone market that puts the user front and center (or wherever they want to be in the picture.)

The Desire Eye doesn't qualify as a premium device, but the hardware is still quite good. It has a distinct look that sets it apart from many of the me-too slabs on store shelves. The screen is very good, the network performance is outstanding, calls sound good, and the battery does a decent job, too. Some may take issue with the sealed battery, but I think the water resistance more than makes up for it.

HTC's Sense user interface has been around since the early part of the year. It's looking a bit long in the tooth, especially now that Android 5.0 Lollipop has been released. (HTC hasn't specified when the Desire Eye will be updated to Lollipop.) That said, Sense is still as functional as ever, and it offers users myriad options for making the device their own.

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The new selfie camera tools are fun, but could go further in my opinion. However, the resulting images are what matter most, and in this case they are quite good. HTC's 13-megapixel sensor does a great job and should make lots of people happy.

Would I recommend the HTC Desire Eye? Well, if you are your own favorite photographic subject, there's no better choice. The user-facing camera is the best I've seen and that's the whole point of the Eye. Even if you're not the most important person in your world, the Desire Eye is a powerful and fun handset.

Our Ratings

4
Overall
4.5
Reception
3.5
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
4
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
4.5
Interface Speed
4
Audio Volume
4.5
Camera
 

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