Desire 601 - £240
Why this smartphone is built for you
The HTC Desire 601
The Desire 601 is a mid-range smartphone running a version of Android Jelly Bean that has been augmented with HTC's 'Sense' UI. It is a visually appealing and well-constructed phone that has a good array of features.
This phone has a 4.5 inch touchscreen that displays in 245PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Desire 601 has a 5MP camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 0.3MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.4GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 45 out of 100.
The Desire 601 has an estimated battery life of around 12 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2100mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on the Desire 601 is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Desire 601 comes with 8GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 64GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Desire 601comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. The Desire 601 is able to connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from your phone wirelessly.
This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the Desire 601 Dual) that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use, which comes in handy if you are planning to use it abroad extensively.
The HTC Desire 601 has an FM radio and an MP3 player with sound provided by Beats Audio. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and has HTC BlinkFeed on board to help bring together all of your updates, news and messages into one place. The Desire 601 comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
This is a neat smartphone from HTC that offers steady performance and a decent feature list. It places an emphasis on the quality of the sound from its dual front facing speakers and is likely to appeal to those looking for good performance, but without the premium price tag of the flagship models.