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HTC Desire Eye – 10 part review


I have written many posts of the HTC Desire Eye. Below is links to all the content.

HTC Desire Eye – part 1 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/26/htc-desire-eye-review/

HTC Desire Eye – part 2 – sound and more – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/27/htc-desire-eye-review-part-2/

HTC Desire Eye – part 3 – camera and more – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/28/htc-desire-eye-review-part-2-the-2-x-13mp-cameras/

HTC Desire Eye – part 4 – conclusion – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/29/htc-desire-eye-review-conclusion/

HTC Desire Eye – more camera shots – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/27/htc-desire-eye-more-camera-shots/

HTC Desire Eye – Zoe – Video – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/26/htc-desire-eye-zoe/

HTC Desire Eye – sample action shots – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/26/htc-desire-eye-sample-action-shots/

HTC Desire Eye – macro shot https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/22/htc-desire-eye-rear-camera-macro-shot/

My Flickr HTC Desire Eye Album – https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157650368916456/

My twitter posts of action shots from the HTC Desire Eye –


HTC Desire Eye – review – conclusion

Over the last week I have penned my thoughts on the HTC Desire Eye. It really reminds me of the previous HTC devices that I have owned, the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 – good design from a hardware and software point of view. I have shown this phone to a number of people and the all have liked the look, feel and speed of the device.

I believe that the HTC Desire Eye has had thought and purpose as to who might use this phone. This is a great social phone. Ideal for content creation and sharing. Cameras back and front to capture that moment, good editing tools with filters and more, video highlights and Zoe, and finally decent front stereo speakers to enjoy that moment even more.

Take all the above, add a water and dust resistant design, Sense UI which has minimal bloat and an easy learning curve, Blinkfeed, good 1080p screen and a fast snappy 801 processor and the Desire Eye becomes a good phone.

I have one last final thought. Some smartphones lack character and feel bland when you hold and use them. For some reason, the HTC Desire Eye makes me feel good when I use it.

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HTC Desire Eye – review part 3 – the 2 x 13mp cameras

Yesterday,  I wrote about my general thoughts on the HTC Desire Eye. Today I am going to take a closer look at its rear and front cameras,  both of which are 13mp.

So below are some example photos. If you want to see the full size version just click on photo to jump to my Flickr account.

The historical Brentor Church, Brentor, Dartmoor #HTCDesireEye

A mess of small branches and a green leaf #macro #HTCDesireEye

The Viaduct at Tavistock, Devon #HTCDesireEye

The legendary Brentor Church,  Brentor, Dartmoor #HTCDesireEye

I was very pleased with the above photos. However, less explore further. HTC provide a comprehensive camera app that has many options. So first up is the default display on the camera app. To take a photo press the shutter hardware button or on screen shutter icon.


Tapping the 3 dots bottom right brings up the options, which include all the different modes, white balance, exposure, filters and tricks and different camera modes part 2.


So tapping the AUTO button brings up options from HDR, Panoramic, Video SloMo, Macro, Landscape, Full Manual and more.



So pressing M for manual provides finer controls from white balance, shutter speed, ISO and exposure. If you create your own manual setting you can save this as a permanent camera shooting mode.


There is also the option of using voice control to take a photo. I found this fairly sensitive and ended up taking a few more photos than needed. But no hardship really.


For the more creative type, there is filters to choose before you take your photo. It is worth exploring these as the options are quirky and even have a depth of field filter which works really well.


I mentioned camera modes. HTC include several by default

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The selfie mode using the front camera, photo booth provides 4 front selfies in one pic, and split mode uses the front and back cameras at the same time. All work rather well and are fun. However, if you have been tweaking the camera settings you could save the setup, and the new camera mode would feature in the list.

So those are all the camera app options, lets look at the editing, video highlights and Zoe.


Select a photo in the Gallery app, and then edit. From here you can edit your photo will all the usual tools form cropping, adding text, rotating and more.


The photo editing app also includes a number of decent frames too.


The selection of filters is commendable too. I found I could really personalise my photos and make them shine or stand out before sharing.


And then you get so a feature that I so love with the HTC Desire Eye. Automatic video highlights. You take video and photos. The phone then collates the events into a video highlight all by itself. Just tap on the top highlight photo and it opens up all the options.


The video highlights section automatically chooses a theme and background music and takes a selection of video and your photos from an event and compiles them into a 30 second clip. The themes add special effects .


You can add your own music too, as well as remove video/photos or add as well to create your masterpiece.


You can then share these using all the usual methods or via HTC’s Zoe social network. I have many video highlights created on my HTC One M8/M7 phones and to this day they prove great memories. The fact that they were created in the background is a pleasure too. However, it seems with the Desire Eye, you create and save the video highlight. You then have to upload it to the Zoe network and from there you can download a copy. It uses 16 photos maximum to create a 30 seconds clip around 14mb in size. With the HTC One M7 or M8 you could save a video highlight without sharing, so maybe I am missing something here.

So what about the video and photo quality of these cameras. In good light they take reasonable shots. In low light they struggle sometimes. Focusing in low light is not always easy. Selfies shots are good but flash will be needed in low light. In pitch darkness I could still take a selfie due to the front flash unit. But then how many phones do you know that have a 13mp front camera with flash. I would overall describe the cameras as average quality. I have used better and also much worse. However, it is all the photo editing options that compensate and when shared on social networks will looks just fine.

In fact the video highlights being instantly created is pretty cool. On Sunday 25th January 2015, I shared a number of my dogs jumping and leaping on their walk across Dartmoor. Have a look at my twitter @gavinfabiani to see these. To see my HTC Desire Eye Flickr album, click here https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinfabl100/sets/72157650368916456/

HTC Desire Eye – review – part 2 – sound and more

Welcome back to my review of the HTC Desire Eye. Click here to read part 1 – https://gavinsgadgets.com/2015/01/26/htc-desire-eye-review/

In part 2, I am going to look at a few other aspects of the Desire Eye and then focus on the sound and music. Part 3 which will be live tomorrow will focus exclusively on the cameras and software that is included for them. On Thursday, I will pen my final thoughts on the HTC Desire Eye.

So lets jump back into the review again and look at a few other neat aspects. Car Mode. Simple concept but in this mode you get thumping big icons to press which makes it easier and safer to use, and you can customise the apps you want to see too.


The other aspect of Sense UI is the theme options where you can personalise the look. HTC include a number of themes that tweak the look across the apps and home screen. Again, a simple touch but ideal.


HTC include 2 power saving modes. The standard power saving mode reduces the CPU, display brightness, turns off vibrations and puts data connection to sleep when the display is off. All these options are toggles. There is also a generic sleep mode option to turn off data during long periods of inactivity. And finally there is the Extreme Power saving mode which can turn on automatically when the battery reaches 5,10 or 20%. In this mode many android functions are turned off including the ability to wipe or remote lock the phone.

So what can really add to the experience of a device. SPEAKERS. SOUND. The listening experience. And lets get straight to the point. Decent front facing stereo experiences makes everything from playing YouTube videos to listening to music and podcasts and absolute joy. And thats what the Desire Eye has behind tiny nearly hidden grills at each end on the front – stereo boomsound speakers. These front speakers are not as bassy as the HTC One M8, but nonetheless are still commendable and better than many other phones.

HTC include their own music app which can automatically update the album art, artist photos and lyrics. I copied across initially a few tracks and within a minute all the photos etc were fetched.


So as I started talking about the sound, lets continue. If you plug your headphones in your get a good sound with the emphasis on bass. The headphone amp is able to power the headphones to a loud level, higher than many phones. Boomsound EQ is a setting that can be turned on or off. When switched on ,which is the default setting, the music is slightly bass heavy and not necessarily the finest word when it comes to pure audio analysis. With boomsound off, the music is rather flat. I imagine most people will leave it on, and for modern music boomsound is just fine. But what I discovered is by connecting my Plantronics BackBeat Pro bluetooth headset/headphones, the sound is booming amazing. Again no shortage of bass, but much better than the wired connection. That is because the Desire Eye has APT-X codec for bluetooth music. This is a phone for the trendy modern person, so I imagine most people will enjoy the extra bass. Some won’t. However, you can install a different music app to regain some control over that bass and that is what I did.

I installed USB Audio Player Pro. I then connected my USB DAC (Sabre Android DAC) and Cayin C5 headphone amplifier. I can confirm that the HTC Desire Eye in this setup supported USB Audio. The sound was naturally miles better and totally accurate from an audiophile point of view. The phone did put a warning triangle in the notification bar advising during this mode, the phone could not be charged. Minor inconvenience I would say for the improvement in sound.

Tomorrow its all about the camera, the editing software and video highlights. Plenty to talk about on this subject!

HTC Desire Eye – review – part 1


The HTC Desire Eye is typical HTC. Good hardware and software design with a proper purpose. Just look at these photos. I love its look and feel in the hand.


It is extremely comfortable to hold. Partly due to the gentle curves and partly because it is not too wide to hold comfortably in your hand.


What is pretty neat about the Desire Eye is its front 13mp camera, fantastic for selfies and even more so with its two tone flash unit. But look even more closely and under the front lens and before the glass starts there is a grill hiding the left side speaker. And again at the bottom just after the glass panel ends before the bezel, there is another grill for the right side speaker. So you’ve guessed. The HTC Desire Eye has stereo front facing boomsound speakers! The rear camera is also a 13mp affair again with two tone flash. Before we continue lets take a look at the rest of the specs.

The specifications of the HTC Desire Eye –

– Rear Camera -13MP, BSI sensor, f/2.0, 28mm lens, wide angle, with HDR capability 1080p Full HD video recording, Dual LED Flash
– Front camera: 13MP, Auto-focus with zoom capability, BSI sensor, f/2.2, 22mm lens, wide angle, with HDR capability 1080p Full HD video recording, Dual LED Flash
– Dedicated Camera Button
– HTC Eye™ Experience: Face Tracking, Screen Share, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Live Makeup, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Photo Booth, Crop Me In
– Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
– 5.2″ 1080 x 1920 multi-touch (~424 ppi)
– 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801
– 4G LTE (Bands 3, 7, 8, 20)
– 16GB storage / micro SD up to 128GB
– WiFi / NFC / Miracast / BT 4.0 Apt-x / DLNA / HTC Connect
– 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
– HTC BoomSound™ Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, 3 microphones,Sense Voice
– Capacity: 2400 mAh with Fast Charge , Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
– Talk time Up to 20 hours for 3G Standby time: Up to 538 hours for 3G
– Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity sensor,Ambient light sensor ,Gyro sensor
– 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
– 154 grams

I mentioned that the HTC Desire Eye is typical HTC. That means the software “Sense” is beautifully implemented. Below are the main home screen and Blinkfeed. Blinkfeed is great for aggregating news and your social networks and local information on your phone.



Next up are screen shots showing all the apps that are installed. I have added AnTuTu benchmarking and USB Audio Player Pro to assist with this review.


Typical HTC in that the selection of added apps is kept to a minimum. In fact, HTC collate apps into folders as the default view in the app drawer. I just changed the view so you could see all the apps present.


Some apps to mention that are good to be included. Polaris Office 5. This is good office viewer and creation app for word, excel and powerpoint docs. Twitter, Skype and FaceBook are included for all you social types 🙂 HTC extend the options of the backup with their own solution. There is a file manager, torch, FM Radio (many phones exclude this), Flashlight (torch), Kids Mode, Tips & Tricks and Setup app.


It is worth mentioning the HTC provide solid setup solution for transferring data from previous phones including iPhones. Then the Tips and Tricks section is well worth a view to learn more about using the phone.

HTC have included a few more tricks with the Desire Eye – motions and gestures. If you swipe down on the screen this turns on voice dialling. Double tapping – pick the phone in portrait orientation turns on the phone, pick up the phone in portrait orientation again and swipe left wakes phone up and launches the widget panel and same thing but swiping right wakes phone up and launches Blinkfeed. All the options can be toggled on or off.

Talking of toggles, below is a screen shot of the pull down toggle menu.


The last part of the hardware that I wanted to mention is the hardware camera shutter button. Not many android phones include this but it is found on the HTC Desire Eye. It is fairly firm to use so in practise I preferred using the on screen shutter icon.

Part 2 tomorrow.

Update – Phone reviews – HTC Desire Eye & Honor 6

Apart from my Samsung Note 4, I received late last week the HTC Desire Eye. The next day the Honor 6 arrived. So in order to be fair to each phone, I am dedicating next week for the HTC Desire Eye with part 1 of the review going live on Monday. There will be a new part up to and including Thursday.  The following week will then focus on the Honor 6.

In addition to the review there will be other posts.

There will be however posts on the Honor 6 this week revealing little snippits. So here’s one snippit I discovered last night.  Phone screen off. Now double tap the volume down button and a photo is taken in less than a second. The time is shown as to how fast the shot took to take. So that means the phone turned on, camera app opened,  focused and took the shot in less than a second. My time variance has been 0.7 second and only once did it take 1.1 seconds. Really fast camera mode !