Review: HTC Desire Eye

HTC Desire Eye

The new HTC Desire Eye has the planet’s selfie-obsessed individuals giddy with excitement. Why? Because of its whopper of a 13MP front camera with a dual-tone flash. There’s a 13MP rear camera as well, and both have their own dedicated LED flash and BSI sensors for low-light photography.

In terms of its build quality, the HTC Desire Eye looks good and feels good too. Breaking away from what we are used to with the sleek and metallic HTC Ones, the Eye is wrapped in polycarbonate plastic that offers good grip on the large device.

If you are not a fan of selfies and are still keen on this smartphone, the main question would be how it measures up against the HTC One M8. Both devices are almost similar in terms of dimensions and weight, though the Eye sports a bigger screen at 5.2 inches compared to the 5-inch display on the M8. They also run on similar quad-core processors with the same amount of system memory and screen resolution, and feature non-removable Li-ion batteries. The Eye, however, packs in a little less power at 2400mAh compared to the M8’s 2600mAh.

The only major differences lie in the cameras, finishing, price — the Eye costs Dh1,649 while the M8 is priced at Dh2,000 — and the fact that the Eye is dust-proof and water-resistant (up to a depth of one metre and for 30 minutes). So if you do fall into a swimming pool or off a bridge while trying to click that perfect 13MP selfie, your phone won’t be totally ruined.

Both the Eye and M8 have their own positive points, and HTC is trying to cater to two different groups of individuals through slightly modified handsets with a similar core. If the Taiwan-based brand ever merges both devices’ finish and designs — the Duo Lens rear camera of the M8 and the front-facing camera of the Eye, for instance, throwing in some dust- shock- and water-proofing measures — and makes sure it doesn’t bend in users’ pockets, they would probably have the best smartphone in the world.