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HTC Desire Eye review: A fine phone that should be a little cheaper

Jared Newman | Dec. 16, 2014
Maybe it's the name, but I expected HTC's Desire Eye to be less expensive.

If the Desire Eye was more successful on the photography front, its $150 price tag might be easier to justify. I might have even called it a bargain next to HTC's flagship One (M8), with small compromises in design and battery life. Instead, the Desire Eye's rear camera lacks the low-light chops of the One (M8), LG G3, and iPhone 6, and the selfie cam's color issues cancel out the benefits of its high megapixel count.

As such, the phone sits in an awkward limbo between mid-range and high-end handsets. If you've already budgeted $150 for a phone, another $50 opens you up to a much bigger range of options. The $50 to $100 landscape is much more barren, and the Desire Eye could be a champion in that territory. Banking on an eventual price drop might not be a bad idea.


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