The HTC Desire Eye is a unique device. Its name implies that it’s a mid-range device, but its build quality and internal specifications make it a direct competitor with most of this year’s flagship Android smartphones. The HTC Desire Eye is exclusive to AT&T (for now) and won’t be selling by the millions, but that has no impact on the phone’s performance and the experience it delivers.
Verizon and AT&T have been in an LTE expansion battle over the past few years. Both service providers claim to offer a better network with great download speeds for their customers. Like most carriers, AT&T’s network speeds can fluctuate if you’re sitting in your office at work, driving in your car, walking on the street or at your house. After a few days of use, we have not had any network issues with the HTC Desire Eye. Reception for calls has been phenomenal and we’ve pushed our data connection to the limits by downloading games, surfing the web and streaming HD video though Netflix and YouTube. To see how fast we could pull data over AT&T’s LTE network, we ran the Ookla and the FCC speed test apps and consistently saw download speeds between 5.3Mbps and 8.2Mbps, with uploads ranging from 3.7Mbps and 6.6Mbps. AT&T’s LTE network isn’t quite as fast as Verizon’s, but it’s still fast enough to let you us your HTC Desire Eye to its fullest.
We know that benchmarks don’t accurately represent how a phone performs in day to day use, but the numbers do shed light on a device’s peak performance. Most of today’s flagship phones perform admirably and you’d be hard pressed to find a game on Google Play that requires a Snapdragon 801 SoC and two gigs of RAM to perform optimally. However, we’re sure many of you still want to know how much performance you could squeeze out of the HTC Desire Eye if you really had to. While HTC has categorized the Eye as a mid-range device, they equipped it with the same basic specs that we saw in all the flagship smartphone that were released in the first half of 2014.