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HTC Desire V Review

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HTC Desire V Review
Introduction:

Quick, name a smartphone that can work with two SIM cards at the same time. Not too many models spring to mind, right? That's because dual-SIM smartphones are still a rare breed. There is only a handful of them currently on the market – mostly cheap, low-powered devices, popular primarily in developing markets.

But here comes the HTC Desire V – the company's first dual-SIM smartphone, which stands out with its attractive design and decent hardware. Sure, its specs sheet has “mid-range” written all over it, yet the handset is actually among the best dual-SIM smartphones you can currently find, at least on paper. Inside it ticks a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch screen glows on its front side, and the back is occupied by a 5-megapixel camera, and you get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Sounds pretty promising, so let's waste no more time and take an in-depth look at the HTC Desire V.

HTC Desire V Review
HTC Desire V Review
The box contains:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB data cable
  • Wired stereo headset
  • Lots of papers


Design:

The 9.3-millimeter-thin HTC Desire V fits almost perfectly in the palm thanks to its sloped back panel, and its width allows for our thumbs to effortlessly reach each corner of its screen. Underneath the device's 4-inch display we have the trio of Android buttons, which thankfully are not prone to accidental presses. But most importantly, the smartphone is quite a looker. Its white plastic body has the same premium feel you'd get from using the polycarbonate-made HTC One X flagship, not to mention that the metallic elements on the handset's back side easily catch our eye.

The 9.3-millimeter-thin HTC Desire V fits almost perfectly in the palm - HTC Desire V Review
The 9.3-millimeter-thin HTC Desire V fits almost perfectly in the palm - HTC Desire V Review
The 9.3-millimeter-thin HTC Desire V fits almost perfectly in the palm - HTC Desire V Review

The 9.3-millimeter-thin HTC Desire V fits almost perfectly in the palm


HTC Desire V Review

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Front

Android keys


Something that we aren't happy with, however, are the smartphone's physical keys. The lock key is positioned in the middle of the unit's top side, while the 2-button volume rocker is on the left. Sadly, their travel and feedback are not sufficient for comfortable operation.

microUSB port (left) - The sides of the HTC Desire V - HTC Desire V Review
Volume rocker (right) - The sides of the HTC Desire V - HTC Desire V Review
3.5mm jack and power key - The sides of the HTC Desire V - HTC Desire V Review

microUSB port (left)

Volume rocker (right)

3.5mm jack and power key

The sides of the HTC Desire V


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Camera - HTC Desire V Review
Battery compartment - HTC Desire V Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



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Display:

We have to give HTC some credit for managing to put a 4-inch screen on a smartphone of this size. What the HTC Desire V sports is a very good-looking LCD display with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels (233ppi). The screen delivers pretty colors, has decent viewing angles, and its outdoor visibility is sufficient for comfortable use. Of course, the panel isn't anything spectacular specs-wise, but for a smartphone of this class, it surely gets the job done.


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posted on 10 Aug 2012, 08:38

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Looks Good... Thats it.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 09:13

3. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


sexy looking phone. I have to agree with the rating.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 11:46

4. pegasso (Posts: 135; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


IMHO, HTC Desire VC is much better looking than this...

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 14:08 1

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1205; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


pretty good looking mid range phone. a lot like One X haha.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 08:43

2. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


There are alot of mistakes saying this is Htc One V..check phonearena :P luls

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 21:15 1

6. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


the phone is nice... very nice.. just like usual HTCs. But there is one thing that spoil it- its the camera. the orange ring around the camera seemed out of place, and it just... feels.. weird :)

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 11:04

8. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)


Leave that, why do they put such bad cameras on their phones?! Even on the One X :P

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 07:42

12. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


The One X is actually pretty good. Of course, it does lose out to the Xperia S and definitely is a long shot away from the Xperia TX/GX, but I don't think that anyone was expecting miracles.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 22:00

13. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


The One X camera is actually nice in the One X body..
while the camera in the Desire V gives me the ''what the hell are you doing there?'' feeling.

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 04:28

7. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Why did this get a lower score than the desire c?

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 20:48

9. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Im watiting for samsung galaxy s duos.!!

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 22:25

11. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


@phonearena i heard that Dual SIM Samsung Galaxy S Duos GT-S7562L hits the FCC!!!..

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 12:20

14. kawin (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Internal memory is said as 4GB to customers but OS itself takes 3GB and only 93MB is available for the users.

Display issue - Red line appears at all sides of screen while opening any message or menu in settings.

below touch screen , the exit menu and main menu keys often dont work. need to press long time or keepon tapping it.

Hangs often.

Options not very user friendly as Samsung or Nokia.

I purchased this before just 1 month and this is all my own exp..

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 07:18

15. satish1to100 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


hey friends plz dont go htc Desire V models, i having problem in this, some times its restarting automatically and some times we could not make any calls during that time if u restart it will work and we can make calls, its big irritating one plz friends dont go for HTC Desire V.

Hangs often

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 07:19

16. hedeshmukh (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)


hai friends excellent modals but some times problems make in charging, some times its restarting i am not satisfactory in this model.

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HTC Desire V

HTC Desire V

OS: Android 4.0
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.67 x 2.45 x 0.37 inches
(118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm)
4.02 oz  (114 g)

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