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HTC Desire V Review

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Interface:

To no surprise, the HTC Desire V comes with Sense UI running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In a nutshell, the interface may deviate quite a lot from the stock ICS experience, but we are quite satisfied with the end result. For more details about the latest version of Sense UI, feel free to check out our HTC One X review.

The HTC Desire V comes with Sense UI running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - HTC Desire V Review
The HTC Desire V comes with Sense UI running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - HTC Desire V Review
The HTC Desire V comes with Sense UI running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - HTC Desire V Review
The HTC Desire V comes with Sense UI running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - HTC Desire V Review

The HTC Desire V comes with Sense UI running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich


The virtual on-screen keyboard feels well-spaced and typing on it does not require much effort. We noticed that the additional bottom row of arrows, which could be used to move the cursor around, is now gone. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, however, as letters are now closer to your thumbs, and therefore, easier to reach.

The virtual on-screen keyboard - HTC Desire V Review
The virtual on-screen keyboard - HTC Desire V Review

The virtual on-screen keyboard



Processor and memory:

The HTC Desire V is powered by a 1GHz single-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM, and to our disappointment, its performance is not what we'd classify as smooth. Switching between home screens is preceded by a slight, yet noticeable lag, which is also present when launching or switching between applications. Nevertheless, the smartphone is usable on a daily basis and the average user should be satisfied. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone's benchmark scores are nothing to write home about.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC Desire V 1807 2866 19,7
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 1953 4095 32,4
Sony Xperia U 2266 5419 28,3

Chances are that you'll need a microSD card for your HTC Desire V. The smartphone comes with 4GB on-board, but the actual user-available storage is just a tad over 1GB. On the plus side, you get 25GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years, courtesy of HTC.


HTC Desire V Review
Dual-SIM functionality:

Being able to work with 2 SIM cards (read: 2 different carriers) simultaneously is one of the HTC Desire V's main selling points. That's really great and all, but you should know how these two cellular connections are being handled. Both SIM cards can be in stand-by mode at the same time, which is expected, but once a call is established over one of the two lines, the other becomes inactive. In other words, if one of the SIM cards is in use, you won't get a notification in case someone calls your other number. That isn't necessarily a dealbreaker, but it's a detail we have to point out. Also, only the primary SIM card slot supports 3G connectivity, while the other is limited to GPRS. When sending a text message or placing a call, two separate “Send” buttons appear so you can choose which SIM card is used.


Internet Browser:

Given the smartphone's unimpressive overall performance, we expected its stock web browser to lag as well. Our expectations were met, but only when viewing heavy web pages, such as ours. Lighter web sites are relatively easy to browse and navigate, unless you have embedded video playing. Speaking of which, the browser supports Adobe Flash. We did some testing and found out that third-party browsers, such as Firefox, are more responsive, so checking them out too is advisable.

Web browsing with the HTC Desire V - HTC Desire V Review
Web browsing with the HTC Desire V - HTC Desire V Review
Web browsing with the HTC Desire V - HTC Desire V Review

Web browsing with the HTC Desire V



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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: 173; 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: 1392; 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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