HTC Desire V Review

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.

The box contains:

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


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.

You can compare the HTC Desire V with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

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.


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.

HTC Desire V 360-degrees View:



16. hedeshmukh

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

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

15. satish1to100

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 01, 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

14. kawin

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 28, 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..

11. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

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

9. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Im watiting for samsung galaxy s duos.!!

7. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

6. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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 :)

8. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

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

12. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 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.

13. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

2. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

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

1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Looks Good... Thats it.

3. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

4. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

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

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

pretty good looking mid range phone. a lot like One X haha.
Desire V
  • Display 4.0 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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