HTC Desire V Review

Introduction and Design

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.

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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.

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