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 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.



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.


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.



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