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HTC Desire V Review

HTC Desire V

Posted: , by Nick T.


Call quality:

HTC Desire V Review
The in-call audio quality with the HTC Desire V is okay, but we've definitely heard better results. Voice tones through the earpiece are distinguishable and loud, yet slightly muffled. On the other side of the line, our voice sounds pretty much the same, accompanied by a fair amount of background noise.

Battery life:

The HTC Desire V has a 1,650mAh battery, but its manufacturer has yet to announce any official figures as to how long it should last on a single charge. During our testing, we were able to get through a day of moderate usage with Wi-Fi on and the brightness of the screen set to automatic.


When it comes to dual-SIM smartphones, there aren't too many of them currently on sale, or at least not from any of the well-known manufacturers. That said, it is great to see that a respected company like HTC is entering this market niche with an offering that we find quite decent.

However, although we dare to say that the HTC Desire V is the best-looking dual-SIM smartphone in existence, it leaves quite a lot of room for improvement in the hardware department. The device simply doesn't feel as snappy as a contemporary Android smartphone should.

If you insist on having a dual-SIM smartphone, you can also check out the Samsung Galaxy Ace DUOS, or better yet, wait a bit and see how some of the upcoming offerings will compare. The Sony Xperia tipo dual, for example, is to be released later this quarter. In case you don't really need the dual-SIM functionality, perhaps the Sony Xperia sola will also suit your needs. It has a slightly smaller screen, but a speedier dual-core processor and its camera can take 720p video. The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is also a good alternative with its 4-inch Super AMOLED display and dual-core 1GHz CPU.

HTC Desire V Video Review:


  • Great design
  • Nice display
  • dual-SIM functionality


  • Performance is below par
  • Camera quality is below average
  • Only 1GB of user-available storage
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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: 285; 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: 1888; 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: 221; 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: 195; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

Im watiting for samsung galaxy s duos.!!

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 22:25

11. Samsomesh (Posts: 195; 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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB 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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