HTC Desire V - User Review

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Since the invasion of DUAL SIM mobile, I was always fascinated by them as I needed one number for my girl friend and one number for my usual use. But I didn't take the plunge as I wanted a reliable brand. Symbian and Nokia were above all for me till the death of Symbian! After this, I looked for alternatives but couldn't find any reliable ones as Android had just started to burst, iPhone was like selling my bike and other brands didn't gave me peace of mind. The day Nokia unveiled the Nokia C1-00 Dual SIM, I started my journey with this feature and was happy with the basic functions, but needed something from the smartphone side as I missed the features that I had used badly. So after spending and researching a lot, I had settled for Samsung Galaxy ACE DUOS, but God listened to my Prayers and I got to know about HTC releasing something I had wished for so long. Not that Samsung was a bad phone, but this one, Desire V, had things that I thought of as a dream mobile! The moment it was launched, I sold off my two-days old Samsung and I am still mesmerized with what I have bought. The long history I have provided is just to tell how magnificent and capable phone HTC has launched. It's a bit high-priced, but it's still worth it!


In the Box, you get the beauty with standard things like normal non-Beats headset, charger, manual and data cable cum charging cord. The 8GB card is to be given by the retailer separately as the retail box just instructs you to ask for your free 8GB card.


Build Quality & Design

The moment it was unpacked in front of me by the Shopkeeper, I was in awe of it. I bought the black one and I was impressed to the core. I was still feeling that I was in dreams, but yes, this was reality and the design simply blew me away. Clean curved lines with rounded edges, a slightly raised chin, awesome looking screen and back panel with rubber coating for anti-slip and easy to hold grip. Please check the pics to see it in full Glory. 

The box

The box



The bad Part though is the back panel, which is flimsy and needs care to handle. The SIM card slots are near the camera module and in between, you have the memory card slot, making it a very simple and elegant design. Very user friendly, I must admit. On the top is the Power/Lock Button + 3.5 mm jack, on the left, microusb slot and on the right is the  volume control. The power button is too slim and takes some time to get used too. Below the beaultiful 4-inch screen, you will find three capacitive buttons which are a joy to use.



The display is pretty good with nice viewing angles and even under direct sunlight, the screen is visible perfectly well. The multi touch 4-inch display has 16M colors with 233ppi and is a pleasure to look at.

What's in the box

What's in the box




The 1650 mAh battery is good for 1.5 days and if sparingly used, then up to 2.5 days. Heavy usage would still give you one full day. For me, it's above average as I am still in awe of Motorola Razr MAXX 3300 mAH, which is like the benchmark for me! I am connected to my Google accounts & services 24x7 and the same goes for my Facebook account. Phone calls for 1 hour thorughout, lots of text messaging, occasional web browsing, 1 hour of Beats Audio Bliss and rare Shots from the Camera are the other regular things I do on my cellphone.

Dual SIM Slots

Dual SIM Slots



Music & FM Radio

This part is very essential to me and believe me, with Beats Audio, you would keep on listening to your favorite songs! With or without Beats Audio, this is an excellent device to listen to songs and be amazed by the super sound quality. Sadly, there's no equaliser and you just have the option of turning the sound enchancer On and Off. but, the loudness, clarity, bass etc is excellent. FM Radio with RDS also works good, but reception is just average.


Web Browsing

On the 4-inch 480 x 800 screen, browsing web with flash is simply fluid. The 512MB RAM would show up lags for flash heavy Pages, but overall, the standard web browser would keep you satisfied. Zooming and text are flawless and pretty sharp. You get all the option to tweak, but I have seen that Opera Mini is exceptionally smooth, so maybe future firmwares may address the default web browser sluggishness once a while. And yeah, it supports Adobe Flash 11 and not lite.

Dual SIM Features

Dual SIM Features



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The user has 1GB internal memory at his/her disposal, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. As for the bloatware, yes, it's there and there's no way to remove it unless rooted. HTC, please allow us to personalise this as many Apps are simply useless.


Now the best part. You have the option of selecting your preferred SIM that would be used for Data. SIM 1 supports 3G while SIM 2 supports EDGE, which to me is perfect as both the slots supporting 3G doesn't make sense to me, plus the battery would take a major beating. On my Phone, I have simply enabled call forwarding that works like a charm, so both my SIMs are active. In the settings, you can make changes in the Dual SIM Manager option, plus in mobile network, you can make changes as per your liking for network selection etc. There is no SIM Switch option, but what HTC has developed is too user friendly. For SMS, you have both the SIMs present so you can tap onto anyone and send text, and same goes for calling. You have slot 1 and Slot 2, so select the number and press any of the slots and there you go. This type of arrangement is easy to learn and get used to, but SIM Switch option could have been better as in my Samsung, or a more better option found in Nokia Dual SIM which I personally feel is the best. Call quality and reception is absolutely perfect and there are no complaints. And while any of the SIM is in use, the other one goes off but remains active due to call forwarding. 





Camera & Video Recording

The 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash is really good indoors and outdoors and has pretty much all the features and modes. The snapper is very capable and I am simply impressed with the speed at which it simply clicks and delivers the photo. HTC has done really well here. Sadly, I haven't tested the video recording till date, but would update it soon. I am simply happy as three things -- decent 5 MP lens, autofocus and flash, which are hard to get these days are built into this, so for occasional shots I really prefer this one. The flash is very bright and capable plus the autofocus helps me to get the shots correctly.



It has  Android ICS v4.0.3 with HTC Sense 4, so overall with the ICS, I must say Android has grown and come leaps and bounds. The overall UI is smooth and slick but at times if more than 10 apps are open in the background, it would show slight lag, but that's not a deal breaker. The 1Ghz Cortex A5 and Adreno 200 work very well to keep the experience snappy for daily use. All the Android goodness is simply too good on this!

Great for all kinds of apps

Great for all kinds of apps




The Phone has GPS, which again I haven't tried yet; Wi-Fi Direct which I am unable to use due to lack of knowledge and no guidance; FM radio that works well, but reception is just average; video player that has a clean interface and works well; Bluetooth v4, which is good (don't know why GSMArena has listed it as v3). It also features email, Dropbox, SNS integration and all bells and whistles which makes it a complete handset! 



i have played Temple Run and Angry Birds Space till date and both worked super. Speed and performance is up to the mark.


Overall, I would rate it 9/10 and for people looking at Dual SIM, this is what we can call as a high end smartphone with Dual SIM and total value for money. HTC takes a bow for at least launching something for a price, but covering all aspects of a smartphone. I am eagerly awaiting response from other manufacturers as this one is a game changer for people with requirement of Dual SIM phone. For single SIM users, sky is the limit now. Whatever people say, I am relieved and satisfied for at least one year or till the time something better pops up! Till then, this is the ultimate and most satisfying purchase I have made in my history mobile phones!

Specs on the box

Specs on the box



Overall I would list the Handset Pros and Cons as below:



2) 3G

3) Wi-Fi b/g/n , Hotspot & Wi-Fi Direct

4) Bluetooth v4

5) 4-inch 480 x 800 Display with 16M colours and 233 ppi

6) Amazingly designed and slim

7) One handed operation possible

8) Android v4.0.3 with HTC Sense v4

9) 1GHz and 512MB RAM

10) 5 MP with Flash and App preinstalled to use as Flash Light

11) Adobe Flash v11

12) Card slot with up to 32GB support and 8GB free with Retail Box

13) Access to SIM card slot and memory card slot without removing the battery (but no Hot Swap for SIM)

14) Smart dialing, voice dialing 

15) integration

16) HTC Portable Hotspot 

17) Office document editor

18) Beats audio enhancements

19) GPS with A-GPS

20) Stereo FM radio with RDS

21) Accelerometer, proximity sensor and auto-brightness sensor

22) Standard 3.5 mm audio jack

23) USB Charging



1) RAM could have been 1GB (nipticking)

2) Aderno GPU could have been better (nipticking)

3) Battery life could be better as MAXX is changed the way we look at a phone's battery!

4) Back cover should have been better

5) Front Cam is absent. It's simply poor on HTC's part.

6) Current price of Rs 21,000


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Reviews written by non-tech2 staff are to be considered as personal opinions based on actual experiences by users themselves. Ratings depicted  are purely user based scores and are in no way a  reflection on tech2’s own rating mechanism. Tests  are conducted by users and their scores are gathered  through their own means with no involvement from tect2 in any way.


Stay connected and entertained while on the go with Desire V. With a premium 4” display, enjoy pictures shared by your friends or web browse in a richer experience. Continue the fun with authentic sounds brought to you by Beats Audio. And because Desire V has dual SIM capability, always stay connected and never have to choose between work and play. Premium design built to perform: Desire V offers an expansive 4” WVGA screen that is easy on the eyes, along with a sure grip finish that is both unique and durable in design. Always stay connected: Dual SIM, dual stand by and dual calling- you will always be reachable whether it’s a call from your friends, or a conference call for work. Authentic Sound by Beats Audio: With Beats Audio music is rich and authentic. Notice the difference, and enjoy your music as the artist intended.


Form Factor Bar
Screen Type Capacitive touchscreen
Screen Size 4.0 inches
Screen Resolution 480 x 800
Number of Colours 16M


Processor Cortex-A5
Speed 1 GHz


Internal Memory 4GB, 512MB RAM
Extendable Memory microSD, up to 32GB

Camera Features

Sensor Resolution 5MP, 2592 x 1944 Pixels
Features Geo-tagging
Video Recording Yes

General Features

OS Android
Version 4.0
FM Radio Yes
Bluetooth Features Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Dual Sim Support Yes
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
USB Connector Yes
Available Colours Black, White

Carrier Networks

2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G HSDPA 900 / 2100


WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n


Dimensions 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm
Weight 114 grams


Media Player Music formats: aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)|#|Video formats: 3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Alert Tone Vibration, MP3, WAV
Speakerphone Yes
Audio connector 3.5 mm


Type Li-Ion
Capacity 1650 mAh

Miscellaneous Features

Built in Applications Google Search|#|Maps|#|Gmail|#|YouTube|#|Calendar|#|Google Talk

After Sales Service

Warranty Period 1 Year


Warranty Period 1 Year

Published Date: Aug 01, 2012 07:15 pm | Updated Date: Aug 01, 2012 07:15 pm