Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Abdullah Sulehri


[Review] Double-Decker Ice Cream Sandwich: HTC Desire V



The box of HTC Desire V is made of eco-friendly material which can be recycled and the ink used in printing is claimed to be environmental friendly. It shows HTC’s the environmental concern. Packaging consists of a rectangular white block with rounded edges and a sliding cover which displays mobile’s name and a picture on front and basic specifications at back side

The box contains standard contents, which are:

  • HTC Desire V
  • HTC Hands free
  • Data cable (which can be plugged in the charger)
  • Charger
  • User manuals

Build & Design

9.3mm thick and 114grams HTC Desire V fits easily in an average hand and is easy to grip because of its rubbery back. The face of the HTC Desire V consists of small speaker on top of the screen and HTC logo beneath it. A tiny LED is placed on the right side of speaker with a sensor. It has 4 inches WVGA screen followed by touch-sensitive controls i.e. Back, Home & Recent Applications. Volume rocker is on the right side while Micro USB port is present on left side of the phone and a power button on the middle of the top with a 3.5mm jack at its left. A dedicated camera key is missing in the phone.

Moving on the back there is a 5MP camera with LED flash on an oval shiny dust catching surface at left side. HTC logo is placed horizontally below the camera, followed by a speaker and a beats audio logo at speaker’s right. Battery, SIM card slots and memory card slot is accessible by removing the back cover. After removing the back cover Micro SD card slot appears at right of the camera and one SIM card slot underneath the shiny camera base and other beneath Micro SD card slot.


User Interface

HTC Desire V is HTC’s first announced dual-SIM Smart Phone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC Sense 4.0 and single core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor. Its user interface has some extra features to support the dual SIM functionality. Two network signal signs appear on the status bar, when writing a text message options appear on right side to select the SIM from which you want to send the message, option of selecting SIM appears when calling a contact. Two SIMs can be used with 2G network but cannot be used with 3G networks.

The lock screen is unlocked by dragging the ring appearing at the bottom to any part of the screen, 4 customizable shortcuts can be accessed directly from the lock screen by dragging them to the ring. Theses 4 shortcuts also appear on bottom of screen separated by an app drawer icon which displays three categories of applications on bottom of the screen 4 shortcuts with app drawer icon separating them are placed. App drawer displays all apps installed in the phone while pages can be flipped sideways if you have a large number of apps installed. App drawer has been further divided into three categories i.e. All, Frequent & Downloads which can be selected from the bottom.

There are 5 screens by default which do not minimize on pinch; instead they are minimized on long touching any of the 5 screens. The grid view of the screens is not available and they cannot be repositioned any more. On a long touch 5 screens minimize and appear at top of the screen, below it there are options to add widgets, applications and shortcuts. Many widgets are customizable, when you long touch a widget options appears on top of the screen to edit or delete the widget you can drag widget to the options to perform respective tasks.


HTC Desire V has a 5 megapixel primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and Geo-tagging the picture quality is not up to the mark and the auto focus function does not work well. It seems that quality problems are due to absence of dedicated imaging chip and there is no HD video recording option. Results of video captured are fine.



Call quality of HTC Desire V was satisfactory there was no major problem in calling. You can select SIM before you call a contact but unfortunately while you are receiving call on one SIM other one do not work i.e. you cannot receive calls on both SIMs at a time. Dual SIM manager allows turning off one SIM and keep using the other. As head set was not provided so we are unable to comment on its performance. There is on secondary camera for video call so Skype uses its primary camera as a web a camera.



HTC Desire V comes with Stereo FM radio with RDS, Wi-Fi, blue tooth v 3.0 and standard Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery. No official data is available about battery stand by and talk time, as per our assessment with moderate use of wifi and sceen brightness set in automatic you can use it for a whole day with a single charge.


About the Author

is a Chartered Certified Accountant by profession, loves gadgets, technology, sleeping, movies, food, and poetry. He is a tech-blogger and can be reached at abdullah (at) sulehri (dot) com

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