Expert Review of HTC Desire V Black
HTC Desire V is another sibling in the Desire series by HTC that is serving the best in the dual SIM market. HTC Desire is the first dual SIM smartphone by HTC and following the same trend. HTC Desire V is making its way towards the market to increase the share of HTC smartphones in the market. In terms of design, HTC Desire V comes with a WVGA screen that gives ease to eyes and the unique and durable body design gives fine grip to hands. The phone supports dual standby mode so you will have active SIMs and will always be in reach of your family and friends and your professional group as well. The device is blessed with rich and authentic music, giving credit to the Beats Audio sound enhancement. The new integrated music experience makes it easy to access all your music libraries, Internet radio and favorite audio applications simultaneously and that too from one convenient location.
The device comes packed in a very compact size of 118.5mm x 62.3mm x 9.3mm and holds a weight of 114 grams only. This light weight is due to its plastic body. The plastic is of very good quality and is capable of delivering a premium look to the device. After achieving the success with the One series, HTC has moved towards the manufacturing of dual SIM phones, as they are in fashion now-a-days. With two SIM cards in one phone, the users can avail the facility of best tariff plans along with best network coverage. They can also keep separate number for their professional as well as for their personal life. Since HTC Desire V is an Android smartphone and has HTC Sense UI with it, so the applications as well as the features and functions available with this droid are far more superior and unique when compared to the other contemporaries.
The HTC Sense UI makes the phone vibrate when the call is answered, which is a very useful feature where one do not have to hold the phone to the ear in order to know if the call is connected and this quick UI will make the user to personalize the widgets and icons according to their choice and preference. Its users can also have fun with the latest Hollywood blockbusters, best TV shows and great documentaries on the go with HTC Watch. It is easy to sync media, contacts, calendar events, bookmarks and documents between your PC and HTC Desire V with the help of HTC Sync Manager. This UI allows to personalize the phone with a different wallpaper, ringtone, and notification sound for events such as incoming text, e-mail, and calendar reminders. You will have up to seven home screen panes that are extend to the left and right sides of the display as the Home screen, on which one can add elements such as widgets, program icons, and shortcuts to information.
This UI is so intelligent that when one does not intend to answer a call, he or she just need to put the phone with its front facing downward, and the phone will automatically decreases the volume of the call so that its user might not get disturbed. This is not enough, this UI even makes your phone to ring loud when a call is not answered and if you picked up the phone in your hands then the ringer starts decreasing its volume. With such a useful interface and the most amazing Android platform the users will have a jaw dropping experience.
The device has a thick chrome bezel around the WVGA screen to provide protection to it. There is a full touch sensitive screen in front with earpiece grill and Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and G-Sensor on top and three Android button at the bottom for Back, Home and SIM management. The G-Sensor works totally like an accelerometer and locates the orientation of the device, both horizontally and vertically. Proximity sensor emits out an electromagnetic field or electromagnetic radiations that detects the nearby POIs, buildings, towers, cafes, etc. without having actual contact with them. Ambient Light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen as per the light conditions, so that the screen is always visible even when the sun is over the head. These sensors adds more usage to the device and makes the experience most wonderful. There are seven customizable home screen panes where you can add or delete the widgets and icons according to their usage and need. The users can also download more panes from the Android market as well as from the HTC Hubs.
The left side of HTC Desire V holds a long and thin rocker for volume, which is easy to use. The right portion of the device is the house for USB port but this port is not covered by a rotational flip so it very much prone to dust. The top of HTC Desire V has the universal 3.5mm headphone jack that also works as an A/V connector and along with it you will find the charging point of the phone. The bottom has nothing more than a lanyard eyelet and a mouth piece. The back of HTC Desire V has a 5 megapixels auto focus camera with support for LED flash. The camera is properly enveloped by an oval bezel that protects the camera lens when the phone is put down on a rough surface a this bezel is slightly protrudes out. The loudspeaker grill is placed at the bottom with logo for Beats Audio. The logo for HTC is placed in between the camera and loudspeaker grill. Beneath the cover you will find the powerful battery and the slots for two SIM cards along with the slot for memory card.
Overall, HTC Desire V is a wonderful piece of gadget that is available at a very affordable price and delivers services that are found in the high end smartphones.
User Interface and UI functionality
HTC Desire V comes with a 4 inches diagonally wide WVGA capacitive touch screen that provides a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with support of 16M colors for delivering sharp and vibrant view to the display. The pixel density of 233 ppi makes the display very rich and unclouded where each angle delivers the same view. The capacitive touch screen offers support for multi touch facility that allows its users to give more than one command at a time. HTC Desire V comes with HTC Sense UI on top of the android platform which works like a blessing for the device, as all the drawbacks of the OS are balanced by this UI. The v.4.0 of Android, that is, Ice Cream Sandwich gives access to more than 2,00,000 applications to its users an adding more fun to this is the HTC Hub that adds more number to the applications.
On top of the Ice Cream Sandwich platform you will find HTC Sense UI v.4.0 working that balances the minor defects of this platform very cleverly. The new HTC Sense UI adds a new feature, Fastboot, which improves the startup time, from more than 40 seconds to less than 5 seconds. This phone also included is a new e-book store and a dedicated e-reader with annotation, search and translation abilities. The home-screen brings some enhanced multimedia abilities, giving users more options to create and share content. It also includes location-based maps, which can be pre-loaded or cached and thus delivered without download delays or incurring mobile roaming charges.
HTC Desire V is a completely multimedia device that comes with amazing sound quality, thus enabling the users to have fun and enjoyment all the time with the device. With numerous sound improving features, this handset has finally broken all the barriers and for the first time on any smartphone, sound is truly authentic and with HTC sound enhancer profiles, whatever music one listen to, is optimized for the best quality. The HTC Music application will enable the users to have more immerse and convenient experience with the music that ever before and going beyond music, this handset will deliver authentic and rich sound while playing games or videos or watching movies or driving with the in-car experience.
The new thing that HTC Sense UI brings along with platform is the new active lockscreen that, by default, has four shortcuts and a ring at the bottom. This new UI blesses the device by gifting it six different lockscreens, which can be accessed from the personalize menu. The Photo album lockscreen tosses the photos, in a cool 3D style, that are there in the gallery. There is a clock lockscreen also that has eleven clock widgets and shows a big clock in the center of the lockscreen. There is a Weather widget that represents the cool weather animations of HTC Sense UI and there is a Friend Stream widget too that shows SNS updates from the friends of the users. Then there is a Stocks widget too that shows quotes flying up or down in a very eye-pleasing 3D form.
HTC Desire V is running on Ice Cream Sandwich platform of Android by Google and is powered by 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor that makes the processing speed of this device very good. The Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset along with Adreno 200 GPU brings alive every pixel of the display and also improves the graphics performance. The users can view messages in the threaded view and can send MMS, e-mail, Push Mail and IM via this droid. HTC Sense allows to personalize the phone with a different wallpaper, ringtone, and notification sound for events such as incoming text, email, and calendar reminders. There is a virtual on-screen keypad that can be used in the landscape orientation too to have convenience while entering a text.
HTC Desire V has Beats Audio sound enhancement that takes the music experience to another new level. The HTC Music Hub brings more fun to this experience, where recently played albums are shown and can be played on the same homescreen. The Beats headsets comes with Bluetooth profile for awesome and cable-free sound. The HTC Sound enhancer improves every component of the sound spectrum by boosting the audio circuit of the device. This sound enhancer offers 8 different sound profiles, giving one a choice to boost whatever aspect of the music listening experience he or she wants. The default music player supports aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav and .wma (Windows Media Audio 9) audio formats for the music playback whereas for recording an aural file it supports .amr format. The video player, on the other hand, supports .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9) and .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) formats for the playback of a video file while for recording the same it supports .mp4 format. The users can maintain their own personal library of music files where they can store their favorite songs. They can also have enjoyment with the FM radio, where the 3.5mm headphone acts an antenna for the FM radio connectivity. There is a support for RDS function too with the radio that automatically detects the name of the radio station to which the user is tuned into.
Pictures and Video quality
HTC Desire V is blessed with a 5 megapixels auto focus camera with F2.8 aperture and 34mm lens. This high megapixels camera sensor captures images with a resolution of 2592 х 1944 pixels and is supported by LED flash that helps in taking the snapshots even when there is low light in the ambiance. This shooter records HD videos also that are supported by the mp4 format. Another extra feature with the camera is the support for Geo-tagging feature that adds more detail to the geographical feature of a particular image. The picture and video quality of this droid is not excellent but they can be marked as good. You can also digitally and optically zoom the pictures to have clear shot and to get the minute details of the image.
HTC Desire V provides support to Internet through EDGE for SIM 1 only, GPRS (for both the SIM cards), 3G with HSPA+ speed for data transfer, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot via WLAN. For having connections with the nearby devices, HTC Desire V supports Bluetooth v.4.0 with A2DP and aptX enabled and USB via 5-pin micro-USB v.2.0 port. To make the browsing experience full of fun, the droid comes pre-installed with Adobe Flash Lite and HTML browsers that brings fast web browsing at the users' end. The users can open more than one windows at one time and can toggle between the various pages with ease, comfort and within seconds.
Internal and External Memory
HTC Desire V holds an internal memory of 4GB along with 512MB space for RAM that makes the running of even the heavy applications smooth. The users can store a huge amount of data in the device by extending the external storage capacity of the device with the help of microSD card slot. The external memory of HTC Desire V can be extended up to 32GB, so that the users will never feel shortage of space for saving their data and information.
Applications and Gaming
HTC Desire V is full of applications such as People Widgets, Friendstream, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, SNS integration, Google Talk, Picasa integration, Organizer, Document viewer, Voice memo, Flickr and many more. The users can also download lots of applications from Android market, HTC Hubs and HTCSense.com. There are more than 2,00,000 of applications available in the Android market including the various games also.
HTC Desire V comes with a standard Li-Ion 1,650 mAh battery, which is very strong and is capable of keeping the device alive for a very long time. The users can also run multimedia files without facing any problem of battery back up.
HTC Desire V offers connectivity to GSM networks only for both the SIM cards and provides a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for SIM 1 and 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for SIM 2 for 2G networks. The frequency supported for 3G network is 900 / 2100 MHz. For downloading data at 3G speed, this device provides an HSDPA speed of 7.2 Mbps and for uploading a file it supports HSUPA speed of 5.76 Mbps.
HTC Desire V is a very competitive piece of gadget that is available at a very affordable price and is bestowed with Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and HTC Sense UI of v.4.0 on top of it. This smartphone is capable of delivering quality services to its users and is capable of giving a neck in neck competition to Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Y Pro, HTC One S, BlackBerry Curve. Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Legend, Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One V, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation XL, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710, Apple iPhone 4S and many more.