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HTC Desire V

Price: Rs. 19500 - Rs. 21000
The Good: The HTC Desire V is a dual-SIM smartphone and comes with very light and thin body built. Some of the Desire V's highlights include the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, a larger battery pack for better battery life, Sense v4.0 user interface and Beats Audio.

The Bad: With the retail price of around Rs.22,000 you are just paying for dual-SIM functionality. For single SIM user this phone is not a worth buy. You will get more options for single-SIM smartphone with less expensive and powerful device like HTC One V, Sony Xperia U or Neo and many more.

The Bottom Line: While the Desire V is not as flashy as the One series smartphone. The dual-SIM feature is the stand out feature. For dual-SIM users the Desire V is the one and only dual-SIM handset whose features and specs are on par with relatively higher than other smartphones in dual-SIM category such as Micromax Ninja series smartphone. The Desire V may be slighty higher in price but value for money for regular dual-SIM users who wants to opt for smartphone over feature phone.

Design: Thanks to uni-body design, it features a very polished and refined build and gives solid feel in hands. The device has slim body, plastic and aluminum construction which gives a solid look for the smartphone.
On the top you can see 3.5 mm headset jack and power/lock button, on the right it has volume keys, on left side it houses the micro USB 2.0 slot and at the bottom it has nothing except a pinhole for the microphone. The volume and power/lock keys feel rubbery when pressed. The phones front is covered with an edge-to-edge glass panel; looks great with three captivate touch buttons.

At the back it has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and as bonus it got the rubberized rear shell which also covers some part of the phone’s side which is a plus point. Overall the phone feels very solid.

Processor and Operating System: The Desire V is engineered with 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, and Adreno 200 GPU giving powerful processing capacity to experience the pleasures of gaming and swift browsing.

It runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4 user interface.
Features and Performance

Screen: It comes with 4-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen with 480×800 pixels of resolution which generates 16M colors and the perfectly designed HTC sense 4.0 together gives a killer combination.

Camera: The device comes with 5 MP rear camera with auto focus, LED flash, 2592x1944 pixels of resolution and geo-tagging. The camera is also capable of capturing high quality videos and again disappoints with no front facing camera.

Storage and Connectivity: It has internal storage of 4GB and can be expandable up to expandable memory up to 32 GB using microSD card and as a special offer buyers will get 25 GB of Dropbox space free for two years (conditions apply).

As far as connectivity it comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, GPS, AGPS and 3.5mm audio jack.

Battery: The device comes with 1,650 mAh battery. Like all Android smartphones Desire V is also able to last throughout a day with usual light-moderate usage. It can run a full day with Bluetooth on all the time, both networks active, usually switching between Wi-Fi and mobile data, hundreds of SMS, a few calls and quite lot of emails and Facebooking.

Wrap-Up: The Desire V is well built with solid casing and the audio quality is above average as it is integrated with Beats Audio technology. But we really don’t see anything impressive except from the fact that its HTC’s first dual-SIM smartphone. This device is especially for those who seriously use dual-SIM with smartphone functionality and for the single-SIM users, not a good option.
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By Anjali
30 October 2013
Sad choice
Pros:
None
Cons:
A dual sim so to say, but one of your numbers will always be out of reach. Mobile internet works crappy due to the interference. Hangs up pretty often. Do not buy a dual sim phone at all!
Summary:
Dual sim not recommended
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By Tarun
12 August 2013
3 Stars
Pros:
Sound quality and Camera quality is also good.
Cons:
Latency issues and sometimes Phone is going unreachable when someone calling and reboot is required at that point of time to make it reachable again. Its frequent thrice in a week.
Summary:
Sound quality and Camera quality is also good.

Latency issues and sometimes Phone is going unreachable when someone calling and reboot is required at that point of time to make it reachable again. Its frequent thrice in a week.
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