The HTC Desire V packs a 4" LCD display of WVGA resolution (480x800), which is more, in terms of both size and resolution, than you get with the Desire C. The image quality is average at best, but quite decent for the class - the viewing angles are OK, but sunlight legibility could've been better. The native contrast of the screen is actually quite good, but the glass is quite reflective, which damages the image quality in anything but complete darkness..
We put the HTC Desire V through our usual display tests and here's how it scored. You can find more about the testing procedures here.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|HTC Desire V||0.33||340||1027||0.48||506||1054|
|Sony Xperia tipo||-||-||-||0.75||561||751|
|HTC Desire C||0.23||186||814||0.5||360||723|
|HTC One X||0.15||200||1375||0.39||550||1410|
|Sony Xperia U||0.35||287||831||0.55||515||930|
|Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus||0.27||239||873||0.6||528||888|
|Samsung Galaxy Pocket||0.31||238||774||0.62||468||753|
|Samsung Galaxy Y||0.40||247||624||0.72||471||625|
We snapped a shot of the display under a microscope and here's what the RGB matrix of the HTC Desire V looks like.
The HTC Desire V display pixels
The Desire V is built to a high standard and, despite the all plastic body, it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy. There's no premium finish but the excellent grip and comfortable handling make up for that.
The only thing that feels out of place is the huge camera plate at the back. If you can live with that, you'll find the Desire V a pleasure to handle.
That about wraps it up on the outside, Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense UI are coming up right after the break.