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HTC Desire V vs. Lenovo P700: Dual-SIM Dogfight




We’ve been itching to write a simple and straightforward comparison between the two entry-level dual SIM smartphones that we have reviewed over the last few days since many of you guys keep on contemplating about which phone is better over the other.

You can read our full review of the HTC One V and the Lenovo P700 so you get a better perspective.

Not all of us are able to shell out a big sum of money to purchase smartphones on a regular basis so we think it’s best to help some of those who are having a tough time choosing the device that’ll suit them best or give them more bang for the buck. Read on and hopefully you’ll be able to make your decision after.

Hardware Specs.

HTC Desire V:
4.0-inch LCD @ 480×800 pixels, 233ppi
Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon 1.0GHz Cortex-A5
Adreno 200 graphics
512MB RAM
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
dual-SIM: 2G (SIM 1 & 2), 3G (SIM 1)
HSPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
GPS w/ aGPS support
5MP rear camera
Beats Audio
FM Radio tuner
Li-Ion 1650mAh battery
HTC Sense UI 4.0
Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich

Lenovo P700:
4.0″ IPS LCD @ 800×480 pixels, 240ppi
MediaTek MT6575 1.0GHz (1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU)
PowerVR SGX531 graphics
512MB RAM
4GB microSD included
3G/HSPA (dual-SIM)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
5MP autofocus rear camera
720p video recording
VGA front-facing camera
GPS w/ aGPS support
FM Radio tuner
2500mAh Li-Ion battery
Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich

Design and Build Comparison

The HTC Desire V is built mostly from polycarbonate plastic with a painted, brushed aluminum trim surrounding the display, It’s also around 3/4 thinner than the P700’s chunky plastic figure and is certainly more handsome than its rival’s generic-looking fascia. The P700 on the other hand, is built from the same kind of material as the ‘V’ but feels more solid when held even with the absence of any metallic design elements [except for the faux, matte aluminum strip], yes you heard that right — in our opinion, the P700 feels more durable than the HTC Desire V.

Unfortunately, we could not confirm if the phones sported Gorilla Glass display covers but we tried doing some scratch tests using the edge of a micro USB cable (we all know how sharp those things are, for plastics at least) — both passed with flying colors. Gorilla Glass or not, you guys don’t have to worry too much about ruining the displays on these things, both manufacturers probably used fortified glass on ’em since if those were made out of plastic, we could have scratched them severely.

The volume and power/lock buttons on the Desire V feels more solid than the P700’s and it also features a multi-colored LED notification light. The P700 bounces back with a front-facing camera and more aggressive hyperskin-like pattern on the back shell which significantly lessens the chances of slippage and catches less fingerprints vs the rubberized black cover used on its rival.

Display

Both phones feature 4.0-inch screens with the same 480×800 pixel resolutions, not much to go around really — except the Lenovo P700 features an IPS (in-plane switching) panel, IPS displays feature better color reproduction, contrast and most notably — wider viewing angles. That’s the first thing we’ve noticed on the P700 the screen is bright, crisp and colors dont’ get washed out even when viewed from awkward angles. The color saturation on the P700 is slightly washed out compared to the Desire V’s though.

The HTC Desire V’s screen is pretty good, color reproduction’s pretty accurate and blacks are very rich but the back lighting lacks brightness and we expected at least something like a Super Amoled panel to come with its premium price tag.

Camera and Media Playback

Both phones feature 5 megapixel main snappers with the exception of the P700’s additional front-facing unit, the Desire V does not have a front cam but — as we’ve mentioned — features a built-in LED flash instead.

Image quality on the Desire V is slightly better than the P700, no doubt about it. Images taken by the HTC contender are also sharper and colors are more saturated than the P700, both phones take images almost instantaneously but suffer in low-light scenarios, despite this, the Desire V advances further with the ability to take better photos at night courtesy of the LED flash.

Video recording could have been won by the P700 thanks to its HD 720p capturing prowess, unfortunately, videos taken by the phone suffered from corruption/stuttering which is very noticeable and annoying when being viewed on a larger screen. The Desire V can only record videos in standard definition, hopefully the video recording problems we’ve encountered with the P700 can be solved by a software update. As of now, we think it’s a tie.

The Desire V certainly wins when it comes to audio playback, the sound is far richer and clearer in comparison to the P700’s muddy audio output. That’s all there is to say really. Loudspeakers on the other hand sounded almost the same but the P700 was slightly louder than the Desire V albeit, distorted. The ‘V’s speakerphone tends to pump out slightly teenier sound which is great for notification tones but not for music or other related stuffs.

As for video playback, the stock video player app for the P700 wins here since it was able to play some of the movies we’ve stored in the micro SD card. The Desire V did not show a single file within its gallery for some reason but it was quickly remedied by downloading a third-party video player from the Play Store — same goes with the P700 if such issues arise.

UI, Gaming and Overall Performance

Both phones ran customized versions of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We won’t beat around the bush here as we obviously favor Lenovo’s “almost stock” approach on the P700 over HTC’s heavily customized Sense 4.0 UI on the Desire V.

Why? Well, the number one reason is that most smartphones within this segment don’t necessarily have roomy amounts of RAM. Second, adding unnecessary features to an otherwise light OS will result to higher memory usage and since these phones are not equipped with blazing-fast processors to begin with, performance issues will most likely arise. Finally, why fix it if it ain’t broke? We get it, UI customizations are what OEMs set each other apart but it seriously takes toll on a phone’s overall usability if not done right. When we reviewed the Desire V, we frequently complained about its sluggish performance while the cheaper P700 performed admirably well with the same kind of treatment.

We know that it’s unfair to judge a pre-production model against a final one (Desire V vs P700) since it’s not ready for prime time and the manufacturer’s yet to get everything smoothed out in the software front, unfortunately, that is the only experience we’ve had with a Desire V handset so that’s where we’ll be basing this comparison. We’ll update this article once we get our hands on a retail version.

Scrolling through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram was a much better experience on the P700, even Temple Run was playable on it while the Desire V struggled to respond to our touches. Navigating through the homescreens and application drawers was smooth on both devices though.

Benchmarks showed that both phones performed almost similarly except for the P700’s slightly higher results in Antutu and Nenamark2, this is where the Desire V’s lack of grunt becomes apparent. Also, video playback on both devices was pretty smooth (720×400 resolution) when using MX player, sometimes hardware acceleration isn’t available with some video formats but the CPUs were still able to keep the frame rates smooth even in software rendering mode.

It’s worth noting that the P700’s Cortex A9 + SGX 531 GPU configuration is slightly better than the Desire V’s Cortex A5 + Adreno 200, the Cortex A5 CPU core within the Desire V is certainly slower than the higher performance Cortex A9 microarchitecture found inside the P700. The Cortex A9 is the same core used in the Exynos 4212 powering Galaxy S3 (even the Nvidia Tegra 3). You guys already know which one to root for.

Messaging, Call Quality and Connectivity

The ‘V’ and P700 both have their own clever ways of letting users choose which network to use when sending SMS, making calls and accessing mobile data. We like how HTC has made it easy to send an SMS via our desired network by implementing ‘send buttons’ dedicated for each SIM card, It’s certainly better than Lenovo’s solution (dragging down the notification bar). The Desire V comes with HTC’s own keyboard which was pretty much alright but we favored the stock ICS on the P700.

Call quality was pretty average on both phones but the V’s mic can get a little too sensitive at times, people on the other end of the line complained that they could either hear the air conditioner or electric fan (Which is a bout 9 feet away) loudly. Both phones do not feature background noise cancellation.

Network reception on both phones were pretty good, the Desire V fared slightly better here though, it could get around 3-4 bars of 2G/3G signal where the P700 would normally grasp about 2-3. WiFi and Bluetooth also worked splendidly on both devices, we weren’t able to test GPS lock times on both phones unfortunately since for some reason, the devices would choose to rely on cell towers instead of GPS even though Google’s location services was disabled, we couldn’t get an accurate reading too — we often found ourselves located somewhere in Chenjiang China (according to maps) which is really weird.

Battery Life

Both phones are capable of dual-active, dual SIM functionality which can take toll on the device’s battery. The Desire V packs a 1,650mAh battery while the P700 boasts a humongous 2,500mAh tank. The V was able to stay alive for about 15 hours of moderate usage while the P700 outperforms it by ticking happily for almost two days of heavy use.

The P700 is certainly heavier compared to the Desire V and feels more noticeable when stored inside the pocket due to the larger battery, but nothing beats the satisfying feeling that your phone will stay alive until the next day right?

So which one would you choose?

We’ve narrowed down all the common things people will experience when using the HTC Desire V and Lenovo P700, this post can be subjective since one person is different from the other so some of you may not agree with some of our opinions stated here, either way, we’ve done everything we could to help you guys make the final decision.

The price point of the HTC Desire V does not make any sense. Yes it does look good, It’s well built, it sounds great and it packs quite a bit of features but we just don’t think it’s gonna cut it. HTC is aiming at the wrong market segment here.

If we were to choose, we’d go for the Lenovo P700 for obvious reasons: It’s Php 6,000 cheaper than the Desire V, better display, it’s faster, comes with a 4GB microSD card and the battery life alone is worth considering. It may not have all the bells and whistles that its competitor has but why would we purchase a Php 17,000 mid-range smartphone if for the same price we can already purchase Google’s current flagship, the Galaxy Nexus? (grey market price) or something like the Xperia U which has twice the number of cores… or BlackBerry phone even? We can then spend the remaining Php6,000 for something else.

We’re no experts and it’s given that some of you may think that our decision is biased but we’re consumers too, we know what to look for in a smartphone, we also work hard for the gadgets we buy for ourselves. We hope we were able to help you decide on your next smartphone purchase. Good luck!



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43 Responses

  1. John says:

    “Both phones ran customized versions of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We won’t beat around the bush here as we obviously favor Lenovo’s “almost stock” approach on the P700 over HTC’s heavily customized Sense 4.0 UI on the Desire V.”

    FYI Sense v 4.0 is less-customised than its predecessor (3.5). Aside from vanilla Android, HTC’s skin is much better than those shitty skins out there.

    Lol i’d never get a dual sim phone though… I’m contented with my Galaxy Nexus.

  2. thomasmmm says:

    thanks for the review. best take-away:
    *we obviously favor Lenovo’s “almost stock” approach on the P700 over HTC’s heavily customized Sense 4.0 UI on the Desire V.

  3. Edsar says:

    The price really kills HTC

  4. Carlo says:

    After a couple of days reading YUGATECH’s Reviews and other people’s comments about P700, I decided to buy one last Friday (July 20, 2012) at HELLO Mall Of Asia.

    Thanks YUGATECH!

    This P700 will be my 2nd Touchscreen phone after NOKIA 7710 way back how many years ago. *grin*
    (naging QWERTY Guy kasi ako)
    I replaced my all time beloved Nokia E61i and E71 for this dual-sim phone.
    I installed third-party applications on my P700 like “GO LAUNCHER, GO SMS PRO, GO CONTACTS, GO DIALER EX and GO TASK MANAGER and etc”… WOW! Now I’m enjoying this toy.
    Mababaw lang ang concern ko sa P700 na ito – The availability of Skin Protector, Pouch / Jelly Case and other accessories to maintain its external aesthetics.
    As of this moment, I may rate my new toy on the following: (10-highest; 1-lowest)

    PERFORMANCE:
    (sms) – 8.5
    (call) – 8.5
    (camera) – 7.5 “no flash”
    (video recording) – 8
    (mp3) – 9
    (browsing) – 7
    (video playback) – 9
    (gaming) – 8 “limited games” but i’m not into mobile gaming though
    (storage) – 9 “may free pang 4GB MicroSD but i bought 16GB”

    CONNECTIVITY:
    (wifi) – 10
    (bluetooth) – 10
    (data cable) – 7.5 “some of my installed widgets crashed when during file transfer”

    APPEARANCE:
    (display) – 8.5
    (housing) – 7.5 “camera is prone to scratches”
    (accessories) – 5 “it’s hard to find a pouch and screen protector”
    sabi ko nga sa FB Page ng Lenovo Philippines, sana screen protector na lang at pouch ang free kesa sa Belkin Power Pack at USELESS na Smart Sim Card.

    ^_^

  5. Marco says:

    “Design and Build Comparison

    The HTC Desire C is built mostly from polycarbonate plastic…”

    I believe you were supposed to mention Desire V and not C :) I hope that helps.

  6. rene says:

    … and the winner is lenovo P700

  7. roiji says:

    i love my P700! it simply works :}

  8. jey says:

    I am loving my Lenovo P700 too!

  9. Gretchen says:

    how much did you pay for your P700 guys?

  10. Jason says:

    I purchased HTC’s Desire V. Lenovo lost me with the weight of the phone and the signal reception.

    My HTC Desire V has Full bars for Globe when my Blackberry only had 3 bars on it. My Smart only have 2-4 bars. lol

  11. chinesesticks says:

    LOL on this yuga, i blurted the same before reading your review entirely XD

    -” but why would we purchase a Php 17,000 mid-range smartphone if for the same price we can already purchase Google’s current flagship, the Galaxy Nexus? (grey market price) or something like the Xperia U which has twice the number of cores… or BlackBerry phone even? We can then spend the remaining Php6,000 for something else.

  12. yan says:

    hi i have a question for both phones, is it capable of inserting contact numbers through SMS? for some reason it’s a very important feature for me to be able to send contact details via SMS and not vCard so i’d really like to know if it works for either of the phones. >XD

    please please reply to email, thank you! >XD

  13. yan says:

    sorry, forgot email doesn’t show. just reply here instead. thank you so much! >XD

  14. Empire King says:

    is the booting time of P700 fast compare to HTC V?

  15. Easy Ferrer says:

    The only thing that worries me about Lenovo p700 is its 512 internal memory. I have Samsung Galaxy Y Duos now, and its really annoying to see the warning message “Memory almost full” almost everytime I open apps such as Facebook. I always have to clear cache and delete files. I guess I can go with Desire V as I have a lot of apps that I use such as Kindle, WordPress, Vimeo, Wattpad, WIki, IMDB, Dropbox,Tumbler, Skype, etc which Lenovo p700 wont be able to handle.

  16. Easy Ferrer says:

    The only thing that worries me about Lenovo p700 is its 512 internal memory. I have Samsung Galaxy Y Duos now, and its really annoying to see the warning message “Memory almost full” almost everytime I open apps such as Facebook*. I always have to clear cache and delete files. I guess I can go with Desire V as I have a lot of apps that I use such as Kindle, WordPress, Vimeo, Wattpad, WIki, IMDB, Dropbox,Tumbler, Skype, etc which Lenovo p700 wont be able to handle.

    *Most apps are non-transferable to micro SD card. Even if I have 16G, most apps that eat large memory gets stored to Internal Storage. And lenovo p700’s 512mb won’t be able to keep up in the long run.

    • wapski says:

      Lenovo P700’s internal memory is 4GB and not 512mb.. The one mentioned with 512mb memory is the RAM which is used with Active Running Apps..

      Lenovo can handle those apps you mentioned and I haven’t encountered that “Memory full” message..

    • Easy Ferrer says:

      Ah really? Sure yan ha? If that is the case, then I’ll be getting one tomorrow na agad. That’s the only reason kasi why I’m holding back on buying it. Pero since you said that it’s 4GB, I’ll just trust you on that. Thanks.

    • wapski says:

      yes it’s 4gb and I’m sure of that coz I own one.. it’s partitioned as internal storage and usb storage..

      perhaps the editor forgot to mention it in this article along with this P700 specs which I liked about it:

      “4gb internal storage”
      FM radio tuner “and transmitter”
      scheduled power on/off feature

    • Easy Ferrer says:

      Oh my! I bought a Lenovo P700 last Saturday and I am madly inlove with it. I like it’s interface, the glass cover (Iphone like) which is very responsive and quick, it’s memory and battery, everything. Even my friends who owns Samsung S III and Iphone are thinking of switching.

      I am hoping there is a slot for putting a string. And cases that can be sold in the future to maintain its appearance.

  17. hubes says:

    Hi all lenovo users. Can you confirm that this phone is dual active? Which means both sim will ring at the same time if I call both lines. Thanks.

  18. nikki says:

    hi,
    just wanna ask if the p700 do have a built-in alphanumeric keyboeard like with htc desire v? can it store also a number of messages up to morethan a thousands in the phone inbox?

    hope to get reply soon.

    thanks

  19. Chankagz says:

    thank u for this review and your opinions guys, finally I decided to buy one tomorrow. ( Excited Mode :D )

  20. Nhojmeister says:

    Should’be bought the Lenovo p700. I bought an HTC Desire V and it’s a complete waste of money! The signal consistently drops even on areas where you often get full strength. You would always need to restart your phone to get that “full bar-signal” back. That, and when you call, it disables the other sim making you unreachable even through text messages! So if you have long conversations using one sim, be sure you’re not expecting an important message on the other because you’ll only receive it once you’re done with the call. Such a waste of money. With the price, could have instead saved it for something else.

  21. Elder Mangyan says:

    I just bought my Lenovo P700 unit at Compex SM North Edsa this morning. I waited for three weeks before I decided to buy today. So far so good. It’s only 10,600.00 plus all the freebies.

  22. rslimjr says:

    I have a Lenovo P700 phone right now. By far, this is the best value-for-money phone that I have ever bought. :)

  23. Filipino ako says:

    Hey guys. Better not to patronize Lenovo, a mainland China company. Better wait for Galaxy S Duos.

    • Eiror Yeah says:

      Wait lang ha. Bakit? Pangit ba ang mga phones na gawa sa China? The answer is NO.

      May mga ibang Samsung phones na gawa sa China. But then, they are ORIGINAL Samsung. Like Lenovo P700 and others. They made in China, but they’re not a CHINA or CLONE Phones. Ok? Some laptops like Acer, Asus, Samsung are made in China too, but they are ORIGINAL. Lol

  24. Acemann says:

    Buyer beware din. Bought a Lenovo p700 2 weeks ago. The best features nga pero bigla n lang no signals na on both sims. Will return it to the store, dami n rin pala nag cocomplain na with the same problem. Akala ko lemon lang na punta sa akin unit, poor construct din pala. Yung lg ko ilang beses na gumulong, nabasa and 2 years n buhay pa.

  25. jo_seph says:

    yugn 10,600 cash payment ba yun?
    may installment ba?
    thanks

  26. Piping Dilat says:

    Re:Acemann

    I got the same problem as yours earlier. Turns out that the mobile network setting was set at AUTOMATIC. You should choose between WCDMA or GSM to get a steady signal.Phone Signal goes on and off when the phone automatically shifts between WCDMA and GSM. So choose either GSM or WCDMA for your mobile network setting and most likely your problem is solved.

  27. dhines says:

    same problem? where will i see that options for the mobile network setting? need help. TY

    • Piping Dilat says:

      1.Goto System Setting…
      2.Under Wireless & Network, press ” More…”
      3.Inside Wireless & Network, press ” Mobile Networks”
      4.Press “Network Mode ”
      5. Choose either “WCDMA only” if you have 3G signal in your area or “GSM only” if you only have 2G signal in your area. Do not select “GSM/WCDMA (automode)” since the phone will switch back and forth if both signals are available and that prevents you from using your phone properly.

      Hope this info helps….

  28. anne says:

    guys beware of this phone, nku nkakaloka hindi nko natuto, may A60 nko tapos pinalitan ko nito, kala ko ok na, ganun pa din, hindi ako nakakareceive ng text grrrr!!! pili lang yung narereceive ko, lalo na pag iba network hindi ko narereceive hayyy waste of money lang mga lenovo phones :-(

  29. Goitzki says:

    Bought this phone, and I had no regrets at all. :)

  30. mandark says:

    Guys, Im planning to buy this phone P700 after reading almost all reviews about HTC desire V. Tanong ko lang. May pre-installed google apps ba ang P700 – like play store? may mga site ako nakita na wala eh. Pero if sa philippines may pre-installed ba? thanks a lot.

  31. ferdie says:

    Had my P700 for almost three months now and am very satisfied. made it my primary phone for my two postpaid lines and, sad to say, my S2 and iP4 took a backseat in terms of battery life since i am on data plan.

    works well for me. feels solid and well built as reviewed. i have installed PerfectKeyboard so i can now compose txts, tweets, emails using a 3×4 layout. best thing about P700 is the ease in resizing the msg inbox font. yes, there are preinstalled apps and was able to update the os version to ICS.

  32. ferdie says:

    replying to myself: pogi points for the P700: 1-long battery 2-big memory (as in gigabytes compared to just mb’s. 3-big clear screen. 4-adjustability of font by just pinching (msg). am sure there are more…..

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