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HTC One SV review

Repackaged and 4G enabled, is the One SV the ultimate mid-range smartphone?

Our Verdict

It's good to see another proper mid-range handset enter the 4G fray, but the Taiwanese firm has got its sums wrong on this occasion and ultimately that's going to make the HTC One SV a difficult one to shift.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • 4G enabled
  • Decent battery life
  • Good media capabilities
  • MicroSD card slot

Against

  • Cheaper design
  • Lesser specs
  • Lots of compromises
  • Only Android 4.0

As we mentioned in the introduction the HTC One SV comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and while we expect an upgrade to Jelly Bean is almost certainly on the cards we're surprised it didn't ship with it out of the box.

HTC One SV review

HTC's Android overlay is in play as well on the One SV with Sense 4.1 installed – which also isn't the latest version of the software with the HTC One X+ which arrived last year sporting Sense 4+ alongside Jelly Bean.

Software disappointment aside the HTC One SV at least packs a relatively good amount of power with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM under the hood.

Coupled with a responsive screen Android runs smoothly on the One SV, allowing us to glide through the homescreens – of which you can have a maximum of seven – and skip through the app draw without hassle.

It's not quite as zippy as the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 or Sony Xperia Z, but we wouldn't expect it to be and even though its dual-core processor isn't as punchy as the chip in the One S, the two handsets are pretty much on par performance wise.

HTC One SV review

In true HTC fashion the Android lock screen has been dabbled with to include the Taiwanese firm's famous ring-pull unlock process with four shortcuts allowing you to jump to key apps right from the off.

Anyone who has a soft spot for quick settings in the notification drop down will be disappointed with HTC as with its other handset the One SV doesn't provide any here, with a link to the full settings menu the only reprieve.

It's not a critical issue as a widget can be placed on a homescreen giving you control over the main functions such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS but seeing as the notification bar can be accessed from the lock screen it would have been nice to see the controls there too.

Hold down on a blank space on any homescreen and the widgets menu will spring up, with a plethora of HTC widgets alongside the stock Android ones giving you a wealth of choice.

HTC One SV review

A simple drag and drop will see the widget of your choosing plonked onto the homescreen and a similar action will delete it if you hover over the "remove" icon at the top of the screen.

Apps open swiftly and a handy little feature on the HTC One SV is the ability to use the multi-tasking key as the traditional Android menu button by just holding it down – allowing you to easily access additional settings in applications which are yet to adopt the new button-less operation Google is pushing for.

The multi-tasking menu itself has been given a Sense 4.1 makeover with large portrait thumbnails arranged in a horizontal line giving you a clear over view of your recently used apps.

You can force close apps running in the background by sliding you finger up, over the thumbnail to save on data and battery consumption, as well as quickly flipping between various apps.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne SV
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height128 mm
Width66.9 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne SV Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOne SV
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HSH008-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Superfast performer. Dual-core, 1.2GHz processor and 4G LTE* speeds give you the power to keep up with you and all your demands.

Amazing Camera. Two high-res cameras for sharp photos, even in low light. One-press continuous shooting captures your fast-moving shots while HTC VideoPic simultaneously takes full HD video and hi res photos.

Authentic Sound. Every sound is immersive and rich with customized Beats Audio™. Music has deeper bass, crisper vocals and detailed high notes, just as the artist intended.

Limited Warranty1 Year