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HTC One V review

A 5MP camera-toting Android 4.0-powered smartphone we can afford

Our Verdict

An impressive handset, the HTC One V has filtered down a selection of previously used specs to a new budget-friendly price tag, packaging it in an impressive and desirable shell.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Desirable design
  • Bright, responsive screen
  • Impressive camera
  • Strong browser and UI

Against

  • Slightly poor filming
  • No Beats headphones
  • Cramped keyboard
  • Not dual-core
  • Just 4GB storage

Thanks to the handset's Android operating system, the HTC One V comes pre-installed with a hearty array of applications - the majority of them noticeably of the Google ilk - such as the Google-branded Places, Gmail, YouTube and Google+.

HTC One V review

Thanks once again to its Android branded innards, the One V plays host to Google's much loved and ever present Google Maps software with free to utilise navigation options landing to get you from A to B.

Whilst not the quickest handset on the market to lock on to GPS signals, once connected the Google filled device continues to impress with simple to follow route and accurate location details.

Far from limited to Google-owned and branded apps, however, the HTC handset sports the more popular app-based services as standard, with the likes of Facebook and Twitter featuring from the box to fulfill the likely needs of consumers and remove any fuss around getting the device fully attuned to your wants and needs.

With an expansive array of app-based content available to download via the newly named Google Play Store, formerly the Android Market, HTC One V owners are presented with a hearty array of tools, games, ebooks and utilities, both free and paid for, that can rival the formerly dominant iOS App Store.

HTC One V review

Again with the many plus points let down by a few small niggling irritations, the HTC One V's Android-based app services and features are not without fault.

A few apps cause an unnecessary fuss if left to their own devices when the handset falls into sleep mode following a period of inactivity.

A prime example of this is the much loved and free to download game Temple Run.

While running smoothly, if a little sluggish at the start, during the game if left open with the handset not being used, waking the phone from its sleep mode will see users greeted with a combination of blank screen issues, freezing and a stilted recovery that can take a prolonged and infuriating period of time.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne V
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)115 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density252 ppi
Height120.3 mm
Width59.7 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne V
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOne V
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HRS006-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

The HTC One V features a unique curved-chin design that makes it easy to hold and a distinctive accessory to your life. But don't be deceived by its compact size. Like all One series phones, it packs an impressive list of features including a best-in-class camera.

Amazing camera

With this camera you never miss a shot. Capture every moment with a camera that starts-up in under a second and has a zero shutter delay. You'll never again have to choose between capturing a video or a picture-with Video Pic you can get both at the same time. And you'll get the best images even under the worst conditions: low light, no light and back light... None are a problem.

Limited Warranty1 Year