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HTC One V review

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

Bringing impressive specs to a more entry-level friendly price point, the HTC One V is a smartphone that will help push user expectations of competitively priced handsets to new, ever advancing levels.

Far from a beige device that will simply blend into the highly competitive crowd, the HTC One V features enough standout specs and impressively simple user interface characteristics to separate it from the throng of devices all vying for the same limited custom.

Although not perfect, the handset's 1GHz Qualcomm CPU keeps the device zipping through content at an impressive pace, with little lag when jumping between apps, menus and the selection of heavily skinned home screens.

We liked

Playing host to an impressive and eye-catching design that stands out from the crowd, the HTC One V is beautifully styled, with its strong chinned form factor and sturdy, reassuring and aesthetically pleasing finish resulting in a product that truly sets itself apart from the plastic-backed candybar collective that currently dominates around the £230/$350 price point.

Jumping firmly on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich bandwagon, the HTC One V sees a joyous combination of software with the fledgling operating system joining forces with an improved version of the already much loved HTC Sense UI. The overall package has a high-end feel that far exceeds expectations.

We disliked

While a boxed pair of Beats headphones would nicely offset the Beats audio innards, the HTC One V would benefit from a selection of minor tweaks rather than any dramatic specs or software overhauls.

With slightly sloppy video recording abilities and a sometimes fiddly on-screen QWERTY keyboard, the HTC One V is just a few irritations away from becoming a show stealing member of the mid-range phone market.

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Final verdict

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

Although those looking for a selection of groundbreaking specs might instead plump for the handset's HTC One X sibling or an iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S2 or Motorola Razr, for a possible first smartphone or a transition phone on the way to the big hitters, users could do far, far worse that this 3.7-inch screen, 5MP camera-packing powerhouse.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
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