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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

One of the first handsets to come packing the latest edition of the HTC Sense UI direct from the box, the HTC One V boasts a smooth, seamless and ultimately pleasing interface that helpfully guides you through the handset on first use before offering a simplistic navigating style and system from then on.

HTC One V review

Building on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich base, the aptly titled HTC Sense UI version 4.0 ensures a pleasant user experience at all times, kicking off with a range of shortcuts on the lock screen that enable you to unlock your handset direct into a selection of desired applications, programs and features such as the camera capture mode, email inbox or address book.

A former bugbear of smartphone users due to its glaring omission from the leading handsets of all the brands, multitasking is now an ever-present feature on the smartphone scene.

The HTC One V holds its own against any of the similarly attributed Android handsets, providing yet another prime example of the phones's user-friendly features. With a simple tap of the touch-sensitive base button, you're presented with a fluid flowing visual list of all the applications and programs that are open, enabling quick, hassle-free access to desired content with little faff or fuss.

HTC One V review

Building on the strong Sense UI of previous generations, HTC has made version 4.0 of its TouchWiz and MotoBlur rival the most user friendly to date, with a host of smart software features enabling you to better navigate your way through lists and menus to find your desired content with minimal time wasting or unnecessary fanfare.

A good example of such abilities can be found in the handset's gallery application, where you can open selected image groupings and scroll through a quick thumbnail selection of shots as opposed to full scale snaps, simply by providing a vigorous swipe in the direction you wish to scroll in.

Enabling you to rattle through your smartphone-shot pics, downloaded images and screen shots at a faster, often more convenient rate, this Sense-enabled characteristic is just one example of the enhanced user friendliness of the HTC One V.

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