- Seth Barton , Expert Reviews
Great build quality and a fantastic camera, but better-specified phones are available for only a little more money on contract.
- Chris Hall , Pocket-lint
Design is one of the real strengths of the HTC One V, especially when put alongside some of the rivals that are predominantly plastic.
The HTC One V is an entry-level tri-band smartphone with a single-core 1.0 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. Like most HTC phones, it runs Android OS, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Weighing 115 grams, its design is sturdy with an aluminum casing and a chin. These enhance the feel of a phone when you hold it against your face. The phone is powered by a 1500 mAh battery and an impressive battery life of up to two days of normal usage.
Its 3.7 inch capacitive, Super LCD 2 touchscreen has an 800x480 resolution with 252 DPI.
Another good feature of this entry level smartphone is a powerful, 5 MP primary camera with a LED flash and face and smile detection features. The camera is capable of simultaneous recording of image and HD video.
On the downside, the HTC One V's 4 GB internal memory vanishes quickly once you download some apps. This, coupled with the humble CPU speed, makes the HTC a challenged smartphone if you are thinking of multi tasking and gaming. However, a bit of this is remedied by the availability of 25GB Dropbox cloud storage. You may also expand the memory to a maximum of 32 GB with a microSD card.
Data accessibility is supported via EDGE, Bluetooth, GPRS, WLAN and USB on a 3G platform.But, with the prevailing processor speed, browsing will not be at lightning speed.
On the downside again, if you rely on your smartphone to navigate, the HTC One V will disappoint because it lacks a digital compass. It does, however, feature an accelerometer and proximity sensors, Java MIDP emulator, stereo FM radio with RDS, an internal loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm external speaker jack.
Need to Know: HTC One V
1. Tough aluminum body with a chin gives the HTC One V a unique telephone feel. (The Good)
2. The 5MP camera with simultaneous video and image recording features allows users to effortlessly switch between sharp video and photo images. (The Good)
3. No digital compass which compromises navigation. (The Bad)
4. Entry-level processor, internal memory and performance. (The Bad)
Reviews (6.6/10 Avg. rating)
Impressive and eye-catching design that stands out from the crowd
Priced at reasonable cost, this is among the best mid range Android smartphones
It’s thin, light, cheap to buy and cheaper service
A retro-tastic Android smartphone that may be small in size, but is big at heart
The HTC One V is an all-around solid performer. It may lack the sex appeal and flashy specs of its larger HTC brothers, but for this class of device, it's hard to beat. The aluminum materials and Leno-esque chin give the One V a great little personality, while quality build and a comfortable footprint make it a joy to use as a daily driver.
The One V attaches itself to Sprint's 3G network and holds on tight, connecting calls and powering web-browsing sessions seamlessly. Calls sound great, the display looks good, and the battery outlasted me day in and day out.
Toss in the good... Full review
Simplicity blended with excellence
Does the HTC One V live up to the One family tradition? It's bit of a mixed bag. The device boasts impressive specs for a mid-range smartphone, not to mention its unique design. Although it's not perfect enough, the 1GHz single core processor does keep up the pace with minor lag issues when switching between apps and menus.
It has a strong form factor that is sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, which separates it from other candybar plastic-backed offerings currently available. ICS on-board combined with the latest Sense UI is a worthwhile experience on the device. Overall, the On... Full review
Great build quality and a fantastic camera
Solid build quality, good battery life, and performance isn't at all bad
Quirky design, decent battery, and an overall nippy experience
Good performance, very fast successive camera shutter, bright and sharp LCD display, and fantastic battery life
The One V is neither the best phone on the market, nor the best One Series device. But it isn’t trying to be: the device fits into a very important niche within the low-cost smartphone category, and at the moment there isn’t a better proposition. At $300 outright and $0 on a 3-year term (TELUS will likely sell it for $29.99 on a 3-year term when it debuts on the 17th) the One V is a great deal. Yes, it has last year’s internals and requires a microSD to work properly, but at this point the One V is the only low-cost Android phone I can recommend to most people.
If you’re havi... Full review
A great style and design about this handset and a great feel too
I’m used to smartphones lasting around a day on battery life now. The One V did a little better and still had charge at midnight even after I’d powered it up at 6AM. There was a whiff of industrial design about this and it felt really good in the hand. I loved little things like the slimline notification light on top, which glows orange or greeen depending on the charge status. Inside, the browser did seem to struggle somewhat. Only four tabs can be opened at once in what seems to be an effort to cope with this, but you can try other browsers to see if this helps. The screen was bright... Full review
It's not just bad, it doesn't function as a phone
Good for only $100
Worst phone I've ever owned.
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Manuals / User Guides
- HTC One V Manual (PDF)
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