- 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.
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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.
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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
Never in my life have I seen a phone as utterly useless as this one. Fresh factory reset, ZERO apps installed and after a couple of weeks it starts to hang for five, ten, twenty seconds. Restarting doesn't help. The most embarrassing moment it caused me was at a meeting. I forgot to silence it and got a call in the middle of the meeting. Oops, I'll decline... or so I thought. This piece of s..t decided to freeze up and not take any input while it was ringing. I started getting looks after five seconds while I was furiously trying to silence it somehow with a red face from embarrasment... and it just rang and rang and rang... for twenty seconds until the caller hung up. Made me look like a fumbling idiot unable to operate a phone. My boss walked up to me afterwards asking what the hell my little show was. And this happens all the time. Basically any action you want to do (i.e. wake it to check the time, read a text message, set or silence an alarm) takes anything between 1 to 20 seconds to complete, depending on the phone's mood. No, nothing is running in the background, no apps are installed... it's just an utterly, horribly, unthinkably shitty phone. HTC doesn't release software updates for this paperweight anymore, so it will not change either, unless you root it and give it a new ROM - which I'm not willing to bother with. A few weeks after buying I took it back to the store. The service guy told me that he could send it back for a checkup to HTC, but informally lets me know that he had done it with other customers before, and HTC will not find or fix anything, because there's nothing to fix, it's simply a crappy model. The problems are on the software side, and there's nothing they can do. Not all of them exhibit these problems, but it's not known what causes the issue. Bottom line is, don't buy this phone, even if you're strapped for cash and can get one used for $20. It's worth NOTHING. I won't put mine up on eBay because I'd be ripping off whoever would buy it. I'll smash it to pieces this weekend after I bought my new phone. God, I'm so looking forward to it.Less
Good for only $100
I got the Telus 1V prepaid at Walmart, then $130 now $100. Android 4.0.3 (ICS) is dated but way better than Gingerbread on previous phone. The HTC launcher is fine for a phone, HTC Mail is great improvement over ICS Email. The main flaw is only 512MB of RAM, much slower app start up than a 1GB device. Single 1GHz CPU, records and plays 720p MP4. 3 days on charge. Not complaining considering the low price. My Kobo Arc always available at home.Less
Worst phone I've ever owned.
Good screen. Seems well made. Nice design. Unfortunately, that's all the good I can say. Android 4 is a big disappointment. Included apps are incomplete and the interface with them is often non intuitive. Poor programming. Buying apps to improve a poor system is just throwing good money after bad. I'm not an iphone user or blackberry or any other smarthphone user. The poor apps would be ok if the phone worked. It doesn't. Poor reception in areas where I've used other phones from other manufactures on the same network. It's only clear when you are close to the tower. Mercifully, this piece of junk stopped working after six weeks so I can go get a better one. Not dropped or abused. It was sitting in my pocket and failed. It won't charge, reboot, turn on, or hard reboot. A useless paperweight. Guy at the store professed his surprise (of course he would). My first and last HTC. My first and last Android phone unless it's improved. Avoid.Less
Wonderful little device with great display. Thin, light with a rubberized shell. nice to hold and you can hol it all day long. Problem is that many HTCs, and this phone is no different, are plagued with a random and recurring boot-loop. You cannot remove he battery either. Soooo ... You're in he middle of an important call and the phone randomly reboots. You're sleeping and he phone randomly reboots ( and when it does, it plays it's little tube and wakes you). You're having dinner and the phone is 10 feet away and it reboots. And, when it does, it does so over and over and over (like 7 times or so). Solution seems to be a hard reset, with SIM removed (wipes your data, newly added apps, data settings and personalizations). However, this only gives you about 16 hours of peace ... MAX. So, if you dont want to be a slave to your phone and you value reliable communications ... my latest solution is to return it and exchange it for a good old reliable Samsung.Less
This phone is great. It allows me to set limits for data ussage, see my other usages and a lot more other useful stuff.Less
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