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HTC One V review

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The HTC One V currently has an Informr score of 6.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 31 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)

Operating system
Operating system
1 GHz
1 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1500 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


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.

- Luke Johnson, TechRadar

The HTC One V is an attractive phone with blazing speed from 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM. The 5 megapixel camera, Beats Audio sound technology, Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich and HTC Sense 4 makes device simply superb in the segment. Though non removable battery, no front came...

- TT Gadget Editor, TelecomTiger
Android Tapp
Android Tapp

If you’re in the market for a decent budget phone, it may be one to grab. It’s thin, light, cheap to buy and cheaper service. It’s almost descriptive of the phrase you get what you pay for, as it’s not Virgin Mobile’s greatest Android smartphone but gets the job done.

- Antonio Wells, Android Tapp
Phone Scoop
Phone Scoop

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 footpri...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop

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 switchin...

- Sandhya Iyer, NDTV

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC One V user manual here.

HTC backs up the One V with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your One V has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The HTC One V's screen size is 3.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Scorpion Single core 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera.

There's no secondary front camera.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 25.5 days standby time, 600 minutes, 409 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

One V Specs

Release Date April 26, 2012
Regions Available Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Scorpion Single core 1 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.57 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 320 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 409 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to 25.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 6.0 x 0.9 cm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 115 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: No
Java Application: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): HTC Primo
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