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HTC One V Review

HTC One V is a mid range android smartphone launched by HTC. It did not gain the same amount of attention as the HTC One X. At first look HTC One V looks similar to the HTC Hero. HTC One V is one of the few mid range android smartphones which comes with android 4.0 i.e ice cream sandwich. HTC One V is a affordable android smartphone with good features and great build quality.

Display & Design

HTC One V has a dimension of 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.2 mm and weighs just 115 grams. These days most of the smartphones comes with a plastic body but HTC One v has a anodized metal unibody design. It has a 3.7 inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen. The display has a 480 x 800 pixels resolution and 252 ppi pixel density.

HTC One V

Above the display you have a earpiece and a hidden ambient light sensor. HTC One V does not come with a front facing camera for video calling.

HTC One V Above Display

Below the display there are 3 touch buttons present. These are back, home and recent apps button just like HTC One X.

HTC One V below Display

For better grip of the phone in your hands the company has provided a chin curve at the bottom of the phone.The chin curve has a rubberized back instead of anodized metal back.

HTC One V protruding chin curve

At the back of the phone you have a 5 megapixel camera along with a single LED flash. You also have HTC as well as beats audio branding on the back side along with a loudspeaker.

HTC One V Back

Beats audio branding is present on the lower end just above the speaker grill.

You need to remove the bottom compartment in order to insert the SIM card or the MicroSD card. The phone uses a normal SIM card instead of a microSIM so you don’t need to cut it short.

HTC One V microsd and sim slot

At the bottom of the phone you just have a mic present on the chin curve.

HTC One V bottom

At the top of the phone you have a 3.5mm audio jack, power/lock key and a notification light slit.

HTC One V Top

On the left side you just have a mircoUSB port, which is present on the lower end.

HTC One V MicroUSB

On the right side you just have a volume rocker. A dedicated camera key which is usually present on the right side is missing in HTC One V.  HTC One V Volume Rocker

Hardware

HTC One V comes with a single core 1Ghz processor and 512 mb RAM. It comes with a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset and Adreno 205 GPU. The phone comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and has 4Gb internal storage out of which just 1GB is user accessible. The good news is that the phone has microSD slot and supports mircoSD card of upto 32gb storage. According to us company should have provided atleast 1GB Ram for better performance.

Software

HTC One V runs on the android version 4.0 i.e ice cream sandwich along with HTC Sense UI 4.0. We already told you about some of the features about HTC Sense UI 4.0 in our HTC One X Review. Although Sense UI 4.0 present in HTC One V is nearly same as Sense UI present in HTC One X but still there are few differences like the number of widgets available in HTC One X are nearly double of those available in One V.

HTC Sense UI 4.0

Other features of the Sense UI 4.0 includes tweaked internet browser, accessing notifications right from the lock screen etc. Overall, we really liked the HTC Sense UI along with ICS present in the HTC One V and it surely gives an advantage to HTC One V in terms of Software and UI over other smartphones in the same price range.

Camera

HTC One V comes with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera which can capture images at 2592 x 1944 pixels. HTC has provided a single LED flash along with the camera.

HTC One V Camera

Due to android ICS and HTC Sense UI 4.0, HTC One V has a great camera interface which is better than the old HTC devices. It comes with HTC Image Sense which allows taking still pictures even while recording a video. You can even take continuous shots(just like a burst shot) by simply holding down the photo button.

HTC One V Camera interface

The camera also supports various other features like touch focus, geo tagging, HD video recording, face & smile detection. The camera performs quite well in even the low light conditions and here are some sample images taken with the HTC One V camera : 

The last sample image was taken at night with no other light source present except the HTC One V LED flash. The phone lacks front facing camera for video calling.

Battery Life

HTC One V comes with a 1500mAh non removable battery. With moderate usage the battery lasted for around 2 Days during which we made few calls, browsed internet for few hours, captured few images and videos using camera and played some songs and videos.

We are really impressed by the battery backup and even with heavy usage it could easily last for a day or more. Usually it is recommended to charge your android smartphone at the end of the day but with HTC One V you can still have battery left at the end of the day for using it over for tomorrow.

Conclusion

HTC One V is a great mid range smartphone. It is available in the market for around Rs17,000. The phone has a great build quality and comes with Andorid 4.0 ICS and HTC Sense UI 4.0 which surely gives it an upper hand over other smartphones in the same price range. Phone has a moderate performance and you might notice lag while running some heavy applications or games.

Pros :

  • Good Build Quality
  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • Expandable Memory
  • Good Battery Life
  • Reasonable Price

Cons :

  • No Dedicated Camera Key
  • Missing Front Camera

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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