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HTC One V review

Legend follow-up proves just as impressive as we hoped
Wed May 23 2012, 17:07
HTC One V lock screen

Product HTC One V
Website HTC One V
Specifications 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, Adreno 205 GPU, 3.7in WVGA 480x800 display, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage with microSD support for up to 32GB, 5MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and HD 720p video, HSDPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Beats audio, 1,500mAh battery, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), HTC Sense 4.0, 120.3x59.7x9.2mm, 115g
Price £199.99


TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC's One V smartphone is the most affordable member of the HTC One club, although it's arguably the most charming too. Its chin gives a nod to the popular HTC Legend of 2008 fame, and it arrives stuffed full of high-end features despite its budget £200 price tag.

Chin up
As any potential buyer will know, the standout feature of the HTC One V is its old-school "chin" design, recycling the popular look of the HTC Legend. This cosmetic oddity helps the phone to stand out from the incoming wave of look-alike Android phones, although despite HTC's claims it makes the phone no more comfortable when held to your face.

HTC One V chin

In terms of build quality, the HTC One V feels much more expensive than it actually is. The phone has been crafted from a lightweight metal, which gives it a premium feel in the hand, and offers a feel of durability. At just 120x58x9.2mm and weighing 114g, the phone remains easily pocketable too.

A 3.7in WVGA 480x800 screen sits in the handset's aesthetically pleasing casing, offering viewing space slightly larger than that of the Iphone 4S and a decent pixel density of 252ppi (pixels per inch). We found that graphics looked nice and detailed and small text didn't require much effort to read, but images were slightly lacking in vibrancy compared to the HTC One V's more expensive siblings.

Skinny Ice Cream Sandwich
Given its £199 price tag we were surprised to discover that the HTC One V arrives running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich straight out of the box. This comes paired with the latest HTC Sense 4.0 user interface (UI), which gives the One V most of the functionality that you'll find on the more expensive HTC One S and HTC One X handsets.

However, adopters shouldn't be expecting all of the bells and whistles included with the more expensive HTC One handsets, as HTC has slimmed down the Sense UI to work more efficiently with the One V's less impressive internals. For example, HTC's 3D-style Recent Apps menu is gone, and the phone also lacks Face Unlock functionality.

Still, the skinny version of HTC's latest Sense overlay offers an all-around simple and intuitive user interface, and is much-less cluttered than previous iterations. We can't get enough of the phone's quite quirky "ring pull" lock screen design either, which will no doubt keep the company clear of a "slide to unlock" patent spat with Apple.

HTC One V lock screen

We can't help but think that with the latest version of Android onboard, the HTC One V might be inexpensive but it's already well positioned for an update to Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.

 

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