The HTC One V is the third instalment of the Taiwanese company’s new One range, and without doubt the least impressive. But it’s certainly a handset that will appeal to people looking for an enjoyable smartphone experience without having to break the bank. When it comes to aesthetics, the HTC One V is much more in-tune with the HTC favourites of yesteryear than its more high-profile siblings with a definite nod in the direction of the popular HTC Legend.
The HTC-chin makes a triumphant return with the HTC One V along with a solid unibody aluminium chassis that is only spoiled, slightly, by the obvious seam where the removable part of the back- plate clips in, and a minor lip where the display doesn’t quite sit flush to the bezel. It’s not the thinnest handset on the market by any stretch at 9.2mm thick, but with a finish that is smoothly reassuring and a weight of just 115g – it’s a handset that’s a cut above most of the Android handsets that populate the lower to mid level shelves at your local smartphone shop.
The display is impressive, if not startling. It is 3.7 inches and has a resolution of 800 x 480 with a pixels per inch reading of 252, meaning vibrant, sharp images and text displays. It has a decent resistance to smudges and fingerprints and it holds up pretty well under bright lights.
The 5-megapixel camera takes fantastically clear pictures, although it only really performs at its best in well-lit situations.
In terms of settings and controls, the HTC One V is on par with the rest of the One range with a vast array of shooting options, including a great macro-mode and the brilliant continuous burst feature. This allows you to shoot a whole bunch of pictures in quick succession and then choose your favourite, or even keep them all if you want to. Video shooting is HD (although only 720p).
Where the HTC One V shows its shortcomings – and the reason for its low-ish price-tag is when it comes to performance. You’ll have no problems streaming high quality video from the likes of YouTube, but try running a HD video file, especially a 1080p one, and you’ll come unstuck.
The same goes for graphic-hungry games. You’ll need to stick to casual puzzle titles if you want to avoid a noticeable lag.
The software on board this smartphone is Android 4.0, with HTC’s Sense UI masking the native Google OS, but only slightly – HTC has wisely scaled back its much-criticised interface on this, allowing for a more natural Ice Cream Sandwich experience.
If you’re looking to jump on board the HTC One V bandwagon, and enjoy all of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich fuelled-fun that it entails. It’s certainly a strong contender in the mid-market segment that it’s aimed at. Here is a Full specs of HTC One V.