May 16, 2012 by admin
HTC seems to be using all the available alphabets to go with its HTC One smartphone line. After having seen both the HTC One X and HTC One S, it is now time to look at HTC One V. HTC aims to slot this phone in the mid-range category so read on to find out if it’s worth the $370 off-contract price.
Now to the buttons around the phone, on the right side of the phone we have the volume rocker and on the top is your lock key. We are happy that these buttons were responsive and the click you get when pressed reassures you that it has been pressed. Also on the top side of the HTC One V are the audio jack and the notification light. The notification light glows in green or amber and since it’s on the top, you will be able to see it even if the phone was rested with the screen facing downwards. Under the 3.7 inch screen on the front are physical Android buttons rather than the traditional capacitive ones. The phone is built from an anodized metal thus giving it a really expensive feel, not bad for a mid-range phone we would say.
HTC does provide the Friend Stream app with this phone but it falls short of becoming the social hub you need as it only supports Facebook and Flickr. Other things found on the phone would be the TuneIn Radio client and you also get Polaris Office for all of you business people out there. We like the transfer app as it you can move contacts from your old phone to the HTC One V with this app. We usually find keyboards on a 3.7 inch screen phone to be a little tough to use due to the screen size, but with this phone we found no such issues as the keys are spaced nicely enough.
The camera found on the HTC One V is a 5MP one with auto-focus plus it comes with HTC ImageChip. What that means is better looking photos and short start up times. True enough, it takes little time to get the camera up and running. Meanwhile the photos taken outdoors were good and details were aplenty. Digital noise was also kept at bay although white balance can sometimes go wrong. As for the camera interface, it’s the same as the one found on its siblings and comes with the whole list of options for various scenes and effects. Video recording is done at 720p and the results were quite poor as details were lacking and colors were not natural.
The internet browser on the HTC One V was a downer as it struggled with heavy pages and wasn’t very good at dealing with Flash content either. However, it does deal with the much simpler web pages easily and navigating through these pages is pretty easy. Connectivity options are in the form of Wi-Fi, FM Radio and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support.
In terms of call quality, it was moderate to say the least. We could have used with much better from the HTC One V but all we got was muffled voices on our end. On the other end, things were not that much better either. However as we mentioned, it’s something we can manage with but could have been better. The HTC One V is another phone where the battery is not accessible and this one comes with a 1500mAh one. One charge would probably just be enough for a day, but if you are a heavy user, carry that charger with you wherever you go.
Pros and Cons
We don’t know what went wrong with the internet browser and video recording on the HTC One V.
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