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HTC One SV Review

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Upon launching the camera application we're greeted by the same familiar user interface seen on all of HTC's recent Android smartphones. And that's nothing to complain about really because the UI offers not only the usual camera features and tweaks, such as various shooting modes and scene adjustments, but also a few bells and whistles like the slow-motion video mode (120 frames per second at 768 by 464 pixels) and the built-in image filters.

Camera interface - HTC One SV Review
Camera interface - HTC One SV Review
Camera interface - HTC One SV Review
Camera interface - HTC One SV Review

Camera interface


But now let's take a look at some actual images. First, a few tech details: the HTC One SV offers a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with BSI sensor, F2.0 aperture, and dedicated imaging chip. However, you shouldn't be paying too much attention to those fancy terms as the photos that the smartphone captures are nothing beyond average. On the bright side of things, the shutter lag is barely there and consecutive frames can be captured at a very rapid pace. But on the other hand, images lack detail and digital noise can be easily spotted in grayish areas. When it comes to video recording, you can crank up the resolution all the way to 1080p, but again, footage lacks in detail.



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HTC One SV Sample Video:




So in a nutshell, the HTC One SV gets the job done if all you need is to take a casual photo every once in a while. Just don't expect any miracles out of its 5-megapixel snapper as you're likely not going to get them.


Multimedia:

HTC has always made sure that its Android smartphones perform well in the multimedia department, and the One SV is no exception. The stock music player is rich in terms of features, so you get all the bells and whistles you'd expect like the lock-screen controls and the home-screen widget. There's also SoundHound integration, which you may use to fill all the missing information in the tracks you have stored on your HTC One SV. Last but definitely not least, Beats Audio integration is on board boosting the dynamics and lower frequency spectrum of music listened through the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

The music player of the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review
The music player of the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review
The music player of the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review

The music player of the HTC One SV


There is no dedicated video player installed on the HTC one SV. Instead, videos that you have recorded or copied onto the smartphone's memory can be watched using the gallery application. That, actually, isn't that bad of a solution because the video UI has been enhanced with a few handy features. You can capture screenshots of the video being played, share the video on a social network of your choice, or spice up the audio track with the help of Beats Audio technology. Any popular video format you can think of is playable out of the box, except for DivX. All of our video samples, including those in 1080p ran without skipping a frame.

Videos can be watched using the gallery application - HTC One SV Review
Videos can be watched using the gallery application - HTC One SV Review
Videos can be watched using the gallery application - HTC One SV Review

Videos can be watched using the gallery application



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posted on 10 Jan 2013, 08:14 5

1. lee480 (Posts: 177; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Because of the similar price, I would rather choose the sleek Xperia V.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 23:17 1

4. Charlie_boy (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


would definitely agree with you there....
13MP vs 5MP camera
720p vs 480p display

but is it really the same price? where?

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 00:11

6. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


and also waterproof and the price is in hong kong

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 22:40 1

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Damn! The ear-piece speaker grill is ugly... And it's very noticeable. They should've painted it black.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 23:11 1

3. Charlie_boy (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


many midrange phone reviews are coming out...

It seems the galaxy S III Mini (8.9) still gets the top marks for this class..

phones with similar specs also include:
7.5 - HTC One VX
7.5 - LG Optimus L9
7.0 - Samsung Galaxy Express

Is it fair? bias? what do you think guys?

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 23:23

5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Galaxy s3 mini does not deserve that score ! It's just a GALAXY S ADVANCE with jellybean . Bias ! But problem is most phonearena users are Samsung fanboys so they are pleased with the score

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 06:56

7. Charlie_boy (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


S Advance has a JB upgrade now, but I must admire your comparison and filtering skills...

How did you come to know that both phones are virtually the same in specs?

Although S III Mini has 256MB more RAM, but S Advance has an higher MP in front-facing cam...

posted on 17 May 2014, 21:12

8. myredbones (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2014)


Superb phone..had it 4m now..Everything amazing luv the body style even ordered another original battery cover in blk.. To change it up a lil now my one sv looks like a blk n bright red ice cream sandwich...

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HTC One SV

HTC One SV

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.0.4
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.04 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches
(128 x 66.9 x 9.2 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)

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