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HTC One V Review

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Although it is the most affordable among the HTC One bunch, the One V also comes with an HTC ImageChip, which should result in great-looking photos and short load-up times. And yes, we must agree that its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera boots pretty fast most of the time, although a slight, but passable, shutter lag is present. In burst mode, however, you can capture about four frames per second, which is pretty impressive for a device of this caliber. The camera interface comes with all the features that are present on the HTC One X and One S, such as various scenes and effects, face detection, and panorama mode.

Camera interface - HTC One V Review
Camera interface - HTC One V Review
Camera interface - HTC One V Review
Camera interface - HTC One V Review

Camera interface


As far as image quality goes, we took some photos on a bright, sunny day and they look really good for the most part, with plenty of detail, especially in close-ups, and low amount of digital noise. Still, on several occasions, the white balance was a bit off making photos look blueish, and HDR images looked plain terrible. Indoor shots look okay as long as the room is well illuminated, but once lights get dim, image quality deteriorates immediately.

Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
HDR - Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
    

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Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review
Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V - HTC One V Review

Outdoor shots made with the HTC One V


Panorama image - HTC One V Review

Panorama image


Strong - Indoor samples - HTC One V Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC One V Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC One V Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - HTC One V Review

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Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


We took several 720p video samples with the HTC One V, but we were not impressed. Details are scarce, and colors look cold and lifeless.

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The music player on the HTC One V is simple, elegant, and pretty straightforward to use. Naturally, it comes with a widget for your home screen, but you can control it straight from the lock screen too. With the Beats Audio enhancements enabled, songs of contemporary music genres such as pop and hip-hop are really brought to life, but with other styles we didn't notice much of a difference other than the increase in volume. Bear in mind, however, that the stock earphones do not belong to the Beats brand, so don't expect to be blown away unless you purchase a premium pair. As with all Ice Cream Sandwich devices, support for the FLAC audio format comes out of the box.

The music player on the HTC One V is simple and elegant - HTC One V Review
The music player on the HTC One V is simple and elegant - HTC One V Review
The music player on the HTC One V is simple and elegant - HTC One V Review

The music player on the HTC One V is simple and elegant


With the stock video player on the HTC One V we had no troubles playing 720p video, including our samples encoded in DivX format. Several handy features have been thrown in, including support for subtitle files, an audio enhancer, and the ability to capture frames from the video that is currently being played back. Also, the built-in speaker is loud enough for you to enjoy your video comfortably. 1080p video could not be played, but that is no big of a deal considering that the smartphone's average display size and resolution.

Video player - HTC One V Review

Video player


Although the 4GB of built-in storage might seem okay, you will definitely be buying a microSD card for your HTC One V. That is because the actual user-available storage for stuff like photos, videos, and songs is only 95 megabytes, which is pathetic in our opinion. There is a gig of storage reserved for apps, which is also anything but spacious.

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posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:21 9

1. moyourBB (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


wow!! Even One V can beat One X !!! What a joke !!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:30 7

2. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


Yeah, we need to have a non-iFan review the One X because that dude was totally biased.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:59 4

8. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


dude this is a mid ranger
one x is a high range phone it is competing in it's own category.................

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:25 3

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Sigh. The One X needs to be re-evaluated for a review. It was not given a just score for what it is because of Ray's bias, and people are angry about it.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:42 1

11. biophone (Posts: 1968; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Who gives a flying f***. Everything he said in his review was fine just read it and don't play attentiom to the score if your that enamored by it.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 06:46

27. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


But it's not about category. These reviews are silly because weaker phone scored higher than the better one.
And it's obvious that ONE X is better (I don't like htc and ONE is an example how not to make a future proof phone...htc rushed into things like lg did with 2x...not optimised, not polished enough phone...the point ios to be the very first with quad core).
Let alone PA doesn't control writers and reviews such like this above are a proof that there is no integrity nor cohesion in scoring phones.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:27 2

30. Crossblade (Posts: 211; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate

"Class: The class of each cell phone is defined by the targeted customers` preferences regarding the cost, the luxury level, the multimedia features and so on. We rate the phones depending on the class they are in, and that is why e.g. lack of high-tech features is not a problem for luxury or budget phones. You are probably wondering why some entry-level phones have the same excellent score as the latest top shelf smartphone. This means that they both are very good, but only for their class. Could you compare a convertible with an SUV? Not really, because obviously they belong to different classes and are intended for different purposes. It is the same with cell phones."

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 00:42

28. rajendra22 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


Do not purchase this one,,,,,Blutooth is not working properly also gets heated early ....you cant talk more than 10 min....

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 12:32

67. shayanhussain (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Jun 2012)


but my one v is working.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:42 8

3. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


That chin looks ugly.

posted on 29 May 2012, 09:54

66. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


it pays homage to the illustrious and great HTC Android Phone- Legend. so i say, ITS NICE!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:22 3

4. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


video review?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:49

5. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


i am buying it
can somebody tell from where can i get a cover for it ????????????

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:54 3

6. mercorp (Posts: 1030; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


can we have a review between this phone and ace two?

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 07:17

62. dbparipsa (Posts: 20; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I also want the detailed comparison review of Ace 2 and One V just like PA did with One X and One S. Which screen is better overall?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:57 4

7. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


I think the Xperia U is better than the One V.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:04 2

9. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


xperia u ships with 4gb non expandable

u still want it ?????

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 15:54 1

12. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


8gb actually with 4gb user accessible (for music & multimedia etc) some of the remaining 4gb is saved for apps and sms messages aswell as the rest for the os and overlay, which, on the xperia s anyway, is much nicer than sense ergh.

Oh and also Sony offer 50gb free storage through Box when you get a NXT-gen smartphone, its personal preferance at the end of the day

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 22:56

14. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


well i personally dont prefer cloud storage
the data connection speeds in my part of world is usually very slow............
and isn't it like u get free cloud storage for a limited time and otherwise it costs ????????????
( one v has 25gb clud storage for two years)

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 17:02

25. Bangthering_007 (Posts: 36; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


You are absolutely r8. This thing (OneV) for god's sake doesnt have a front facing shooter!!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 17:06

13. ahonda55 (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


MORE than perfect review, i have been looking for such review for a week!
Thanks a lot guys good work, good work phonearena.com

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 00:19 1

15. Abhilash123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


I bought one yesterday. Was having problems with bluetooth(4V) connectivity to my headset(2.1V) .
Has anyone faced this issue.
Will there be a problem if handset uses V4 bluetooth and the headset im using is 2.1?
Specs of bluetooth 4 tells it should be backward compatible.
Did anyone face this issue earlier?

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 02:58 1

17. rossemiel (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


I am having the same problem. It doesnt work with the car stereo nor with bluetooth handsets i tried. Strangly bluetooth audio (music) is working great. If they dont fix this with an update soon, I will have to return it.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 04:33

18. Abhilash123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


today evening a htc guy is supposed to meet me to explain what is going on. Bluetooth 4 works well in iphone 4s , not with this phone. HTC customer care sucks atleast in india.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 07:00

21. rossemiel (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Would be nice if you keep us updated.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 12:02

23. Abhilash123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


they tell its a known issue with the HTC one V.
They promised to replace the set if they are not able to find a resolution in 10 days.
Lets wait and see .

Do let me know if you find something useful

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 15:11

24. rossemiel (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Good to know that its a known issue. At first I thought i had a defective device. I will keep searching for a solution and post it here if I find anything.
I could also return it but I really like the phone and its the only phone with this format and android 4.0.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 10:38

40. hddos (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


Apart from the bluetooth issue, could you pls confirm how is the phone's performance. Several online reviews have said that the browser of the one v has a significant lag and have given it a thumbs down. Is it preferable to go for a samsungh galaxy s plus which I am getting for Rs 19.5k ?

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 08:43

38. ravkjain (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


I bought this phone a few days ago. Even I'm facing the same issue with bluetooth. Music works, but not the phone in car. :( And in addition, when disconnected, the phone's mic stops as well. Only resort remains is RESTART! Have reset this phone 3 times since last days. This seriously needs attention.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 03:08

41. mlommers (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


I got an software update last friday which solved the bluetooth issues for me :-)

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HTC One V

HTC One V

OS: Android 4.0.3
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.74 x 2.35 x 0.36 inches
(120.3 x 59.7 x 9.24 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)

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