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HTC One V Review

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HTC One V Review
The in-call audio quality of the HTC One V is okay, but we were honestly expecting more than that. What we didn't like about it was that the sound through the earpiece is slightly muffled, and what we heard on the other side of the line was not much better. Still, the volume levels of what the earpiece emits and what the microphone captures are good enough.

With the HTC One V you get a 1,500mAh battery, but HTC is keeping mum on how many hours of talk time we might expect out of a single charge. In case you still care, we have to warn you that the battery is not removable.


Getting your hands on an HTC One V is going to cost you about $370 off-contract, which is definitely a reasonable price considering what you get in exchange. The smartphone has style and character that few devices in its price category can match, and we are pretty happy with it for the most part. The only things that we were unimpressed with were the poorly executed stock web browser, mediocre 720p video, and lack of sufficient on-board storage, but other than that, we have little to complain about.

Still, there are a few smartphones that you might want to check out before getting the One V. For example, if you want a bit more display real estate, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes with a 4.2-inch screen, and the HTC Sensation offers a 4.3-inch display along with a dual-core processor. Both of these smartphones, however, will cost you a little bit extra. The Samsung Galaxy W is priced similarly to the One V and offers similar features and performance, but does not look like that premium of a device. Another 3.7-incher that is worth considering is the female-oriented HTC Rhyme. –Not to be forgotten is the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, which is even more compact with its 3.3-inch screen and is just as reasonably priced.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.0.3
software number: 1.56.401.1
Kernel version: 3.0.16-gd5b834a
Baseband version:
Build number: 1.56.401.1 CL47452
Browser version: WebKit/534.30


  • Compact and lightweight
  • Beautiful display
  • Android 4.0
  • Decent camera


  • Web browser needs more work
  • Way too little internal storage
  • Mediocre 720p video
PhoneArena rating:
8 Good
User rating:
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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: 1956; 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: 210; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


"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: 1027; 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 :-)

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 01:26

54. arnabarnab2 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

can u please tell me which software update helped u with this issue.... please tell me.... i m facing the same issue

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 00:42

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

htc one v -------> like
xperia sola ------>dislike

(((((PS : pls tell when will sola launch in india? price ? does it have custom ui or android stock (hands on video show stock) ? is htc camerra that bad??? i thought it was having same camera technology as the one x and s ???? is the htc trolling us by giving 1gb while telling it is 4gb?? what happens after two years end for cloud storage ?? )))))

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 04:50 1

19. JackDude (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

The sola has the new "Xperia UI" just as the NXT-phones. Sola has a SD card slot and
dual-core for (hopefully) the same price so I'd go with the Sola.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 04:53

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

sola is 21000 INR
one v is 17000 INR
(47 INR = 1$)

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 11:59

22. thesniper11 (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

The Xperia Sola Is Much Better with A Dual Core, SD Card Slot,8GB Internal,Bravia Engine,Xloud More Future Proof And I Think It Has The Same Price As The HTC One V

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 06:37

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

I feel low when reading reviews like this one.
To be honest. I feel devastated. It's not only better than Nokia 900 but even better than it's bigger and high spec brother, X One.
The display is worse, design is borrowed from hero (should I remind you when hero was introduced??), cpu is weaker, has smaller amount of ram, display surface is a joke (plastic?? realy? today's standard is glass and it's a wise choice), camera is weak and it's nothing more than upgraded hero.
Yet, it scored higher than 900 and X One! Great reviewers have you got there PA!

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 00:44

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

yesterday ...I purchased HTC one V but now want to return it back.....due to too much heating and bluetooth issues.....

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:37

31. felixmsw (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

Can I have one please? Lol

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 13:53

32. gegenava (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

I have the same trouble with bluetooth Plantronics m155, but it works fine with SE MW600, very strange and very sad.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 16:55

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

Guys I am about to buy it, and I have Wildfire S, do you recommend me to buy??
Bluetooth problems are not a big problem because they will fix it sooner or later, but generally do you recommend?
Thanks a lot

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 00:35 1

36. DylRicho (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


As an upgrade from the Wildfire S, I could see it being future-proof as it runs on 50% of the hardware from the Desire S, which recently got upgraded to Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0.

Obviously with the One V, you already get that, but what I'm trying to say is that any future updates are more than likely to be given to Desire S and One V owners, rather than Wildfire S owners.

As an upgrade in itself, you should notice the difference. I have owned the Desire S in the past (I now have the One S), and I can say that the Desire S handled things very well.

Dylan. :)

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:40

60. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

As replacement for the Wildfire S I would recommend the Sony Xperia Sola, the Samsung Galaxy ace 2 or he LG optimus L7. All three are medium-low ranged as the Wildfire S but with dual cores.
I would prefer the Samsung as it´s the only one with front camera and probably will sponsor the best battery life. But that´s already personal preference, check the specs of the 3 as they have different screen resolutions and sizes.

posted on 11 Apr 2012, 00:20 1

34. gegenava (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

If you shure they will fix it soon, then yes. Very good phone.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 00:31 1

35. DylRicho (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

The reviewer failed to mention that the One V uses a lot of the Desire S' components, such as the same CPU, GPU, screen and resolution. You should seriously consider the Desire S before purchasing this phone as it has a front-facing camera and 256MB more RAM. It still supports Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0, but the downsides are that you won't get the updated camera, and it only features Bluetooth 2.1.

I'm guessing the 256MB of RAM that was taken from the Desire S to make the One V, is because of the new camera ImageSense chip. With the Desire S, the main Qualcomm MSM8255 processor handles the camera as well, thus it may need the extra RAM.

I've owned the Desire S, and now have the One S with no regrets, but that is no reason for me to suggest that you consider the Desire S before choosing the One V. It depends entirely on your personal preference.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 18:33

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

Guys I have got the One V today !!
I can say it is 70% good 30% bad...hmmmmm may be 60/40 ;)
I have sent and recieved to and from my Wildfire S and it is OK, but, i tried with Nokia 5800XM, i recieve normally but i send corrupted data !!!!!!!!!!
I think it is not a defection but i am goind back to the shop to install arabic language and i will tell them about that..
But i am satisfied about the phone, especially after Wildfire S..
Also, i can not tell at all about 4GB internal memory, please One V owners explain, i have one gigabyte for user apps and 100 megabytes for user data, so where are the rest??
The most impressive thing i found is the GPS antenna, it is AMAZING and i get about 5 sats inside home in a blink !!!
WiFi is good but Wildfire S receptin was a bit better i think because the antenna itself is the SD and SIM cards cover and you cover it with your hand, when you hold the phone with this area free you get better WiFi receptiopn..
The sound is OK in general, no compass in this phone!! this gives a sign that HTC saved some options to reduce the price..
Angry Birds Space runs VERY well, i have tried it on a Sensation XE and it runs almost the same here..
The camera options are amazing but the camera photos are not very good, can say 60%, but it is really fast, i liked the speed very much..
I am still confused about ICS, my finger lerned well what to do on Gingerbread but it is a bit lost here in ICS !!!
Generally, if you want a cheap android for entry level get this phone or if you update from an older phone and you are a regular user..
But if you are a power user or you push the phone to the edge, think twice..

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 09:49

39. llc55 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

may i know which one is worth its price better? one v or desire s? please decide for me T.T

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 06:21

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

Desire s' having a secondary cam, 256mb more of ram. But ics update for its still not confirmed. In one v, u get an HTC imagesense chip for hdr, panoramic, continuous shoot, snaps at the time of recording and an HTC which looks different than its family for a change(chin, easy to grab). Both stand almost levelled in other departments like screen size, gpu n cpu. The text is top notch in one v. Display with slcd. Go for one v.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 03:14 1

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

I'm quite happy with my HTC one V. Had some problems with bluetooth but they are solved for me with a software update last friday. Had some problems with wifi, you shouldn't hold the phone on the bottom covering the back of the curved-chin, that is where the antenna is. When holding there you wifi will drop atleast 20DBm which or wil completely disconnect. This is a known issue, according HTC, the said i should hold my phone differntly :-S

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 06:23

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

Did u get ur phone updated over the air or elsewhere? And can u now connect with ur by headset?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 01:22

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

I manual triggered an over the air update. I can now call via bluetooth carkit.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 02:32

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

Was it software version 1.56.720.20? Of 8.8 MB something?

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 06:48

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

Can you please let us know where to download this software update

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 01:21

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

Via the phone: settings->Info>Software updates

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 14:34

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

Yes my friend, you are 10000% correct, the bottom cover is the antnna for both mobile network and the wifi, covering it affects the performance a bit. Totally agree..

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:01

55. arnabarnab2 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

please tell me the software update.... how to get it...... coz.... i am facing the same issue with the phone as my bluetooth issue remains same..

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 14:29

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

I have been using the phone for about five days untill now...
Here is a personal experience i have posted on another forum..
But, BTW, I have a problem sending data via bluetooth to Nokia 5800, but now I am using this app..


to transfere files and it worked like charm :)
Still having nice time with the V, here are some info..
* Please forgive me about the order because I write what I remember first.. so i am very sorry about that..
1- The phone is fast enough for your daily use but it is not a jet phone at all.
2- STILL CAN NOT FIND the rest of the 4GB internal memory.. 1GB for apps and 100MB for data.
3- The notification light is AMAZING and very clear and strong.
4- The phone runs live wallpapers ok but in the personalise menu you can only find regular wallpapers but you can access live wallpapers through an installed one application icon.
5- Sound quality during calls is totally ok and the loud speaker is loud enough to make people ask to lower the sound a bit!!!
6- Accessing the messages and phone book is fast, i say that because phone book on my Wildfire S looked heavy and slow.
7- I have checked HTC page and no compass sensor listed, the compass is a typical "compass" we use to know real directios, or applications that called "metal detectors" use, but most of us don't care about that option, we are real phone users not a show-off guys :)
8- Still can not judge the battery life because it is the first charge and first day and I keep playing and exploring aaaaaall the time.
9- Angry Birds Space runs PERFECTLY.
10- The phone DO HAVE FM RADIO with good sound and style.
11- The loudspeaker volume for phone ringer is good and the speaker sound itself is very good and deep.
12- Didn't find any problem untill now, but sometimes I feel that HTC should have worked a little bit more on the phone finish.
13- The "chin" is not that ugly or annoying, you will not even notice it.
14- The camera options are VERY AMAZING, but the photos itself I give it 60%, the flash is strong and the video recording is OK.
15- The camera is fast, starts fast and shoots fast and focuses fast, not very fast but toooo fast for a 1GHZ single core phone like this.
16- My biggest problem, I sent and recieved via bluetooth to and from my Wildfire S (bluetooth 4.0) very normal, but i have tried that with Nokia 5800 (bluetooth 2.0) recieved ok but I can not send ok, the Nokia disonnects and recieves corrupted data.
17- The screen is very good, and no touch response problems untill now.
18- ICS is a bit different than older Android vensions you will have to spend some time to get used to it.
19- The GPS antenna is THE BEST, very very fast and very sensitive.
20- Generally the phone feels solid.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 12:11

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

Thanks for your feedbck ... can u throw some light on the browser? I m planning to buy this phn and wuld be using the browser considerably.. have heard that the browser is disappointing... is it true?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 16:10

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

I havn't used it for long time, but please note, I had a Wildfire S before this phone, and I must say the difference is HUGE, I wasn't using the integrated browser in Wildfire S because it was hard to use, but I have been using Opera Mobile for long time, it is much better and my finger got used to it. But, with One V, the phone browser is fast enough for normal use and Opera too is fast enough, I can't see it is too heavy, but have in mind this phone is a single core 1GHz, and Wildfire S was 600MHz !!so it will not be a rocket.
In my opinion this is good for a 1GHz phone loaded with ICS and as I said before, enough for normal use.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 12:20

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

Thanks - One last Q ... does this phone have FM radio? There are mixed reviews on various sites..

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 14:16

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

YES, it does have FM radio, I can take a video or photo for the radio if anyone want!!
I was unsure also, because so many sites mentioned that there is no FM radio, but I do say "Positive" it have FM radio!!!!!! :D

Any questions I am here to answer..

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OS: Android 4.0.3
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera5 megapixels
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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