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HTC One SV Review


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HTC One SV Review

The mid-range smartphone category reminds us of a college party – there's always room for one more to join the fun! Naturally, we have nothing against that as the broader the selection of handsets is, the harder smartphone makers are trying to bring a truly competitive device. The HTC One SV is one of them offering a display of respectable size, well-performing dual-core processor, and LTE connectivity for rapid access to the web. U.S. carrier Cricket Wireless will be offering the smartphone starting January 16, but it can already be purchased in other parts of the world, including Australia, the U.K., and select Asian markets. However, is the HTC One SV as worthy of a pick as it seems? Well, let's put it through its paces and find out!

The package contains:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wired stereo earphones with tangle-free cord
  • Safety guide, warranty statement, and other documentation


Shortly after taking the HTC One SV out of its eco-friendly packaging we found ourselves oohing and aahing, impressed by the device's visual appeal. It is one beautiful handset, we must admit, and even though it is made mostly out of plastic, it seems well-built and definitely doesn't have a cheapo feel. The phone is relatively slim and light as well, sporting a thickness of only 9.2 millimeters while tipping the scales at 122 grams, and its slightly curved back side allows it to rest nicely in the hand. Speaking of which, the dimensions of the unit are quite suitable for single-handed operation.

The HTC One SV is quite suitable for single-handed operation - HTC One SV Review
The HTC One SV is quite suitable for single-handed operation - HTC One SV Review

The HTC One SV is quite suitable for single-handed operation

HTC One SV Review

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HTC One SV Review
Front camera and earpiece grill - HTC One SV Review
Capacitive Android keys - HTC One SV Review

Front camera and earpiece grill

Capacitive Android keys

There's a couple of things, however, that we're pretty disappointed by. One of them is the hideous earpiece grill that totally spoils the looks of the device's front side. And then there's the screen lock button located on the top side of the HTC One SV. The key is soft, lacks tactile response, and since it is far from the user's index finger, reaching for it is anything but comfortable. The volume rocker and the capacitive buttons, on the other hand, work just as expected.

Volume rocker (right) - HTC One SV Review
microUSB port (bottom) - HTC One SV Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - HTC One SV Review

Volume rocker (right)

microUSB port (bottom)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Back - The sides of the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review
Rear camera - The sides of the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review
Speaker grill - The sides of the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review


Rear camera

Speaker grill

The sides of the HTC One SV


First the good news: with the HTC One SV you get a screen that is neither too big, nor too small – a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 panel, to be more specific. Colors on it look vivid and accurate even when viewed at an angle and its outdoor visibility can be described as acceptable, even though this surely isn't the brightest mobile display out there. Furthermore, sliding your fingers across the protective layer of Gorilla Glass 2 is a pleasure, especially when you know that the few fingerprints it might collect are really easy to get rid of.

HTC One SV Review
However, the bad news is that you only get 480 by 800 pixels of resolution, which, although passable, is a bit underwhelming to see on a smartphone of this caliber. Due to the somewhat low pixel count, text and graphics don't look as sharp as we'd like them to be, and that makes things like surfing the web, for example, a bit less enjoyable. We should also mention that the screen exhibits a slight blurriness when moving objects are displayed, presumably caused by relatively low pixel response times. That's not too big of a deal, but perfectionists might find it annoying.

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posted on 10 Jan 2013, 08:14 5

1. lee480 (Posts: 197; 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: 71; 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: 4328; 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: 71; 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: 71; 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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OS: Android 4.2.2 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
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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