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HTC One SV Review


Posted: , by Nick T.



There's a lot to like about the pretty HTC Sense 4.1 if you ignore the fact that it is running on Android 4.0.4 instead of anything newer. For starters, there's the lock screen capable of fitting four shortcuts to apps of your choice. Pull the ring up and you'll arrive at the home screen, where HTC's quite functional weather widget is situated. And speaking of widgets, there's a ton of them to pick from – clocks, bookmarks bar, favorite contacts, email and text message viewers, and more. The on-screen virtual keyboard is also quite pleasant to use regardless of its orientation – with large, easy-to-reach buttons and built-in word prediction.

The HTC One SV is running on Android 4.0.4 - HTC One SV Review
The HTC One SV is running on Android 4.0.4 - HTC One SV Review
The HTC One SV is running on Android 4.0.4 - HTC One SV Review
The HTC One SV is running on Android 4.0.4 - HTC One SV Review

The HTC One SV is running on Android 4.0.4

Virtual keyboard - HTC One SV Review
Virtual keyboard - HTC One SV Review

Virtual keyboard


First of all, kudos to HTC for pre-loading the complete, 206-page One SV user guide in PDF format. There's also a simple PDF viewer app on board, along with Polaris Office, a Movie Editor, database of How-To guides for users that are new to smartphones, and a Stocks app powered by Yahoo! Finance. We should also mention that the HTC Rescue application comes pre-loaded. Powered by the LogMeIn service, it allows an HTC Care representative to provide technical assistance by accessing and diagnosing the user's smartphone remotely.

Processor and Memory:

There's a dual-core Snapdragon S4 system-on-a-chip inside the HTC One SV, equipped with a pair of 1.2GHz Krait CPUs and Adreno 305 graphics. One gigabyte of RAM has also been thrown in for good measure. Overall, the smartphone's performance is flawless 99% of the time, free of lag or dropped frames, no matter what you choose to throw at it. Naturally, demanding 3D games are also playable and they run at pretty high framerates, we should note. The immaculate real-life performance of the HTC One SV is also reflected in the benchmark scores that we got.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC One SV 4456 11211 60
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
HTC One S 4867 7012 60,7

Most users might find the on-board storage available on the HTC One SV insufficient. There are 8GB total, out of which 1.1GB are allocated for apps and an additional 4.15GB may be used for storing files and media. Expanding the smartphone's storage using a microSD card is recommended. Note that with the One SV you get 25GB of Dropbox storage for two years, courtesy of HTC.

Web Browser and Connectivity:

The web browser on the HTC One SV is, how should we put it... twitchy. And that's not because it is slow or anything. Quite the contrary – it loads pages pretty fast and its very responsive in general. However, pinching to zoom causes the text reflow feature to rearrange text paragraphs. As a result, the area of the page, which you're trying to view, gets shifted to the side, sometimes out of the user's scope of view. Thankfully, double-tapping to zoom in and out works flawlessly and we recommend that you get used to using that gesture instead on the HTC One SV.

Other than that, the 4.3-inch screen is, for the most part, comfortable for surfing the web as it is pretty spacious, but the relatively low resolution will force you to zoom in more than you might like to. Fortunately, if you're reading an article or a blog post, for example, you have the option to clear the entire web page from non-essential content, such as ads and pictures, leaving only the text of the article.

Surfing the web on the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review
Surfing the web on the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review
Surfing the web on the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review
Surfing the web on the HTC One SV - HTC One SV Review

Surfing the web on the HTC One SV

Among the most significant stand-out features of the HTC One SV is the LTE support. Note, however, that the smartphone isn't compatible with all LTE networks throughout the world, so make sure it works with your carrier in case you're buying one SIM-free or if you plan on using it abroad. Based on data provided by HTC, the LTE radio on the One SV should work in Asia on 1800/2600MHz, Europe on 800/1800/2600MHz, and North America on 700/AWS/1900MHz. For all other markets and carriers there's the HSPA+ radio reaching download speeds of up to 42Mbps. Further down the list of connectivity features we see NFC, Wi-Fi at both 2.4 and 5GHz, GPS with GLONASS compatibility, and Bluetooth 4.0 with support for the apt-X codec for increased audio fidelity.

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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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