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HTC One SV Review


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Call quality:

HTC One SV Review
We have nothing bad to say about the way the earpiece performs. In fact, calls taken with the HTC One SV sound great – loud and natural, without any traces of noise or static. The microphone, however, could have been a bit better than that. On the other side of the line, voices are distinguishable, yet slightly muffled, probably due to the presence of a secondary microphone, which filters a fair amount of the background noise.

Battery Life:

There's a 1,800mAh removable battery powering the HTC One SV, but the maker has not published any official information as to how long it should last on a single charge. That mostly depends on your usage habits, as well as on whether LTE connectivity is being actively used. Judging by what we got out of it during our testing, you should expect it to last at least one single day, as long as you don't push it too much.


Not bad, HTC, not bad. The smarthpone that you've crafted may be a bit rough around the edges, but it is still a very solid Android offering, and the presence of LTE connectivity is, of course, more than welcome. Whoever picks the HTC One SV up will be pleased by the excellent performance driving it and delighted by its outstanding appearance.

Yet let us not forget that the HTC One SV belongs to the mid-range category, although one might assume it is a high-end handset prior to actually using it. In other words, there are some compromises that an One SV owner should learn to live with, among which are the relatively low-res display and the not-so-amazing 5-megapixel camera.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 4.0.4
HTC Sense version: 4.1
Software number: 1.16.708.2

HTC One SV Video Review:


  • LTE connectivity
  • Slim, light, good-looking smartphone
  • Excellent performance


  • Camera leaves room for improvement
  • Unimpressive screen resolution of 800 by 480 pixels
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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: 4320; 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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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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