HTC One V Review

Interface:

Hey, what do you know: the interface on the HTC One V looks pretty much identical to what we have on the HTC One X and HTC One S. Right out of the box we get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the latest and greatest to roll out of camp Google. The whole experience is complemented by the streamlined HTC Sense 4.0 interface, but we will not go into detail as to what improvements it brings over previous versions as we covered that already in our HTC Sense 4.0 overview.

Something that we are delighted to see is how buttery smooth the interface is. Navigation through home screens and menus is really fluid even though inside the handset ticks a fairly modest 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor. Having a live wallpaper running does take a slight toll on the interface's responsiveness but it is still more than usable. Not that it matters that much, but we ran a Quadrant benchmark on the device and got a score of over 1900. If you are a lot into gaming, we installed several titles with 3D graphics and had them running without a hitch.


With a screen of such size, one might think that typing on the virtual on-screen keyboard would be somewhat difficult, but they would be pretty wrong. We had no troubles typing long emails swiftly and accurately regardless of the keyboard's orientation. The auto-complete bar that is present in ICS also comes in handy and the auto-correct feature underlines typos so we could easily spot them.



Software:

Just like the other members of the HTC One lineup, the One V comes with Dropbox integration. Users get to enjoy 25 gigabytes of cloud storage, which is a great deal considering that it comes for free. Something more that HTC has added is the Friend Stream app, which is meant to act as a centralized hub for social network notifications, yet for some strange reason, it supports only Facebook ans Flickr, so we don't see much use for it since you have to use a separate client for Twitter, Google+, and the rest. You also get a TuneIn Radio client, Soundhound, a client for the 7Digital music store, and Polaris Office. The Transfer app might come in handy as it allows for contacts to be transferred from your old handset straight to your HTC One V.

Internet and Connectivity:

We are sorry to say it, the built-in web browser on the HTC One V has a really hard time rendering heavy web pages, especially when the Adobe Flash plug-in is enabled. Fortunately, it can be easily disabled from the browser's menu. Navigating through simpler web pages works just fine. In addition to the address bar on top, there is a menu bar for your bookmarks and opened tabs. It pops-up from the bottom on the screen, but only whenever it feels like it, which can be pretty frustrating.


The HTC One V can connect to the internet either over Wi-Fi b/g/n or with its 3G radio. Other connectivity features include an FM Radio with RDS and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support. The smartphone's GPS radio managed to locate us after 20 seconds from a cold start, and only 2 seconds from then onwards, which is pretty fast. USB mass storage mode is supported for fast and easy file transfer between the smartphone and a computer.

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