HTC One V Review
Although it is the most affordable among the HTC One bunch, the One V also comes with an HTC ImageChip, which should result in great-looking photos and short load-up times. And yes, we must agree that its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera boots pretty fast most of the time, although a slight, but passable, shutter lag is present. In burst mode, however, you can capture about four frames per second, which is pretty impressive for a device of this caliber. The camera interface comes with all the features that are present on the HTC One X and One S, such as various scenes and effects, face detection, and panorama mode.
As far as image quality goes, we took some photos on a bright, sunny day and they look really good for the most part, with plenty of detail, especially in close-ups, and low amount of digital noise. Still, on several occasions, the white balance was a bit off making photos look blueish, and HDR images looked plain terrible. Indoor shots look okay as long as the room is well illuminated, but once lights get dim, image quality deteriorates immediately.
720p video samples with the HTC One V, but we were not impressed. Details are scarce, and colors look cold and lifeless.
HTC One V Sample Video:
HTC One V Indoor Sample Video:
The music player on the HTC One V is simple, elegant, and pretty straightforward to use. Naturally, it comes with a widget for your home screen, but you can control it straight from the lock screen too. With the Beats Audio enhancements enabled, songs of contemporary music genres such as pop and hip-hop are really brought to life, but with other styles we didn't notice much of a difference other than the increase in volume. Bear in mind, however, that the stock earphones do not belong to the Beats brand, so don't expect to be blown away unless you purchase a premium pair. As with all Ice Cream Sandwich devices, support for the FLAC audio format comes out of the box.
With the stock video player on the HTC One V we had no troubles playing 720p video, including our samples encoded in DivX format. Several handy features have been thrown in, including support for subtitle files, an audio enhancer, and the ability to capture frames from the video that is currently being played back. Also, the built-in speaker is loud enough for you to enjoy your video comfortably. 1080p video could not be played, but that is no big of a deal considering that the smartphone's average display size and resolution.
Although the 4GB of built-in storage might seem okay, you will definitely be buying a microSD card for your HTC One V. That is because the actual user-available storage for stuff like photos, videos, and songs is only 95 megabytes, which is pathetic in our opinion. There is a gig of storage reserved for apps, which is also anything but spacious.