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HTC One V Review


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HTC One V Review
The in-call audio quality of the HTC One V is okay, but we were honestly expecting more than that. What we didn't like about it was that the sound through the earpiece is slightly muffled, and what we heard on the other side of the line was not much better. Still, the volume levels of what the earpiece emits and what the microphone captures are good enough.

With the HTC One V you get a 1,500mAh battery, but HTC is keeping mum on how many hours of talk time we might expect out of a single charge. In case you still care, we have to warn you that the battery is not removable.


Getting your hands on an HTC One V is going to cost you about $370 off-contract, which is definitely a reasonable price considering what you get in exchange. The smartphone has style and character that few devices in its price category can match, and we are pretty happy with it for the most part. The only things that we were unimpressed with were the poorly executed stock web browser, mediocre 720p video, and lack of sufficient on-board storage, but other than that, we have little to complain about.

Still, there are a few smartphones that you might want to check out before getting the One V. For example, if you want a bit more display real estate, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes with a 4.2-inch screen, and the HTC Sensation offers a 4.3-inch display along with a dual-core processor. Both of these smartphones, however, will cost you a little bit extra. The Samsung Galaxy W is priced similarly to the One V and offers similar features and performance, but does not look like that premium of a device. Another 3.7-incher that is worth considering is the female-oriented HTC Rhyme. –Not to be forgotten is the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, which is even more compact with its 3.3-inch screen and is just as reasonably priced.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.0.3
software number: 1.56.401.1
Kernel version: 3.0.16-gd5b834a
Baseband version:
Build number: 1.56.401.1 CL47452
Browser version: WebKit/534.30


  • Compact and lightweight
  • Beautiful display
  • Android 4.0
  • Decent camera


  • Web browser needs more work
  • Way too little internal storage
  • Mediocre 720p video
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posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:21 9

1. moyourBB (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

wow!! Even One V can beat One X !!! What a joke !!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:30 7

2. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

Yeah, we need to have a non-iFan review the One X because that dude was totally biased.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:59 4

8. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

dude this is a mid ranger
one x is a high range phone it is competing in it's own category.................

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:25 3

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Sigh. The One X needs to be re-evaluated for a review. It was not given a just score for what it is because of Ray's bias, and people are angry about it.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:42 1

11. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Who gives a flying f***. Everything he said in his review was fine just read it and don't play attentiom to the score if your that enamored by it.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 06:46

27. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

But it's not about category. These reviews are silly because weaker phone scored higher than the better one.
And it's obvious that ONE X is better (I don't like htc and ONE is an example how not to make a future proof phone...htc rushed into things like lg did with 2x...not optimised, not polished enough phone...the point ios to be the very first with quad core).
Let alone PA doesn't control writers and reviews such like this above are a proof that there is no integrity nor cohesion in scoring phones.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:27 2

30. Crossblade (Posts: 215; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


"Class: The class of each cell phone is defined by the targeted customers` preferences regarding the cost, the luxury level, the multimedia features and so on. We rate the phones depending on the class they are in, and that is why e.g. lack of high-tech features is not a problem for luxury or budget phones. You are probably wondering why some entry-level phones have the same excellent score as the latest top shelf smartphone. This means that they both are very good, but only for their class. Could you compare a convertible with an SUV? Not really, because obviously they belong to different classes and are intended for different purposes. It is the same with cell phones."

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 00:42

28. rajendra22 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

Do not purchase this one,,,,,Blutooth is not working properly also gets heated early ....you cant talk more than 10 min....

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 12:32

67. shayanhussain (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Jun 2012)

but my one v is working.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 09:42 8

3. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

That chin looks ugly.

posted on 29 May 2012, 09:54

66. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

it pays homage to the illustrious and great HTC Android Phone- Legend. so i say, ITS NICE!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:22 3

4. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

video review?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:49

5. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

i am buying it
can somebody tell from where can i get a cover for it ????????????

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:54 3

6. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

can we have a review between this phone and ace two?

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 07:17

62. dbparipsa (Posts: 20; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I also want the detailed comparison review of Ace 2 and One V just like PA did with One X and One S. Which screen is better overall?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 10:57 4

7. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

I think the Xperia U is better than the One V.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:04 2

9. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

xperia u ships with 4gb non expandable

u still want it ?????

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 15:54 1

12. Aaron_R96 (unregistered)

8gb actually with 4gb user accessible (for music & multimedia etc) some of the remaining 4gb is saved for apps and sms messages aswell as the rest for the os and overlay, which, on the xperia s anyway, is much nicer than sense ergh.

Oh and also Sony offer 50gb free storage through Box when you get a NXT-gen smartphone, its personal preferance at the end of the day

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 22:56

14. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

well i personally dont prefer cloud storage
the data connection speeds in my part of world is usually very slow............
and isn't it like u get free cloud storage for a limited time and otherwise it costs ????????????
( one v has 25gb clud storage for two years)

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 17:02

25. Bangthering_007 (Posts: 36; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)

You are absolutely r8. This thing (OneV) for god's sake doesnt have a front facing shooter!!

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 17:06

13. ahonda55 (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

MORE than perfect review, i have been looking for such review for a week!
Thanks a lot guys good work, good work phonearena.com

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 00:19 1

15. Abhilash123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

I bought one yesterday. Was having problems with bluetooth(4V) connectivity to my headset(2.1V) .
Has anyone faced this issue.
Will there be a problem if handset uses V4 bluetooth and the headset im using is 2.1?
Specs of bluetooth 4 tells it should be backward compatible.
Did anyone face this issue earlier?

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 02:58 1

17. rossemiel (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

I am having the same problem. It doesnt work with the car stereo nor with bluetooth handsets i tried. Strangly bluetooth audio (music) is working great. If they dont fix this with an update soon, I will have to return it.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 04:33

18. Abhilash123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

today evening a htc guy is supposed to meet me to explain what is going on. Bluetooth 4 works well in iphone 4s , not with this phone. HTC customer care sucks atleast in india.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 07:00

21. rossemiel (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

Would be nice if you keep us updated.

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 12:02

23. Abhilash123 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

they tell its a known issue with the HTC one V.
They promised to replace the set if they are not able to find a resolution in 10 days.
Lets wait and see .

Do let me know if you find something useful

posted on 07 Apr 2012, 15:11

24. rossemiel (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

Good to know that its a known issue. At first I thought i had a defective device. I will keep searching for a solution and post it here if I find anything.
I could also return it but I really like the phone and its the only phone with this format and android 4.0.

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 10:38

40. hddos (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)

Apart from the bluetooth issue, could you pls confirm how is the phone's performance. Several online reviews have said that the browser of the one v has a significant lag and have given it a thumbs down. Is it preferable to go for a samsungh galaxy s plus which I am getting for Rs 19.5k ?

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 08:43

38. ravkjain (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

I bought this phone a few days ago. Even I'm facing the same issue with bluetooth. Music works, but not the phone in car. :( And in addition, when disconnected, the phone's mic stops as well. Only resort remains is RESTART! Have reset this phone 3 times since last days. This seriously needs attention.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 03:08

41. mlommers (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)

I got an software update last friday which solved the bluetooth issues for me :-)

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OS: Android 4.0.3
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.74 x 2.35 x 0.36 inches
(120.3 x 59.7 x 9.24 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)

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