Performance:

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.

Conclusion:

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: 20.66.30.0831U_3831.15.00.19_M
Build number: 1.56.401.1 CL47452
Browser version: WebKit/534.30


Pros

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

Cons

  • Web browser needs more work
  • Way too little internal storage
  • Mediocre 720p video

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

8.1
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