HTC One V

Summary:HTC's One range of handsets comprises three models. There's the flagship HTC One X with its quad-core processor and vast 4.

HTC's One range of handsets comprises three models. There's the flagship HTC One X with its quad-core processor and vast 4.7in., 720-by-1,280-pixel screen, and the smaller, perhaps more manageable, HTC One S with its 4.3in. display.

The third HTC One handset has rather slipped under the radar, but the One V just might be the best of all. For the reasonably affordable price of £238 (inc. VAT) from online retailer Clove Technology, you get some pretty enticing specifications.

The HTC One V runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense 4. You won't find this state-of-the-art version of Android on many budget smartphones.

The One V's 3.7 in. screen is a bit small for comfortable video streaming and web browsing, but it's sharp and bright enough. And HTC has retained an interesting ability of the other two One-series handsets — the capability to record stills while shooting a video. You achieve this via a stills button that's on-screen while a video is being shot.

There are, of course, some compromises. The 1GHz processor doesn't whizz along like those in top-end handsets, while the 4GB of internal storage is actually a shade under 1GB in reality, as much of it is already used up before you open the product box.

Not everyone will like the small lip on the bottom of the chassis — which is reminiscent of the HTC Hero, and more recently the Legend. Another potential gripe is the lack of access to the battery, which is permanently fixed beneath a solid aluminium backplate. The SIM and microSD memory card slot are accessed via a small plastic cover.

Even so, we can't help thinking that the HTC One V could be a hit. It certainly offers a taste of Android 4 at an attractive price, and that's not to be sniffed at.

Sandra Vogel

Topics: Reviews

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