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HTC Sense 4
The HTC One SV comes loaded with Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4. HTC Sense 4 includes the slick home screen panels and widgets, along with HTC optimized apps and software. HTC's camera software is solid with LOTS of options to help make your photos as good as they can be for a 5 megapixel shooter. You can record at 1080p resolution too. Movie Studio video editing software is included as well.
There are a few Cricket apps and services loaded on the One SV, including Cricket Navigator ($5/month navigation software), Cricket411, My Account, Cricket Browser (a shortcut to a Cricket-focused page in the browser), and Muve Music. Muve Music is a service available to Cricket customers where unlimited song downloads are included with your monthly payment. The application is touch friendly and optimized for mobile phones. Given the Beats Audio support in the HTC One SV, music is a good focus for this device.
I missed not having Google Now on the device and am not sure when, or if, a Jelly Bean update will be coming to this device. The software is snappy and I was pleased with the One SV.
Cricket custom services
Cricket services and experiences
Unfortunately, I don't get the greatest Cricket coverage where I live and work. Even with rather limited coverage, I did see that the One SV did a good job of connecting to the network. I would like to test the LTE coverage, but wasn't in an area currently covered by Cricket. Calls did sound good and when I had a connection, performance on the One SV was solid.
Cricket is launching the HTC One SV with a special offer of double the monthly data full speed allowance. Thus for $50/month you get 2GB of full speed data, $60 gives you 5GB, and $70 gives you 10GB of data. Data is unlimited, but there are limits on when throttling kicks in. In addition to these data plan offerings, you get unlimited Muve Music, unlimited voice, and unlimited messaging. All of this is offered with no long term contract or other unnecessary fees. These prices are pretty attractive with a reasonably priced smartphone and as awareness of these regional carrior options increases I believe we will see more and more people seriously consider them as their primary carrier.
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Cricket Navigator option