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HTC One V - Android 4.0/HTC Sense 4.0 Interface

By Edward Chester



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The HTC One V runs Android 4.0 right out the box, putting it ahead of the vast, vast majority of equivalents available now right, which only run Android 2.3 or earlier. One of the key advantages of the newer software is that it incorporates hardware graphics acceleration for the interface, making it much slicker and smoother feeling.

However, to counteract the lower performance of the phone's processor, HTC has still had to tone down the interface compared to the HTC One X and One S. Whereas on those handsets you get seven homescreens (three either side of the central one), here there are just five. Tap the home button on those handsets and the view zooms out to a thumbnail overview of the homescreens, letting you pick the one you want. Here it only takes you back to the homescreen. Swipe between homescreens on those handsets and the animation is rendered in 3D like a rotating barrel of homescreens. Here they just slide left and right.

The last thing is the Recent Apps menu. On the One X and S this has been customised to use a strange side scrolling, fullscreen menu whereas here it uses the standard Android version, which is much better.

We much prefer the standard Android multi-tasking view.

The funny thing is, we actually prefer all these changes. They make the interface simpler and in particular you never get the annoyance of accidentally tapping the Home button too many times and going to the zoomed out view.

Otherwise HTC has gone to town customising the look and feel of Android to tie-in with its own styling. Anyone familiar with HTC Android handsets of the last couple of years will feel right at home.

For instance on the lock screen you can access one of four apps without having to unlock the phone first. Open up the app launcher and as well as a view that shows all your apps you also have your frequently used and Downloaded ones.

Elsewhere you've got typical Android features with a set of four customisable links sitting at the bottom of the screen, to either side of the main app menu launcher. Slide down from the top of the screen and it shows notifications while the homescreens can be filled with either apps, folders of apps or widgets.

HTC's signature clock/calendar/weather widget sits centre stage by default while further widgets for your favourite contacts, the calendar, and music playback are ranged on the other screens. You can of course add or remove as many as you like.

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February 27, 2012, 3:46 pm

How can you accuse it of being sluggish when you haven't even used it?! Talk about condemning a phone before it's even out.

Another example of why I'm using this site less and less now as your standards have dropped. Review what you can see not what you can't.


February 27, 2012, 5:41 pm

>> even if it is a little sluggish.

He's not saying it's sluggish, and it's not a review.


April 20, 2012, 2:43 am


The article title and fact it's been given a mark out of ten certainly imply a review...


April 20, 2012, 2:57 am

The original article was a first look - a brief write up from a few moments spent with the device. This has now been replaced with a full review.


April 20, 2012, 4:01 pm

Hi Kingosticks, as mentioned above the original article was a first look - a brief write up from a few moments spent with the device. This has now been replaced with a full review - we retain our comments from those original pieces.

Thankfully, we'll soon be getting the facility to retain our first look pages as well as the review so there should be less confusion.

Le Goulu

April 20, 2012, 4:59 pm

Hi Ed,

Small error spotted in the "Key Features" on Page 1: the screen is not AMOLED but LCD.

Thanks for the review: I'm still looking for a decent 3.x" smartphone, but between the Lumia 800 and its a poor choice of apps, the too expensive iPhone 4(S), and this One V and its suprisingly slow processor, I guess I'll have to wait some more...

Mark Walton

April 26, 2012, 2:03 pm

Wouldn't the Galaxy W be better value??
Faster processor @ 1.4Ghz
Front facing camera
Same price sim free ~£225
Same battery size

I could live without ICS for a better spec phone


July 5, 2013, 4:36 pm

MY HTC ONE V has turned into a turtle. Took it back to the shop but they fiddled but didn't help. I have not filled it with heaps of stuff and keep the kept texts to a minimum, normally less than 10. Frustrating to use with some ok patches

Charles Shelbourne

July 6, 2013, 6:16 pm

My screen has a crack; the day after my car windscreen got one. Is it the hot weather here? Or is there a trend for this HTC One to suffer broken screens? It's my second time, and I shouldn't have to pay for this additional cost.
Another thing is its annoying disability to be able to spell 'am' I have added it to the dictionary and it won't take it in. (Other words too)...

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