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HTC One V - Calling, Contacts, Messaging and Web

By Edward Chester



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Setting up your contacts and other accounts is super easy on this handset, particularly if you rely on a Google email address and Facebook. The phone does a great job of working out which information from which service matches with which people.

Once setup the excellent HTC contacts interface makes it incredibly easy to find the person you want. You can either type out a number, grab the list of contacts and start scrolling or type until the list of contacts has been whittled down to those that match. Go through to a contact and a plethora of extra info from social networks is shown, including their pictures from Facebook. We don't honestly use all these extras that much but they're useful to have on occasion.


Call Quality

Call quality isn't all that clever with there being no noise cancelling microphone but it's perfectly adequate in most situations, as is the single speaker located on the back which thanks to being positioned on an angle doesn't get muffled when the phone is placed on a table.


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As for messaging, the text messaging and email interfaces are simple but effective. However, HTC/Android continues to do a strange thing whereby you can only zoom out so far in emails, leaving you having to scroll around a lot.

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The onscreen keyboard is excellent, with absolutely brilliant word prediction. We were able to type away at fullspeed without issue. The slow processor can sometimes make the keyboard a little slow to pop up but in operation it's fine. We'd recommend you turn the haptic feedback off, though, as this fails to keep up if you type fast. The facilities for highlighting and editing your text are great as well. We're sad to see the cursor keys included on the HTC One S and One X aren't included here, but it's understandable given the smaller amount of screen space.

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The Android browser and taller screen allow you to see four more articles listed on this homepage.

Web Browsing

Moving onto web browsing, the smaller screen is very obvious compared to the likes of the HTC One X but not only is the screen slightly larger than an iPhone, you also get far more usable screen space. The browser itself is also excellent. It's a little sluggish at times but is surprisingly useable given the relatively slow processor. As with most Android phones you also get Flash support. You'll probably want to leave it off most of the time as it really taxes the CPU, but when called for it is at least usable. For instance our video reviews playback without issue.

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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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