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HTC One V - Screen and Performance

By Edward Chester



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After its design what really makes the HTC One V standout with respect to its mid-range peers is how good the screen is. It's only a 3.7in LCD panel with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels but boy does it look great. It has the same vividness and great viewing angles as the exquisite HTC One X, and also has that feeling of the display being right on the surface of the screen, not somewhere behind it.

Size wise, it does feel almost restrictive compared to the monster 4in models we've been seeing – you can't for instance read a fullscreen webpage, and video doesn't have the same impact – but in actual fact it's essentially the same width as the iPhone and about 5mm taller. The 480 x 800 pixel resolution clearly isn't all that high but you hardly notice a difference in real world use between it and the super dense display of the iPhone 4/4S.

The only downside is that the surface seems less oleophobic than other premium screens so fingerprints show up more. A quick wipe on a sleeve has you up and running again though.


So far so good for the HTC One V, however this isn't a £220 phone for no reason. The big downgrade from larger more expensive phones is the processor. The 1GHz single core chip (Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon) is noticeably slower than dual-core models, with apps taking just that bit longer to load and more notably there being more occasions where the phone has a little pause to think about what it's doing. However, we're not talking deathly slow here by any means. It's about comparable to any single core Android phone of last year and similar to the iPhone 4 in the overall nippiness stakes.

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Putting the phone to task with a few benchmarks, you can see quite how close to the raw performance of an iPhone 4 this phone is. In the web browser based benchmarks SunSpider and BrowserMark, the two phones are almost identical while the Orange San Francisco II shows what a truly slow phone looks like. In the gaming benchmark GLBenchMark the One V and iPhone 4 are running very close again while AnTuTu demonstrates the gap to higher-end dual-core toting models like the HTC One S.

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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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