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Key Features

  • 3.7in, 480 x 800 pixel AMOLED screen
  • 1GHz single core processor
  • 5MP camera, 720p video
  • Android 4.0
  • Manufacturer: HTC
  • Review Price: to be confirmed

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Quite fairly the HTC One V didn't receive half as much fanfare as the HTC One X and HTC One S when they were first announced. It has a lowly single core processor, a modest 3.7in screen, and only a 5MP camera. But if you prefer your phones a bit more cost effective and pocket-friendly, this is the phone you should be lusting after.

It all kicks off with a great design. Following directly on from its forbear, the HTC Legend (and prior to that the HTC Hero), the HTC One V sports an angled bottom section. This jutting jaw serves little obvious practical purpose and may not be to everyone's taste, but we rather like it as nice signature touch.

What really sets the design off though is the all aluminium body. Finished in a fetching anodised grey, it looks and feels great. The single piece wraps round the whole body aside from the screen and two small plastic panels on the back. These plastic sections are there to let the phone signals out and are finished in a nice soft-touch grey.

The bottom section does slide off as on the Hero and Legend but while you can access the SIM and add a microSD card, you can't remove the battery – a trend that's becoming common thoughout the smartphone world. The use of a full size (rather than micro) SIM is unlike the rest of the HTC One range, though, and may be a plus point for those looking to upgrade with the absolute minimum of effort. The microSD is also a welcome and surprising bonus. That said, it is also an essential feature as you only get 4GB of onboard storage. At least the slot will accommodate cards up to a whopping 32GB.

Getting back to the design, not only does the use of metal for the body give this phone a touch of class but so does the fit and finish. It feels solid and very well put together, and there's a real finesse to the whole thing. There are only two ever so slight things to note.

The first is the seam where the plastic cover for the bottom section meets the metal of the chassis. There's a gap that is just a gnats whisker wider than we'd like.

Similarly nitpicky is the screen which is actually raised about a millimetre or so above the surface of the chassis where it meets the jaw. This you notice as you slide your fingers from the jaw onto the screen. It's a very little thing but, it caught or attention. We suspect it may be a ruse to keep the perceived phone thickness lower by making the chassis slim and raising the screen out of it.

Features wise you've got a headphone jack and power button up top, 5MP camera with LED flash on the back, volume on the right edge and the microUSB charging socket on the left. Below the screen are the three responsive and easy to use touch sensitive buttons for navigating the device. All very simple and straighforward. Unlike on many larger phones the power button on this handset is easy to reach when using the phone one handed.

In fact one of the most loveable things about this handset is how it fits so snugly in the hand, its dimensions of 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.2 mm making one-handed use a cinch. In contrast something like the HTC One S is nearly 10mm taller and 5mm wider, and it really feels it. The only concern here is that the jutting jaw may make the bulge in your trouser pocket that bit more noticeable.

HTC One V Notification Light

A final nice little touch is a slim LED strip that sits between the headphone jack and power button. This glows orange when charging and green when you've a notification.

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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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