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The HTC One V ($199.99 direct) is a decent, midrange smartphone for Virgin Mobile users. It's comfortable to hold, has a nice-looking display, and runs Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" along with HTC's Sense 4.0 extensions. The chin design may not be your cup of tea, but if you need a moderately capable Android phone it will get the job done. Just keep in mind that $100 more can get you a dual-core processor and 4G speeds with the HTC EVO V 4G. Design and Call QualityThe One V has an interesting look. It's made of a matte gray aluminum on the back and sides, along with a glass display. Pretty basic. Where it differs from other phones, however, is in the chin. Simply put, this phone has a massive, curved chin that kind of comes out of nowhere. It sticks out about half an inch beneath the display, and serves as the gateway to your microSD card on the back of the phone. According to HTC, the chin is angled toward your face to improve call quality; more on that in a moment. Though it sports a somewhat standard 800-by-480-pixel resolution, the smaller-than-typical 3.7-inch real estate of the super LCD 2 makes for a sharp 252-pixel-per-inch density.
We recently reviewed both the unlocked and U.S. Cellular versions of the HTC One V. Because of the two devices' similar construction and features, applicable portions of those reviews will be used in this evaluation of the HTC One V for Virgin Mobile. Opting to sign up with a prepaid wireless carrier makes a lot of sense because you pay as you go and can leave whenever you see fit. The flipside of this arrangement though is that prepaid cellular providers tend to charge high, unsubsidized prices for archaic low-end phones. The $199 HTC One V on Virgin Mobile shatters the typical business model. This compact Android 4.0 smartphone is lovingly crafted from premium materials, sports an attractive screen, and boasts an advanced camera. If you can make peace with its 3G connection and modest performance, it's a very tempting Virgin Mobile device, even more compelling, in fact, than the U.S. Cellular version since you don't have to commit to a contract. Virgin Mobile's elegant HTC One V (pictures) 1-2 of 10 Scroll Left Scroll Right One key to HTC's success in the past has crafting phones with daring designs.
The HTC One V ($129.99) is a good midrange smartphone right now. It would've been a great phone last year. But as more 4G phones come to U.S. Cellular, it's going to feel old quickly. Don't get me wrong—it's still perfectly fine, with a lovely display and Android 4.0. But for just $70 more, you can get a lot more power, along with 4G LTE speeds, from a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S III ($199.99). Design, Call Quality, and NetworkThe HTC One V has an interesting look. It's made of a matte gray aluminum on the back and sides, along with a glass display. Pretty basic. Where it differs from other phones, however, is in the chin. Simply put, this phone has a massive, curved, Jay Leno chin. It sticks out about half an inch beneath the display, and serves as the gateway to your microSD card on the back of the phone. According to HTC, the chin is angled toward your face to improve call quality (more on that in a moment). Even so, as far as the design, this curve comes as a bit of a curveball, and may or may not be to your liking.
Small, compact smartphones are becoming a rare sight on carrier shelves these days. Indeed, much of today's cellular buzz centers around big-screened mobile machines such as Samsung's ubiquitous Galaxy S III, the HTC One X, or its Sprint variant, the HTC Evo 4G LTE. Yet there's still a place for phones of tiny stature, especially if they're well-crafted like HTC's One V. Sculpted from one piece of aluminum and shamelessly sporting a curved chin, this handset surely will turn heads. The $129.99 HTC One V for U.S. Cellular isn't outrageously priced, either, but it is saddled by a weak processor and slow 3G data. Part of HTC's past success has stemmed from having the courage to craft phones with daring designs. A classic example was the HTC Legend, which was carved from a single block of aluminum. The HTC One V furthers the Legend's high-class looks by flaunting its unibody aluminum chassis. Colored in a silvery champagne gray, the One V's metal surface is matte, possessing an almost almost sandpaperlike roughness. Like its big brother the HTC One S, the handset's texture absorbs moisture, repels fingerprints, and provides a sure grip.
Among the three HTC One series of smartphones, the One V is the second one to come to India. Along with the big brother, the One X. There is unfortunately, no sign of the One S yet, however, it is expected to be launched in India in the not too distant future. Straight out of the box, the HTC One V looks like the HTC Legend. So much so that for a second we got a bit worried that HTC had sent us the wrong phone as a review unit! As we had quoted in the first impression feature of this phone sometime back, \"It was a sense of déjà vu when I opened the box and took the HTC One V out. For a couple of seconds, I actually thought that I had received the HTC Legend by mistake, instead of the review unit of the HTC One V that we had actually asked for!” Being a HTC Legend user at one point of time, the immediate flood back of memories could be forgiven, I believe! In terms of the design and build bit, the One V does have an advantage over most of the rivals – aluminum over the traditional and popular plastic finish. The unibody design just adds that dollop of solidity to the entire package.
Designed as a less powerful platform than the One X and One S, the One V is the budget model in HTC's recent One series. And in this range, cheaper means smaller. The One V has a 3.7" screen, compared to 4.7" and 4.3" on the X and S, respectively. The One V was created for consumers looking for a reasonably sized smartphone (as opposed to all the over-4-inch monster screens out there today) and who have no need for a more powerful platform. Is the One V a good multimedia smartphone? Let's see... With excellent finishing and a singular design, the One V visually stands out among its competitors. Now, whether you're a fan of the hardware or not (it's very similar to the HTC Legend, minus the optical trackball), you have to admit that HTC took a risk on this one: coming out with a design that's both bold and elegant. Contrary to the glossy plastic found on most smartphones, the One V's extremely touchable matte black unibody frame widely reduces smudging. Whereas the One X and One S feature SLCD and Super AMOLED screens, respectively, the smaller One V has a more classic display with 800 x 480 resolution and wide viewing angles.
Announced at the same time as HTC's One X and One S at February's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, the One V is the low-cost alternative to HTC's higher-end offerings. While obviously not in the same league as the quad-core One X, the single-core 1GHz One V still has features worth considering. Because the HTC One V was reviewed by our companion site CNET Asia, we are publishing this review as an in-depth hands-on article without an official starred rating. If you're a fan of HTC's design of the Hero from 2009, the aluminum-clad One V's return to a similar look with its bent "chin" would no doubt be attractive. I like that HTC is paying homage to one of its more-unique models, which makes the One V stands out compared with the One X, which has a more generic HTC design. I like the feel of the handset, and while it's small compared with the larger One X, somehow the One V feels "just right" for one-handed use. It's roughly the same size as the iPhone 4S. The One V sports a 3.7-inch WVGA (800x480-pixel) Super LCD 2 display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. Viewing angles are generally good, but I don't like the fact that the screen isn't flush with the phone. The edges at the bottom tend stick to out, which mars the overall appearance of the handset.
Cast your peepers over the HTC One V and you'd be forgiven for experiencing a spot of déjà vu. That's because the One V recycles the look of past classic the HTC Legend. While the basic shape is the same, including the distinctive chin at the base, it's not a carbon copy. The One V is thinner, sleeker and more moodily coloured than its predecessor. Under the hood it's beefier and the screen is a smidge bigger. The phone is fully refreshed on the software front though, running the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), and packing HTC's newest Sense software overlay, Sense 4.0. The One V has been overshadowed by its two bigger and flashier brothers -- the One S and One X. But if you're on a modest budget, or if you have small hands, it's worth a look. The One V will set you back around £250 SIM-free or it's free from £13.50 a month on a two-year contract. The One V is sitting pretty in the mid-range of Android smart phones. It's not a phone for those chasing the biggest bragging rights. But if you have less cash to splash and more modest mobile needs, then this phone should catch your eye -- not least because it looks very fine indeed. It also comes with ICS as standard -- something that sets it apart from its mid-range Android fellows.
The One series is the fresh new lineup of smartphones that helped HTC take the spotlight early in 2012. While the One S and One X are flexing muscle at each other as a way to stay sharp for the invasion of the other predators with multi-core processors and high resolution screens, the One V aims at a less violent market segment - and it's priced accordingly. While we wouldn't go as far as to call it a budget phone, it's a familiar package - and a lot friendlier - less powerful, but hopefully not underpowered. Not nearly as impressively equipped as its bigger siblings, the One V looks no less stylish - a good start is half the job done in the smartphone midrange. If you know your HTC phones, the resemblance between the One V and the HTC Legend (and, in turn, the Hero) will not go unnoticed. The trademark "chin" makes a strong comeback. Then, as now, HTC are targeting an audience that seek a phone, which makes a statement more than anything else, and with a slim 9.2mm profile and streamlined design, the One V does just that. But does the HTC pack enough within its slick package for those of us looking for more than just a pretty face? We'll answer that question in detail in the pages to come.
The HTC One V is the third member of HTC's One trilogy, filling in the budget slot below the One X and One S, which we reviewed in the last couple of weeks. It's less of a mold-breaking design for the company than its big brothers though, with the distinct chin and unibody construction that has won it plaudits in the past encasing a fairly standard 3.7-inch display.For some, though, phones with 4-inch or greater displays are just too much. It's the reason why the iPhone still has a 3.5-inch screen, and that decision certainly hasn't affected its popularity. However, with the One V, HTC is assuming that those who don't want a large display also don't care about the power of their handset. It's a potentially dangerous decision, but does the compromise in specs affect the phone in daily use? Hardware and design Based on the design and build, calling the One V a budget option is something of a misnomer. The aluminum body feels decidedly premium, with no give when squeezed and a curve on the back edges that makes it comfortable to hold. HTC has given the handset I reviewed a matte black finish rather than the wire-brushed bare metal that graced the HTC Legend, though there's still a grain to the material that gives it some character.
Sibling of the quad-core powerhouse that is the HTC One X, the HTC One V might not boast the groundbreaking array of specs handed to its market-topping counterpart, but it is a handset that will push the boundaries of the lower mid-level smartphone sector.Hosting a strong collection of innards that push the expectations of the mobile phone's modest SIM-free price point of 230 in the UK and $350 in the US, the HTC One V is the Taiwanese manufacturer's answer to the recent onslaught of boundary blurring mid-range smartphones from the likes of Samsung and Nokia. The now standard 5MP rear-mounted camera and 720p HD video recording are bolstered by a vibrant display, strong design and Beats audio innards.Although destined to fall in the shadows of its higher priced, higher specced namesakes, the HTC One V is an impressive pocket blower in its own right. It has a largely smooth, fluid and speedy interface paired with strong hardware and software, which offers an all-round pleasant user experience in an aesthetically pleasing package.
While the HTC One X and One S are hogging the limelight with their mix of raw performance and excellent build quality, there's One more phone in the series that we need to turn our attention to. The HTC One V won't impress anybody with its spec sheet, but part of HTC's 2012 strategy is a renewed focus on not just the mid- and high-end of the market, but also the initial point of entry, the affordable smartphone. That doesn't mean HTC has neglected the software: Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0 are on this budget offering just like the big brothers. Does the HTC One V strike a balance between hardware, software, and affordability? Let's find out. In a refreshing change of pace, HTC has decided to grace us with a smaller handset as opposed to the behemoths we're so used to seeing. The company hasn't neglected build quality either, with the One V bearing a unibody aluminium chassis, along with a rubberized texture surrounding the camera lens and on the bottom cover. The feel is, in a word, excellent. Not only that, but the size plays an important role, and the 3.7-inch handset fits snugly in the palm of your hand. It's not too big, and it's not too small: it's just right. It's not a chubby device either, coming in at 9.2mm thick.
From previous reviews, you'll know that HTC's One series – including the One X and the One S, are favourites of ours – we have been impressed with the stylish design combined with amazing power and great features. Now HTC has brought out both the cheapest and smallest of the trio – so can it follow in the footsteps of its big brothers? The HTC One V is definitely the smallest of the One series – it has a display measuring 3.7 inches, compared with the 4.3in and 4.7in screens of the One S and One X respectively. And yet it is quite hefty, weighing in at 115g (that's nearly the same as the One S). Looks wise there is one big difference – it has a lip that stands out, in a way reminiscent of the HTC Legend. On the front, the glass runs right down to the lip, where you'll find a trio of touch-sensitive buttons for Recent apps, Back and Home. Hold the One V and you'll feel it is a solid, premium type of handset – there are no weak spots, no areas that flex. It also has a brushed metal coating that makes it look like its older sibling. This is scuff-proof, which is good news if you're a tad clumsy. Even with its small display, the keyboard is very usable – we did hit the wrong button from time to time, but the impressive autocorrect facility came to our rescue.
You didn't think that after reviewing the HTC One X and HTC One S, we will disregard their little brother – the HTC One V, did you? Well, here it is, folks! We have taken this little munchkin for a spin and we cannot wait to share our experience with you.But before we begin, a little background: the HTC One V comes with a 3.7-inch display, single-core processor clocked at 1GHz, 5-megapixel camera, and Beats Audio enhancements, all of that locked within a metal unibody of under 10 millimeters. And that seems pretty good for a mid-range smartphone that will set you back only about $370 off-contract. Okay, enough talking. Now let us tell you how the HTC One V performs in real life.If the HTC One V looks familiar, that is because it sports the same curved-chin design that was present on the international version of the HTC Hero. And that does only add a dose of uniqueness to the smartphone's looks, but it also should make it easier to hold. Sure enough, we like how the One V fits in the palm, but that is mostly due to its compact dimensions. It is nearly 9 millimeters thin and weighs only 115 grams, which is why we can barely feel it while it is resting in our pocket.
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