We reviewed the HTC One S earlier in the week, a mid range phone that impressed us more than we could ever have imagined it would. The One series doesn’t end there though, and we also got the opportunity to try out the lowest price point model in the range. The HTC One V may have a smaller screen, a slower processor and have less mega pixels on its camera, but it will cost you much less than the One S, an essential consideration for students.
In fact the two models have a lot more in common than they have differences, they both use the latest Android 4.0 software, and despite the Sense overlay, it runs smoothly on the One V. Android really shines on HTC phones, and it's a breeze to use here. The screen is the smallest of the One series, but is still larger than most smart phones. The browser looks bright and clear on the device, with excellent support for even the most flash-heavy sites on the net.
One of the problems we found with device took a day or two to become apparent during testing. The phone is designed with a curved chin that provides a nice grip in the hand. The phone feels sturdy because of the extra grip this provides, the metal finish giving it a classy look while still avoiding the cheap feeling texture some devices can have. That said, because of this extra chin and the fact the touch sensitive buttons are placed above this, we found it was often the case that we would hit the chin section expecting a response. You would get used to it, but the wasted space was frustrating during our testing.
Along these lines, the One Series changes how multitasking is dealt with in Android by assigning a specific touch sensitive button that brings up a list of apps currently open. While this arguably works better than some of the makeshift ways other phones deal with switching apps (such as holding the home key), it takes away a dedicated menu button. This forces you to use a pop up key on the touch screen, which you need to hide in order to see any games apps and video full screen. It is a small niggle that makes simple tasks like using Twitter and watching YouTube more cumbersome than they need to be.
Otherwise, The HTC One V is a brilliant phone. While most of the features from the One S have been compromised here, notably the camera which still takes good looking snaps but isn't half as impressive, this is still a great choice for those on a budget. Beats Audio is included too, which does slightly improve how rounded the sound is when wearing headphones. Coverage was great across campus too. Internet was speedy even without Wi-Fi and we had service everywhere we tried.
It certainly is a good deal, and if you are opting for the Pay and Go option at £219.99 on 3 it is a lot less expensive than the One S. For those going with a contract, there is still a price difference, but it is small enough for us to suggest you go with the better phone. For just a few pounds more every month, you can have one of the best phones currently on the market. That said, the One V is still a fantastic device, despite the few niggles we had with it. Another great handset from HTC who are fast becoming the leaders in the Android market.