Design and Specification
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 not 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. Two thumbs up for that! Moreover, our thumb can effortlessly reach every corner of its screen, so if you are among the people who like using their smartphone with a single hand, the HTC One V will surely fit your preference.
Camera and Multimedia
Although it is the most affordable among the HTC One bunch, the One V also comes with an HTC ImageChip, which should result in great-looking photos and short load-up times. And yes, we must agree that its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera boots pretty fast most of the time, although a slight, but passable, shutter lag is present. In burst mode, however, you can capture about four frames per second, which is pretty impressive for a device of this caliber. The camera interface comes with all the features that are present on the HTC One X and One S, such as various scenes and effects, face detection, and panorama mode. The music player on the HTC One V is simple, elegant, and pretty straightforward to use. Naturally, it comes with a widget for your home screen, but you can control it straight from the lock screen too. With the Beats Audio enhancements enabled, songs of contemporary music genres such as pop and hip-hop are really brought to life, but with other styles we didn't notice much of a difference other than the increase in volume. Bear in mind, however, that the stock earphones do not belong to the Beats brand, so don't expect to be blown away unless you purchase a premium pair. As with all Ice Cream Sandwich devices, support for the FLAC audio format comes out of the box.
We are sorry to say it, the built-in web browser on the HTC One V has a really hard time rendering heavy web pages, especially when the Adobe Flash plug-in is enabled. Fortunately, it can be easily disabled from the browser's menu. Navigating through simpler web pages works just fine. In addition to the address bar on top, there is a menu bar for your bookmarks and opened tabs. It pops-up from the bottom on the screen, but only whenever it feels like it, which can be pretty frustrating. The HTC One V can connect to the internet either over Wi-Fi b/g/n or with its 3G radio. Other connectivity features include an FM Radio with RDS and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support. The smartphone's GPS radio managed to locate us after 20 seconds from a cold start, and only 2 seconds from then onwards, which is pretty fast. USB mass storage mode is supported for fast and easy file transfer between the smartphone and a computer.
Battery and Storage
Although the 4GB of built-in storage might seem okay, you will definitely be buying a microSD card for your HTC One V.With the HTC One V you get a 1,500mAh battery, but HTC is keeping mum on how many hours of talk time we might expect out of a single charge. In case you still care, we have to warn you that the battery is not removable.