Announced simultaneously as HTC’s One X and One S at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona, the One V is ideal for consumers with a tight budget. Although it does not have impressive features as the quad core One X, the single core 1GHz processor One V still has basic features to meet the challenges of demanding lifestyles. Approximately the size of Apple iPhone 4S, the aluminium clad One V feels great on the hand, albeit smaller compared with the larger One X, but the One V is just nice to be used with one hand. The handset is also very light at just 115g and is thin at 9.2mm.
Sporting a 3.7 inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) Super LCD 2 display with Corning Gorilla Glass, the One V looks great in all angles. We noticed the phone comes with physical touch sensitive buttons rather than onscreen keys found in other premium smartphones. Unfortunately, the 1,500mAH battery cannot be removed. Despite being labelled as low cost smartphone, the One V runs on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) with the HTC Sense 4.0 user interface. Performance wise, its just average due to the fact the single core 1Ghz processor does not seem to be powerful enough to meet the demands of all tasks. Users may encounter lag when playing graphics intensive games.
Boasting a 5 megapixel camera, the One V comes with backside illuminated (BSI) sensor. The camera is capable of taking fast action shots and can take excellent photos in adverse lighting conditions, thanks to aperture of F2.0. Overall, the photo quality produced is not great, just acceptable. The One V boasts Beats Audio, which delivers superior sound clarity. Other than that, connectivity options include HSPA, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. Despite having only 4GB of onboard storage, the microSD card slot allows users to up to 32GB additional storage. In in all, One V is a great bargain if users just wanna fiddle with a cheap Ice Cream Sandwich device.