An Android 4.0 phone on a budget?
It’s no secret that a number of handset manufacturers are struggling to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto their released handsets. What’s making it worse is that there continues to be a trend of phones entering the market running older version of Android, which then in turn have to wait to be updated. Occasionally, this vicious cycle is broken and a shiny new handset gets released that has all the bells and whistles you need in a phone. When HTC put out their One X phone, there were plenty of oohs and aahs, but as with most high end phones, it came with a sizeable price tag. Not to disappoint their fans, HTC have also put out the One V, which is a budget-friendly phone running Android 4.0.
Build quality & design
As I pick up the HTC One V I’m flooded with nostalgia. The phone instantly reminds me of the times spent with my HTC Hero as it follows the same sleek design and curved lip at the bottom of the phone. The phone itself is made of sleek grey aluminum which feels durable and easy to hold. The front sports a layer of Gorilla Glass which is raised slightly above the phone, and although it was slightly prone to fingerprints as with most smartphones, it was easy to clean and resistant to scratches all over.
Memories - HTC One V (left) and HTC Hero (right)
On the right side of the phone is a large volume rocker, with the headphone jack and power button on the top. The back features a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, and you can find the micro-USB charging port on the left side of the phone. There’s no front-facing camera here, but that might be something you can overlook if you’re not a regular user of video calls. There are also three buttons on the lower lip of the phone to go back, home, or access the task manager.
The battery on the One V isn’t user-serviceable due to the unibody design; you can only slide out the small plastic cover at the bottom of the phone to insert a SIM card or microSD, but that’s about it. Despite the fact that this is supposed to be a budget phone, it looks and feels quite high-end, thanks in part to the unibody design and absence of plastic.
Since the One V is on the ‘lower’ end of HTC’s lineup, the specifications are not too impressive but at the same time will provide a decent level of performance.