HTC One SV review
|Review: January 2013|
Last updated September 2013
In a nutshell: The HTC One SV is a nicely-styled, relatively compact smartphone with a 4.3 inch display and a fast dual-core processor. Running Android plus HTC Sense, it also has the benefits of 4G, expandable memory, Beats Audio and strong battery life.
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Design & Looks
Let's think of the HTC One SV as a mid-range, compact version of HTC's flagship One X+. The phone looks very much like the One X+ but with a curved plastic cover on the back. It feels solid and is best characterised as "premium plastic". It's nice and lightweight too, at just 122g.
The One SV has a well-sized screen measuring 4.3 inches and with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. That's not in the same league as the One X+ with its whopping 4.7 inch HD screen, but is nevertheless a bright, sharp display with a good working size. It's typical for a phone in this price bracket. Thanks to its relatively compact size, single-handed use is certainly possible.
The SV runs with a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, which makes it nice and fast, but doesn't justify the use of adverbs like "blazing" or "insanely". There are faster Android phones available, but unless you have a compelling need for speed at all costs, dual-core will do very nicely, thank you. There's a full 1GB of RAM to back up the processor too, which should be plenty.
The built-in memory is more modest at just 8GB, but there is a microSD card slot, which will allow you to expand the memory by up to 32GB for very little extra cost. You'd be well advised to buy a 32GB card and store all your music and videos on it, keeping the built-in memory free for apps. You also get a free 25GB two-year Dropbox account for cloud storage.
The One SV runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense. HTC Sense adds refinement to the user interface, enhancing the lockscreen, home screen, adding a Clock/Calendar/Weather widget, an improved contacts app and some useful shortcuts. It's not a huge transformation though, and it would probably be more useful to get the latest Android updates as early as possible, rather than have to wait for HTC to release them. We'll be hoping for an update to Jelly Bean 4.2 very soon.
HTC is equipping its phones with quietly impressive cameras, and the One SV is no exception.
The front camera has a 5 megapixel sensor, a BSI sensor (for better low-light imaging) and a large f2.0 lens to gather in as much light as possible. Thanks to the dedicated imaging chip, image capture and focussing is very fast indeed - up to 4 shots per second. One-press continuous shooting captures up to 60 shots, and you can even capture a photo in the middle of recording a video, or extract a still image from a video frame. The main camera can record video in full HD 1080p resolution, with an option to record with high quality slow motion.
The secondary forward-facing camera has 1.6 megapixels and can record HD 720p video.
Like HTC's high-end phones, the SV is equipped with Beats Audio for deeper bass, crisper vocals and detailed high notes. A 3.5mm headphone jack is provided or you can stream music to a Bluetooth headset.
The One SV is a 4G phone, supporting data speeds of up to 100Mbps. It also supports 3G HSPA with downloads up to a maximum of 42Mbps.
Wi-Fi is also available of course, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, a micro-USB connector, a 3.5mm headphone jack and NFC support.
The battery has a generous 1800 mAh capacity and is removable. This is an above average size battery for a phone of this type, and battery life is better than many smartphones, although all Android phones suffer from a battery crisis at times. If you're a light user you might even get several days between charges.
If the HTC One SV has any faults, we were unable to find them. True, it doesn't have the largest screen or the fastest processor, but that's what the HTC One X+ is for. Compared with other phones in the same price bracket, the SV doesn't put a foot wrong. It's a compact well-built phone with a nice screen, fast dual-core processor, good quality camera, good battery life and sufficient memory. Plus it has the added benefit of 4G, although if you plan to make use of this, you might as well pick a more upmarket model as you'll be paying the same on monthly contract.
HTC One SV features include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, f2.0 aperture, BSI sensor and LED flash plus 1.6 megapixel front camera
- 1080p HD video recording / 720p HD front video camera
- Display: Capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability, 480 x 800 pixels (4.3 inches)
- Assisted GPS + GLONASS, e-Compass, Google Maps
- Music player (aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma formats)
- Beats Audio sound
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, instant messaging
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA (42 Mbps download, 5.76 Mbps upload), web browser
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
- Processor: Qualcomm S4 1.2 GHz, Dual-core
- Memory: 8GB plus microSD card slot and 1GB RAM
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (900/1900/2100 MHz) plus 4G LTE (800/1800/2600 MHz)
- Size: 128 x 66.9 x 9.2 mm
- Weight: 122g
- Battery: 1800 mAh
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Reviewed by Ryan
on 10th Oct 2013
Have had the phone a few weeks now and no problem and very good battery life. Just a Shame it doesn't have more room for apps. But still a great phone.