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Published on February 20th, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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The HTC One SV – Is It Good Enough?

The HTC One SV is more of a revamp of theHTC One S than a new phone. It has a new casing and improved specifications but is very similar to the One S.Notably it has 4G capacity, which its predecessor did not.

The phone costs around £300 on a SIM free option. The price level makes its main competitors the likes of the Windows Phone 8, Google Nexus 4, HTC 8X and Sony Xperia T. This is a difficult level to be operating at. You can buy it on contract from all the phone networks at a reasonable price.

Design and Dimensions

Well the phone doesn’t have the nice chassis as the One S enjoyed. The aluminium frame and nice feel of the One S is gone, replaced by a plastic casing.

The phone actually weighs a bit more than the phone it replaces at 122g. The main reason for this though is the increase in depth from 7.8mm to 9.2mm. Despite this size increase, it is still a comfortable phone to hold. It is easy to grip and the fingers can easily get around to do their work.

The power key, which doubles as a lock, is easily reached even with one-handed operation. Functionally the phone is good.  One bonus of the HTC 0ne SV is the capability to remove the back and gain access to the microSD, microSIM and battery slots. It is always frustrating when you can’t get at these easily.

Unfortunately the phone is on Android Ice Cream Sandwich rather than Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean has been around for six months now and it is strange not to find it on this device.

Screen and Camera

The screen is actually lower resolution than its predecessor; it is a 4.3 inch 480 x 800 super LCD 2 display. The screen is very clear and does a great job in most cases but it is a shame to see what appears to be a downgrade on its predecessor.

The front phone camera is 1.6 megapixel and the rear facing camera is a pretty average 5 megapixel offering that will record at 1080p , has a single flash, and lets face it, could be better. The phone can have a tendency to attract dust around the earpiece and marks on the back plate, but it is pretty easily wiped clean with a slightly damp cloth.

Summary

Overall it’s a shame to see so many compromises on the HTC One SV, the build quality and specifications leave me disappointed and feeling that this phone could have been really good. It’s probably not real competition to the top tier phones. It simply does not impress in enough areas to compete with the best of the best.

Phil Turner is looking at offers from all the phone networks for a replacement for his current phone.

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