Published on February 7th, 2013 | by Guest Writer0
HTC One SV Review
The HTC One SV is a reboot of the original HTC One S that was released back in 2012. There are a few changes under the hood here, but the major one is the addition of 4G LTE capabilities for participating markets.
The aluminium case has been done away with, in place of a polycarbonate plastic chassis that feels not as nice as the chassis on the One S. The front design on the phone is largely the same as with previous models though. The weight is a light 122 grams, so this is easy to carry and slip into your pocket too.
The 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display comes with a 480 x 800 (480p) resolution. Nothing earth shattering and decidedly mid-range.
The display itself is colourful and appealing, but there is a degree of pixelation at the 480p resolution level. Small icons and small text, especially when viewing web pages with a lot of content like The New York Times or CNN, become very difficult to read or see clearly.
If you need a phone for extensive web surfing, a better resolution is required. If however you are someone that uses apps pretty exclusively on a smartphone, then the resolution will be adequate.
There is a 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.6 megapixel on the front. The back camera can shoot 1080p video. The colour reproduction was generally poor. The quality of the lens is quite often more important than the actual number of megapixels present and here this was definitely the case. The focusing software wasn’t that accurate and took time to focus properly.
The chipset is the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor running at 1,200 Mhz. Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is the chosen operating system here. No Jelly Bean sadly, so the smoother animations and transitions are just not there to help the dual-core chip look a little better. A removable 1,800 mAh battery provided decent power to the unit.
A microSD slot is a very welcome addition compared to the usual HTC smartphones that come without one.
Two forms of GPS (A-GPS & GLONASS), Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n are all present. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and a noise cancelling microphone, which on a busy street does a good job.
The Sense 4.1 skin that goes over the top of Android is present here. The same version that is available with the earlier One range of phones. Easy to use, clean operating system skin with some useful additional apps included.
The HTC One SV is a “just okay” middle of the road smartphone. It does not make any major improvements over the One S to warrant current One S owners upgrading. The screen resolution is on the low end as manufacturers and consumers move up to 1080p later this year and the camera is poor. If your budget stretches enough, opt for something better, but otherwise it is not a bad phone in the mid range.
Peter Miles likes to check out new apps to try on his trusty HTC One.