HTC One SV review

Helping Optus grow its 4G network

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2013 is going to be a big year for Optus. The company's second largest Telco has been putting a lot of time, money and effort into improving its network and rolling out 4G to the country.

Part of that process is delivering devices that can take advantage of LTE speeds, which is what the One SV is all about. But unlike Telstra did by using the One XL as its flagship LTE handset, Optus has instead opted for a mid-range HTC handset to join the 4G Galaxy S3 to try and sell the network.

HTC One SV review

The phone does an admirable job, and is mostly worth the asking price, but we expect Optus to drop some premium handsets in the early stages of this year as it attempts to steal mindshare away from its largest rival.

We liked

It's impossible to deny that the One SV is a delightfully well constructed phone. Nice to look at, comfortable to hold, it's a testament to HTC's engineers they could create something so unique yet so similar to the company's flagship handsets.

Having a replaceable battery and MicroSD card slot does away with most of the complaints about the One X and One XL. It doesn't fix all the problems though, especially with only 8GB of storage on board.

But the best thing is easily LTE. It's faster than many home's ADSL connections, which will make it the de facto browser of choice for some people. If only Optus' network was more ubiquitous.

HTC One SV review

We disliked

Pretty much all LTE phones are suffering from a disease, and that disease is poor battery life. Unfortunately, there's no known cure aside from bigger batteries, a treatment HTC decided to avoid with the One SV.

The copious amounts of Optus Bloatware is frustrating, especially as it can't be deleted from the phone entirely. Disabling each app helps, but better would be the ability to delete entirely.

And although it fits with the pricing of the device, the camera feels like a step down from camera on other One branded handsets. That's because it is, but it still makes us sad.

Final verdict

The One SV is a great phone for what it is - a mid-range device designed for LTE connectivity. The phone makes performance sacrifices for affordability, which helps open LTE up for a wider audience.

Unfortunately, the One SV doesn't do enough to try and make up for the battery drain of LTE. Only packing an 1800mAh battery in the device makes the faster network speed feel like a poor compromise.

There's no question that a higher-specced device, like the iPhone 5, HTC One XL or 4G Galaxy S3 offers better performance than the One SV. But if budget constraints mean these handsets aren't actually an option, the One SV is a decent option.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne SV
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height128 mm
Width66.9 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne SV Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOne SV
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HSH008-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Superfast performer. Dual-core, 1.2GHz processor and 4G LTE* speeds give you the power to keep up with you and all your demands.

Amazing Camera. Two high-res cameras for sharp photos, even in low light. One-press continuous shooting captures your fast-moving shots while HTC VideoPic simultaneously takes full HD video and hi res photos.

Authentic Sound. Every sound is immersive and rich with customized Beats Audio™. Music has deeper bass, crisper vocals and detailed high notes, just as the artist intended.

Limited Warranty1 Year