The HTC One SV probably should have offered more than it does. It drew us in with its promise of 4G connectivity and a name which resembled the great One S, but we ended up feeling a bit disappointed.

We liked

The main selling point for the HTC One SV is its 4G capabilities and to be fair it handles this very well.

Internet browsing speeds were impressive, app downloads swift and we could update Twitter and Facebook in a flash. It also performed well as a portable hotspot for our laptop as we hurtled along on a train.

Battery life was another thing which impressed us and it's not very often we get to say that. The One SV happily lasted a day and with careful use we could stretch it to two before we had to start locating the charger.

We disliked

The price. The HTC One SV costs the same as the One S which sports a better processor, screen, chassis and camera and although it may not be 4G enabled there's an awful lot of compromise for little gain here.

It's disappointing to see a smartphone launching now which is still running Ice Cream Sandwich, as Jelly Bean has been established for a while and HTC has already launched a handset which runs Android 4.1 out the box – the One X+.


We can't help but think the HTC One SV has been rushed out to capitalise on the 4G rollout which is picking up speed in Europe and this phone is looking to cash in on those desperate to have the latest technology.

That's not to say the One SV is a bad handset – if HTC had priced it closer to the One V instead of the One S then it would be a very different proposition, unfortunately it's not and that's the main issue we have.

It's good to see another proper mid-range handset enter the 4G fray, but the Taiwanese firm has got its sums wrong on this occasion and ultimately that's going to make the HTC One SV a difficult one to shift.

Thanks to for sending us a HTC One SV to review and to EE for supplying us with a 4G sim.