HTC One SV review

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Despite the fact it was released late in 2012, the One SV is only packing the 4.0.4 build of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich. There's no word on when or if the handset will receive the update to Jelly Bean, although given its specifications, it would be a surprise if it didn't eventually move up to 4.1.

HTC One SV review

The Ice Cream Sandwich operating system also means that the phone is stuck on the 4.1 build of HTC Sense. While there's nothing wrong with that, it means you miss out on the neat benefits of Google Now, Project Butter and the battery-saving eco mode.

But even without those improvements, this is still an HTC handset, and you can tell from the moment you go to unlock the home screen. A large virtual ring sits at the bottom of the screen awaiting you to drag it upwards to unlock the phone. You can alternatively drag down one of four applications to the ring to unlock them directly, including the phone app, email, messaging or camera.

Once unlocked, you've got the option of seven different home screens, which you can swipe between left and right, although there's no endless carousel of cycling through all the pages - only three pages to the left and three pages to the right of the main page. Alternatively, you can pinch the screen with two fingers and zoom out to all seven pages and select the one you want from there.

At the bottom of each home screen are the key shortcuts to your main applications. Like much of Android, it is gloriously customisable, but the default apps are the phone dialler, email, messaging and camera, with a button linking to all your apps in the middle.

Below the screen are the standard three Android soft buttons, which all work exactly as expected. Ice Cream sandwich lets you dictate the function of the third "recent apps" button between the recent apps function and the historic contextual menu button.

HTC One SV review

The notifications bar in Ice Cream Sandwich can't really be described as anything other than bland. It conveniently offers a shortcut to the settings menu, but any shortcuts to toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth need to be added to the homepage via an included widget.

Adding widgets or shortcuts to a homescreen is stunningly simple, requiring nothing more than a long press of the screen. The One SV boots into customisation mode, pushing all your homescreens to the top of the phone and letting you browse through widgets and apps or search for what you want.

Ultimately, the One SV is very much like every other Ice Cream Sandwich-based HTC handset - elegant, simple to navigate and easy to customise. Sure, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean would have been nice out of the box, but it will surely come some day soon.

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