Web browsing is one of the key features on the HTC One SV as after all it is a 4G enabled handset – one of a select few currently available in the UK.

Of course only a handful of cities actually provide 4G at the moment, for the rest of you outside these high-speed hubs you'll be stuck with good old 3G.

If you're conscious of eating through your data in next to no time then you'll be pleased to learn that the One SV also features Wi-Fi, allowing you to jump onto your home, office or McDonald's network without fear of racking up a huge bill.

HTC One SV review

The One SV sports two browsers out of the box with the stock Android offering accompanied by Google Chrome, which is only available on handsets running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.

HTC One SV review

If you're lucky enough to be housed in a 4G area then as you'd expect web speeds are impressively fast, with full-fat TechRadar loading in under five seconds, banners and all in both browsers.

You get similar load speeds over Wi-Fi as long as you've got a decent signal strength, while 3G browsing appeared to be variable adding a few seconds to the speeds witnessed on 4G.

Overall the One SV is a strong performer capable of mixing it with the big boys such as the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 when it comes to the internet.

On the whole there's little to choose between the two browsers on the One SV, with Chrome offering a lighter colour palette over the stock app's black hues.

A key feature which is missing from Chrome however is the ability to save pages for offline reading – something the Internet app provides along with a reading mode, which strips out all the adverts and images from an article leaving with you an easily digestible page of text.

HTC One SV review

Text automatically reflows in both browsers allowing you to happily read articles without have to scroll sideways as well as down, and both can sync with your Google account allowing you to access bookmarks stored in the cloud.

Websites look good, but not great thanks to the lower resolution display HTC has decided to lump in the One SV, but text is still perfectly legible once zoomed in.

Luckily HTC seems to have resolved the shut-down issues which plagued the One S browser when you flicked through sites too quickly, with no force closures witnessed during our One SV review period.

Adobe Flash is a dying art form and is not supported on the HTC One SV which is not a huge problem (or surprise), but may infuriate those of you who still frequent flash-based sites.