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HTC One SV review

Helping Optus grow its 4G network

HTC has preloaded the One SV with two browsers out of the box - Android's stock Internet app and Google's Chrome for Android. Given that the One SV is designed for data speed using Optus' LTE network, the choice of browser is definitely a good thing, although being constantly asked to choose when clicking a link in an app can be frustrating (until you set one as default).

HTC One SV review

Ultimately, both browsers do a good job of getting you connected to the internet, although we did find Chrome slightly more responsive and reliable. There aren't too many differences in terms of functions, although the stock browser does feature a reader mode for taking out images and links from a page for easy consumption, and the ability to save pages for later.

Thanks to Optus' 4G network, we were getting download speeds around the 27Mbps mark, which far outstrips performance of many PCs connected to ADSL these days. Of course, the Optus 4G footprint is still quite small, so for most people there's a real lack of advantage in this feature.

There's also the significant hit to battery life, which we'll discuss a bit later.

Scrolling and zooming on both browsers is done by the now standard pinching and inverse pinching motions, or double tapping text. It works well, and is responsive, and is also necessary with the One SV's 4.3-inch screen.

While 4.3 inches is definitely enough to read comfortably, once you've experienced browsing on a 4.7-inch screen like the One X or One XL, 4.3 inches feels tiny. The lower 800 x 480 resolution also makes things noticeably less defined than the higher res screens on the larger handsets, but not enough to make this phone unusable.

HTC One SV review

Given both browsers let you log in to a Google account to have immediate access to all your web-based bookmarks and favourites - well, those stored in a PC or Mac based Chrome browser at least - there is very little barrier to getting online with the One SV.

There's even a nice little surprise for fans of a full browsing experience (or employees at Adobe), the HTC One SV has full Flash support built in to the handset, so getting a full web experience is a possibility on the device.

You do need to manually activate the Flash player in the menu of the browser though for it to work, but it didn't significantly do anything to slow the device down.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourWhite
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 Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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