HTC One SV review

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The One SV comes loaded with a paltry 8GB of on board storage for media, which is barely enough for a single HD film. The upside to this news is that HTC has included a dedicated MicroSD slot that lets you expand that by 32GB at a time.

Mind you, 40GB still isn't a huge amount of space, and 32GB MicroSD cards are still fairly expensive, so it's important to factor in the cost of buying one if you're looking at buying this phone.

As anyone with any experience using a HTC device can attest, controlling media is a simple affair. Getting files onto your device is a simple drag and drop affair, unless you want to download HTC's Sync Manager software, which works like iTunes for HTC handsets. We'd recommend sticking with drag and drop though.


HTC One SV review

HTC has bundled a bunch of music related apps onto the One SV, all living within a dedicated music folder. Intelligently, the folder itself scrolls into a "recently played" list to offer faster access to your tunes.

Included with the free apps are SoundHound, ZDigital and TuneIn radio. Downloading other music apps like Spotify will see them moved automatically into the same music folder as well, showing a base level of intelligent organisation that makes it worth using.

Like every handset coming out of Taiwan wearing the HTC badge, the One SV has Beats Audio included in the handset. The equalising may not be to everyone's tastes, but it's not compulsory either. Users of Beats headphones will surely enjoy the feature the most.

Music playback can be controlled from the lock screen, with simple play, pause and rewind buttons accompanying album artwork when listening to music. A music widget can also be set up on a home screen so you don't need to manually enter the Music hub every time you want to listen to some tunes.

There's a wide range of file support, including .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, and .wma, which covers pretty much all the bases. You can create playlists on the go using the contextual menu key next to the album artwork, and set tracks as ringtones within three basic steps.

In other words, this is a solid music experience - as good as it gets outside of the iPhone, really.


HTC One SV review

While HTC has seemingly nailed the music experience, the video experience is a bit of a mess. For a start, there is no dedicated video application on the device - instead, all videos are added to the Gallery app, under a video subgroup.

The problem with this approach is evident when you have a large amount of videos on your device, like a season of a TV show, for example. There's no way to quickly and easily discern which video it is you want to watch, instead you are given a tiny thumbnail of every video on the device.

Fortunately, the Play Store is filled with better video management files, so downloading a new one should be among the first steps taken by all new owners.

Playing back video is a significantly better experience than discovering videos. Playback buttons are easy to find, scrubbing to the location of choice in the clip is easy and a dedicated Share button rests on the bottom left of the screen.

There's even the ability to capture still shots from a video recorded on the device. But even with these features, a freshly downloaded app from the Play Store is a much better option for controlling and watching videos on the One SV.

FM Radio

HTC One SV review

If a steady stream of mobile data is an impossibility, you'll be happy to know that the One SV has an FM radio built-in. It requires a pair of headphones to be plugged in to work, but otherwise is simple to navigate and tune.

Of course, if you don't have regular access to a mobile data connection, you should probably question why you'd be interested in purchasing a 4G-enabled handset.

Either way, the inclusion of TuneIn radio largely renders the FM option obsolete, although there is admittedly a market that enjoys the buffoonery of breakfast radio.


HTC One SV review

The Gallery app is home to all the pictures taken with the One SV's camera, and while it sucks for video, it's quite functional for stills.

Photos can be organised by album, with a drop down menu also providing access to social photo sharing sites like Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr and Picasa. Within each service, there is the ability to share photos as well as view them full screen on the One SV.

For services like Facebook, you can view comments on your pics as well.


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