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My thoughts on HTC One V
Hey, Android Central peeps, seeing as I am an enthusiast for the smaller cousins of the Android universe I broke down and got a new plan just for this small brother of the ONE family of phones. Since I use the Iphone 4s as a daily driver I took to this phone in small bouts, but I must say I have put enough log time on this thing to properly give my two cents about it.
Granted, if you are the guy who absolutely must have the highest end, this little rant will probably not interest you in the least. However, I must say the One V is a really polished phone to have and really not as much a slouch as people think it is. It's small and it's compact and, for a phone with a single core 1 GHZ processor, this is plenty fast for everyday use at a much higher battery life.
A few things:
1. This baby has a removable SD card slot so 32 gigs of SDcard can be placed in this to ensure a high storage space. It takes awhile to detect the card but as far as I can see this is normal for most phones with removable memory. The in-built storage space is a little small at 4 gigs but with a 32 gig card I am plenty satisfied with the space I have in this thing.
2. Changing the SIM card on this thing will require a reboot of the phone so as to detect the carrier. And the boot up time for this thing is a little long for my liking, especially placed against a stock Nexus S or a Galaxy Nexus running ICS. This is why I dread turning off this thing...
3. The display isn't the best, and has the symptoms of pentiling present in the One S. The resolution's less sophisticated as well, and when playing high resolution (above 800 by 500) videos the phone lags a little, but it's not much of a dealbreaker.
4. This next thing was annoying though. The display shows a little yellowing and over-saturation. This causes a little setback when you are playing videos and games, as it kind of feels like HTC put a slightly-yellowish-reddish filter below the display screen. THIS to me was the only thing I hated about the phone and, guess what, it got Quadrant scores just below the Galaxy Nexus...Very surprising for a phone of this price point as the scores indicates some beef under the hood GPU-wise. There still is some lag for the more graphically intensive games but just the ability to play Temple Run on this thing really wowed me.
5. The Beats Audio was amazing, same as you would expect from HTC one X.
6. There's no front facing camera, which really sucks the joy out of Instagram self-portraitures, and the five pixel camera isn't as fast (shutter speed) as the Galaxy Nexus even with the ICS enhancements you obviously can tangibly see in the One V. This may improve in future updates but I am not really holding my breath for any sort of improvements in the photo taking department. HTC isn't known for its cameras like Sony is, and I don't really begrudge them for it. I won't really lie if you say there's better camera phones out there.
7. The build quality feels more gravelly, certainly when put against the One X, but I suspect the One S feels similar. But this is a 3.7 inch phone. It felt more compact in my hands and I like that alot.
All in all, I really feel phones like the One V are where the industry is heading towards for the low end. If you are not looking for the high end you could do far worse than the One V; it's sleek, and still largely relevant, IMO, in the dual core (and soon quad core) world we live in.