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Earlier this year HTC announced a trio of Android smartphones that it would stick with for the rest of the year. It felt that it had too many handsets with too many different names, and that its Sense user interface was getting too cluttered. The result was the One X, One S and One V smartphones running Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0.
We love both the One X and the One S, so when we got our hands on the One V we had high hopes. Despite being billed as an affordable Android at around £250, it still packs Android 4.0, Sense 4.0 and some decent specifications along with a quality design.
HTC has referred back to the design of older phones such as the Legend and Hero, incorporating that ‘chin’ at the bottom with a chunkier squared design. We like the design and it fits nicely in your hand and is comfortable to hold against your face for calls, thanks to the chin.
Despite packing a slower single core processor, the One V handles Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0 smoothly. We noticed that some features were removed, presumably due to the less capable processor, but it didn’t detract from the handset overall.
Our major bug was the slow download speeds on the handset. Be it Wi-Fi or 3G, downloading apps or loading pages, the One V seemed to struggle even with a top notch connection. We put this down to the processor, and felt it was a blip on an otherwise impressive phone for the price. Check the review and let us know what you think – is the One V the ‘One’ for you?