Summary: There’s lots to love about the HTC One SV: it’s slim, fun, fast and easy to use. If you know you want 4G speeds and you know want Android, we’d still opt to pay more for HTC One XL or the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with more powerful specs and newer, speedier software. But if faster downloads mean more to you than big screen sizes, don’t let us stop you enjoying this lovely little blower.
Conclusion: The One SV is yet another gorgeous HTC phone that few in the U.S. will ever own. The design is sleek and unique, the fit and finish are top-notch, and the total package is among the best available in the mid-range class. And then there’s the value. One SV users on Cricket stand to save a tremendous amount of money compared to those using a similar phone on one of the nation’s top carriers.
Conclusion: As a brand new Android device entering into the mid-range market, we can see what HTC were gunning for. It makes a great first impression with excellent design and a fast, flowing UI, but as you’d expect for the price, the premium user experience isn’t maintained throughout the whole phone. That’s not to say the rest of the handset is a total let down, but we couldn’t warrant buying the non-4G model.
Pros: Good design, Snappy user experience, Offers 4G in a more affordable package
Cons: Flimsy hardware controls, Screen res should have been higher, 4G usage destroys battery life
Summary: LTE for 430 Euro (~$590). The One SV is the newest member in HTC's portfolio and it's designed to shake up the hotly contested mid-range smartphone market. We look at how well the new 4.3-inch smartphone with its updated hardware, LTE support, and integrated card reader handle our battery of tests.
Pros: Catchy design; offered in different colors, Pleasing to use; device is built well and sturdy, Card reader for cards to 64 GB, Replaceable battery, Extensive communications options (LTE), Good sound quality during calls, Display measurements, Powerful integrated components, Low power consumption and long battery life, The good looks, the open design (battery and card reader), the communication options, and the good call quality.
Cons: Ships with Google Android 4.0.4, Stereo headset is inexpensive, Virtual keyboard is a bit crowded, Display resolution is only 480 x 800 pixels, Mono speaker is pretty average, A high resolution display. It doesn't even have to be one of the HD standards (720p & 1080p) - even a qHD display with 960 x 540 Pixel (16:9 ratio) would be a much better choice.
Conclusion: The HTC One SV packs a curious personality, that's for sure. The handset combines good looks (especially in the red color scheme), superb build quality, rich set of features, and adequate performance all in one - those are qualities which HTC smartphones are well known for. Even an Android power user should be able to live with the handset on a daily basis without having much to complain about.
Pros: LTE network support, Quad-band GSM/tri-band HSDPA support, 4.3" 16M-color Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen of WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels); Corning Gorilla Glass 2, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.1, 1.2 GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset; Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging, 1080p and 720p video recording @ 30f...
Cons: Outdated display, No dedicated camera button, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich does not cut it in 2013, Pricing in some markets inches too close to better equipped devices
Conclusion: You can certainly see HTC's strategy: make a neatly styled, midrange device that balances battery life with the usefulness of 4G, and help push LTE connectivity out of the premium tier. Unfortunately, some of the company's decisions - or, perhaps, the corners cut in order to meet the target price - take their toll on the One SV proposition overall.