First Impressions: HTC One V

Released at the same time as the HTC One X, the One V felt under-appreciated. This phone is the entry-level Android 4.0 handset from the HTC One triumvirate launched this year.


If you’re familiar with HTC handsets, the One V got its design inspiration from the HTC Legend with its prominent chin for better handling and a more natural shape when taking calls. It’s sleeker and has the same quality finish found on other HTC devices.


Powered by the same Qualcomm 1GHz Scorpion processor as that of the HTC Desire S, the HTC One V uses the latest and gorgeous HTC Sense 4.0 UI although I encountered a bit of lag when loading content on some widgets. This phone is in the same category as the HTC Desire line performance-wise.


What I find interesting on the One V is that it uses the same camera lens (f2.0)and technology as the One X and One S but at a lower megapixel count (5mp). You’ll get a fast camera start and can take fast shots. Actually, there’s no half-press to focus here. The camera will focus by itself (or you can touch to focus), and as soon as you click the onscreen shutter button, it will immediately take the picture. It also has the same superb ImageSense software found on its more expensive sibling which greatly enhances photos taken indoors.

Here’s a sample shot taken during dinner using auto settings:


The light inside the restaurant wasn’t that bright but the camera got the right amount just for this shot. The auto white balance is also correct on this shot with the room having an incandescent lighting. Impressive for a phone in its class.

By the way, no front-facing camera on this phone so if video-chatting is your thing then you have to look somewhere else.


In a nutshell, the HTC One V won’t make you salivate with its power. What it does is give you a gorgeous Android handset with capable specs, a really good camera, and Beats Audio inside. If you’re in the market for a smartphone with a really good camera that won’t cost you a few month’s salary, look no further than the HTC One V which has an SRP of Php15,990 (you can get one for Php13,150 if you look hard).

Will post a detailed review of this phone soon.

HTC One V Specs:
1GHz Single core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor
Adreno 205 GPU
3.7″ WVGA LCD Display, 480×800 pixels @ 252ppi
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
HTC Sense UI 4.0
512 RAM
4GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
HSDPA up to 14.4Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0
5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, f2.0, 28mm lens
720p HD video recording
No front-facing camera
1500mAh Li-Polymer battery
120.3 x 59.7 x 9.2 mm
115 g
SRP: Php15,990
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  • Griswold

    can’t wait for the full review. i want to see more sample photos taken with it din.

    • yup will do that. what i noticed is that for outside shots, the camera tends to oversaturate the blue skies which makes the colors pop out and look beautiful but unnatural.

  • martin

    nice review:)

  • aaffordable

    Anyone knows where to get 1 with the Beats headset?

    • Griswold

      for sure not sa official stores. baka sila kimstore or widgetcity may beats kasama. pero i think yung one x lang yung meron ganung option.

  • hi saan yung 13150 lang? im planning to buy one this monday po.. thanks for the reply.. or is it greenhills lang..

    • ay nakita ko na. hehe thanks.,