HTC One V was unveiled months ago along with the heavyweights One X and One S, but has made its US debut just now. It is the smallest member of the HTC One family, and is targeted at the low budget end of the smartphone market. It has not been made clear if the phone will be launched on Boost Mobile or U.S Cellular anytime soon. On Virgin Mobile, the handset will be available for $199, without a contract, which is great if you want to give this phone a try.
Unlike the other handsets in this series, One V derives design elements from previous HTC phones and retains the “chin”. This classic design has impressed a lot of critics and users alike. Specs wise, the HTC One V is an entry level android phone at best. Its runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a single core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and 512 MB of RAM. The display panel is a 3.7 inch screen, with a resolution of 800 by 480. The phone has a 5 megapixel camera at the back. The phone has a beautiful aluminum unibody shell, similar to the Nexus One. The Ice Cream Sandwich user interface has a layer on HTC Sense 4.0 on it, which has received some praise from users.
Although this handset is another addition to the club of Android 4.0 enabled phone, the launch of Android 4.1 Jellybean has placed pressure on manufactures to push updates quicker. To prevent further fragmentation, an OS update can be expected from HTC as well as other manufacturers.
Overall, HTC One V is a solid performer which comes at an affordable price. If you want a taste of the Ice Cream Sandwich, go get this handset on Virgin Mobile.
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