Virgin Mobile has launched [easyazon-link asin=”B007NYHYFA” locale=”us”]HTC One V[/easyazon-link] for $199.99. HTC One V has been touted as an entry level Google Android device and is available at that price without any contract!
Though an entry level smartphone, it houses some impressive features including the latest Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. A 3.7 inch WVGA display takes care of the display department while a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 single core processor does the processing job.
The phone features a rather decent 5 megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip technology and 4GB of internal storage. For users wanting more storage, a microSDHC memory card slot has been provided. The selling point of HTC One V however is that it supports Beats Audio technology, a technology from lifestyle audio company in which HTC owns a majority share and is really popular among youngsters, but is it actually a decision maker? Well, it’s just an enhancer and requires buyers to pair the phone with Beats Audio earbuds in order to feel the difference.
Talking about the hardware, the foundation of One V can be traced back to HTC Desire, which is a bit old and currently, most of the new smartphones launching have a dual core processing unit and fancy features like floating touch and NFC as seen on Sony’s Xperia Sola, but the clear advantage of One V over other smartphones is that you can use ICS right out of the box, nevertheless, a phone having 512MB of RAM and HTC Sense 4 technology is a real steal deal at $199.99. What makes the deal sweeter is the pricing plan offered to Virgin Mobile users. The plan for HTC One V costs just $35 per month which will include 300 minutes of voice calling, unlimited messaging and data. The unlimited Virgin Mobile data though comes with throttling after 2.5GB of usage.
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