HTC One SV Review

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On this occasion, we will deal in more detail with the model that appeared on the market in November 2012, and we can say that it is a fairly “fresh” model. This model is very attractive to customers, and soon after its appearance (as it usually happens), two camps were formed: for and against. Join us in this blog to analyze this model a little deeper and try to figure out whether the HTC One SV justifies its price or not.

Design and dimensions

This smartphone looks irresistibly good! This is the first guaranteed impression of everyone who picks up this model. This model has rounded edges, and the phone itself is framed by a metal ring. The build quality of this model is truly superior and this is no big surprise from HTC, which enjoys being “followed” by the voice of a company that values ​​and holds quality in today’s world of “plastic”.

The back cover of this model is made of plastic that feels soft to the touch, while the entire front of the HTC One Sv is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass. This protection only further puts an authoritative exclamation mark on a certainly compact device!

It is also worth mentioning the fact that the already mentioned back cover of this model houses a slot for a Micro SIM card and a Li-Ion 1800mAh battery that can be replaced without service assistance. Since the HTC One SV has a display that isn’t too big, the dimensions of this model have reduced everything to a pleasant but above all practical 128 x 66.9 x 9.2 mm.

This means that you can easily slip this model into the pocket of your jeans, unlike many current competing smartphones of this class. The weight of the device is an acceptable 122 grams, and judging by this phone’s first impression, it is definitely that the HTC One SV justifies its price.


The display of this model seems to be the weakest link of this model. Although the Super LCD2 technology behind this model’s display provides exceptional quality and natural colors, excellent viewing angles, and high contrast, the slightly low resolution of 800x 480 and the “lukewarm” pixel density of 217ppi distance this model from HTC’s best-known efforts.

This weakness is best reflected when browsing the Internet or reading texts. On the other hand, it also has its advantages, for example with battery life…


On the hardware side, this model holds the “golden mean”. Some manufacturers in this class (albeit a little shy for now) also turn to quad-core processors, which is not the case here. This is another aspect of this phone that makes us think the HTC One SV justifies its price. The HTC One SV is equipped with a fairly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, a 1.2 GHz Krait dual-core processor, and an Adreno 305 GPU graphics card.

This model also has 1GB of RAM and when all the above technical characteristics are combined into this model, they really represent a harmonious combination and a fairly complete whole. We claim this because HTC One SV, according to benchmark tests in overall performance, has “surpassed” many higher-end devices with quad-core processors “

Thanks to its dimensions, the HTC One SV fits nicely in your hand!


The HTC One SV out of the box comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.1 user interface. This is also one detail that did not delight us because these days the 4.1 Jelly Bean version of the software has become the standard for higher or high-class devices. Users who have had contact with the HTC One series models will experience this software and interface as familiar and not at all foreign.

Not to raise too much dust about it, rather it’s just one observation, and we have to mention that the 4.1 Jelly Bean software version is available for upgrades for this model. We must mention that the functionality of this model is high, widgets and applications are available and fully functional, and when using this model at no time did we get the impression that HTC One SV can not cope with the pressure of more demanding applications.


HTC One Sv is equipped with a solid 5MP camera with LED flash and autofocus. This camera takes images with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and records fairly high-quality 1080p @ 30fps videos. Again we have to give a critique of the lack of a Shutter key which would come in handy given the possession of autofocus.

The camera interface is functional, and is the same when taking pictures and videos, with the option to select the function, and has standard options for selecting effects, portraits, landscapes, etc.

HTC has implemented quite strong filters in the camera of this model, which results in quite good, for example, fit to screen images on your computer. With further detailed zoom, of course, the purity of the image is lost, but for the 5 MP camera, we can freely say that it is OK!

The videos on this model also meet our (not modest) criteria. Apparently, and the camera of the HTC One SV justifies its price, as the Full HD videos of this model are great! With the help of stereo audio and 30 frames per second, the videos are fluid without splitting and there really is no room for any criticism here!

The HTC One SV comes in multiple colors, for everyone’s taste, but users rated the red as one of the most impressive!


HTC One SV is well “shod” with connections and offers its customers quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE and tri-band 3G connection, but also LTE connection. This is further proof that LTE is no longer reserved exclusively for overpriced high-end models. Of the “local” connections, this model boasts Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC connections.

This model also has a fairly long list of types of connections to a computer such as PC – Charge only (battery charging), Disk drive (your phone acts as external memory), HTC Sync (synchronization), USB tethering (using the phone as a modem) and the Internet pass-through (the phone uses your computer’s internet connection).

Charge only and Disk Drive have large icons, which is great considering the fact that these two options are the most commonly used. Among the latter, we would single out the useful HTC Portable Hotspot connection, which allows people you allow to use your device as an access point. This application can be set to turn off automatically after 5, 10 minutes if it is not active, which is convenient for saving the battery in case you forget to turn it off.

I even conclude

When we look at this model from “A to Z”, it is impossible to get rid of the impression that the HTC One SV justifies its price. We wouldn’t be realistic if we didn’t criticize the not the latest version of Android in the factory version of the model, and the weaker pixelation of the display, but these are all objections that will surely not sink this phone, considering the many excellent performances it provides!

HTC has combined superior build quality with a flawless design in this model that allows this model to be used comfortably with one hand. Thanks to its assembly, this model will satisfy the needs of even the most demanding Android users, but it will also cover the sphere of users who often use the camera for their own needs. Well done to HTC! is an affiliate. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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