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Healthy sibling rivalry at HTC

The popular One X can be proud of its kid brother, the One V, despite the difference in power



The HTC One V is an Android OS smart phone selling for under Bt10,000, but it's got good sound and photo quality. It's the little brother of HTC's flagship One X, smaller indeed, yet packed with the same powerful image-capturing technology. There's just less resolution in the photos and videos.

The One V runs on a less-powerful processor as well, but it's still a solid performer. The 1GHz single-core processor runs on Android 4 OS with the HTC Sense user interface. It has four gigabytes of internal storage and 512MB of active memory.

The 3.7-inch super LCD display offers 800x480-pixel resolution, housed in a simple aluminium body with a unique curved-chin design that makes it easy to hold.

You can get good-quality, even beautiful, photos in five-megapixel resolution thanks to an f/2.0 bright lens and the 28mm wide-angle lens (in 35mm equivalence). It uses a BSI (backside-illuminated) sensor that handles low light well and a dedicated imaging chip to enhance photo quality and shooting performance.

The One V can also record 720p high-definition video.

It supports all major 3G operators in Thailand, using HSPA/WCDMA protocols at 850/900/2100MHz, and the GSM quad band at 850/900/1800/1900MHz.

I tested it on True Move H's 3G network and managed to update my Facebook and Foursquare status fast, monitor feeds from friends and check my e-mail without problem. Uploading pictures to Facebook and Foursquare and e-mailing them was fast and convenient.

Despite having "only" the 1GHz single-core CPU, the One V was never slow during my tryout. The menu was always responsive and page scrolling rapid.

Android 4 is already intuitive to use, but HTC further enhances it with HTC Sense, a collection of tools, features and innovative user interface.

The One V's camera performs well thanks to ImageSense, for example, an all-in-one solution with a complete range of features. One of these, HTC Video Pic, lets you shoot high-definition video while taking high-resolution photos at the same time.

HTC Car provides a specially designed interface for easy viewing so you can make or take calls or navigate to any destination while driving - including from an address on your calendar or a geo-tagged photo.

And the One V is an excellent portable music player thanks to the Authentic Sound technology, also part of HTC Sense. It uses Beats by Dr Dre Audio technology to enhance quality for a richer and more authentic sound.

Using HTC Music to play MP3 tracks, you can choose whether to activate Beats Audio or not. It does boost the sound quality, with ample bass.

I tested it with my Sony premium in-ear phones.

Buyers meanwhile get 25GB of online storage space at Dropbox for two years. HTC Dropbox is integrated throughout HTC Sense 4, so it's easy to edit, save and share your documents and other files via Dropbox from the One V. Connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot and all your shots will be automatically uploaded to your Dropbox account.

The HTC One V has a suggested retail price of Bt9,900.

Key specs

_ Operating system: Android 4.0 with HTC Sense

_ Network: HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz; GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

_ CPU Speed: 1GHz

_ Memory: Internal storage: 4GB, expandable with microSD storage of up to 32GB; RAM: 512MB

_ Display: 3.7-inch WVGA touch screen with 480x800 resolution

_ Connectivity: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n, Standard micro-USB, Bluetooth 4.0,

_ Camera with ImageSense: Five-megapixel with f/2 28mm wide-angle lens, 720p video

_ Battery: Built-in rechargeable Li-polymer battery 1500mAh

_ Dimensions: 120.3x59.7x9.24mm

_ Weight: 115 grams with battery


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