aNewDomain.net —The HTC One SV is a sleek 4G LTE phone with an excellent design. This phone has a 4.3” Super LCD capacitive screen, but it weighs only 4.3 ounces. The sides are nicely curved so the phone has a nice heft. Other than the glass screen, most of the HTC One SV is plastic. However, it has a premium feel with everything precisely measured and properly fit. Kudos to HTC because this type of substantive look and feel is lacking in some other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The 800-by-480 Super LCD2 is adequate, but it is surpassed by the Samsung OLED screens as well as the iPhone retina display. My only complaint was that even with the brightness turned all the way up; the whites were slightly tinged with gray.
In a similar manner, although the 5MP camera takes very good pictures and includes an automatically adjusting 5-level LED flash, most the shots had a slightly yellow look.
The One SV runs Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 with the HTC Sense 4.0 overlay. I love the customization offered by this version of Android. While the Sense overlay offers some nice features, it does little to actually improve the OS. Yet, the Sense home screen and split dialer/contact screens are both very useful.
The HTC ONE SV includes Beats Audio which when turned on, offers an additional depth of audio. It also has unlimited music from Cricket’s Muve Music. This phone has a 1.6 MP front-facing camera and built-in NFC (near field communication) which lets you share data with a simple tap with other NFC-enabled devices. There is also a user-replaceable battery and a microSD card slot under the removable back.
This phone is available through Cricket. While coverage might be slightly less than some other carriers, it is expanding. As I write this, Cricket is rolling out its new LTE service. About 20 cities currently have LTE coverage and more are expected soon. Cricket offers affordable cell phone service with no contract and no activation fee and smartphone plans starting at $50 a month.
Retail price: $279
Cell Service Provider: Cricket
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