HTC ONE V
HTC, $50/m 24m optus.com.au ★★★
THIS smartphone might be cheap in comparison with its bigger brothers, but it’s not cheaply made. HTC’s latest handset, named the One V (above), is a solid phone with a tough, aluminium exterior that feels like it could withstand daily abuse.
Its 3.7-inch screen, while it looks smaller than it sounds, is also easy to look at, and the phone uses Google Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich software to keep apps running smoothly.
And even though this phone uses a 1GHz processor, it responds in a speedy fashion to most requests.
The One V is a handset made available through Optus and is clearly designed for users making the step up to a smartphone. Its design is reminiscent of the HTC Legend, thanks to a curved end that rises, gently, to near your mouth. This curve makes it easy to hold and pick up.
HTC has added a quality camera, too. Though capable of capturing only 5-megapixel shots, it opens quickly from the home screen and its autofocus is quicker than you might expect. It can struggle to adapt to different lighting, however.
The camera can also capture 720p highdefinition video and shoot photos simultaneously, recording images to a MicroSD card.
But a phone of this price does not come without compromise. Users will need to buy and install a MicroSD card in this phone as it has only 4GB of memory. Its meagre 512MB RAM also slows things down sometimes, it doesn’t offer a front-facing camera for video calls and you can’t remove its battery.
For the price (less than $250 or free on a $50 plan), it’s a solid performer and smartphone starter kit.