The Good The HTC One V is affordable, compact, and elegant, and runs Android 4.0 and Sense 4. It has a nimble camera and colorful screen.
The Bad A slow processor and pokey 3G data hold the One V back.
The Bottom Line Demanding Android fans won't like the HTC One V's slow performance but its premium design and low, no-contract price makes it a steal on Virgin Mobile.
HTC One V (Virgin Mobile)
We recently reviewed both the unlocked and U.S. Cellular versions of the HTC One V. Because of the two devices' similar construction and features, applicable portions of those reviews will be used in this evaluation of the HTC One V for Virgin Mobile.
Opting to sign up with a prepaid wireless carrier makes a lot of sense because you pay as you go and can leave whenever you see fit. The flipside of this arrangement though is that prepaid cellular providers tend to charge high, unsubsidized prices for archaic low-end phones. The $199 HTC One V on Virgin Mobile shatters the typical business model. This compact Android 4.0 smartphone is lovingly crafted from premium materials, sports an attractive screen, and boasts an advanced camera. If you can make peace with its 3G connection and modest performance, it's a very tempting Virgin Mobile device, even more compelling, in fact, than thesince you don't have to commit to a contract.
One key to HTC's success in the past has crafting phones with daring designs. A excellent example was the HTC Legend, which was carved from a single block of aluminum. The HTC One V furthers the Legend's premium looks by flaunting its unibody aluminum chassis.
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