Apr 232012
 

Introduction

The One series is the fresh new lineup of smartphones that helped HTC take the spotlight early in 2012. While the One S and One X are flexing muscle at each other as a way to stay sharp for the invasion of the other predators with multi-core processors and high resolution screens, the One V aims at a less violent market segment – and it’s priced accordingly. While we wouldn’t go as far as to call it a budget phone, it’s a familiar package – and a lot friendlier – less powerful, but hopefully not underpowered. Not nearly as impressively equipped as its bigger siblings, the One V looks no less stylish – a good start is half the job done in the smartphone midrange.

If you know your HTC phones, the resemblance between the One V and the HTC Legend (and, in turn, the Hero) will not go unnoticed. The trademark “chin” makes a strong comeback. Then, as now, HTC are targeting an audience that seek a phone, which makes a statement more than anything else, and with a slim 9.2mm profile and streamlined design, the One V does just that.

But does the HTC pack enough within its slick package for those of us looking for more than just a pretty face? We’ll answer that question in detail in the pages to come. For starters, here are the pros and cons of the One V at-a-glance.

Key features

Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support

3.7″ 16M color capacitive touchscreen with WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)

Android OS v4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich HTC Sense 4.0

1 GHz processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset

microSD card slot

5 MP autofocus camera with single LED flash; face detection, geotagging, HDR mode, image auto-upload

720p video recording @ 30fps, slo-mo videos (2x at WVGA), simultaneous HD video and still image capture

Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA

GPS with A-GPS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensor

Standard 3.5 mm audio jack

microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v4.0

Smart dial, voice dialing

Polaris Office document editor

DivX/XviD video support

HTC Locations app

HTC Car integration

HTC Portable Hotspot

Fast boot time

Main disadvantages

Only 1GB of the 4GB internal storage is available to the user

No front-facing camera

Some competing smartphones have dual-core CPUs

Non-user-replaceable battery

No dedicated camera key

The quick boot is no news in an HTC smartphone but that feature wasn’t exactly blazing fast in the One X and the One S. The One V is more like it at about 8 seconds to the lock screen from a cold boot, and less than 12 for everything to fully load. There’re also plenty of slick additions to the interface. ICS and the latest HTC Sense 4.0 is a powerful combo, which creates a pretty impressive user experience. Keeping in mind, of course, that you’ll need to pop in a microSD card at the first available opportunity, as you have less than 1GB of internal storage to work with once the operating system and preloaded HTC apps have had their say.

via HTC One V review: Chin up – GSMArena.com.

 Posted by at 19:48
Apr 202012
 

Today we got our hands on the shockingly thin Huawei Ascend P1 S. If our time with the phone was any indication, Huawei’s first real high-end phone looks to be a winner.

At just 6.68mm thick, the Ascend P1 S is currently the thinnest dual-core smartphone in the world. We can’t help but wonder where they put all the components.

You can check out the Huawei P1 S in video below:

 

The phone feels plenty plasticky in the hands, and several show floor phones were scuffed and dirty on their plastic backs. This could inevitably be one of the most troublesome selling points of the Huawei – how could a phone this good feel this mediocre?

Cheap plastic or not, there’s no denying the Huawei Ascend P1 S looks gorgeous – and that’s thanks in large part to the 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, which has a 960 x 540 pixel resolution.

What better operating system to put on that screen than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is also present and churns along beautifully, thanks to the P1 S’s 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9 processor.

The Huawei Ascend P1 S comes with an 8 megapixel camera with a backlight-illuminated sensor, which we were able to take several high quality photos from – despite our entirely weird lighting conditions. The Ascend P1 can also take 1080p HD videos.

Not content to rest on its already impressive specs, Huawei also ditched the common front-facing VGA in favor of a 1.3 megapixel camera.

The Ascend P1 S only comes with 4GB of onboard storage, so you’ll definitely want to expand with a wonderful microSD.

Finally the Huawei comes with a 1650mAh battery, which should keep your beautiful plastic Android smartphone alive at least as long as most phones.

Huawei also unveiled its Ascend P1, which features a slightly different body style (thicker by just .3mm), but identical internal specs.

Ascend P1:The slightly thicker Huawei Ascend P1 is still incredibly thin.

The phones should be available in Europe by the end of March.

Unfortunately, neither a European price nor an American release date were confirmed, although a company representative did tell us Huawei was working closely with AT&T to try to push the phone to the US by Q4.

via Hands on: Huawei Ascend P1 S review | News | TechRadar.

 Posted by at 12:41