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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ajore22, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. ajore22

    ajore22 Member
    Thread Starter

    I got the EVO V 4G and I like it, but I just want to know a couple of things about the One V:

    1. How is the battery life?
    I see you can't remove the battery, so no quick swapping.
    2. Is it fast?
    The Motorola Triumph was 1Ghz single core, and always felt kind of sluggish. even overclocked at 1.3Ghz
    3. Does it have weird signal issues?
    Again the Moto Triumph, GPS took 5~ minutes to lock. The iPhone death grip.
    4. Any other quirks?
    Signal dropping out? Texts don't go through? Horribly unstable OS?

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  2. ajore22

    ajore22 Member
    Thread Starter

    Really, no replies?
  3. CafeKampuchia

    CafeKampuchia Android Expert

    I think it's quiet because a lot of this has been discussed before.


    I don't own the One V anymore but had it for three months. I'll have a go at your questions:

    1. I never had any complaints about battery life and was never disappointed that I couldn't remove the battery. I usually got 1 1/2 - 2 days of battery out of it (I'm not a gamer).

    2. It's not fast like my Galaxy S3 but was much faster than my Wildfire S. Still some lag in menus and the browser isn't the fastest, but for my purposes it was fine.

    3. I never had any weird signal issues and no death grip.

    4. It doesn't have a compass.

    On the positive side:
    1. For the price, this is a great piece of equipment. It feels premium in the hand.

    2. It has the best screen in its price range.

    3. It has the best camera in its price range.

    4. Sense 4 is one of the best OEM implementations of ICS that I've seen.

    The One V isn't perfect but neither is any device, not even my SG3. But it's a great device considering what you pay for it.
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  4. SleepyheadKC

    SleepyheadKC Newbie

    I basically agree with CafeKampuchia's post. I've had mine for about 6 weeks and have been very happy with it. Battery life, build quality, screen, and camera are all pretty good. The OS has never locked up or crashed on me. VM's 3G can be a bit pokey at times, but I'm usually on a wi-fi network at home or in the office, so it's not a major issue. It's an excellent phone for the price.

    Speaking of price, VM's website is currently selling the phone at a 20% discount. $159.99 with free shipping, instead of the normal $199.99.
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  5. benslgdroid

    benslgdroid rockstar

    I just got mine two weeks ago if that. :banghead:
  6. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase

    I've had mine about a week. i personally love it, great phone
  7. jaman29

    jaman29 Android Enthusiast

    Ive had mine for 4 days. Great phone. Obviously not top of the line, but I am not looking for that. I chose this phone over the evo v 4g and would again anyday.
  8. benslgdroid

    benslgdroid rockstar

    I love it the head bang was for the price drop lol
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  9. los panda

    los panda Member

    it's $149.99 + free shipping + no sales tax on amazon.

    i was watching it like a hawk on every site, i was going to order it from virgin mobile's site on 9/10/12 (the last day at the $159.99 price + 8.75% tax) - my t-mobile contract isn't up until 9/23/12 - i'll get accustomed with it until then, when i activate it.

    but let's see if i'm banging my head against the wall in a couple weeks if the price drops even further ;)
  10. Leslie Ann

    Leslie Ann Android Expert

    If you can find it on sale (Amazon and Radio Shack both are $150 or so), it's probably the best budget smart phone out there.

    As for how I like it? (I bought one for my mom)
    Pros: It's speedy enough, has a great shape and feel. Relatively easy to root and rom (easy if you have done HTC phones before).
    Cons: I wish it were a bit faster. HTC gimped the OS for no good reason. No removable battery.

    Extras related to rooting:
    The recoveries are fickle, especially regarding the sdcard, this will be solved in time. I had to put her on my 8gig (not sure of brand) instead of the 16gig Sandisk she had. Not that she needs that much space. A rom restores the lost Sense functions.

    Overall, a great phone, especially for the price. If I didn't have my Evo V, it would be my first choice. Give it a removable battery and a bit more speed and I would swap my Evo V for it.
  11. los panda

    los panda Member

    can you elaborate and shed some light on this novice's darkness?
  12. Leslie Ann

    Leslie Ann Android Expert

    Recoveries... CWM didn't want to work (no way to press any buttons), TWRP2 couldn't see the 16Gig sdcard.

    HTC removed some of the functions from Sense, the weather lock screen being the one I noticed most. JMZ's rom put that function back.
  13. riggerman0421

    riggerman0421 Well-Known Member

    To get the power button to work on cwm, scroll down to the bottom them press volume down to go back to top, then press volume up to back to the top. This will enable the power button to select. As for twrp, I had problems with it restoring backups. I wound up losing my stock back up due to it either not saving correctly or not restoring correctly. I switched to cwm, and haven't had any problems backing up or restoring with that one.

    As for the phone itself, I love it. It took me all of two days to root and install install cm 9. I have the sick kernel installed and over clocked to 1.5ghz stable.
  14. KoukiFC3S

    KoukiFC3S Android Expert

    I got this phone for my gf. The phone is amazing. I really like it.

    She switched from the Galaxy Nexus.
    For battery she's getting about 14 hours with 2 hours of screen on time.

    The screen looks amazing. It's really bring and vivid. Build quality is also a plus. The unibody construction really makes it feel like a premium device.

    Performance is good. I feel like sense is super aggressive at killing background apps to ensure that the experience is smooth. Might be an issue for you if you want to multitask a lot. Music while texting works just fine.

    Signal wise we also have had a good experience with virgin. No data loss or anything funky. Her data is more reliable than my Verizon LTE.

    Overall I love this One V. I got a class 10 sd card for it and it works great.

    If I was getting a virgin mobile phone the one V would be my first choice.
  15. benslgdroid

    benslgdroid rockstar

    Been chatting allot with my friend in England on kik and I can get 7 hours of constant use in 3g with low signal, it's awesome
  16. mikemck

    mikemck Lurker

    I just got the One V after trying an Optimus Elite, and the difference is fantastic.

    Battery life compared to the Elite is night & day...no comparison.

    Sense is not bad at all. I have Launcher Pro as well, but I find using Sense is actually suiting me better, once I got used to it.

    The One V is a definite upgrade over the Optimus V & the Elite. I got mine from Best Buy for $149 after they price matched Radio Shack's sale price.
  17. Leslie Ann

    Leslie Ann Android Expert

    I will have to give CWM another try I guess. I really hate not having a working recovery.

    You lasted two days?:eek:
    I'm down to 10 minutes after activation, just long enough to read the guide once or twice before I start and collect everything needed. :D

    First Android (Optimus V) lasted 2 weeks (I think).
    Second (Evo 4g) lasted 6 hours, I had to finish up work first.
    Third (Evo V) lasted 3 hours, I was building a rom while rooting.
    Forth (Optimus Elite) lasted 1 hour, takes a while to accomplish and collect everything.
    Fifth (One V) lasted 10 minutes, it would have been less, but a lot was waiting on the HTC email and was checking the wrong email.
  18. benslgdroid

    benslgdroid rockstar

    I still haven't rooted :( I'm ashamed lol
  19. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase

    You sound like me! I don't think I can have a phone and not root and rom it...its an addiction.
  20. Leslie Ann

    Leslie Ann Android Expert

    It's not that I necessarily want to, it's fun don't get me wrong, but I have a purpose behind it.

    While I HATE all of the ads that websites and apps use, the main reason I root is because after building a few roms, I know just how much battery stock bloat uses. On the Optimus V you gained 50% more battery life by rooting and removing bloat and ads. Nowadays you can just freeze apps, but that's only a temporary solution.

    As a phone ages, you also pick up extra features. The Evo V has gained a much better quick settings, multiple camera enhancements, faster more efficient kernels and drivers... By the time I quite using my Optimus V 8 months ago, other devs and myself had nearly tripled the battery life.
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  21. los panda

    los panda Member

    i am considering rooting my phone. the main reason is performance; speed, battery life, etc.

    any recommendations?
  22. Leslie Ann

    Leslie Ann Android Expert

    You won't see a lot of speed change. Overclock will do the most there.

    Battery however can improve quite a bit, but I can't say how much as I didn't run the phone in stock form long enough to see how well it did. You ALWAYS gain battery life killing off bloat though because you kill of junk running in the background that is using ram, hogging data and using the radios.

    I have JMZ's rom running on it.
    Seems nice, but it's not my phone. I put it on, set things up and handed it off.
  23. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase

    I had miui running. I now have Paranoid Android. Epic rom.
  24. cammykool

    cammykool Android Expert

    how do you get it back in harmonia?
  25. Leslie Ann

    Leslie Ann Android Expert

    You have to put the full Sense back in for it.
    You might get away just copying that APK, but I wouldn't count on it, and why, when you can have Full Sense.

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The HTC One V release date was April 2012. Features and Specs include a 3.7" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Snapdragon S2 processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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