Whoever thought a powerful phone could be this affordable? Looks like HTC’s brand new entrant, the One SV, is sure to be a game-changer. With a price-tag of just $349, it’s available on Cricket Wireless, and that too, without a contract! Plus, it looks real good too, so it’s not just great on the inside – this book can definitely be judged by the cover. So, will this new Android smartphone make life a little harder for Samsung’s beloved Galaxy S3?
HTC One SV: Let’s start by admitting just how much we love this phone’s overall design. It’s sleek, but has curved edges, and red highlights to make the device look rather vibrant. It’s also got a crimson metallic trim running along the side, giving it an expensive look. Its 4.3-inch screen is of course on the smaller side, especially in comparison with the Galaxy S3, but it has a decent 800X480 pixel resolution, which is more than what you can expect at this price. The One SV is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. A huge downside, however, is that it runs on Android 4.0 ICS, and not the Jelly Bean version. The best thing about this phone has got to be its special 4 GB memory card, of which 3 GB is reserved exclusively for storing Muve tunes. You’ve got a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.6 MP front-facing camera on the One SV, which we were hoping would have been 8 MP and 2 MP respectively instead – but you can definitely make do with these cameras too.
Samsung Galaxy S3: This bestselling smartphone of 2012 is of course on the higher end of the spectrum. Powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, this phone features a 4.8-inch display with a resolution of 1136X640 pixels. It’s also got a much better camera – an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP one in the front. It’s not just the specs, but also the fact that it runs on Android Jelly Bean that give it an edge over this new One SV phone. But of course, it does cost a whole lot more to own a Galaxy S3.