Review: HTC One V for Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile Live
The One V's stand-out media feature is Virgin Mobile Live, Virgin's streaming content application and service. Virgin Mobile Live offers streamed music, broadcasts, concert footage, blogs, and movies. It is an all-encompassing media service that offers bits and bytes of everything, though it’s curated by Virgin Mobile. Speaking of bytes, be careful. Streamed content eats up data allotments quickly, and Virgin Mobile throttles users who exceed their data allotments.
With respect to music, the One V has the basic Android music player app, plus TuneIn Radio, and the Google Play Store if you want to purchase tracks directly from the handset. These apps function just as well on the One V as they do on other Android 4.0 handsets.
On the video front, the V includes the stock YouTube app and the Google Play Store. Notably absent is HTC's own HTC Watch application, though Google Play offers essentially the same thing.
Thanks to the Beats Audio integration, music and video sound great through the V. I was impressed with the quality. What I really like is that the Beats software has been buried deeper into the OS, and works with ALL media apps on the device.