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Review: HTC One SV for Cricket Wireless

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Screen

The SV's LCD panel measures 4.3 inches across the diagonal and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. This is where cutting-edge screens were two years ago. Nowadays, it’s the mark of a mid-range handset. The SV's screen looks good and is plenty bright, but pixels are noticeable when the phone is held close to your face. Outdoor viewability is excellent. I didn't have any trouble navigating the menus or taking photos even when under direct sunlight.

Signal

The SV performs on par with other Cricket devices on its wireless network. I didn't have any trouble connecting calls or surfing the web anywhere in the metropolitan New York City area, nor in Las Vegas. When used in areas covered by Cricket's LTE network, speeds were good, but not as fast as what I've seen competing networks deliver. The bottom line is that the SV does what it is supposed to when it comes to finding and maintaining a connection.

Sound

Voice calls made with the SV on Cricket's network rate "good" not "great." The quality of calls was inconsistent, and I noticed background noise and other interference during the majority of calls. Only a few were crystal clear. The quality didn't have any relation to the strength of the network in a given area. The earpiece produces acceptable volume for quiet areas, but it will be difficult to hear in noisy places. The speakerphone produces calls that are on par with the earpiece in terms of quality, but better when it comes to volume. I found myself using the speakerphone quite a bit rather than press the SF into my ear canal to hear callers. The ringers and alert tones are loud enough, and the vibrate alert will always get your attention.

Battery

The SV routinely lasted about 30 hours per charge, no matter how much or how little I used it. That's more than enough for most people, though I'd still recommend charging it every night. I worked it hard, and was sure to stream music over the wireless network, surf the web, spend time on Facebook and Twitter, as well as play some of the games preinstalled. It'll get through a full working day without problem.

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