I'm completely in love with a number of things about the One V. Its design looks fantastic, feels hard-wearing, and is distinctive enough to stand out from the crowd when compared to most of the other handsets in stores today. It's also one of the most affordable ways to grab a handset running Android 4.0, even if it is shrinkwrapped in Sense, though software inclusions like ImageSense do make up for this somewhat.
A few things do let the One V down. Minor ergonomic niggles give the handset a sense of form over function, but more serious is the mediocre performance offered by the low specs. For the average user this probably won't matter
, though for anyone who wants to use their device for multimedia or gaming, two years might be a long time to spend with an underpowered phone.
There's definitely still a demand for phones with smaller screens — I'd personally prefer something a little larger — but it seems odd that these users are forced to compromise on other specs to get what they want. If you're looking for a phone which keeps things simple and excels at all of the essentials, then this could be it.