HTC Velocity 4G Android phone

HTC Velocity 4G review: Australia's first 4G smartphone is fast, but coverage is limited

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HTC Velocity 4G
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  • HTC Velocity 4G

Pros

  • 4G speeds and HSPA+ dual-channel
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good performance

Cons

  • 4G coverage is limited
  • Android 4.0 update in progress

Bottom Line

The HTC Velocity 4G is definitely the fastest phone on the Australian market, even when you're outside of a 4G coverage zone. However, we don't feel the speed increase is significant enough to warrant choosing it over some of its competitors. Putting aside 4G, the HTC Velocity is an excellent smartphone, but it offers largely the same features we've seen in HTC phones over the past six months.

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HTC Velocity 4G: Software and performance

The HTC Velocity 4G looks and works like much like most other HTC phones. It runs the Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" OS and is skinned with HTC's Sense UI. While Sense has plenty of eye candy including fancy scrolling animations and home screen widgets, we much prefer Google's vanilla UI. This will come down to a matter of personal opinion though: if you like the software on HTC's current Android phones then you'll definitely appreciate it on the Velocity 4G.

All the usual features of HTC Sense are available on the Velocity 4G. You can remove home screens if you don't use them (there are seven by default), the lock screen comes with four customisable shortcuts, along with the ability to display a widget in the middle of the screen, and there's also a 3D rotating effect when scrolling between home screens. Your eight most recently opened applications, quick settings toggles and a link to all phone settings all remain at the top of the notifications panel.

HTC Velocity 4G

A 1.5GHz dual-core processor makes the Velocity 4G a fast phone, but performance should only improve once it is upgraded to the latest version of Google's Android software, 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich". One of the major improvements in the new software is Web page rendering and faster loading times in the browser. Telstra says the Velocity 4G should be upgraded to ICS "within six weeks", though we wouldn't hold our breath for that exact time frame.

HTC Velocity 4G: Camera, battery life, availability

The HTC Velocity 4G has an excellent camera. It's an 8-megapixel, backside-illuminated sensor that promises better low light photos. We found the dual-LED flash washed out many of our photos, but colour reproduction is a highlight. The camera app starts almost instantly and is quick to snap successive photos, though it's admittedly not as quick as the shutter on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The camera doubles as a full HD 1080p video recorder, while the 1.2-megapixel front camera impressively records 720p HD video.

HTC Velocity 4G

The HTC Velocity 4G has below average battery life: it struggled to last a full day with constant 4G coverage, though you should be able to get almost a day of use if you're in a regular 3G coverage zone. We've become accustomed to charging our smartphones before the end of the day, and the Velocity 4G is no exception.

The HTC Velocity 4G is available for $0 upfront on Telstra's $79 Freedom Connect plan, which includes $800 worth of calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 2GB of data per month. month. The Velocity 4G is also available on a number of business plans.

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theresa

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were does the music go in what file when u put usic on your phone cant find it

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chris red

2.0

1

Pros
camera, wifi hotspot
Cons
everything else
• • •

Overall I'm very disappointed and can't wait to switch away from this thing the first moment I'm contractually able. While aesthetically its sleek on the outside, its laggy and feels very buggy vs. My old iPhone. The battery is a joke and without using specialty apps like advanced task killer will die in unbelievably fast times. The headphone jack works poorly with anything other than those that came with the phone and there's a slew of other frustrating negatives too long to mention here. It feels like the operating system and phone aren't a good match for each other too, as fields and windows behave erratically... even something as simple as copy pasting or editing text can be a fiasco. Avoid, please

JOSHUA GLEESON

1.0

2

Pros
fast phone
Cons
BATTERY LIFE
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This is a great phone, the only problem is the battery only lasts 10 hours even on the 3g network....

SandyKay

2.5

3

Pros
nothing
Cons
battery
• • •

I have to agree with Dave,Paul,Dave Mack, and Darryl-yes!, I actually wanted to chuck it down the toilet but had signed a 2year contract and can't afford to get out :-(( so am stuck for 22 months. I had decided that it was just me. Many trips to variusTelstra (we're travelling round Aus) I still have problems, so tired of something with a life of it's own. Very disappointing.
I was told afterwards that I should have taken an HTC Next ..*&#$@**.
I am having to make the best of it...at least I can send sms...when there's internet.

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