HTC Velocity 4G Android phone

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

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  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    3.00 / 5 (of 22 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 864.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

chris red

2.0

1

Pros
camera, wifi hotspot
Cons
everything else
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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
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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.

David

2.0

4

Pros
Speed
Cons
everything else.
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When I first brought the phone I was pretty happy with it. After much use the cons are surfacing. The keyboard has you picking up the wrong character if you have anything other than small fingers, even on horizontal. The internet shuts down to home screen if it processes a request for too long. Apps shut down unexpectedly or lag for a period of time. If you leave the phone on for over 24 hours it really starts playing up. Battery life is appalling I have to shut down apps and processes manually to extend battery life. Charging port is in a bad spot, the cord get in the way when holding it. Apps ask permissions to unnecessary things and won't let you download if you don't agree. Over all I wish I had waited to see reviews before buying. I was looking for a replacement to my apple phone but I have just found frustration. Good speed, great camera and display, bad everything else. Poorly designed. Let's hope they fix this in the next velocity release.

andy

4.5

5

Pros
speedy performance, great on the new ice cream sandwich
Cons
battery life
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i have only owned this phone for around a week now, and already I'm enjoying it better then my old iPhone 4s, only thing i can fault is the battery life, but hey what you expecting from a phone that has a duel care processor and 1gb ram
one thing i like about it is the battery can be changed if you taking a long journey, unlike the iPhone which has a built in battery

Scott

2.0

6

Pros
Dual Sim Available in Australia on this Phone?
Cons
having to ask the question
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Is this phone in australia available with dual sim - i.e. two sims inserted that will give the ability to receive calls and texts from two numbers similtaniously?

René

5.0

7

Pros
replaces 90% need for home pc
Cons
not oled screen, higher SAR than some
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Not understanding Paul's comments above slandering this phone (eg "quiet speaker" etc; his experience not likely everyone's)
I was a little worried by the higher possible SAR value as tested (worst case scenario) but the loudness of this phone has me holding it 15cm from my head.
I am guessing that the quality hardware aerial required for dual band and LTE is equating to the phenominal reception and excellent battery life in standby.
Telstra has rolled out ice cream sandwich for this device.
easy to use, fast and extremely capable.
reckon more power efficient OLED screen would have been better design decision, but this screen has better daylight viewability.
ultimate smartphone with excellent build quality.
HTC mods improve android, highly recommended!

rob

5.0

8

Pros
speed
Cons
weight, size
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great phone, fantastic speed, does everything i need it to do, now there are others in my company that are going to dump there iphone's for one of these beauty's
Great phone !

Robert

4.0

9

Pros
User friendly, design, speed.
Cons
Battery life.
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Got the Velocity by recommendation of Telstra Rep, not dissapointed. Great speeds, great screen for games, video, documents and pics. Youtube etc little if any lag. Stream radio with no trouble. I don't shill for HTC, telstra or competitors (above???) but this is a good handset and worth good thought.

Paul

1.0

10

Pros
resolution
Cons
interface
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owned htc velocity for 1 day. battery dead after 10 hours of sitting in my pocket. It took 8 hours to charge from macbook. Buttons are extremely frustrating. unplugging headset cancels a phone call. audio is whisper quiet. interface is ridiculous. keyboard is all over the place. Super frustrating. I want to smash it already. you need to do a uni course to understand this phone. DO NOT buy it. The 4g factor is experimental right now. hardly available anywhere. im in 4g area now. still takes 10s processing time to search google for results. Absolute crap. must use 2 hands to use this device or you will accidentally be adjusting settings including the volume control which is on the wrond side (where your thumb is if you are right handed). Absolutely counter-intuitive. Technology has gone backwards with this piece of junk. With cover on it will definitely take everything out of your pocket and onto the floor. when charger is plugged in phone is impossible to hold. dont even think about using this phone unless the phone is unplugged. Waste of time.

Adan

5.0

11

Pros
speed
Cons
battery lfe
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awesome speed, fantastic camera, grest network,

Jo

4.0

12

Pros
easy use
Cons
battery life
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love this phone easy to use for us oldies, only problem is the battery life, so I turn the internet off when not in use which gives me longer battery life.

Leticia

5.0

13

Pros
Everything about the phone is HOT
Cons
everything is hot about my phone.
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I love my phone, weight is great, sleak, love the bigger screen, fast, does not lag like my previous HTC wich was only 3g, love, love, loe my phone.

Dave Mack

0.5

14

Pros
the phone - gets hot!
Cons
Speed, heat, weight, fragile - POOR
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This phone poor design, too large, too heavy, battery lasts two hours ONLY!, platform unstable.
I would not recommend this phone to anyone that i liked!
Was looking for an Apple alternative - but will have to keep looking..

Darryl

2.0

15

Pros
speed, hotspot,blue tooth,access to apps
Cons
performance as phone, batt life
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From day 1 earpiece has only worked intermitently.
Phone repair via Telstra shop a nightmare 3 visits now have to go to Melb City for on the spot service.

Michael

4.5

16

Pros
Speed
Cons
battery
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Great Phone. fast, no lag whatsoever. I don't know why some people here are saying it lags tring to make phone calls?? To jamies, it's the first official 4G phone and you have to be on telstra to have 4G.
I love poeple who rate the phone without actually owning it! the only issue I have is the battery life.

Sang

3.5

17

Pros
It's looks.
Cons
Telstra's lack of network signal in rural areas.
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Duel core..it had to happen eventually.4G thankx HTC.regards sang.

kim

5.0

18

Pros
camera
Cons
easy to use
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love this phone it dose everything i want has a great camera easy to use and to all those who are complaining about the phone , get a life

Sean

5.0

19

Pros
about 4 g
Cons
you can't call using the LTE network
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I would wait until the other two LTE gets sold to the phone providers in Australia before i would get a LTE phone with 700 mhz 1.8 ghz and 2.6 ghz and then we will see some serious speeds and i have a telstra LTE modem and the speeds are unbelievable when i did a speed test and clocked 101 mbps one thing that LTE is good for is voip and i can see a lot that gets a LTE phone is running voip calls and you would have to get on engin or Skype for voip i don't know any other voip providers in australia.

james

1.0

20

Pros
nothing
Cons
Telstra
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Why?
HTC has better phones than this one created for Telstra.
Good luck for those who really need 4G.
The launching of this phone....what's wrong with you all guys? (First 4g in Australia.....), sorry but there are many users who already got 4G ready phones here in Australia long time ago.
Nothing new, really.
Get a sensation XE, much better phone.

t

2.5

21

Pros
The box
Cons
The phone
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Dont bother

John

2.5

22

Pros
The chips on my desk
Cons
yesterdays chips in my bin
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HTC need to make a phone that does not lag everytime you try and end or answer a call.

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