HTC One X Review
By Tommy Rebik
- May 1, 2012
Pros: The HTC One X is a modern phone that boasts with a huge 4.7-inch display. I really like that fact that it rides the AT&T’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. It also features an amazing camera and offers zippy and snappy performance.
Cons: Many have expected that it is powered by a quad core processor, and it is kind of disappointing to know that it just runs on a dual core processor. It also has a nonremovable battery & lacks SD card slot.
HTC hits big time this year, as they have released lots of Android devices in lots of carriers here in the US. The latest is the new HTC One X, which is for AT&T. This Android device has been made to take advantage of the AT&T’s fastest 4G LTE network. The HTC One X is a powerful smartphone that runs on the latest Google’s Android OS, which is the Ice Cream Sandwich. It also comes with HTC Sense 4.0. Many have expected that it will be powered by a quad core processor, but to such disappointment it is only packed with just a dual core processor. For me, it is just as it performs well and works like charm. It also sports a 4.7-inch display, and comes with a powerful camera. Design wise, for me the HTC seems to have followed the design cues from the playbook. Why? Simply because the HTC One X is created from a single piece of polycarbonate plastic instead of the usual aluminum unibody build that most HTC handsets were made. The plastic material used to create the device feels solid, and is of high-grade. It does not feel cheap at all, compared to other smart phones that are made from plastic. The HTC One X has smoothly rounded edges and a curved back. It also flaunts a futuristic aesthetics and has dimensions of 5.3 inches tall by 2.75 inches wide by 0.36 inch thick. Yes, it not that pocket friendly but it is easy to carry as it is lightweight, weighing just 4.6 ounces. Its 4.7-inch super LCD display can render up to 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution and is just bright enough for me. It is even brighter than the HTC One S' qHD AMOLED screen and offers wider viewing angles. Above its display you will find the 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing which can also be used in taking vanity shots. Below its super LCD Display, you will find the 3 capacitive buttons: which are for back, home, and recent apps. On the right side, you will find the volume rocker while on the left side you will see the Micro-USB port. Up top there is the tiny power button, micro-SIM card compartment, and its standard 3.5mm head phone jack. Around the back are the device’s 8 MP camera and LED flash. Just so you know, this is not a perfect device as it has some flaws. First, the HTC One X lacks an SD card slot for memory expansion. Secondly, its battery is not user replaceable. However, the HTC One X's real power really relies in its robust software. The device runs on the latest version of Google's Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich which is version 4.0. It is very well complemented by a revamped Sense UI on board. As per HTC, the Sense 4 meshes seamlessly with the Android ICS' new capabilities and strives to stay out of the way. It is more fancy, and eye candy that gives users a tab at the bottom of each home screen with shortcuts to the usual device’s functions. One more thing, there are two ways to unlock the phone. First: you can flick a virtual ring from the bottom of the display to the center. Secondly: you can slide the icons into the ring to quick-launch major phone functions. For example: simply dragging the smart phone’s camera symbol into the ring will open up the HTC One X's main imaging sensor to snap pictures and video in a flash. And Just like the T-Mobile's HTC One S, you will get the seven screens that can be filled up with shortcuts & animated widgets. Below each home screens, you will see a tab that has the same 4 quick launch icons shown on the lock screen. Other HTC Sense 4.0 features include Pure Content Reader view, this removes all advertisements & just displays the basic text of a selected Web site. Since the HTC One X is a modern Android device, it comes with the usual Google services including Google+, Gmail, Navigation, and Play Store, from which you can download thousand of apps. Google Play is a haven of movies, digital books, games, and music. Other 3rd party software that are preloaded on the HTC One X include the TuneIn Internet radio (my personal favorite), MOG music subscription service, and the Kindle eBook reader. AT&T also loaded the device with its own apps including the the FamilyMap which you can use to locate family members ($9.99 per month for two family members, $14.99 for up to five), bar code scanner, and U-verse Live TV. Just like other HTC devices, there’s social-media integration which is just as massive in Sense 4 compared to previous versions. Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ apps are all preloaded. There’s also this Friend Stream widget that automatically pulls up all updates across multiple social platforms to view in just one location. The HTC One X also features Beats audio processing with a group of equalizer settings. The HTC One X is an all in one device that features ImageSense technology. The device’s 8 megapixel camera relies on its dedicated image processor which is why it is fast and offers quick performance. Other camera features include panorama, HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, face detection, auto smile capture, and Continuous Shooting mode. Its camera can record videos in up to full 1080p. High definition indeed! What’s more is that there’s a slow motion video feature that will allow you to capture footages at a high frame rate, and then re view at a snail's pace. Overall, the HTC One X does not disappoint. Its photo, and video quality was great! Yes, it is just powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with a full 1GB of RAM but the phone is still snappy and is capable of notching a fast 103.4MFLOPS spit out in just 0.80 minute. The HTC One X has a 1,800mAh battery that is not removable that will run for 12.5 days in standby mode & provide 8.5 hours of talk time.