HTC One X review

HTC One X review

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  • HTC One X review

    Love

    • Strong design
    • Very solid build
    • Immaculate display

    Hate

    • Too big for some
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    HTC One X: Ice Cream Sandwich

    It’s also one of the first to market with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android.

    As ever with HTC, its overlaid with the company’s Sense skin. Sense is far better than similar overlays from LG, Sony and Motorola.

    HTC Sense is all-encompassing, with really well thought out apps and features.

    Take the lock screen. There, you drag a ring up the screen to wake the phone, but you can also drag one of four, user-selected icons – defaults are phone, mail, messages and camera – into the ring, to launch that app or function.

    Lists and menus on Android phones used to have an elastic spring to them as you scrolled.

    Now when you reach the top of a menu, contacts or missed call list, say, a blue light seeps out to tell you you’re at the end. On the One X, the list’s entries separate like carefully arranged slips of paper sliding apart. It’s really rather satisfying.

    HTC One X: Battery Life

    Battery life hasn’t always been HTC’s strongest suit, the One X rights that. It gives a good 12 hours of power usage, making it to its nightly recharges with few alarms. The good stuff really is laid on thick, here.

    HTC One X: Browsing

    The web browser works well, including a well-executed, Apple-style Read button that strips out images to leave just text. Zoom in on this and the words reformat to fit the screen.

    The menu button offers neat extras like a tab option that makes incognito browsing easy and one-press access to Flash player or desktop versions of sites.

    HTC One X: Beats

    The sound is all processed via Dr Dre Beats Audio software and hardware, giving improved sonics on everything from the The Byrds to Angry Birds. It’s actually difficult to find things to criticise here.

    Some might balk at the lack of a microSD slot, but 32GB of built-in storage is plenty, and you also get access to bonus Dropbox storage for two years.

    Similarly, some don’t like non-removable batteries but if the result, as here, is greater longevity, it’s pretty hard to complain.

    HTC One X: Apps

    Furthermore, older caveats about range and quality of apps and functionality compared to iPhones barely apply anymore. Okay, the App Store and iTunes Store are better than Google Play and Amazon MP3, but really not by much.

    Similarly, while the experience of iOS could be described as a little slicker, what was a gulf in quality is now more like a narrow alleyway.

    HTC One X: Verdict

    The HTC One X is a handsome, speedy handset with power and versatility. You can see that a lot of thought has been applied to key features – the OS, the camera, the Beats Audio – but also to details such as the carefully milled holes that form the earpiece and rear speakers.

    If you can live with the size, this is currently the best Android smartphone around.

    HTC One availability: TBC

    HTC One price: £480

  • The HTC One X is the flagship model from the brand's new One Series of Android Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphones. We went hands-on...

    HTC One X review

    Love

    • Strong design
    • Very solid build
    • Immaculate display

    Hate

    • Too big for some

    The HTC One X was announced at MWC 2012 in Barcelona and is the flagship model of the the brand's new One Series, which also comprises the HTC One S and HTC One V. The new handset sports a large 4.7-inch screen along with a Nvidia Tegra Quad-core processor and NFC capability. We went hands-on for a closer look....

    HTC One X: Build

    The HTC One X features the maker's usual unibody design, though this time it sports a new polycarbonate material. The edges of the phone have a glossy look and feel, while the back panel feels more silky to the touch.

    Not only does this make the One X look and feel like a premium phone, it also makes it very comfy to hold. We got hands-on with a grey model, while there's also a white version available.

    HTC One X: Features
     

    Along with the other two handsets in the new range, the HTC One X includes built-in Beats audio, as found on previous models such as the HTC Sensation XE and the HTC Sensation XL.

    The phone also includes a new version of HTC Sync which enables you to wirelessly sync from a PC.

    HTC One X: Screen

    The HTC X has an impressively large screen, measuring in at 4.7-inch, putting it head-to-head with the likes of the HTC Titan and the LG Optimus 3D, in terms of screen size. Even under the harsh lights of the demo room, the screen held its own, appearing bright and clear, with an impressive viewing angle, we it looks set to be a good performer in bright sunshine.

    HTC One X: Camera

    HTC has invested heavily in the development of a the camera on its new ranges of phones, introducing the brand new HTC Image Chip. The 8MP camera has been designed to boot up in just 0.7 seconds, while the autofocus is said to be faster than the blink of an eye at 0.2 seconds. The new camera also enables you to take pictures, while filming video - a simple but nifty trick.

    The flash is also now more flexible, with several different levels of adjustment. There's also a camera burst mode that continues to snap away as long as you hold down the camera button. The phone then automatically combines some of the pictures to get the best results.

    What's more, you'll get 25GB of free Dropbox storage for two years, so that you can automatically upload your photos for safe storage.

    We only had the chance to try out the camera under the artifical lighting in the product demo room, so it was difficult to see how well it performs in well-;lit conditions, but it appeared to cope reasonably well with the limited light available.

    HTC One X: Performance

     

    Packing Ice Cream Sandwich, the HTC One X sports a new version of the HTC Sense UI which appears to be zippy and easy to use, so although we didn't actually get to try the phone out in the wild, it certainly looks as though the Quad-core processor is powerful enough for a slick user experience.

    HTC One X: Verdict

    Although we were only able to get our hands on the HTC One X for a limited amount of time, we were impressed. The large screen is bright and ;punchy and the new UI looks great and has a few nice nips and tucks that make it noticeably better than the previous version.

    The build quality and finish were also strong, and possibly enough even enough to rival the likes of the Apple iPhone 4s and the Samsung Galaxy S2 in looks. Stay tuned for a full review.

    HTC 1X availability: April 2012

    HTC 1X pric: TBC

    Hands-on review by Libby Plummer

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