HTC One X review

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HTC One X – the latest flagship phone from HTC – aims to please consumers world-wide. The phone aims to compete with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy series and the Apple iPhone 4S and rightly so.

The 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 2 touch screen is just one of the top features of this wonder phone and turned on it is better than the iPhone’s famous retina display. It’s sublimely thin ‘chassis’ carries a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor along with a HDR-capable 8MP camera. The collaboration with Dropbox for 25 GB of free storage for HTC One users is just one of the many bonuses of this phone.

Design

HTC have focused on slimmer phones in a bid to increase demand through better looking phones. The HTC One X is a huge phone to hold in your hands and those who aren’t prepared to do so are better off with the HTC One S. The One X has a 4.7-inch mammoth along with a quad-core processor, 8MP Camera and 1 GB of RAM and still fits in 8.9mm of chassis. Taking on HTC’s standards this is pretty impressive.

The back of the phone is a rubberized polycarbonate which provides good grip for people prone to dropping phones. The fingers marks are also easily cleanable. The microphone is placed along button right with the volume rocker on the top right. The power button is on the left along with 5 pins along the right side. Three capacitive buttons on the One X with Back, Home Screen and Recent Apps the respective assignments. The Menu key (3-Dot Key) however is irritating as it shows up randomly on places it shouldn’t. Those who have little tolerance for this can disable it with help from our friends at XDA.

Processor

 

The HTC One X will carry the very powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor, potentially making it the fastest smartphone in the market at the moment. The Tegra 3 is pretty easy on the battery life and on moderate to heavy use runs for about 18 hours and this is keeping WiFi ON and Brightness at maximum. The Tegra 3’s quad-core performance is so far unmatched but with ARM waiting in the wings with its A15 Cortex Quad-core processor, the battle for the best processor might get interesting.

Camera

The One X features a pretty great camera with HDR-capable shots. The ImageSense – as HTC calls it – is the among the best and easiest to use of any Android device on the market. The easy switching between the photo and the video modes in a single viewfinder is one of the many easy-to-use features of the phone.   The camera shoots with minimum delay and the image quality is flawless. This perhaps the best camera quality a HTC can provide that too with a 8MP camera. You can open the camera and snap a picture in less than a second. The processor plays a big part in this and thus should be given credit for.

Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 4.0

 The HTC Sense 4.0 has made some major improvements such as refining the feature set, removing unnecessary bloat and improving the overall smoothness of the software. The improved dock is one of the more noticeable differences.

 Then there’s the strange occurrences of unskinned system elements, for example if you choose to add a Google account during the HTC-made set-up you will be sent to an ICS-styled set-up. Also the important Search app is unskinned, as is the instant voice input box, which leaves a great amount of inconsistency in the design and included elements of the OS. This inconsistency is very noticeable and disrupts the natural feel of the Sense UI. Looking at the stock ICS ROM, I really don’t see the need for a Sense UI but HTC have a habit of HTC-ing stuff up and so the Sense 4.0. The Sense 5.0 is already rumored to be available by October. Then there’s the set of widgets that come with Sense and fit in well with the Sense design and UI while some of them look really amazing, such as the standard clock/weather widget and the photos widget. It also offers some nice widgets that aren’t available with the stock set from Google, which are also included.

Conclusion

The Sense 4.0 UI might not be the best but it certainly goes very easy on the processor. There isn’t a single occurrence of lag on the device, courtesy of the Tegra 3 Quad-Core. The 8MP camera snaps amazing pictures and has even better. For people looking to buy a high-end phone RIGHT NOW. Go for this one and I know that the Samsung Galaxy SIII will be better but I am sure it will not be cheaper than the HTC One X be it on contract or not. The HTC One X has plenty of features that leave users stunned and for those wanting something other than the TouchWiz ICS UI for Galaxy SIII this is the phone for you.

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