HTC One X review

Reviews 4 Apr, 2012

The flagship Android handset comes with a 4.7in screen, revamped Sense overlay and 8-megapixel camera. Khidr Suleman finds out whether HTC has done enough to overtake its rivals.

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Verdict: 
The One X is an excellent device that comes with a great screen and multimedia features. The Sense 4 interface makes it one of the best Android devices on the market from user experience standpoint. However, business users may still find battery life to be an issue especially as you can't swap out the battery.

Having released a flurry of devices during 2011, HTC appears to be taking a more measured approach this year - focusing on quality rather than quantity.

The firm debuted its ‘One’ range during MWC in February and the flagship handset - the One X - is now available.

HTC has tried to improve a number of areas including the processor, display, camera, interface and, perhaps most importantly, battery life. We take a look to see if the One X can unseat the Galaxy S II as king of the Android handsets.

Design

Looks are subjective, but we feel it is fair to say that HTC has nailed the design. The One X is one of the most beautiful smartphones available, with a sleek unibody design and premium look.

The handset is unbelievably light, considering it contains a giant 4.7in display and weighs in at 130g. By way of comparison, the HTC Titan also had a 4.7in screen, but tipped the scales at 160g.

The One X is looks great and is lightweight considering the size

With a thickness of 8.9mm, the smartphone is a shade thinner than the iPhone 4S (9.3mm), but not quite as slim as the Samsung Galaxy S II (8.5mm). Despite the large size, the device easily fits into the palm of your hand, and the soft back makes it very comfortable to hold.

Volume rockers are on the right hand edge and a solitary micro-USB port is on the left hand side. HTC has opted to use a micro-SIM, so some users may have to get a new SIM from their operator when they upgrade. The firm also provides a handy little tool to get access to the pop out the tray. There is also a 5-pin connection on the back so the device can be slotted into a dock.

The white version of the device looks very stylish

There are two colours available – black and white. Our review unit came with white trim and back, which is our preferred choice.

The only real source of disappointment is the fact the back cover is sealed. We would have liked to have the option to replace the battery and extend the longevity of the device.

Specifications: 

OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4

Processor: NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 (1.5GHz)

Storage: 1GB RAM; 32GB internal

Screen: 4.7in (720 x 1280) Super IPS

Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, micro-USB, DLNA, NFC, 3.5mm headphone socket

Other: Gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, digital compass, Beats Audio

Bands: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; UMTS HSPA 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Camera: 8MP rear with LED flash and autofocus; 1.3MP front

Battery: 1800mAh

Size: 134 x 70 x 8.9mm

Weight: 130g

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