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I got the HTC One X as a gift from a friend. I've always preferred android over apple and this was a great excuse to get rid of my old HTC Desire.
The HTC comes with a lot of pre-installed features such as Google chrome, twitter and Facebook. All pretty much essential for the modern human. It also comes with a lot of less desirable features such as 7 Digital app-store, which takes up memory space, and is un-removable.
The physical aspects of the phone; it's light and really slim, making it easy to hold and store in my pocket. It also seems to be indestructible. I've dropped it many times from 6-7 feet on hard surfaces and have so far not even 1 tiny scratch.
The Camera, while I'm not too aware of the specs, is great, that is the back Camera. It takes photos just as well as it's apple counterpart which just as much quality and sharpness. However, it's front camera is abysmal. I've had Nokia's 5 - 6 years ago with better quality on a front camera than on the HTC One X's.
The storage is the biggest negative issue with the HTC One X. Although the model I received boasted an impressive 32GB SD card of internal storage, the card is not removable. Therefore you are forced to constantly delete unused apps, clear cache's on a regular basis and heavily count on virtual storage such as dropbox for your memory needs.
Despite the negatives, the HTC One X still is my favorite phone for 2014.
When I first bought the phone it was top of theb range. It has everything you need already built in, but offers some great apps (some free of charge, some price vary) the limits are prett much endless on the htc. For example I lost my tv remote and instead of having to press the buttons on the tv to change the channel my phone has a free of charge app you can download and it genuinely works as a tv remote.
Also with the large screen social media sites such as facebook look a lot clearer then they did on my iPhone 4s. Apps such as netflix and 4od look brilliant in hd on my phone and run smoothly. The battery life is brilliant so if you are on the go a lot like me, you don't have to worry about carrying a charger with you.
The camera takes brilliant, sharp looking photos everytime daytime or night the quality doesn't decrease, ive found videos to be very pixelated which is my only concern on the camera side of the phone.
The htc is quick at downloading and steaming films, books and music so say goodbye to long download wait. You can also purchase or sample books in the App Store- goodbye paperback hello phone!
Overall, the htc is definatley the phone for people who are into electronics as it has everything you could ever need in one phone. I feel the htc one may be a little difficult to use for people who are not so "down with the kids" though.
This is potentially a great phone. It was top of the range when I bought it, level with the Samsung Galaxy S3. I opted for the HTC as the screen colours were very natural, not the garish greens and blues of the S3's amoled screen. The disadvantage is that this is an LCD and reduces battery life.
However, the first phone had to be returned for a faulty screen (orange-brown corners) and the second as a known fault with the wi-fi antenna working loose. It is under warranty, but needs to be sent away for a fortnight which is very inconvenient!
Battery life was good at first, but now it needs 2 charges a day with moderate use.
But the camera is great, and so is the screen, so if you're a photo enthusiast this is a good choice.
Its also fast and responsive. The HTC interface is fantastic too.
I would recommend getting a case, as its made of slippery plastic, and easily scratched.
I have had the HTC One X for 18 months now and am very pleased with it. It is an Android phone which means a wide range of apps are available from the play store, and it is very customisable.
The look and feel of the phone is nice, it is sleek and smart looking, the colours are bright and resolution is good - films play in very good quality.
Any phone of this type is not going to have a very long battery life, with an average use I find I have to charge the phone once a day. Using the navigation with GPS on drains the battery quite quickly, as does watching film and paying games, but this is the same for any phone like this.
One thing I disliked about the phone was, about a year after I got it, there was a software update which changed the look of the display, and some of the functions (e.g. pinching the home screen used to bring up all 7 screens so you could quickly choose the one you wanted, after the update it now brings up 'add app or widget' - much less useful).
Overall I have been very pleased with the phone but will happily upgrade to a newer one when my contract runs out!
HTC have been one of leading manufacturers of Android and Windows powered smartphones since the end of the last decade. Historically, the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer has released several different styles of handsets each year, meaning that consumers were often left confused as to which was the most up to date flagship device. HTC have taken this criticism onboard and have announced that their policy now will be to concentrate on quality rather than quantity.
The new HTC flagship device, the One X was greeted with much excitement when it was announced in February 2012 but would this be the device to resurrect HTC as a company and cement Androids place as the world's most popular operating system.
First impressions of the One X are that it is a beautiful handset to look at. Apart from a thin trim around the edges, the entire frontage of the phone is taken up with the 4.7 inch screen. In recent months, handset sizes have gone full circle where small was once the fashion, large is definitely the look for 2012. If you are upgrading from a small handset, attempting to make a call from the One X will initially feel unnatural due to the fact that your hand will need to be held wider than you are used to. This could cause aching on extremely long calls but on the whole it is something that you will get used to over time. The design of the phone will help you to quickly forget that you are holding a monster in your hand, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note which literally feels like you are holding a brick.
HTC have rightly or wrongly, depending on your viewpoint moved the micro USB port to the side of the phone instead of the normal position of the bottom of the handset. This does cause a few issues if you are using the phone in your left hand whilst charging it as the USB cable does have a tendency to get in the way of your natural holding position.
The phone also contains a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, proximity sensor (for detecting when the phone is to your ear, in your pocket, etc) and the standard Android buttons (back, home, recent apps) although these are being phased out in preference for software buttons.
The back of the phone boasts an 8 megapixel camera which we'll look at in closer detail in a moment. On the top lip of the phone, there is a slot for the SIM card and headphone jack. It is worth noting that if you are buying the handset outright with the intention of using your existing SIM card, the HTC One X uses a micro SIM card, the same as those used in the iPhone so you may need to cut your SIM down to size or get your network provider to send you a new one.
The HTC One X is one of the slimmest handsets currently on the market. This is down to HTC's decision to ship the device in a sealed case. The downside of this decision is that the battery cannot be removed which may cause issues later on in the phone's lifetime. HTC have also opted for onboard memory meaning that there is no provision for extra storage in the form of external SD cards.
Under the bonnet
HTC have really pushed the boundaries with the HTC One X in terms of the hardware specification. Powered by the nVidia Tegra 3 processor, the One X is one of the first quad core handsets on the market. The phone actually has a fifth companion core which is designed to do all of the standard phone features such as calling, texting and emailing. This companion core serves two purposes, firstly it frees up the main cores so that they can concentrate on the heavy processing that is required to run the fabulous Sense interface and high quality games. It also means that if you are not doing anything that requires high powered processing, the companion core will use less battery power, prolonging the life of the handset between charges.
The phone comes with 32Gb onboard storage. This is split into what the phone describes as internal storage and phone storage. Internal storage contains the Android operating system and program information. Phone storage is similar to an external SD card in the sense that it is visible as a disk drive when the phone is connected to a computer via a USB cable. After the operating system has been taken into consideration there is approximately 2Gb of free space on the internal storage and 25.5Gb of phone storage free for you to install your apps and music and for storing photos and videos taken with the handset. Although this space cannot be increased, it will be more than adequate for most users.
The HTC One X is powered by the Android 4 operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich) which has come on leaps and bounds in the 2 years since I bought my HTC Desire, running Android 2.2. Ice Cream Sandwich now allows you to manage so many more aspects of your phone with information and performance indicators about virtually every key factor of the phone. With this information to hand, you can easily tune performance to give you a nice balance between performance and time between recharges.
My main concern about the One X prior to purchasing it was that the battery wouldn't be able to cope with all the high tech hardware that was in the phone. The battery however performs so much better than the one in my Desire although the time between cycles will be very much dependant on your own personal activity. If you are going to be predominantly using the handset for calls, texts and bit of Internet browsing then the handset will easily last over 24 hours between charges, something of an achievement for today's smartphones. However, the fact that you've bought a beast probably means you want to test drive it to the limits, after all you don't buy a Ferarri and then just run it to the shops!! Playing high intensity games on the One X will see your battery drain from 100% to very little in the matter of a couple of hours. With this in mind it is worth ensuring that you carry your charger with you wherever you go.
The battery indicator on the One X is one of the most helpful I've ever seen on a smartphone to date. As well as showing you a graph of how quickly your battery has drained, it also gives you tips on how to preserve the longevity of the battery by doing such things as reducing the screen brightness and the volume of the handset.
The phone's default setting is for auto brightness which means that it will adjust to your current lighting conditions. Personally, I would manually set the brightness as even on 30-40% brightness, you won't ever have any problems viewing the screen.
The One X uses a 720p SLCD2 HD screen and it doesn't just blow everything else out of the water, it buries it at the bottom of the sea. Never before have I seen a screen that comes anywhere close to the brilliance of that on the One X. It makes Samsung's amoled and Apples retina display screens look like yesterday's news. Even now after owning the phone for a while, I still look at the screen and think ,'wow'. It really is that good. Even a screen full of text looks beautiful but add in a photograph and the results are simply stunning.
As the technology is extremely new, there was a software bug in the first month of the phones release which forced the screen to flicker in certain conditions. This bug has now been fixed although I was fortunate enough, never to have had the symptoms on my phone.
HTC have invested a lot of time and money in getting the camera right for the One X. One of the main criticisms of previous HTC handsets has been that the cameras have always been substandard. The issues that have affected previous handsets have now gone and the camera on the One X is now up there with the best of them. The HTC camera software allows many shooting modes such as portrait, group portrait, panoramic and close up. This gives the user far more options than ever before on a HTC phone.
The One X is the first phone that allows you to shoot video and take photos at the same time. This is a great advantage for capturing those treasured moments. For example, at my kids sports days, I've always had to decide whether I wanted to video their races or just take stills of them as they passed. Now with the One X I can do both at the same time. I can even take stills afterwards as I am watching the recorded video footage making this an exceptional feature for ensuring you never miss that magical moment.
As with all high end HTC handsets, the One X comes with Beats Audio support. When used with suitable headphones, the Beats Audio chip inside the phone enhances the listening experience. Whilst I don't possess a pair of Beats headphones, the sound though my Sony headphones is greatly improved on the One X over the Desire. Even turning the Beats profile off on the One X shows how the technology works as the quality is nowhere near as good without it turned on.
HTC have agreed a deal with cloud storage provider Dropbox. Using Dropbox on your One X will give you an extra 23Gb of cloud storage for the next 2 years. There are several tasks which need completing before you get the full allocation but these are simple to accomplish, meaning that you will have over 25Gb by the time all tasks are completed. If you wish, you can get your One X to automatically synchronise your images and videos with Dropbox which is a great way of backing up your files without any extra work. Once the images are on Dropbox you can share them by circulating the URL given when you set them as sharable.
Previous HTC handsets have only entered Car Mode once they have been paired with an official HTC car kit. With the One X, car mode is available even when not connected to a car kit. In car mode, users can make easy use of the Google Navigator, Tune In Radio, any music installed on the handset and calling. The buttons in Car Mode are vastly bigger than standard operation and are sensibly spaced out so that operation can be carried out without losing concentration of the road.
The HTC One X is the best handset currently on the market, this is not up for debate. Some people may be put off by the size of the handset and this does take a bit of getting used to but it is not a major problem. With sensible use, the battery in the One X will last longer than the majority of handsets already available but excessive gaming and high usage will require a couple of charges throughout the day. The screen on the One X needs to be seen to be believed, all images that accompany this review are actual screenshots taken from my One X and even though they have been increased in size, they are exactly how they appear on the 4.7 inch screen.
With 32Gb onboard, most people are going to be satisfied with the storage available to them. If you every get close to filling this up then there is always the additional Dropbox space ensuring almost 60Gb is available without needing to pay out on additional storage.
Up until now, most people have perceived the iPhone to be the smartphone that all other manufacturers were aspiring to beat. The boundaries have now moved and the HTC One X has raised the bar so much higher. With the imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the inevitable future release of the iPhone 5, the future of the smartphone market is looking healthy.
In my opinion the One X is an amazing phone that nobody should be without. To buy the handset outright costs around £450 from Amazon, Carphone Warehouse, etc. I personally got mine on contract in order to spread the costs over 2 years so it is worth shopping around for the best deals.
This review first appeared on Ciao UK
I bought the HTC one recently and its the best phone I've used so far. It's large display and better reception were its main selling points but it has so many other features that make the phone worthwhile. Its fast and can run fairly high-end 3d games with fast loading times. Like most smartphones the battery has to be recharged extremely often. I use easy battery saver to extend batterylife by up to 70% more by limiting network activity. A problem with the android operating system and app features means many apps continue running in the backround, often for advertising purposes, but also often for no reason, or quick loading etc. When you kill them with task manager they often pop up again straight away. You need to either get an auto app Killer, which often dondon't work, disable the app completely when not in use via settings, uninstall or change the bootloader by having root access to your phone, which can void the warranty. This phones main drawback is short battery life, be wise of all the software it runs by default. Apart from that it has very few other problems, just a few software glitches in the operating system, and with apps like Skype and Google navigator, which come and go with updates. The screen is much larger than all previous iphones and the case is quite solid Aluminium and will not smash easily. Video quality is very nice from the main camera, but the second camera has terrible picture and video quality. Its usually not a big deal as its used mainly for Skype, but when you wantto take photos of yourself or you and a friend the resulting photo or video is awful.
I defected to the HTC camp after many years using BlackBerrys, and am please I made the change. The HTC One X has a brilliantly clear display, with a tough gorilla glass screen and good camera (8mp). The pictures come out clear with none of the colour washout problems I have had with previous phones. The zoom is quite accurate, although it - fairly - distorts quality at full zoom.
The sound quality for calls is standard to the market. I find it all too easy to muffle the mic by holding the phone too closely to my face, but then I *am* getting to grips with the larger sized handset!! At 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9mm, it is quite a long phone and a bit unweildly in smaller hands, so I would definitely advise getting to grips with the size of a dummy phone instore first, to make sure that you can actually work with it.
The battery life on this phone doesn't last as long as hoped, and requires charging every night. However some device setting changes seriously improve thye battery length (for example the standby time, the screen brightness, etc), and also cut down on the phone physically overwarming too, something this handset seems prone to.
The only major downside, is the move towards the built in battery. I find the ability to remove/replace the battery a VERY useful tool, especially on long camping weekends with no recharge resources. Many a time at festivals I've had the last phone standing due to bringing a charged spare to swap in. This aside, I am happy with this phone, and think it offers a good alternative to the iClone.
HTC One X
I ordered my HTC One X about four/five months ago now when my old monthly contract was nearly up. I was debating between this, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Samsung Galaxy Ace, quite a range I know! I ended up choosing the HTC One X chiefly because it was quite new out and thus wouldn't become outdated as quickly as the other two and also because my last phone before this one was a HTC and I really liked using it.
My HTC One X
My phone handset is black, this phone also comes in white. As with most smartphones these days the front of the phone is predominantly touch screen being a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen which is both durable and scratch-resistant. The back is relatively plain looking, with the HTC branding engraved in silver and the camera lens/ring visible at the top.
Now I was quite surprised at how big this phone was when I received it in the post. Having ordered it online and not really had chance to look at it in the shops, I was expecting it to be a similar size to my HTC Desire model, however this is quite a bit bigger and I still feel that it is a bit too large for a mobile phone to be honest, however this is my only negative comment about the handset really.
The phone has dimensions of 2.75 inches width, 5.29 inches height and about 0.4 mm depth. In my hand I sometimes struggle to reach the top left hand corner of the screen with my thumb without adjusting or holding the phone with my other hand, which is slightly annoying. The phone weights 130 grams with the battery in.
One of the unique selling points with this phone is the inclusion of Beats Audio - apparently, though I did not buy it for this reason nor have I made use of it since, but I should include some info for this review. This is made by Beats Electronics, LLC, who made lots of audio equipment. In 2001 HTC bought 51% of this company and is now using it in its handsets as a Beats Audio equalizer, which apparently means that "everything you hear on your phone--from music and videos to games and YouTube--is rich and authentic". As I said I cannot really comment on this, but it has it and it is apparently very good.
Home Screen and Navigation
What I really like about HTC's is their android system and easy navigation around the phones app's and settings. The HTC One X has 5 different home screens where you can install and add apps and notes for fast track use. For instance I have a twitter header, a large clock, a calendar, a mosaic of my photo's that I have taken and easy access internet options. You can move each screen across each by sliding the touchscreen either way.
The bottom of the HTC screen has three fixed touch buttons, these are the 'Home' button - that will always guide you back to your home screen, the 'Back' button - which takes you back a step and the 'Recent Apps' button which brings up you most recent or most common screens for you to quickly flick through and jump to if needed - I never really use this. These buttons glow a pale blue when the phone is in use.
The camera is really good compared to my older phones, though not as good as some I know. The camera in the One X has a speedy one second start-up time, rapid-fire continuous shooting, simultaneous 1080HD video and imaging, and an 8MP camera. It is VERY simple to operate and my pictures come out well even with shaky hands or whilst taking late night pub shots which is likely due to the 'HTC ImageChip' - which produces great shots regardless of lighting and movement. The camera has an ok zoom for a phone and also lots of quirky settings and effects that you can set it to such as 'dots' and 'vintage warm' which are quite fun to play around with. The camera also has auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor AND takes photos whilst video recording - pretty cool!
Battery life is always a sore point with phones - my HTC would last about 36 hours with my moderate usage such as a few calls, texts, internet usage and some gaming, however I charge mine every night which I know doesn't help with battery life. There has been a lot of criticism written about this models battery power, however my attitude is IT'S A SMARTPHONE and everything you do drains the battery, personally it has never let me down and I am more than positive about its battery consumption. The handset is powered by a 1800 mAh battery which apparently gives a talk time of more than eight hours.
Other Specs and Info
CPU Speed - 1.5 GHz, quad-core (global version)
1.5 GHz, dual-core LTE version (USA & selected countries)
Platform - Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4
Memory - Total Storage : 32 GB; Ram : 1 GB
Sensors - Gyro sensor
Ambient light sensor
Connectivity - 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth with aptXTM enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
My Overall Opinion
I love my HTC, it is so colourful, simple to use and also very well made and designed. I admit I do not use this phone to its full potential - I browse the internet, play some silly games every now and then and obviously call and text people on it, but this is designed for so much more. All the things that I do on it are VERY fast and reliable on the Android operating system, which I personally really like using.
As I mentioned the only drawback about this phone for me is that it is slightly too big for my liking, but I live with it because the rest of the phones features make up for it.
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After always purchasing Iphones I fancied a change. I saw this phone and wanted it immediately!! The screen is large and so clear and crisp that it is perfect for anything you need whilst on the go. HTC allows you to create a unique layout on the screen by using themes which are downloadable for free. The android market has a vast selection of apps which work brilliantly on the phone. Since purchasing the HTC one x I have set up a dropbox account which backs all of my data up instantly from my phone. The phone has a stylish, sleek look and due to it's bold size it looks and feels fantastic. I would recommend this phone and it's features to anyone. Say goodbye to small phones, which are difficult to use, and say hello to a larger phone which allows you to link all aspects of your life from email to browsing at the touch of a button.
Well after two years with an Apple iPhone I finally decided I had had enough of them and sought to upgrade to something different for my next phone. By going online and looking at different reviews from all over, the HTC One X was the phone that stood out most to me. I think 9 out of 10 reviews that I read were all positive and people were saying this was the most amazing HTC phone ever. The reviews pulled me in and I contacted o2 online and ordered one.
A few days later my new phone arrived and I couldn't be more excited. Opening up the box to reveal a sleek yet sophisticated and stylish phone. The phone is slightly bigger than the iPhone (3GS) and it has a genrously large touch screen (4.7inch). It's also very slim and light.
The Android platform phone also comes with a microSIM card, 32GB of storage, an 8 megapixel camera, 28mm lens, auto focus, LED flash and 1080p HD video recording.
First time use of the phone was pretty complicated. To open up your home screen you need to 'pull the ring' and then you're greeted with a huge clock and the weather for your local town. The phone is pre installed with quite a few apps (a lot I have so far found uneccessary). The Google Store gives you access to thousands of apps although I have to say I prefer the Apple store and the Google store just seems a bit too 'messy' and overcrowded with useless apps.
After having the phone for just over a week I noticed a few problems with it. Firstly, the 'wake up' button on the top of the phone would not work half the time. It eventually got so bad that it would take about 50 pushes of the button for the homescreen to come on. Not only that, but once I was able to activate the phone, the screen would flicker and I was unable to open up any apps or webpages. This got worse as the days went on so unfortunately I had to phone up O2 and fortunately they sent out a replacement phone immediatly. I was left petty annoyed that the phone broke after just two weeks through no fault of my own (I later saw online that several others have had this problem).
Anyway, I've now had my phone almost two months and although the replacement works fine, I still often get a faint 'flicker' when viewing webpages. I've also noticed that phone tends to get very hot, especially when charging up.
I can't be fully critical of this phone though, as it does have a lot more features than the iPhone and offers more 'freedom' too. For example, you are able to personalise your phone much more than with an Apple device.
Overall, it's not a bad phone at all, I just think i've been left with a bitter aftertaste after having it initally for two weeks before it had to be returned faulty. However, I would have to disagree with people saying it's an 'amazing' phone.
I have had an HTC Desire and an HTC Salsa and there was no way I qould ever got back to nokia or consider any other Brand since getting my first HTC. So when it was time to upgrade my phone with orange last month I new it would have to be an HTC phone. I have been very exited about the HTC One X and I have not been dissapointed.
Firstly appearance : It's gorgeous and really light and sleek. It's very thin with a lovely big screen 4.7 inches! It makes my HTC salsa look so ugly and old in comparison. The picture is really vivid and clear.
Camera : Well it took quite a while for my old HTC salsa to actually take a pic once you pressed the shutter but on the HTC one x it's pretty much instant, I can take a picture of my little rascals and actually get a clear pic of their face which is no easy feat with my kids. Plus it has HD video which again is brilliant for videos of the kids. This camera really is better than my husband SLR (which he isn't very happy about!)
Battery: the only negative really but it's the same with all HTC's i've had or any smartphone to be fair. Mine will last about 10 hrs when i'm on it constantly I have to charge it everday because i do use it alot but if i'm not using up the features too much it lasts about a day and a half nearly 2 but it's a strecth!
Music: It's brilliant. I'm the only one in my household without an ipod so i have always just used my phones, This ones the biggest memory ive had at 32gb and it's perfect I have so much music.
This phone is the best one i've ever had, my best friend has the iphone 4 and she's quite envyous of my mobile at the minute!
Last week I jumped on a hefty discount from my carrier for the HTC One X, despite already having a high-end smartphone (soft-spot for gadgets!). I can't say I regret the purchase either - it's a nice step up from my previous Sony Xperia Play in terms of coolness.
The phone leaves a good first impression: it's gorgeously thin and the display is big and beautiful - it has this flawless appearance of a shop-dummy which made my friends exclaim "wow, that's... a pretty good screen" and it also appears to be the best I've used when it comes to outdoor use, remaining impressively readable in the car on a blazing day.
Before I move on, it's worth mentioning that you can spot some 'stagelight-style' backlight leak on extreme angles with whites and bright colours but it's nothing that can be seen in normal use (and it affected both handsets I tried out - so it's probably in them all).
Anyway, you'll probably already know that this phone has a quad-core processor - if you didn't then all you need to know is that this equates to a snappy and fluid interface for the most part: you can move around Android very quickly and I've yet to see an app 'chug' as such. The phone does however clock down to save battery; this can most often be seen when you unlock the handset as well as here and there every now and then as a minor stutter.
Whilst this could be the processor I do have a suspicion that 1GB of RAM isn't quite enough for this phone as there's usually about 230MB of it free; this much RAM usage suggests that Sense is, disappointingly, rather bloated still. This is after HTC's efforts to aid memory usage - that is, they've implemented a strict task killing policy which you'll notice if you switch between applications a lot; you'll often see them quickly 're-initiate' via the window manager.
This is forgivable considering how pleasant the phone is to use. From the unlock screen you're greeted with weather animations, a clever drag-and-drop circle to quickly access key applications and ICS' new face unlock which eventually works flawlessly providing you use the 'improve wizard' enough.
From there on out applications launch instantaneously, everything scrolls smoothly and the phone handles nearly everything effortlessly, bar the odd minor stutter as aforementioned.
Whilst this phone is indeed a joy to use, one thing that does peeve me is to do with HTC's customization choices with ICS - a legacy 'three-dot' bar which wastes screen space on those apps that have yet to be updated for 4.x. This is despite absolutely nothing being mapped for any of the hard-keys when it comes to long-presses. Such a workaround is possible for those who do not mind rooting, but for those who don't, the long-press option is still a few weeks off in HTC's next software update according to a beta-tester for 4.04 (if news sites are correct).
Moving on, the camera on this phone is pretty impressive and I can't really fault it aside from it physically protruding out the back of the phone, so it's very unlikely it will stay scratch-free. In terms of image quality this generation of phones has come closer to what you'd expect of point-and-shoot cameras - so if you're looking for something compact to replace having two devices you shouldn't be too disappointed. On that note, pictures are also taken in a flash (no pun intended) thus greatly reducing the likelihood of a smeary shot typical to that of a phone.
Perhaps the only component that doesn't seem high-end on this handset is the built-in speaker, which ironically carries Dr. Dre's 'Beats audio' branding. Part of me wonders if my expectations have been set high by the previous Xperia Play I owned since it rocks stereo sound - and I guess this is expected of a handheld-console-style phone. With the One X it's a step down and a small feature I would've expected from a ultra-high-end phone; the audio isn't shockingly bad as such, but behind that elongated grill is a single, watch-battery-sized speaker. Oh well.
There's no problems through the 3.5mm jack; the auto-on 'Beats audio' EQ/enhancement is a mixed bag in that it adds both nice detail and artificial 'clompy bass' to my high-end Philips O'Neill cans. I prefer it on rather than off since it saves my own faffing with Android's DSP manager and works across any Android media application.
Audio quality in itself is perfectly acceptable by phone standards though it's nothing spectacular. Plugging between this and my MP3 player and there's a noticeable difference; things are more confined, muddy if you will. Just don't go buying this for it's music functionality, Beats means nothing.
Lastly, battery is a bit iffy on the One X - it can make it through the day with sensible use - and further, it can manage some good standby times thanks to the 'deep sleep' CPU feature - but if you do a lot of media-happy fiddling out of boredom the device will quite happily chomp a good portion of battery.
All-in-all, this phone comes highly recommended despite my tendency to highlight it's weak-points, none of which are a dealbreaker for me really - I expect most people will be similarly satisfied with this handset.
I purchased this phone a couple of weeks ago after some in depth research and I am happy to say I made the right choice. This phone is more than a phone, I haven't put it down since I got it, even the missus nags at me to put it down. This phone has everything, the camera is superb, the ice cream sandwich app store has everything and more than the iPhone and the list goes on. I highly recommend this to anyone thinking of getting one.
The screen is the perfect size and very bright, the video quality when watching YouTube or other videos is amazing. I know a few others with this phone and they too love it. HTC have changed my opinion on there phones (after I had a wildfire and that was terrible).
The only downfall to this phone is the battery life. It does not last very long so I have to take my charger to work with me but other than that I love this brilliant piece of technology.
At last a real contender for the iPhone crown seems to have landed. The HTC One X has been so beautifully put together....elegent in style and a superpower in performance.
There were several things I noticed just by picking the phone up. First of all, it's nice and light. Even though the glass finish on the iPhone is nice, it does make it that much heavier so it was nice to have a light phone in my hand. Secondly is that, despite being big, it doesn't feel too big. It sits nicely in the hand and the finish is pleasing to the touch.
Next thing was the display. The quality of the display is up there with the retina display on the iphone. Images look pinsharp and there seems to be no lag when dragging about the screen. The 4 cores work well to make everything this phone does seem effortless. There are a variety of apps pre-installed as you would expect with the Android OS. This is running Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich, and comes with email, Google search, Youtube, Twitter...everything you need really to get you started.
And on this occasion, it seems like HTC's Sense software is a help more than a hinderance. Small changes have been made...and it seems to compliment the OS now rather than being annoying.
The 8MP is as good as you would expect, but the OS throws in extra features...like being able to add effects. It also has digital zoom. The video recording is also of high quality.
And it does make calls and texts as well. The messages now seem to follow the same format as the iphone....being able to easily view previous messages much like Instant Messaging, which makes for much easier reading.
The sound quality is extremely good for listening to music...especially with the Beats Audio headphones. It also has all the other high tec gizmos...like GPS, Bluetooth. The big display makes for great web browsing...and the inclusion of the Google Chrome browser now for Android means not only is the web surfing experience pleasant (which it wasn't so much with the old browser), but everything can be synced across from your PCs Google Chrome too!
As always...it has a downside. And this time, it's battery life. With light use, you might drag a day and a half out of it....but moderate use is going to see you charging this AT LEAST once a day! As nice as the power is to have a sharp, quick user experience, you will be having to think about getting it back on charge every day.
I could go on...but half the fun is discovering all the things this phone can do.
And the best part probably is....you can get this cheaper than the iPhone 4S!
Don't look anywhere else until you've checked this out!
When I was looking for an upgrade, I decided to see what new HTC phones were on offer, considering how much I loved my previous HTC. The Phone I found was the HTC One X. I purchased it on its day of release and have not looked back since.
The phone itself is very big, meaning that if you have smaller hands, or prefer a smaller phone, then this phone isn't for you. However, for those who don't mind a larger phone, then the One X is brilliant. It has a 4.7 inch screen, meaning that it is great for watching videos, reading or browsing the internet.
The camera is very good. The phone's main camera is 8Megapixels with LED smart flash, and also has a 1.3megapixel front facing camera. The main camera is capable of recording 1080p HD video, and there are a whole bunch of different filters and styles that can be added. One of the best features however, is the ability to take snapshots whilst recording video, meaning you get good quality action shots whilst recording the event on video.
The audio is also very good, with Beats Audio installed on the phone. However, the phone does not come packaged with a set of Beats Audio earphones, which was slightly disappointing. The music app takes a bit of getting used to, but is very good, as everything is neatly laid out, and you have the option to use SoundHound on a playing song to get information on said song.
The phone has 1.5Ghz Quad Core processor, meaning that it is an extremely powerful phone, and runs things very well. The phone also operates on the most current version of Android, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, along with HTC Sense.
The phone has a 32GB hard drive, meaning that there is more than enough memory for music, apps and video, although there is no option for a SD card.
There are only a few downsides to this phone. the first downside is that, like a lot of smartphones, the battery life isn't the best, especially when is used quite regularly for browsing the internet, listening to music, watching videos, using apps and playing games. All of which is not too far-fetched. The other downside is that there is no option to remove the battery from the phone. The reason I dislike this is because if the phone ever freezes up in anyway, and will not turn off through conventional methods, there is no option to just remove the battery from the phone in order to switch it off.