HTC One X Review
By Tommy Rebik
- May 28, 2012
Pros: The HTC One X is a modern looking smart phone that comes with a massive 4.7 inch display. It offers blazing 4G LTE data speeds with a powerful camera and snappy performance .
Cons: The HTC One X is kind of disappointing because it is not powered by the much expected quad-core processor. Also, it has a nonremovable battery and lacks SD card slot.
HTC released a new Android smart phone for AT&T which is said to be a legendary device. It will take advantage of the AT&T’s fastest LTE network. It is the HTC One X, an Android device that is presented in a slim profile that looks very stylish and elegant. It is a powerful cell phone that runs on the latest Google’s Android OS which is the Ice Cream Sandwich. It comes with HTC Sense 4 and to our dismay, it is just powered by a dual core processor. Many expected that this device is going to be powered by a quad core processor, but then again, the manufacturer opted to pack it with just a dual core processor which is fine me. It has a 4.7 inch display, a powerful camera, and design wise, the HTC One X has followed similar design cues from the BlackBerry Playbook. Why? Well, you be the judge, but to give you a hint, Instead of the usual aluminum unibody build that most HTC smart phones employ, the HTC One X has been made from a single piece of polycarbonate plastic. Luckily, the plastic material used in the HTC One X feels solid, and is of high-grade. It’s not the cheap stuff that we usually in other smart phones. It comes with smoothly rounded corners & has a curved back. The HTC One X flaunts a modern aesthetic with dimensions of 5.3 inches tall by 2.75 inches wide by 0.36 inch thick. It is not that pocket friendly but can be considered to be lightweight, as it weighs just 4.6 ounces. The front of the device will show you its huge 4.7 inch super LCD display which is capable of rendering up to 1280 x 720 pixels of resolution. The display is bright, and is even brighter than the HTC One S' qHD AMOLED touch screen with wide viewing angles. Just above its display you will find the 1.3 megapixel front facing camera which you can use in video chat and also in taking vanity shots. Just below its display, you will see the device’s 3 capacitive buttons for back, home, and recent apps. On the right side, you will find the device’s volume rocker while on the left spine you will see the Micro-USB port. On top of the HTC One X you will find the power button, the micro-SIM card compartment, and the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Around the back you will see the 8 MP camera & LED flash. However, the HTC One X lacks an SD card slot for extra memory expansion and the battery is not removeable. The HTC One X's true power lies in its cool and robust software. The HTC One X runs on the latest version of Google's Android OS which is the Ice Cream Sandwich, version 4.0. It comes with a revamped HTC Sense UI on board. As per HTC, the Sense 4.0 meshes seamlessly with ICS' new capabilities and strives to stay out of the way. It is fancier, and looks pleasing to the eye candy that gives you a tab at the bottom of each home screen with shortcuts to the standard smart phone’s functions. There are two ways to unlock the smart phone. Firstly: by flicking a virtual ring from the bottom of the display to the center. Secondly: by sliding the icons into the ring to quick-launch major phone functions. For example: by simply dragging the phone’s camera symbol into the ring will fire up the HTC One X's main imaging sensor to take pictures and videos in a flash. Just like with the T-Mobile's HTC One S, you will get seven screens that you can populate with shortcuts and animated widgets. Below each of these homescreens you will find a tab that has the same four quick launch icons shown on the lock screen. Other HTC Sense features include Pure Content Reader view, this removes all advertisements and display the basic text of a selected Web site. Since it is an ultramodern Android smart phone, it is preloaded witht he usual Google services including Gmail, Navigation, Google+, and Play Store, from which you can get thousand of apps. Google Play is also a place where you can find digital books, games, movies, and music. Other 3rd party software that's preloaded on the device are the TuneIn Internet radio (my personal favorite), MOG music subscription service, and the Kindle eBook reader. AT&T preloaded the HTC One X with their own apps as well including the the FamilyMap which you can use to locate family members (it costs $9.99 per month for 2 family members, whicle $14.99 for up to 5), bar code scanner, and U-verse Live TV. Just like with other HTC smart phones, social-media integration is massive in Sense 4 as in previous versions. There’s Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ apps installed and there’s also a Friend Stream widget that pulls all your status updates across multiple social platforms to view in one place. The HTC One X features Beats audio processing with a group of equalizer settings. It is indeed a multimedia device and what’s more is that it features ImageSense technology. The HTC One X has an 8 megapixel camera that relies on this dedicated image processor for fast & quick performance. Its camera has features including auto smile capture, panorama, face detection, HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, Continuous Shooting mode. The HTC One X’s camera is capable of recording videos up to full 1080p. It also has this slow motion video feature which will allow you to capture footages at a high frame rate which you can re view at a snail's pace. For me, the HTC One X is a solid device as its photo, and video quality was great. It is powered by a dual-core CPU instead of the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 which for me is just enough since the it hums and was able to notch a fast 103.4MFLOPS spit out in just 0.8 minutes. The HTC One X has a 1,800mAh battery that is not removable which will run for 12.5 days in stand by mode and can provide up to 8.5 hours of talk time.