Review: HTC One X
Before starting this review a huge thanks goes to Vodafone for providing the HTC One X for review.

The HTC One X is one of the latest Android powered smartphones that HTC are trying to promote. The HTC One X brings a better processor, a HD screen and a thinner chassis. The HTC One X is available on contract on Vodafone UK free on contracts from £29.

 You can view an unboxing and first look of the HTC One X by my great friend Adam from MrThaiBox123 Below.

 

 

 

Tech Specs:

  • 1.5 GHz, quad-core
  • Android 4.1 JellyBean with HTC Sense 4.0
  • 32 GB Onboard Storage
  • 1 GB Ram
  • 4.7 Inch screen-1280×720 Super LCD 2 display with a pixel density of 312 per inch
  • 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • 1.3 MP, 720p Front Camera
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Non-removable Li-Po 1800 mAh battery

As you can probably already tell, the HTC One X is one of the highest spec Android phones around. The One X will provide more than enough oomph for the power users and will be more than necessary with a standard user.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The HTC One X comes powered with Google’s latest version of the Android Operating System, JellyBean straight out of the box. This therefore means, you get the latest operating system with Google Now and Project Butter straight out of the box. However, this is short lived, the HTC One X comes with a skinned version of the HTC Sense overlay. The HTC Sense overlay provides the user with a skinned toned down version of Android. The Sense overlay provides some helpful widgets for you to use on the seven different home screens. The Sense overlay also gives you some useful tips on how to make the most of your new device when you initially set up your phone.

In addition to the custom wallpaper’s and themes you receive with the Sense overlay, you also receive a plethora of small changes to the Android operating system. Firstly, the multi-tasking menu on the Sense overlay is not as good as the standard main menu looks like on the native version of JellyBean. The multi tasking menu overlay on the HTC Sense is slow and laggy especially when switching between app’s which are contain live content on them. For example, when switching between a YouTube video and a Game, the Sense overlay is extremely slow and unintuitive.

However, despite the few problems and glitches with the HTC Sense overlay it is an amazing piece of software and compliments the Android Jellybean Operating System very well on the One X. Below are some screenshots of some of the features the Sense overlay provides.

This is the Lock Screen on the HTC One X, It too can be customized with widgets and different clocks.

This is the Lock Screen on the HTC One X, It too can be customized with widgets and different clocks.

My Home Screen on the HTC One X

This is my customised Home Screen on the HTC One X. As you can probably tell, it can be customised until your heart is content,

JellyBean does indeed run very smoothly on the HTC One X. During my review period and testing the HTC One X didn’t crash or turn off once due to software error. The HTC Sense 4.0 overlay and JellyBean work together very effectively on the HTC One X providing a intuitive easy to use user interface for the primary user.

Display / Screen

The HTC One X features a whopping 4.7 inch glossy display. Sporting a pixel per inch density of 312, it’s almost as good as the Retina display on the iPhone despite is being almost a whole inch bigger. The screen does dominate the whole face of the phone with just some speaker grilles at the top and the touch sensitive buttons at the bottom. The huge screen covers almost the whole of the front section of the phone leaving only room for the tiny margin of plastic bezel at the sides of the phone. The capacitive touch screen is fairly responsive however there is quite a big of lag just before it picks up your movement.  The touch keys which are located just below the screen aren’t as responsive either.

As good as the screen does look, there is one major issue with it. Due to the tiny bezel on either side of the screen, the screen does flex a lot inwards towards the bezel. This is caused by the tiny bezel on either side of the screen. When running your finger tip down either side of the screen, the screen does flex in and the displaced pixels track your fingers creating a bit of a mess. This is one of the major downfalls of what is a beautiful screen. The lack of bezel also means it’s possible to accidently activate the phone’s screen when holding or pressing on the screen.

Aside from the issue’s with the flexing of the screen, visually the screen is extremely pleasing. Sporting a resolution of 1280×720 along with a pixel per inch density of 312, the screen performs absolutely brilliantly. Like most smartphones, when using the phone in sunlight, you have to crank the brightness right up. Even with it on full, depending on the sunlight you will struggle to see the text or graphics on the screen sharply.

 Build Quality / Design

The HTC One X has a fairly discreet and minimalistic design. The front of the phone is covered by a whopping 4.7 inch screen with very little of anything else left to show. The back of the phone has the HTC logo in the middle of the phone followed by a camera above it. The rounded edges and high gloss texture of the phone makes it very slippery. It’s quite likely to slip out of your hands or your jean’s pockets. During my review period, I did generally struggle with the design of the HTC One X. This is partly down to the larger screen than my iPhone 5 which is my daily driver. However, it is also down to the fact that the device is very rounded and curvy unlike the iPhone 5.

Just like the iPhone 5, the back of the HTC One X is non removable. This mean’s it is almost impossible to replace the battery easily. You are provided with a Sim Ejector Tool in the box which is similar to the one provided by Apple with the iPhone’s. The HTC One X uses a Micro SD card. This is inserted using a small removable tab on the back of the device. The device is extremely thin and very light too weighing only 130 grams. The back of the HTC One X does indeed have a protruding camera which sticks out of the device just a little. However, due to the neat plastic casing around the camera, it is unlikely to get damaged. The bottom of the device contains the beat’s logo as well as some speaker grilles. Just above the beats logo, you do have some pins for connecting a dedicated conference speaker dock.

The HTC One X is also very minimal on the ports. You get a 3.5mm input to connect headphones and speakers. You also get a micro-usb socket on the phone to charge it and connect it to the computer. There is also very little physical buttons on the HTC One X. There is a power up key on the top which turns the phone on and off and also puts it to sleep.In addition, there is a volume rocker on the right side of the phone.

Battery Life

The HTC One X battery life was very good for me during testing. During my review period, I had my Gmail account connected with push and all the notifications turned on from my social networking accounts. I also had the brightness turned up on full. The HTC One X easily lasted me a day However, when reading some other reviews on the internet, it seems like a lot of other users have had issues with poor battery life on the One X. For me this issue wasn’t apparent at all. The One X easily lasted me all day and I charged it throughout the night through my review period. The main reason of the poor battery life people are facing is due to them having their brightness turned up right to the top. Most of the bad battery life problems were solved when thir brightness was turned down a little. You can view a screenshot of my battery life settings on the One X in the gallery at the bottom of this page.

Camera and Video Quality

HTC Have really shown off the camera with the One X handset’s. The HTC One X contains a 8 mega pixel camera featuring a f2,0 aperture, 28mm lens and a back side illuminated sensor to improve image quality in low light conditions. The back camera is excellent when focusing on detail or text in images. Overall, the images we snapped with the camera were of excellent quality.

A picture taken of a cake using the back camera on the HTC One X. As you can see the picture is very clear and sharp.

A picture taken of a cake using the back camera on the HTC One X. As you can see the picture is very clear and sharp.

This was a picture of a building in Bradford Town Center using the back camera on the HTC One X. As you can tell, it has came out clear and sharp and the picture is very focused.

This was a picture of a building in Bradford Town Center using the back camera on the HTC One X. As you can tell, it has came out clear and sharp and the picture is very focused.

This was taken using the back camera on the HTC One X. It was taken in low light conditions using the included flash on the phone. As you can see, it has came out sharp and looks good.

This was taken using the back camera on the HTC One X. It was taken in low light conditions using the included flash on the phone. As you can see, it has came out sharp and looks good.

This is a close up taken suing the back camera on the HTC One X. It was taken in very low light conditions and the flash was used.

This is a close up taken suing the back camera on the HTC One X. It was taken in very low light conditions and the flash was used.

This image was taken in a pitch black room with no lights on whatsoever. As you can tell, it still has came out very good. The camera still did a good job of focusing on the text.

This image was taken in a pitch black room with no lights on whatsoever. As you can tell, it still has came out very good. The camera still did a good job of focusing on the text.

One of the best features about the camera is that HTC have added a burst mode so you can take up to 99 shots in one sequence by simply holding down the shutter button. Very handy when you don’t want to miss the vital moment in a wedding or party. You can also take multiple shots while filming video with the One X. Just click the shutter button and your image will be saved to the camera gallery. The video quality is also excellent. The video camera does a good job of focusing with a high detail and responds well to changes in sound and audio.

Gallery

Below are some pictures of the device and some screenshots of the Sense UI on the One X.

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Summary

Pros:

  • Latest version of Android, JellyBean straight out of the box
  • Large screen with amazing colour and high pixel density
  • Powerful Quadcore processor to power Android
  • Latest Sense UI is slick and intuative
  • Great 8 Megapixel Camera

Cons:

  • Quite a large handset so won’t suit everyone
  • Screen has flex at the edges of it

Conclusion

So, in conclusion, the HTC One X is an absolutely awesome handset. It has an amazing processor which is more than powerful for even the most demanding users. With it’s amazing camera, large screen and stunning design, it’s definitely one of the top Android phones out there. I would definitely recommend the HTC One X for anyone looking for an Android Device. It’s a great effort by HTC and can easily compete with the Samsung Galaxy S3 or Apple iPhone 5. The HTC One X is available from Vodafone free on plans from £29 a month. I would give the phone a 9.5/10. The .5 decrease is due to the minor flex in the screen due to the thin chassis. If HTC managed to sort out this issue then I would be offering it a full 10. A huge thanks goes to Vodafone UK for providing the HTC One X for review. Thanks for reading guys, Feel free to comment down below on what phone you are currently using and what would be your ideal Android phone. Feel free to share too.

 


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Written by Usman, @TeckComesFirst (My personal account is @TheTekGuy)

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  • This looks a nice handset! I like that clock that appears on the lock screen too! 🙂 The 8MP camera looks great as well and works with the flash fantastically 🙂

  • NaijaMan

    Great article dude. Have to say it’s currently one of the best phones on the market at the moment.

  • Jack Harnett

    Wow excellent article Usman pal, very well written. Full of detail, all points excellently backed up and your article more than promotes the device and basing on this is one I’d definitely recommend to people who are looking for a HTC Device.

  • OrestGPap

    The One X is a great phone. Though, coming from Nexus with stock android I don’t really find TouchWiz that attractive. I definitely prefer TouchWiz. The phone surely has some amazing specs but HTC has to bring some new graphics on Sense 5.0! Great review bro!

    • Sense 5.0 on the HTC One looks nicer – bit more like stock…

  • Nice write up Usman!
    I really like the style of the One X, and some of the things it has looked really good at launch. Its a shame that the marketing and hardware faults was such a flop. Also the upgrade is a bit of a fiasco! Hope they can do better with the One, as HTC Deserve to sell more than they currently do!

  • Nice Review Usman.
    One X looks great and i absolutely love the design. And the fact that it comes with Android 4.1 is a big positive.
    Nice Review Usman,well done. Keep It Up:)

  • Awesome review Usman! I really liked this phone. I didn’t like the camera very much but the overall performance and the amazing 720p screen really did deliver and outstanding experience. Keep up the awesome work bro. 🙂

  • Awesome review Usman! Very detailed and well written, apart from the odd spelling/grammar mistakes, but that happens to the best of us, you’ve come a long way and I’m looking forward to your next review, whenever that may be 😛 The One X was quite a good phone, the display was very sharp and it felt great in the hand when I used it, it’s a shame about the screen flex, but HTC did really go all out with that device and it’s nice to hear that you had overall a good experience with Android. Some of the pictures were very impressive too! Keep up the great work man 🙂

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