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Hands On With The HTC One X

Introduction to HTC’s One X

HTC has actually come up with a great plan to get themselves back on track, after the poor 2011 sales of HTC handsets. The plan was to create a line-up of devices that would intrigue the world. HTC simply came up with the One X, One S and One V and announced them at MWC. The One X being one of the first ever quad-core handsets, was originally leaked as the HTC Endeavour.

The One X offers allot more than just its 4 core’s, because we get an updated 8- megapixel camera, and a stunning poly-carbonate uni-body. We happened to bag ourselves a pre-release demo unit of the One X, so we could give you our hands on review, courtesy of Vodafone- UK.

HTC’s initial target for 2012 is to bring unique and user-friendly handsets to the mass market, and they have done that very well thus far. Since I removed the One X from its packaging, I quickly fell in love with it, probably due to its executive looks. Our model which is locked to Vodafone, just happened to be the white model, and personally I prefer the One X in white. This is mainly because it looks fashionable compared to the dusty gray versions. I’m no fashion guru, but I know that the white color could also be a perfect match for females who desire the ultimate beast of a Smartphone, which is the One X of course.

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HTC has come back fighting so far with the One X, compared to older-gen Sensation and Desire handsets, and I’m just thinking, why did HTC not come up with this before because a device like this would have helped them through their financial struggle. Well that was last year and now we are in 2012, and hopefully the One X will help the company grow up to the limelight within the smartphone world once again.

In the box you get-

1)Charger

2)Beats Audio headphones

3)Quick start guide

4)Micro-SIM pin

5)Micro-Sim card

Full specifications

  • Size: 134.36mm x 69.9mm x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Screen: 4.7-inch 720p HD Touch (1280 x 720 Resolution)
  • Processor: 1.5GHz Quad-Core
  • Storage: 32GB
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4
  • Rear Camera: 8MP with Auto Focus, Smart LED Flash, BSI Sensor, F2.0 Aperture, 28mm Lens and HTC Image Sense
  • Front Camera: 1.3MP with 720p HD Video Chat
  • Video: 1080p HD Video
  • Audio: Beats Audio by Dr Dre
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Cloud: 25GB Drop Box Cloud Storage

Hardware around the device.

HTC has always been known for creating classy handsets, constructed from quality materials, but many of them are quite slippery whilst holding them. The One X, however, isn’t like that, because it is constructed purely from one piece of polycarbonate, just like the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 handsets. The One X’s poly-carbonate build feels and looks executive, but it also gives us a uni-body type build, which is very nice to see. This should also help keep dust from getting into the devices internals.

The build quality of the One x is just immense, but because it feels so solid in the hand and is not slippery, unlike some HTC handsets, this is very nice to see. The One X is super thin at only 8.9mm, the device also weighs 130g, so it is a little bit weighty compared to similar handsets. Yet this does not annoy me, because I really love my phones to weigh more than usual because they feel sturdier in the hand.

The One X offers you a large 4.7” screen, which does seem a little large, compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy SII and Galaxy Nexus, but you will get use to it! On top of the 4.7” touchscreen, we get a layer of Corning Gorilla glass. Gorilla Glass is basically a layer of protective glass, which prevents the scratches and scuffs from contaminating the screen. The Gorilla Glass coating also adds a very executive feel to the touch screen. The screen also curves a bit, which does make the touch screen extremely easy to use.

Each button on the One X is very responsive, but I’m not too sure about the on/lock button, because sometimes it can be a little bit fiddly to use. However, I’m sure you can overcome that issue once you get more use to the device. Underneath the large touchscreen you are going to find 3 capacitive touch buttons, including back, home and the multitasking keys. The touch sensitive buttons are 100% sensitive, and I really love the haptic feedback once you actually press them.

The camera lens housing does stick out a bit, but I actually like this because it gives the One X a more fashionable look and feel. Everything on the One X seems to be positioned very well, including the micro-Sim card slot and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The back of the One X also houses the magnetic docking station jack, and I’d expect to see a One X docking station unveiled pretty soon, just like the Galaxy Nexus. You get a microphone on the bottom of the handset; we also get the secondary microphone opposite the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Up on the top of the touchscreen we get the speakerphone, an LED notification light and a front facing camera. We also get a loud-speaker underneath the Beats Audio logo.

 

HTC has thought very well about the build quality of the One X, and believe me this handset actually does feel complete, and looks extremely stunning compared to the likes of the iPhone 4S and Galaxy SII, which are starting to age a bit. HTC has worked very hard on the One X, and I think this is perfect  for those who want a stunning device that looks and feels good.

Internal hardware

We ran a Quadrant benchmark and the One X turned out to be super fast, well it does have four cores of glory.

The biggest point about the HTC One X is probably its quad-core processor. The One X offers a full Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz. The quad-core processor really does give the One X a huge speed boost, compared to the iPhone 4S which seems a bit slow. Despite having a very fast processor, we also get 1GB of RAM, which sadly isn’t the best, but at least we get 32GB of on-board storage. Everything we threw at the processor worked very well, including various open app’s in the background.

The One X also offers an 1800mAh battery which is a bit disappointing to see, because battery life is absolutely terrible, despite having a quad-core processor. I would have preferred to see HTC supplying a slighter bigger battery, just like the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX.

Display, Operating system and user interface

The One X offers a very attractive 4.7” screen with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels; we also get a 312 pixel density. Colors really do stand out on the One X and this is probably one of the strongest points of the device. Colors can sometimes look saturated in direct sunlight, but this is like most smartphones on the market.

We get Android Ice Cream Sandwich on board the HTC One X, and yes, we also get HTC’s latest version of Sense on top of the Android 4.0 OS. HTC’s Sense UI has always been used by HTC on their Android handsets, just like Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay, but now we have Sense 4.0 which was also announced at MWC.

HTC Sense 4.0 looks very decent to the eye, plus it is very easy to navigate around just like previous versions of the overlay. The UI does benefit from the quad-core processor, and gliding through the menus is easier than ever. I like the new tweaks and customizations that HTC has added to the new 4.0 overlay, and the icons look vivid on the One X’s HD display.

On the lock screen we still have the ring which you lift up to the middle of the screen, in order to unlock the device, you are also able to drag icons into the middle of the ring, which then automatically brings up the selected app just like in previous versions of Sense.

 

Communication

The One X offers a very good selection of communication features, including Facebook, Twitter and HTC’s very own Friend Stream which comes built-in. Call quality is decent too, and the micro-phone was very responsive whilst on the phone talking to another person, who commented that the call quality was good.

You will also be able to download allot more communication app’s straight from the Google Play Store, which replaced the Android Market a few weeks ago. Apps like Skype and Kik are free from the store, and you can use the front facing camera for Skype and video conferencing. Performing SMS messages is very easy, and the QWERTY keyboard is very responsive compared to other keyboards.

Internet browsing.

The Sense 4.0 browser on the One X is very decent in-deed, and the multi-touch gestures work perfectly on many web pages. You can also auto-rotate the screen so you get to use the browser in landscape because this can make certain texts and webpage’s much larger than in portrait view.You can also use your One X as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling fellow Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect up to your device.

Multimedia and entertainment

The One X offers Beats Audio, just like the Sensation XE and XL, which were launched back in 2011. The Beats technology offers very good sound quality, plus you get a pair of free in-ear Beats headphones, now you can’t go wrong there!

 You get full access to the Play Store, this is where you can download thousands of apps to entertain you, and all you have to do is create a “Google Account” free of charge.

Gaming on the One X was also top notch, thank’s to the quad-core CPU.

 

Camera

It was at MWC back in February when HTC showed off the One X’s camera talents, and indeed, it is one mighty talent. The One X offers users an advanced 8- megapixel camera with HTC’s brand new technology, called ImageSense. The camera offers Auto-focus and a built in-LED flash for low light shots, whilst the lens is only 28- millimeters, with a F2.0 aperture. The camera is also capable of taking full-1080p HD video-recording, which is very nice to see! We also get a 1.3- megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing etc, this is also capable of shooting 720p video.

Camera samples-

 

The One X offers a very decent camera. Photos taken with the 8- megapixel camera do look quite decent on the device’s HD 4.7″ display. Colours do look a bit saturated in some areas, but overall the camera did a very good job!

Conclusion

Pros-

-Stunning poly-carbonate build

-HD screen

-Advanced 8- megapixel camera

Cons-

-Low battery life

-Micro-SIM

 

The One X really does prove that HTC are ready to come fighting back. The quad-core processor is amazing and makes the device run extremely smoothly. The camera is also very good, and takes high quality photos. I also really like the overall design and feel, as the polycarbonate build is just epic. I would recommend the One X to those who are looking for a great device that is fast and stylish. The One X will be arriving at Vodafone.co.uk pretty soon. When available the device will cost nothing on pay-monthly plans from 41 pounds per month.