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HTC One X+ review

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

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HTC One X+

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

HTC One X+ - Performance

The HTC One X+ improves on its predecessor when it comes to raw processing power by using an upgraded 1.7Ghz quad core chip. As mentioned, it's also available with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space (we had the 64GB version) though there's only 1GB of RAM where some phones now how 2GB - this isn't really a limitation yet, though.

This all helps to make it one of the fastest phones on the market at the moment. In the floating point number test, Linpack, it returned a score of 161.558Mflops compared to the 138Mflops of the One XL while the web browser-based benchmark, Sunspider, returned a time of 1001.6ms (lower is better) compared to 1956 for the Galaxy S3.

Meanwhile on the 3D graphics (i.e. gaming) front in the GLBenchmark Egyptian Classic test it managed to reach 53 fps, while the One XL topped out at 50fps. It was outperformed by Samsung's S3 LTE in Geekbench with the S3 scoring 17658 compared to the One X 's 1533, but it bests the S3 LTE in CFBench by reaching 14429 compared to the S3 LTE's score of 13,124.

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HTC One X+ - Android Jelly Bean and HTC Sense Interface

What also helps the One X+ feel exceptionally fast to use is that it runs on the latest Jelly Bean version of Android. Jelly Bean has had a number of tweaks under the bonnet to make it much more responsive, finally getting rid of the lagginess that plagued most previous versions of Android.

As a result the One X really is a pleasure to use. Apps open with incredible speed and it renders even complicated webpages in the blink of an eye. The only real issue is that it can get quite warm, especially when you use it for intensive 3D gaming.

HTC has naturally also loaded the latest version of its Sense user interface on the handset. This brings a number of tweaks, such as the ability to launch apps from the lock screen by dragging their icons into the semi circle that sits at the bottom of the screen. You've got seven different homescreen to play with and if you hold your finger on a blank area on a home screen an editing window pops up. This shows your homescreens as thumbnail across the top with available widgets and shortcuts at the bottom. You can drag widgets and shortcuts onto the homescreens to quickly set up the phone as you want, which is quite neat.

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The only annoyance is that the notification tab doesn't include the quick access buttons -- for turning on and off stuff like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS -- that you get on most Android phones these days. Instead you've got to tap a settings icons from within the tab to get to these.

HTC One X+ - Camera

The phone's camera is pretty impressive too. It's got an 8Megapixel sensor, but it's the speed at which it's able to fire off shots that help it stand out. It's also got a neat trick where you can take full resolution stills even when it's shooting video, with bot camera shutter and video record buttons always onscreen and at the ready - no need to change modes here.

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The camera app has a whole host of varied shooting modes, as well as a number of real time filters for stuff like vignette, vintage and posterise effects. The shots it produces are very good, but we felt they weren't quite on a par in terms of sharpness and focus with what you get from the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3.

The phone also has an improved front camera with a 1.6megapixel sensor. However, you're unlikely to notice the different as it's most likely to be used for stuff like video calling in Skype, where the resolution of the cameras isn't the limiting factor on image quality, but rather the bandwidth available for the call.

Thankfully HTC has upped the battery capacity from 1800mAh on the older model to 2,100mAh on this version. It's still not a marathon runner in terms of battery life, but we found we could get a day out of it quite easily with normal usage. Call quality was first rate too, and it seems to hold on to weaker signals pretty well.

Verdict

The HTC One X+ really is a top class high-end Android phone. It looks great, has bags of power and is rammed full of useful tweaks and features. If you're looking for a strong alternative to the Galaxy S3, then the One X+ is the phone to go for.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Camera 7
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9
  • Screen Quality 9
  • Usability 8
  • Value 8
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mothergoose85

January 29, 2013, 5:20 pm

I was all set for a bit of a rant about how you were late to the party with this review but I find that I can't really.

Sure, it has been out a few months now but this highlights a key reason as to why HTC isn't doing as well against Samsung as it should be - it might release first but it never seems to have anything that is better than the Samsung handsets. Which is a shame because the software is better and I found that the One X is actually quicker than the S3 in real world tests. Definitely more attractive as well.

Anyway, back to my point - HTC should have tried to max out the One X's specs in the first place, it should have had the option of 64GB from the get go to give it some traction, and the bigger battery shouldn't have been a revision, it should have been there from the off. It's these small increments that piss people off as HTC just supersede a 6 month old handset with a revised version. Samsung doesn't do this and they have it right in that respect.

What HTC does have going for it is that (in this readers opinion) they make the best hardware of any of the Android handset manufacturers and it looks like they might be about to nail it with the M7 - they just need to wait a year before they release it's replacement, in the mean time they could make a mid ranged phone with 4" screen, quad core, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, 720p screen and have the middle market falling over themselves to buy the damn thing.

Mark

January 30, 2013, 1:37 pm

Can somebody please confirm this: Is the camera hidden behind glass or plastic? As far as I remember the original X One's camera was covered by plastic which in my opinion is completely ridiculous - especially for a premium smartphone. Hell, even if it was an entry-level phone it wouldn't be OK to use plastic.

triathlon

April 28, 2013, 8:20 am

I think HTC battery is not good, sometimes it got hot itself. do it happend to ONE X? I would not buy it if it have same problem.

Amit Khurana

September 20, 2013, 5:46 am

it is just 4 months, htc one x+ charging is not happening. and internet settings are right but still is not working.. is this any more pathetic situation..

PAUL PEPITO

October 5, 2013, 9:32 pm

Is the HTC ONE X16GB upgradable to 32GB?

charlie

November 16, 2013, 10:42 am

Pls can i upgrade ma android software for htc one x+ to that of htc one and how please

Daniel G

January 30, 2014, 1:55 am

Not to Hate but Samsung has better life than any of the HTC devices I have ever used. lol.... true story.. HTC needs to work on the important things to consumers. This would be going back to removable batteries and SD cards and sd card slots... oh and by the way they are losing money (HTC)....while Samsung is making ton of profits (they also have sd cards too....unlike HTC)...HTC is going broke and Samsung is getting rich.... HTC take a damn hint already

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