HTC One X vs HTC One S vs HTC One V

The One range is HTC’s main Android line-up for 2012. It features the

high-end HTC One X, the slightly-less high-end HTC One S and the

mid-range HTC One V. To clear up any confusion about what you get for

the extra £250-odd from the cheapest to most expensive, we’ve broken

down all three. Specs, cameras, power and design all matter when buying a

phone, and here’s what each of the HTC bad boys offers.

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The Basics

Price
HTC One X – £438.99 SIM-free
HTC One S – £369.99 SIM-free
HTC One V – £220.60 SIM-free

The

HTC One range spreads wide across smartphone price bands. Its top-end

HTC One X competes with the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S3 at the

expensive end, while the HTC One V is affordable enough to be considered

a pay as you go option.

Want a contract? An HTC One X will set

you back at least £30 a month unless you’re willing to pay a significant

chunk of the cost up front. The HTC One S is still a high-end phone,

and will still cost you a bit unless you get yourself a £27 a month or

higher deal.

The only one of the trio available on “cheapy”

contracts is the HTC One V. Direct from the main carriers, you’re

looking at around a £20 a month outlay. However, shop around with the

smaller third-party deal providers and you can find deals around the

£15-a-month mark. The difference may not seem all that grand, but be

sure to consider how much it racks up to be over a 24-month contract.

The Hardware
HTC One X specsHTC One S specs
HTC One V specs
Design
HTC One X – Plastic unibody, no battery access
HTC One S – Microarc oxidised ceramic unobody, no battery access
HTC One V – Aluminium unobody, no battery access

Just

like the prices, the HTC One X is home to a trio of really quite

different designs. Each body is constructed of different materials, and

perhaps not those you might expect. The top-end HTC One X has a unibody

polycarbonate frame. An, yes, that’s a fancy way of saying it’s made of

plastic.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S3, the One X does not give

you access to the phone’s battery, preferring to keep it tightly under

wraps. Its sides have a spot of glossy trim, but otherwise its finish is

pure and simple-looking. Black and white versions are available.

Stepping

down the series a rung we have the HTC One S. The most unusual of the

three in build terms, it’s cased in a microarc oxidised ceramic layer

that HTC claims is four times stronger than aluminium. Impressive, eh?

There

have, however, been reports of this tough layer chipping off, leaving

your £370 phone looking a bit tatty. In April, HTC claimed it had

implemented some “small changes” in the production process to stop this

from happening. News of the chipping finish hasn’t flared-up since,

leading us to believe it has indeed been made a bit tougher. It comes in

black and blue-grey finishes.

The HTC One X follows in the

design trend of the HTC Legend and HTC Salsa, with an aluminium bod that

has a slight ergonomic lip at the bottom – first seen in the HTC Hero

way back in 2008. Unfortunately, this phone doesn’t give you battery

access

The Specs and Cameras
 
HTC One X vs HTC One S vs HTC One V
Dimensions and weight
HTC One X – 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm, 130g
HTC One S – 130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm, 120g
HTC One V – 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.2 mm, 115g

Upsetting

the hierarchy a bit, the HTC One S is the slimmest of these phones, and

by a significant margin. At 7.8mm thick, it’s one of the very thinnest

models on the market. The 8.9mm HTC One X is certainly no chunkster, but

it’s simply not thin enough to be headline-grabbing anymore.

The

HTC One V largely trades away its slim potential by using the

lipped-design, which naturally skews its figure a bit. Very large phones

also tend to be able to get slimmer than those with smaller screens,

being able to spread their internals over a wider area.

Use of

materials is also important in the weight factor. Although the HTC One X

is naturally much larger than its two brothers, it’s only 15g heavier

than the One V. We doubt whether it’d be able to stay so light if it

were to use an aluminium body.


Screen
HTC One X –
4.7in 720 x 1,280 pixel, Super IPS
HTC One S – 4.3in 540 x 960 pixel, Super AMOLED
HTC One V – 3.7in 480 x 800 pixel, IPS

Once

again, the One series trio sports a wide array of differences, this

time in display type. The HTC One X marks a significant upgrade over

2011’s top models, with a superb Super IPS screen, rather than a

largely-unremarkable S-LCD model.

However, what’s just as

notable is that it doesn’t use a Super AMOLED display, as seen in the

Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One S. Each display type has its pros and

cons. Super IPS images tend to look a little more natural but the use of

local lighting rather than a universal backlight means AMOLEDs offer

better (and pretty much perfect) black levels.

However, OLEDs

also tend to look blue-ish when tilted and make colours look

oversaturated. The One X screen wins out in our opinion, and is also

much higher-res, with a 720p “Retina display-like” display where you

can’t pick out pixels.

Much closer to earth, the HTC One V has a

much less remarkable screen. It’s smaller, a full inch smaller than the

One X’s, and it uses less dazzling screen technology. As with so many

other aspects of the phone, though, while it’s not all that impressive

in its figures, performance is actually very good.

Storage
HTC One X – 32GB, no memory card
HTC One S – 16GB, no memory card
HTC One V – 4GB internal, microSD card slot

Storage

is the one place where the HTC One V can claim a small but definite

victory. It’s the only phone of the One trio to feature a memory card

slot. Granted, it’s in part because the internal memory’s so tiny at

just 4GB – much of which is sucked-up by pre-installed software – but

it’s something we like to see.

The HTC One S and X make you rely

on the internal memory, with 16GB and 32GB a piece. It’s enough for most

people, but becomes a drawback if you’re into watching movies on your

phone, or want to use your phone as your main music player.

Leaving

out microSD slots in top-end phones is becoming a popular trend that

would have been virtually unthinkable just a couple of years ago. Are

you bothered?