HTC One X+

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Sections

Pros

  • Great Screen
  • Fast quad core processor
  • Stylish, solid design
  • Large amound of built-in storage
  • Comes with Android Jelly Bean

Cons

  • No removeable battery
  • Camera not quite as good as Galaxy S3 or iphone 5

Key Features

  • Review Price: £479.99
  • 4.7in, 720 x 1280 pixel screen
  • 1.7GHz quad core CPU
  • 32GB or 64GB storage
  • Android Jelly Bean operating system

Introduction

Read the review of the HTC One M8

HTC’s star has been on the wane for a while, but to be honest it’s sort

of difficult to see why. Certainly the drop in its sales isn’t down to

it suddenly producing naff phones. In fact, the company is still

churning out some cracking handsets. We loved the HTC One X when we reviewed

it back in April 2012, with only its limited 16GB of storage really leaving us wanting, but after

the Samsung Galaxy S3 launched, the One X rather unfairly found itself shut

out of the lime light. Realising that all the One X needed to get competitive again was a small tweak, the company has returned with this

tuned up version – the One X .  Thankfully the results are rather good.

The

original handset was no slouch in terms of its specification – after

all it was one of the first quad core phones to reach the market – but

this new version ups the ante, as it uses an even faster quad core chip

that’s clocked at 1.7Ghz, compared to the older model’s 1.5Ghz. It’s

also got a massive 64GB of storage space built in (or 32GB on the

cheaper model), a larger battery and it comes preloaded with the latest Jelly Bean (4.1)

version of Android.
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HTC One X – Design

Externally little has changed from the

previous model, but seeing as the original’s design was bang on the

money – assuming you like a large handset – we’ve got no complaints about this. The chassis feels a bit more

robust and less plasticky than the Samsung Galaxy S3, for example, while the

soft-touch rubberised finish on the rear aids grip and comfort. None of these large screen Android devices are that easy to

use single handed simply due to their extreme width and height, but the

One X is no worse than the competition in this regard.

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The only concession to the previous point is that, like

its predecessor, the power/screen unlock button is on the top edge rather than the side, making it even more difficult to reach without shuffling the phone around. Then again few phones have quite got this right yet with only the Sony Xperia T and Nokia Lumia 920 living up to our expectations.

Also on the top edge is the headphone jack while the volume rocker button is on the right edge

and the microUSB port on the right. The latter supports MHL, so you can

use it as an HDMI output if you buy an MHL adaptor (£5-£10). The phone’s micro SIM

slot sits at the top and you need to push in either the included tool or a paperclip to release it, much

like the set-up on the iPhone. The case is completely sealed, so there’s

no removable battery and, as mentioned, the phone also lacks a microSD card. However,

with 64GB of storage onboard, it’s probably not needed.

The only

real change from the older model is that the standard Android buttons

sitting beneath the screen for back, home and multitasking functions are

now coloured red, rather than white. They’re still backlit, so they’re

easy to use in the dark. We’re growing acustomed to the new Android style of using buttons incoporated into the touchscreen – leaving less wasted space below the screen – but we still found the One X easy to get on with.

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HTC One X – Screen

The

screen on the One X is absolutely top notch. It’s very large, measuring

4.7inches across the diagonal, but crucially it’s also got a high pixel

count thanks to its resolution of 720×1280 pixels, giving it a pixel

density of 312ppi.  It uses a Super LCD2 panel, rather than the AMOLED

technology that Samsung uses on the Galaxy S3, but while its black

levels aren’t quite as deep as that display, its colours are arguably

more natural and accurate looking. It’s also covered in Gorilla Glass 2,

so it should prove pretty tough over the life of the phone.