- Page 1 HTC One X+ Review
- Page 2 Performance, camera and battery life Review
- Great Screen
- Fast quad core processor
- Stylish, solid design
- Large amound of built-in storage
- Comes with Android Jelly Bean
- No removeable battery
- Camera not quite as good as Galaxy S3 or iphone 5
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HTC One X – Screen
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.
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