HTC One X+ Review - Performance, camera and battery life Review

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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.

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Score in detail

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

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