HTC One X Calling and Contacts
A signature change that HTC makes to all its phones is the dialler/contacts interface. It integrates these into one interface, allowing you to start typing a number or name using the number pad, which then narrows down the list of contacts shown above. You can also just grab that list and start scrolling through it to find who you’re looking for. It’s a great system that we find beats almost any other for the speed and ease with which you can call up the person you want.
Once a contact is found you can also view their Facebook and Twitter updates and pictures, if you’ve linked them up – something that is generally done automatically but is otherwise easy to do manually.
Making a few test calls we found the HTC One X delivers good audio quality and we encountered no obvious issues with signal strength. There’s a noise cancelling microphone to make sure your voice isn’t drowned out by the train you’re on and the earpiece loud and clear. The speaker on the back is nothing to write home about, but is above average.
HTC One X – Keyboard, Email and Messaging
Another regular feature of HTC phones is their rejigged keyboard, and so it is here. What sets it apart is that keys all show their secondary functions as small icons above the primary one. We’re not really a fan, as the secondary functions are visually distracting, making for slower overall typing speed. What we do like, though, are the cursor keys along the bottom. These make it easy to pinpoint exactly where you want the cursor to go when typing.
Otherwise the typing experience is excellent as the extra width and height of the screen allows the keys to be much larger and easier to hit.
Both messaging and email throw up few innovations though both are mostly excellent as we’d expect. The only issue we encountered was with zooming in HTML emails. It appears the default view shows just a a small portion of any email, rather than a fully zoomed out overview. And while you can zoom in further to take an even closer look, you can’t zoom out to get an overview. It is actually almost a deal breaker for us, as it makes viewing emails decidely awkward, though we’re on the hunt to see if there’s a setting we’ve missed somewhere before passing full judgement.
HTC One X – Web Browsing
Web browsing is almost an unqualified success but HTC has stuck its nose in again to the phone’s detriment. The core browsing experience is sublime with fast downloading and rendering of even graphical rich web pages. You can also optionally turn on Flash support for the full web experience.
Zooming in, panning around and generally interacting with a website’s content is faultless and with that screen it’s a joy too. However, one tiny little change that HTC has made lets the experience down – it has moved the Tabs buttons off the URL bar at the top and put it into a menu. This one little thing makes web browsing that much more inconvenient. Somewhat making up for it is a Read button which loads an easy to read, ad free version of whatever site you’re on.