HTC One X for AT&T Review
April 16, 2012 by John
As the company faced a higher level of competition, HTC has come out with an answer: the HTC One X. The smooth white phone shows a forward thinking vision that makes HTC the company to copy. Innovatively designed and packed with features, this phone has everything a busy exec, techie or average Joe needs during their daily grind.
Hardware and Software
This new product is outfitted with a glossy polycarbonate unibody that has matte on the back. This body protects the body from scratches and bumps while not interfering with any signal. Boasting a 4.7-inch display, the HTC One X has an 8.9 mm profile. Although a little bit bigger than necessary it has a weight of 1.1 ounces that is not terribly high compared to similar sized phones. The phone also offers MHL-capable micro-USB port, a five-pin connector and a strong speaker system. This speaker system is comprised of 84 holes and packs a lot of audio punch—as long as you are not listening to anything with too much bass.
The One X gives users 32 GB of memory and runs on the quad-core Tegra 3 by NVIDIA. One X’s processor has 1 GB of RAM and the phone is outfitted with Android Beam functionality.
As far as software goes, the One X has a program that is best described as a mix of Sense 4 and ICS. Although it might not be perfect, it works well with Google’s original designs and is far less onerous than other models.
The camera on the One X is a kind of compromise between shutterbugs and the average user. Easy to use, the One X’s camera has an -illuminated sensor and an extremely quick speed. This camera takes just 0.7 seconds and only has a 0.2 second delay between taking a picture and having it appear on your screen. With five different LED flashes, it provides a quality shot in any lighting. It is also formatted using ImagesSense software that lets users take pictures using panorama, real-time filters or use slow-motion video.
HTC has delivered a quality camera, but it is lacking in a few areas. It does not have a mechanical shutter or an autofocus-assist light like other phones on the market. The One X is a new product so breakdowns have not been reported yet, but as it gets older the camera may run into issues. Fingerprints could potentially damage the glass over the camera over time and cause problematic scratches.
For the average user, the One X provides an exceptional program. Shutterbugs may wish for a more elaborate camera, but overall the phone is easy-to-use. The size is a bit excessive to make room for all of the software and hardware options. Even with its palm-size, polycarbonate unibody the HTC One X is still conveniently smaller than other products on the market. The phone handles tasks effortlessly and has a battery life that lasts up to 12 hours with normal usage. With all of its hardware programs, the phone is easily able to switch between tasks—though things like gaming may give it a momentary pause.
Call quality on the HTC One X is exceptional with only slight background static on a few of the phone networks. The excess attention of gadgetry may have been the reasoning behind a less-than exceptional battery. Although normal usage can make the battery last up to 12 hours, if the brightness and Wi-Fi are on the phone will only last for six hours of video playback. The HTC One S managed more than two hours more than this. A look at the battery draining Super LCD 2 display screen might be the answer
Comparison to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Both phones have an extensive offering of hardware and applications for even the most discerning of smartphone user. Almost identical in design, the two phones also come with large screens, Android operating systems and touch sensation. The One X’s camera is more beefed up than the Galaxy Nexus due to its 8.0 megapixel camera, geo tagging and bi sensors—which the Galaxy Nexus does not offer. Overall, the One X is marginally better than the Galaxy Nexus due to its state-of-the-art camera and extra 16 GB of internal memory space.
HTC One X Versus LG Optimus 4X HD
Evenly matched, the One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD both come with exceptionally good quality displays. With extremely comparable processors and cameras, the biggest difference between the two phones is in terms of memory space. The LG Optimus 4X HD was created with only 16 GB of internal memory compared to the One X’s 32 GB, but the LG Optimus 4X HD is made with a microSD card slot. Without the card slot, users of the One X are left to the 32 GB of memory the phone has been developed with.
Featuring potentially the best phone display ever, the HTC One X has a beautiful design and high quality materials. Although the Sense 4.0 is better than previous versions, it is far from being the best on the market. Compared to their other phones, HTC has finally created a product with the One X that can actually set them apart from their competitors.