HTC One X Android phone

HTC One X review: A beautifully elegant Android phone, but is it the new king of Android phones?

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  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5
  • User Rating

    5.00 / 5 (of 4 Reviews)

Pros

  • Elegant design and superb screen
  • Excellent performance
  • Some great camera features

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Inconsistent Sense UI

Bottom Line

The HTC One X features a superb design, a fantastic display and offers excellent performance along with some very well designed software. Poor battery life and some annoying inconsistencies in software are downsides to an otherwise excellent Android phone.

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HTC's new flagship One X is a beautifully designed smartphone with a great screen and slick software. A very good camera adds to a well rounded package, though poor battery life and inconsistent HTC Sense software are downsides to an otherwise excellent Android device.

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A curved block of elegance

To say the HTC One X has an attractive design would be completely underselling it. This single block of polycarbonate plastic is simply gorgeous and is without doubt one of the best looking phones we've ever reviewed. Like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus before it, the One X has a slightly curved profile that makes it both distinctive and comfortable to hold. This curvature is elegant yet subtle — it's hard to notice if you look at the phone front on.

The polycarbonate finish on the HTC One X isn't new, as Nokia has made it a key feature on its Lumia 800 and N9 smartphones. However, we prefer the smooth curves of the One X over Nokia's block shaped Lumia 800. We also prefer the finish of the One X over the plastic design of the Galaxy Nexus. The former is easier to grip and simply feels sturdier and better constructed.

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This preference is easy to understand once you've held the One X in your hands. The attention to detail in construction and design is very impressive. The earpiece and rear speaker grills are both visible, but rub your finger across them and you can't physically feel the laser drilled holes. The bezel surrounding the screen is so thin it's barely noticeable. The power and volume buttons are perfectly positioned and provide great tactility when pressed. The One X simply feels elegant, a phrase not often associated with Android phones.

That being said, the design of the One X isn't perfect. The camera lens protrudes from the back and therefore directly comes into contact with a desk or table when you sit the phone on it. While the lens itself seems to be protected by a slightly raised outer rim, both the lens cover and the rim itself were visibly scratched after a few days of use.

The edges of the microSIM tray on our review unit were left looking slightly flimsy after it was opened a few times, while the polycarbonate design means a non-removable battery. There's no room for a microSD card slot, either. We also found audio output via the built-in speaker rather low. It's not as low as the volume on the Galaxy Nexus, but it isn't as loud as we expected and often made ringtones and notification tones difficult to hear when the phone was in our pocket. None of these issues are enough to completely overlook the One X, but the lack of expandable memory will annoy many current Android users.

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The HTC One X has a brilliant 4.7in Super IPS LCD2 display with a HD resolution of 1280x720. It's crisper, brighter and sharper than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus' 4.65in Super AMOLED HD display. It has excellent viewing angles, great sunlight legibility and good colour reproduction. It also has a very high pixel density of 312ppi, putting it only slightly behind the iPhone 4S's ppi of 326.

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Scott

4.5

1

Pros
great design, great audio
Cons
avg battery life, on/off button awkward, htc music library not compatable to google play music!
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This is a huge upgrade for me (had a 4 yr old BlackBerry bold for business use only). Now that Ive had it for over a month and have settled in with its design - here are some comments:
Pros: great screen, super easy to use, love the beats audio sound, love the architecture.
Cons: on/off button awkward positioning to wake-up screen...with larger phone its hard to hit button located on TOP with one hand when screen goes to sleep. Why wouldn't wake-up button be on front of phone?? No work around - tried multiple apps to change this and no help there. Also this phone raves about its camera which is one of the reasons i got it but photos are consistently grainy.
Lastly - and this is a huge issue - the HTC Music application which comes with the phone is great EXCEPT! the Google Play Music libraries are not compatible to import into the phones software. Why would HTC do this? I loaded my whole library into HTC Music and now have to repeat the process into Google play music. I actually prefer HTC Music - easy to use, very nice application but it is useless as this phone is Google based!

Overall an excellent smartphone.

Damien

4.5

2

Pros
Display, menus, simplicity
Cons
Average battery life
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This is my first smartphone, and I was expecting it to take a little while to get used to the menus, typing, etc. However, this phone is incredibly simple to use.

The display is VERY sharp, the menus are easy to navigate, and despite it being a large phone, it's still comfortable to hold and use.

My only criticism is the rather short battery life (Due primarily to the screen hogging a large portion of the power).

Manoelster

5.0

3

Pros
Over-all
Cons
Non expandable memory
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This phone is a killer! I must say that the HTC one X is the best android phone this 2012. Specs-wise everything was done beautiful. Design.. well I must say this is the best HTC phone when it comes to it's design. This phone is a must have. :)

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