HTC One X Review – Broad Features In Thin CasingCell Phone Reviews — By Naveen Vaidhya on April 4, 2012 at 10:09 am
HTC needed something to boost its smartphone business and the HTC One X is exactly a phone that is going help the company to boost its sales. Announced at MWC 2012, the phone has been highly expected ever since and now that it has been made available, we got a chance to review the phone.
HTC One X review:
The One X is big Smartphone that has a dimension of 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm and weight of 130g. Even with the big size the Android phone is surprisingly lightweight. It comes in a massive 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its build quality is made of polycarbonate chassis. It comes with non-user accessible battery and beyond the microSIM that comes with a HTC branded tray opening pin is just a solid lump.
The HTC One X has been charmed with Super LCD screen that is bright and sharp and for extra protection it has been layered with Corning Gorilla Glass panel. The polycarbonate cover is available in black or white colors (we liked the white one more though) and the front in bowed with the display glass. This looks like the Galaxy Nexus but has buttons below the screen.
The HTC One X comes with Ice Cream Sandwich with tweaks from HTC. Like the Home screen, app-switcher keys, etc. And with all these features on the front side the One X still incorporates 1.3 MP camera and drilled speakers and LED notification. You can find a microUSB port the left side while the volume rocker can be found on the right side. The 3.5mm headphone jack can be found on the top with the power/sleep button. On the back is the Beat Audio logo and yes the phone has two microphones, one on the bottom and other on the top for active noise cancellation during calls and recording stereo music.
Inside the One X lies a powerful 1.5GHz quad-core monster Tegra 3 chipset from NVIDIA and to pair with the CPU, it has 1GB of RAM with 32GB in-built memory with expandable storage slot. And thanks to the 4+1 cores the 1800 mAh battery is going very efficient for the phone.
And lastly there is an 8MP camera on the rear that is packed with features like autofocus, 28mm lens, F2.0 aperture, LED flash, support of 1080p HD video recording and backside illuminated sensor. Its 8MP CMOS sensor has backside illuminated BSI sensor to take actual images even in low light areas. The camera has capability to record videos and images at one time. With the new tweak in image buttons, now you can tap the shutter button while recording anything.
If you hold down the shutter button for a longer time, the One X will go into continuous shooting mode and can capture up to 99 shots in one row.
On the connectivity front the HTC One X has Wi-Fi a / b / g / n, NFC capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX audio support, quadband HSPA/WCFMA (800 / 900 / 1900 / 2100), EDGE and quadband GSM. There’s microUSB port for MHL-HDMI support and the usual like Gyro sensor, digital compass, ambient light sensors, gyroscope and GPS.
In the US version of One X, it will be sold with AT&T with 4G LTE and using the Qualcomm dual-core chip instead of the powerful quad-core Tegra3.
The HTC One X runs on the latest Ice Cream Sandwich with latest HTC Sense 4.0. The tweak of HTC Sense has made the ICS look even more better than before. The app switcher UI has been replaced by clean CoverFlow style. Tap and Hold the homescreen and the widgets panel will open and you can put up to nine home screens and many more.
Eve the app menu splits itself into three new sections — app that are used frequently, apps those are downloaded and third section has all the apps along with Play Shop and search feature. There are nice weather widgets with radio and other useful widgets.
There some minor modifications on the browser too, it has Flash layer that adds toggle to the related menu and the incognito tab option is the a window switcher.
And with NVDIA’s Tegra 3 processor all these takes place seamlessly. Its 4+1 cores are mainly responsible for the smooth performance. You can play 3D games and play multimedia content without any hassles.
The HTC One X is large phone and the 1,800 mAH non user replaceable or accessible battery is marginally justified with the phone, all because of the quad-core processor. The +1 core comes to a big use while heavy multitasking or playing 3D games. Your daily use such as browsing, gaming, media playback will keep you going for almost 12 hours non-stop.
With the One X the Taiwanese Company has lot to prove as a cellphone manufacturer. All its 2011 products went wrong here there but this phone is surely going to rule the market of Android phone and even the rest of Smartphone market; at least till Samsung released the Galaxy S3 and Apple its iPhone 5.