HTC One X: First Impressions and Gallery

Until Samsung show us its cards in just over a week’s time in London, the HTC One X is the device to beat. Its unibody design, fronted with an impressive 4.7-inch (720 x 1280) IPS display makes it an incredibly good looking phone in every aspect. The earpiece and loudspeaker don’t have the usual grill, instead, they’re covered with individually micro-machined holes. Since it’s a sealed unit, there’s no fiddly back cover to remove, and the SIM card is accessible through an Apple iPhone style SIM tray neatly recessed in to the top edge of the device (comes with an ejector tool).

Being in the UK, I got the Nvidia Tegra 3 equipped beast, packed with a Quad-Core 1.5Ghz processor, 1GB RAM and a storage capacity of 32GB (26GB of which is usable). What’s impressive – right off the bat – is that not only has attention been paid to precise detail and design, but also to the performance. This is a really pretty behemoth (if such a thing is possible.) Everything from the outer shell to the new, redesigned UI has been made to look great and perform fantastically. I’ve had it for a few days, and I’ve not been disappointed.

The Polycarbonate used to form the unibody is light, and feels sturdy and smooth. It’s not slippery and it feels great in hand. There are no pointless lips and bumps found on other manufacturers’ phones, and the display curves off at the edges to form an almost seamless bond with the bezel. The only thing that bugs me on the design front is the placement of the volume and lock keys. The lock/power button is placed on the top right corner – which, for small phones is perfect – with a phone this size, you need to reposition your grip to get easy access. The volume keys are way too sensitive, and I’ve often pressed them whilst removing the phone from my pocket, or performing another action. Neither issue is a deal breaker. More like a minor annoyance.

From the time I’ve had with it, I’ve been very impressed with all aspects of the performance. The 1800mAh battery easily makes it through the day with moderate use. Extreme users will possibly need to charge it a little more often. Camera was a huge surprise. I was expecting poor images and a slow shutter, but, everything was sharp and quick. Lowlight performance is very good thanks to the F2.0 28mm lens. The 8MP snapper produces great images, perhaps a little undersaturated, but nothing that can’t be fixed by playing with the countless settings. HDR, Lowlight, Slow-Mo. You name it, it’s got it.

HTC’s Sense UI used to be the bug bear of virtually every one of the Taiwanese company’s phones. Not this time. It’s smooth, fast and lag free. Thanks to the redesigned user interface, and thinner typefaces, it’s incredibly crisp and instead of looking like a teenager’s messy bedroom, it looks professional and clean.

Feast your eyes on the gallery below. I’m going to take a few more days to get my thoughts together for a full review. So far I’m impressed. Very impressed.

What are your thoughts on the looks side? Best looking Android phone yet, or is it hideous as heck?



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