HTC One X Review [Video]

The One X is HTC’s first “superphone” of 2012. They threw absolutely everything into this device, and it shows on the inside and out. Sit back, relax and enjoy the video and full review!

Hardware

This is the high point of the HTC One X. The outside and inside of this phone are crafted from the highest quality materials to give the device a premium look and feel. On the inside of this International model is a quad core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage.

The outside is a polycarbonate unibody design. It’s sealed, so the 1850mAh battery is not removable and you can’t add MicroSD storage, but this is part of why HTC can fit all these components into such a sleek package. The back of the phone has a matte black finish and brushed aluminum ring around the 8MP camera lens’ slight bulge. There are about 50 precision milled phones at the top of the front of the phone; one of them is the notification light. A nice touch! Beside them sits the front facing camera.

The only problem I had with the hardware was the placement of the buttons. They’re extremely awkward for someone holding their phone with one hand. the power button is on the top, volume rocker is on the right hand side, and the headphone jack is also (sadly) on top.

Overall the phone is thin, lightweight, tough, premium-feeling and a pleasure to hold and use. Kudos, HTC!

Camera

The camera is decent on the One X. 1080p video doesn’t look particularly impressive, but with enough light just about everything looks better than average. It may even pass for your point and shoot if you’re taking those 8 megapixel pictures outdoors.

The camera software also has some interesting built-in live effects like “depth of field,” “vingette” and others.

Burst mode was the most impressive. You can hold down the shutter button and start rapidly taking pictures at around 3 pictures per second. When you let go, HTC Sense lets you decide which was the best shot, or you can keep or delete every photo you just took. Very nifty!

Performance

In a word: Stellar! I’ve been a fan of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip since the beginning of my time with the Transformer Prime, and that hasn’t changed. The One X absolutely destroyed benchmarks, hauling in just under 5,000 points in Quadrant Standard.

Everyday performance is just as awesome. Apps open quickly and multitasking is a breeze. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of all the gaudy animations injected into Android through the software, frame-rates throughout the entire UI were very high and made the extra visual effects completely tolerable.

Software

Sense 4.0 is of course on top of Android 4.0.3, which means you get all the great new features that ICS has to offer like swiping to removing notifications, access to Chrome for Android, the Roboto font and more. But Sense really takes center stage here, with tons of crazy animations, fades, menu overscroll effects, 3D cube scrolling through the launcher and much more. If you’re looking for a less in-your-face UI, you might find that stock Android or Touchwiz in the upcoming Galaxy S3 are worthy alternatives.

HTC’s task switcher is actually a full-screen app instead of an overlay, which was a bit disappointing to me, considering you only get to see one app at a time instead of 3.

Battery

Some people may be disappointed that the 1800mAh battery in the One X isn’t removable, but I didn’t feel the need to replace the battery during normal daily use. I got about two hours of screen on time and 18 hours of total use before power cut out, and that was pretty impressive to me for such a powerful phone. With heavy use of radios, like web browsing or navigation you’ll have a shorter life, but watching videos or text messaging takes a surprisingly low amount of power and it’ll easily last you all day if you’re not a heavy hitter.

Verdict

I love this device! It’s an excellent overall package and you can’t really go wrong with Android 4.0 on the Tegra 3 chip. The US version will pack a dual core processer to lighten the load ton the battery, as LTE radios tend to be a power hog. Sense 4.0 has done a decent job of lightening up, but it’s still pretty in-your-face and apparent, so you can make your decision based on what flavor of Android you want. So will it be this or the Galaxy S3?

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