HTC One X+ First Impressions

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After 24 hours with the AT&T HTC One X+, here are my first impressions of the device:

I’m going to start off with things I really like and move to the don’t likes.  First, this device is fast.  The One X+ sports a quad-core 1.7 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 AP37 chipset and it’s no slouch.  I’ve used the Tegra 3 with the Nexus 7 for a while now and I love gaming on it.  I just downloaded Granny Smith and Riptide this morning, and I’m excited to get my gaming on.  Speaking of downloading, the radios have given me zero trouble so far.  The LTE is speedy even out in the middle of nowhere where I live, and blows my normal Sprint 3G out of the water (not a great comparison I know).  I’ll try to give it some more even matches when I get a chance for the full review.

In addition to the internals, the X+ has a beautiful 4.7” Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen.  One thing I really like is when I’m looking at the display, I don’t feel like I’m looking through the Gorilla Glass 2, I FEEL like the display is right there.  Know what I mean?  Maybe, a weird comment but I really like it.

HTC One X+ 2-horz

The styling of the device I find really interesting.  Coming from a several Samsung devices, the One X+ definitely feels different in the hand.  The polycarbonate unibody design feels solid and gives it a very smooth look, lacking lots of different pieces and covers.  The transition from back to edge to front is very different from a Samsung.  Samsung’s are very smooth and curved.  The One X+ has a very abrupt edge which was strange at first, but it works great.

The camera seems good as a first impression.  So far, I haven’t been blown away.  I’m enjoying the use of the burst shot with the kids.  Both front (1.6 MP) and rear (8 MP) cameras seem great.  I’m excited to use these more so I have more to say about them.

Button placement and style I’m not loving.  The power button is on the top of the device.  I’ve had phones where this is the case before and gotten used to it.  The volume rocker is on the right side where I’m used to having the power button so I’m having fun getting used to this change.  This may be another topic where people’s opinions are pretty polar, but the buttons on the X+ are almost flush with the device.  To me, this makes the buttons hard to find without looking, and I’m often changing the volume in the wrong direction than I want it.  Also, the micro USB port in on the left side of the device opposite the volume rocker.  It’s higher than I’ve seen such as with the LG Spectrum 2 that I recently reviewed.  I don’t love this position for the charging port, but I haven’t run into any issues with it yet.

HTC One X+ 3-horz

I don’t know where to put this in the first impressions post, so it will go here.  The haptic feedback has a very different feel than the Samsung devices I used to.  The only way I feel like I can describe it is Samsung’s is a quick buzz and the One X_’s is a slow rumble.  When typing on the stock keyboard the feedback almost reminds me of when a Samsung device is lagging while trying to do haptic feedback.  In regards to the keyboard, I’m not sure if the keyboard is slow, or the haptic feedback makes it feel slow.  The stock HTC keyboard I don’t think is a bad keyboard.  You can swipe it.  The prediction is decent, but the keyboard was definitely slowing me down.  After 24 hours of use, I’ve used it enough to know I don’t love it, but it’s not the worst keyboard I’ve ever used.  I’m now using SwiftKey Flow Beta.

I’ve never owned or reviewed an HTC device, so this is my first real experience with it.  I already have some beefs with HTC’s Sense.  I feel like every phone manufacturer has jumped on the quick settings in the notification shade, where have you been HTC?  Also, Sense allows some lock screen shortcuts which are really nice, but as far as I can tell, the apps in your dock are the apps on your lock screen.  You can obviously change what’s on your dock, but what if I don’t want those connected?  I don’t want those connected.  I want different apps on my lock screen and home screen dock.

Now, I will be using the HTC One X+ as my personal device over the next two weeks, so I’m going to get to know if pretty well.  If you’re interested in finding out things about the X+, definitely let me know what you want me to try out, compare, and test or whatever in the comments below.  I’ll do my best to cover the information you want to know.  I want to make this review helpful for you, and also have a great time with this rippin phone.

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