Sunday, May 6, 2012

HTC One X - Opinionated Review

Android smart phones are all over the place now. All major cell phone brands are launching their new super-phones and creating a new trend in mobile technology.

Gone are the days when all you needed from a mobile phone was to make quality calls and send text/multimedia messages. You see almost everyone with a touch screen smart phone nowadays. As with people’s demands, the expectations on the upcoming smart phone models have increased drastically. And so, these companies think way ahead of time and technology and have modeled some awesome devices 

HTC has recently launched its One series of mobile phone. HTC One X being the top rated of them all. 

HTC one X is a slim, sleek looking high end smart phone that seems to be the best in its range. Even the most recently released Samsung galaxy S3 hasn’t bagged as much positive comments as this device. 

HTC sense has got to be one of the best touch software among them all. This is one big reason that HTC is famous for.

One X comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor (there is also a 1.5GHz dual-core LTE version) and 1GB RAM. It also runs the latest version of Android ICS. It is absolutely stunning to see have a handheld device as equal to a notebook. My current netbook's hardware specification’s almost the same, RAM’s 2GB though. 

A point to note: there will be some amount of heating while extensive/aggressive usage, or very long calls. This is a common disadvantage between all dual-core and quad-core smart phones. But! One X comes with a polycarbonate body, a material known to resist much heat (also scratch resistant). There is n guarantee that it won’t produce heat, but do not surprised if there is any. 

One minute drawback of HTC One X is that it comes with an inbuilt unalterable memory of 32 GB. It is plenty, but it could consider giving some other memory options too. Some hard core users, business people, Android buffs and online marketers may not find the space as enough. There are people who use less, but considering its powerful hardware, this device wasn’t made for menial use. 

Plus, if you are an avid cloud user, it gives you 25GB Dropbox storage for free (for 2 years). Just about enough I’d say. Since most of us would be changing our mobile devices after that period of time. This offer is available for all HTC One series phones. 

The connectivity features of this phone maybe all the usual, but better. It encompasses DLNA and HDMI services, allowing easy and fast connectivity to other systems. It has NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a brilliant HSPA+ download rate, giving a much better performance than the Samsung Galaxy S3 (according to sources). 

HTC One X camera features are commendable. It has an 8 MP camera and an interface that gives a pleasant user experience. User reviews suggest the camera quality and pictures to be very good. Here are the specifications (via): 

· 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures) 

· F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens 

· 1080p HD video recording 

· 1.3 megapixel front camera (720p for video chat) 

· Dedicated imaging chip 

· Capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video 

· Continuous shooting mode captures multiple snapshots 

· Auto flash smartly determined by distance from your subject 

· Video stabilization feature removes annoying, shaky motion 

· High quality slow motion video capture and playback 

Last but not least, the battery. Personally, I think HTC could have done much better in this category. This device has a capacity of 1800 mAh which just slightly better than the other usual smart phone models (1500 mAh). So, you can expect just about the same hours of function, about 24 – 30 hours (with no aggressive usage). 

I am disappointed to say that Samsung Galaxy S3 has beaten One X by having a battery capacity of 2100mAh. You can clearly see that I am not a fan of Samsung phones; but I have to admit that the battery capacity does have an edge, a powerful edge, when it comes to choosing a good phone. 

Overall, One X it is a decent device. Users suggest it being swift and prompt. Its sleek and slim design makes it easier to hold, use and carry. Its 4.7 inch display gives it the extravagance a high end smart phone deserves.



  1. I love the idea of these phones but I don't like touch screen phones. I usually have long nails and you have to use the pads of your fingers which are not precise. I have used the phones of friends and I just get so frustrated. I need a qwerty keyboard, I can type like crazy with my nails :)

  2. I can understand! these phones need getting used to. But I assure you, once you get a hold of it you wouldn't want to go back. :)

    really appreciate you commenting Launna.

  3. Nice comprehensive review. Love the massive photo's really. What kind of mediaplayer are u using? Havent got the time to see a movie on mine. (just have it 1 day)

  4. Hello there! @Brazza, I haven't had much time with the phone either. Just explored it for review basis, I own a humble old HTC explorer and dont fancy watching videos on such a small screen. But I can ask some friends and recommend you a good movie player! :)

    do keep a watch on TechDynamix!