HTC One X Hands-On Review

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By Vincent Funaro , Christian Post Reporter
June 29, 2012|3:00 pm

HTC launched the highly anticipated One X smartphone earlier this year and the device went on to debut on AT&T in the U.S. The carrier allowed The Christian Post to spend some time with the handset and we'll give you the low down on HTC's first official high-powered Ice Cream Sandwich device and tell you if it's worth buying or upgrading to.

  • HTC One X (AT&T)
    Photo taken by Scott Liu of The Christian Post. Smartphone provided by AT&T
    A photo taken of the HTC One X by The Christian Post.

Display

The display since was one of its most impressive assets. The HTC One X features a 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels. Everything you view on the handset's screen is crystal clear and detailed. The colors on the display are vibrant and it is certainly has one of the finest HD pictures on the market. You can watch videos on YouTube in full HD when the device is connected to Wi-Fi and the resolution rivals Apple's Retina display on the new iPad. HTC seemed to hit it out of the park with the One X screen.

Camera

Another great aspect of the HTC One X is its ability to take high quality HD photos with its 8-megapixel camera that is accompanied by an ImageChip that kicks up picture processing. This extra component makes a huge difference, allowing the device to produce some of the finest images ever created by a smartphone's camera. The camera on the One X exceeds the shooters featured on the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus and it should, since HTC is trying to raise the bar with its One series. If you enjoy photography, the One X is a great device for you. Based on its camera's capabilities, it's in the same league as the iPhone 4 and 4S.

Software

The HTC One X runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The software is smooth on the device and is slightly different when adjusted to HTC's layout. The panorama option on the camera must be accessed through the top right corner instead of being a third option with regular pictures and videos. This is similar to way it is on many other ICS-powered devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi. The camera can still be accessed on the lock screen by dragging its icon into the ring that appears on HTC smartphones.

Facial unlock is also available on the HTC One X. However, unlocking the device with it becomes a two-step process since the HTC unlock "ring" must be pulled to the center first and then the front camera will ask to scan your face. It sort of makes using facial unlock a bit of a pain.

Audio

The HTC One X comes with Beats by Dre audio. Initially I dismissed this feature, but after experimenting with the device's audio player, I found the clarity and volume on the speakers was amazing. Music on the One X can be listened to very loud without sacrificing quality. The Beats system makes the phone a suitable replacement for many different types of portable radios.

Speed

The HTC One X features a Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The chip allows the device to respond to touch commands extremely quick. There is virtually no waiting at any point while performing various tasks on the One X. If you're looking for a fast and efficient device, than this smartphone is definitely the right pick for you.

Conclusion

The HTC One X is a great quad-core Android 4.0, handset. Not much bad can be said about it aside from some issues with its Wi-Fi connectivity that the smartphone manufacturer promised to fix soon. The features that stood out the most to me on the smartphone were display and the audio. The One X can easily be called one of the finest high-end handsets on the market.

 

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