Review: HTC One X

17:00, Aug 06 2012
HEY GOOD LOOKING: HTC's One X is a top-performing Android phone.

There's no denying that HTC's One X smart phone is a good-looking piece of hardware that will have tech heads salivating.

With a 4.7-inch Corning Gorilla Glass screen, running a quad-core CPU and Android 4.0.3, HTC has produced a phone that will give what I consider the best Android phone on the market - Samsung's Galaxy S3 - a close run for its money.

I loved the One X's design, with its slightly curved edges and integrated body, made of polycarbonate. It feels amazingly comfortable when you hold it, although it's slightly heavier than the Galaxy S3.

The micro SIM is inserted into a slot on the back of the phone (you'll need to use a paper clip or something similar to pry it open) - no need to remove the backplate or battery here - but there's a reason for that: the One X has a non-removable battery, something that used to be solely the domain of Apple devices. I'm not really sure I like that design: it means that when the battery eventually dies, I'll have to take the phone into a service agent to have it replaced.

Although a sizeable unit, the One X slipped into a pants pocket easily - but I still knew it was there. HTC provides great customisation of the One X's software environment, letting you change everything from on-screen widgets to home-screen layout, and the phone is fast and responsive. It has an 8MP camera that produces far better photos than the HTC Trophy that I used to have (which tended to blur photos just a little) and there's a huge amount of photo effects you can use to add pizzaz to images.

I liked the One X a lot, but the one gripe I have - and this is a personal one - I didn't like the placement of the volume rocker, which is on the right hand edge. When I'm using a smartphone, I tend to cradle it in left hand, my thumb on one side, my index finger hovering over the top edge and the three remaining fingers floating along the right hand edge.


Using this grip on the One X meant I've often inadvertently bumped the volume of the phone's ringer because the rocker is exactly where I place my fingers on the right hand side. It's a not a biggie but I missed a couple of phone calls.

Apart from that personal peculiarity, the One X is an astounding Android phone at the top of its game when it comes to features and performance.

If I had reviewed it before the Samsung Galaxy S3 I would have said the One X was the top Android phone around, but it's not: That honour goes to the Galaxy S3, but it's a close-run race (the S3 seems faster when opening apps, flicking through screens and has a superior camera).

Make no mistake, though: The One X is a top performer.

$999, handset only
Available for: Vodafone, Telecom

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