Skip to navigation

HTC One X review

  • HTC One X
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One X
  • Building site test image
  • building site crop

Verdict:

A quad-core processor, plenty of storage space and a camera that rivals a compact digital camera - the HTC One X is the best Android phone currently available

Review Date: 17 Apr 2012

Price when reviewed: £485

Buy it now for: £235
(see more store prices)

Supplier: http://www.handtec.co.uk

Reviewed By: Barry de la Rosa

Our Rating 5 stars out of 5

User Rating 4 stars out of 5

Powered by Reevoo

ExpertReviews Award

HTC's One X is a collection of firsts. It's the first HTC handset with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the first with a 720x1,280-pixel screen, and the first with a quad-core processor; its Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset even includes a GeForce graphics core and a "companion core" - a fifth processor core that takes over essential functions when the phone is idle to save power.

HTC One X

The huge 4.7in screen's IPS panel is bright and colourful, if not quite as punchy as the OLED screens on the Motorola RAZR or Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The screen's contrast also can't match that of its rivals. Blacks weren't as deep and whites not as bright in our side-by-side tests with those phones. Colours were on the vibrant rather than accurate side, although you may prefer this for gaming and reading websites. The 720p resolution is ideal for web browsing; we could easily read headline and summary text on the BBC News homepage in landscape mode, and then double-tap to zoom in to individual stories.

The One X's screen is rounded at the edges and sits proud of its white surround. There's very little space around the screen, except at the bottom where three touch-sensitive buttons handle Back, Home and the new Open Tasks function, which shows which apps are currently running. The handset is light and comfortable to hold, with the matt-white plastic providing adequate grip.

HTC One X

The phone's 1.5GHz quad-core processor makes it run smoothly, although we still noticed some jerkiness and lag when under heavy load - swiping through the home screens still isn't as buttery smooth as on the iPhone. We tested a few games and they all played smoothly, although the phone can get hot at the rear. In the JavaScript Sunspider benchmark it scored 1,746ms, that's around 100ms quicker than the Tegra 3-equipped Asus Transformer Prime, probably due to a higher clock speed.

With the Android 4.0 operating system comes HTC's own Sense 4.0, a collection of apps, widgets and customisations designed to improve on Android's own interface. We've mentioned previously how manufacturers and network operators often load phones with software that can't be uninstalled, and which duplicates or even removes Android's own functions, but Sense has always been one of the less intrusive examples. Sense 4.0 adds features that complement Android's own software.

For a start, Sense beefs up the camera app, adding plenty of extra features that take advantage of the One X's dedicated imaging chip. There's a fast multi-capture mode which you access by holding down the shutter button, and it saves these pictures as a collection so you can browse for the best one. Pictures can be snapped in 0.7 seconds, with a 0.2 second auto-focus, and you can go straight to the camera from the lock screen to speed things up.

Prev Next

User Reviews

Best Prices

Price comparison powered by Reevoo

£235
£264
Reviews : Smartphones Next >
Sponsored Links

advertisement

Award-winning Smartphones
Best Buy
Alcatel One Touch Idol S
Best Budget Buy
Nokia Lumia 610
Best Business Buy
RIM BlackBerry Torch
Ultimate
Apple iPhone 5S

Samsung Galaxy Young review

Samsung Galaxy Young

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 3 out of 5
Price: £116
Google Nexus 5 review

Google Nexus 5

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: £299
Motorola Moto X review

Motorola Moto X

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: £264
Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony Xperia Z2

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 4 out of 5
Price: £535
HTC One Max review

HTC One Max

Category: Smartphones
Rating: 3 out of 5
Price: £564
Sponsored Links
 

advertisement

Also in this category...
 

advertisement


advertisement


 
 

Expert Reviews Printed from www.expertreviews.co.uk

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/registration.

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.