HTC Desire X review
UPDATED 11th April 2014
The Desire X was a great mid-range phone in its day, but sadly it's no longer available to buy on a contract. You still pick one up for £180 from Handtec if you're desperate to get your hands on this mid-range handset, but we think you'd be better off buying a newer, more modern smartphone to get the best value for your money.
The Motorola Moto G is still our budget handset of choice, as it's both cheaper and much more pleasant to use.
The Moto G's nippy 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor is also almost twice as fast as the Desire X and it's much more capable of playing 3D games from the Google Play Store as well. Its 4.5in display is superb for a handset of this price, too, and its bright colourful covers give it a lot more personality than the Desire X's plain white rear panel. If you're looking for the best budget smartphone money can buy, the Moto G is the phone for you.
While HTC's Desire brand was originally attached to premium smartphones, these days Desire-branded handsets have a distinctly mid-range feel. The Desire X inhabits the crowded sub-£200 SIM-free market, so we were interested to see how it would stand out.
First impressions are, thankfully, good. The Desire X is a smart phone. It's slim and light with a pleasing curved shape, and our review model was the classy white and silver version. We didn't like bending and prying the rear cover off to fit the SIM card and microSD, but it's not like you have to open your phone very often.
We were impressed with the Desire X's screen. It's a 4in model with an 800x480 resolution, and the screen's high contrast makes the phone pleasant to use. HTC has modified Android heavily with its Sense interface, and the customisations tend to polarise opinion. Comparing the Desire X side-by-side with a phone running a stock version of Android 4.0, we felt Sense added to the experience. The replacement icons are big, colourful and detailed, and the main apps screen has buttons to show all your apps or filter them by most frequently used or just those you have installed yourself. The phone has around 950MB free to install apps, and if you add a microSD card you can use a dedicated app to move programs to the memory card and free up internal storage.
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