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HTC Desire X Review

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Interface: 

HTC Sense 4.0 running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is not just a custom interface – it is an entirely different experience. There are barely any traces of the platform's stock feel, but we aren't really complaining because the end result is quite enjoyable to use. To start, there's HTC's trademark “pull the ring” lock screen with four customizable app shortcuts present on it. In addition to all the widgets available in ICS, you also get HTC's acclaimed clock, weather, social networking widgets, and a whole bunch of pretty wallpapers to choose from. Not to be forgotten is the on-screen keyboard, with its huge, easy-to-hit buttons and on-the-fly auto-correct feature that takes care of your typos.

The HTC Sense 4.0 UI - HTC Desire X Review
The HTC Sense 4.0 UI - HTC Desire X Review
The HTC Sense 4.0 UI - HTC Desire X Review
The HTC Sense 4.0 UI - HTC Desire X Review
The HTC Sense 4.0 UI - HTC Desire X Review
The HTC Sense 4.0 UI - HTC Desire X Review
The HTC Sense 4.0 UI - HTC Desire X Review
The HTC Sense 4.0 UI - HTC Desire X Review

The HTC Sense 4.0 UI

The on-screen keyboard has huge easy-to-hit buttons - HTC Desire X Review
The on-screen keyboard has huge easy-to-hit buttons - HTC Desire X Review

The on-screen keyboard has huge easy-to-hit buttons



Software: 

HTC has loaded the Desire X with several useful apps, and Rescue is one of them. Powered by the LogMeIn service, it is used for getting remote technical support from an HTC representative should the user be experiencing difficulties with their smartphone. So if your HTC starts acting up and nothing seem to help, this is the app to resort to. In addition, HTC has thrown in an application that allows contact information and other data to be transferred from your old device, depending on its technical capabilities. Last but not least, there's the Tasks app that allows the user to make their own to-do lists that sync with their Google account.


Processor and memory:

Don't get excited about the fact that the HTC Desire X has a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC and 768MB of RAM. The chip that is used is of the low-tier Snapdragons, namely the MSM8225, which explains the rather average benchmark scores that we got during our tests. Nevertheless, what truly matters is that the processor is snappy enough to handle every-day operations without any troubles. Lags are extremely rare, the interface runs without skipping a frame, and apps launch in an instant. Even the 3D games we tried were more than playable on the HTC Desire X.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC Desire X 2361 4932 33,6
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 1953 4095 32,4
Sony Xperia P 2187 5404 29,4
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2000 5503 24

The user-available storage space on the HTC Desire X is anything but generous. There is about 1GB for applications and another gig for music, photos, and other media, which will run out before you know it. Therefore, purchasing a microSD card along with the handset is almost inevitable. 


Web browser:

There are several significant drawbacks that make the stock web browser on the HTC Desire X somewhat frustrating to use. First of all, rendering heavy web pages takes a while, especially when zooming in or out. Another thing that bothers us is that each time we go back to a tab we've previously opened, the browser automatically reloads it. On the bright side of things, the browser has the very handy option to clear all images from the page and leave the text only, displayed using a large, legible font – perfect for reading news, articles and blog posts. Adobe Flash comes pre-loaded, so you'll be able to enjoy those embedded online videos, and there is a toggle switch to disable the plug-in when it isn't needed.

Browsing the web on the HTC Desire X - HTC Desire X Review
Browsing the web on the HTC Desire X - HTC Desire X Review
Browsing the web on the HTC Desire X - HTC Desire X Review

Browsing the web on the HTC Desire X


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posted on 24 Oct 2012, 07:23 9

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


not better than the Xperia p

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 07:37 7

4. RedFox (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


not even close to be ,
upgradeable to JB
very bright screen
aluminum uni body
8 mp camera
1080p video
16 gb internal
1 gb of ram
nfc
simply it looks beautiful .

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:42 1

9. GTR722 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


But remember, for PA, the SGSIII Mini is better LOL

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:13

11. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


desire x pros: sense

xperai p pros: everything else

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 07:27 9

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


way better than S3 mini

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 07:36 4

3. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


the p is better because it got bigger ram , its aluminium body , its bright display , its 1808p camera , front cam .... what else?? only turn off is no micro sd card!!

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:03 3

5. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


desire x is better than xperia p when it has : Sense UI v4.0(not campare with Timescape UI) - beat audio(best quality sound) - wave support - micro Sd - bluetooth v4.0 - chipset Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon - much better battry 1650 mAh - dynamic design

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:45 2

7. smallworld (Posts: 439; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Please the Xperia P is better on every aspect.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:43 1

10. GTR722 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


If you put "beats audio" above Walkman...I have bad news for you.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:11

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1527; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


As of now, I think this is the best affordable mid-range smartphone in the market. Too bad htc didn't include a front facing camera:(

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 12:01

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Disappointed!

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:11

12. Varyar (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


@Phonearena:
Are the specs mentioend accurate? Has it been updated after the review?
It says Desire X has Scratch-resistant glass & Compass. Is that true?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:13

13. redmd (Posts: 909; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


can't they have a4 inch quad core phone? even an underclocked tegra will do.

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 05:55

15. henrys (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


meizu mx 4-core, bad luck its only in china

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 22:01

14. ghufranjani26 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


HTC Desire X review How To Check googlekiworld.blogspot.com/2012/12/htc-desire-x-re​view-how-to-check.html

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 04:03

16. theboxer23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


Guys help me decide what to buy the samsung galaxy s duos, or htc desire x?

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 06:55

20. Varyar (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


Desire X

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 09:04

17. kairo (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


phone arena plz answer !!!
I want 2 buy dis fone, but i dont know is dis fone has Scratch-resistant glass ?
some sites (Gsmarena) says it hasn't!!

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 06:54

19. Varyar (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


It does not have...

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 08:34

18. jitts (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I think grand sucks in front of htc desire x

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 06:56

21. Varyar (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


Yes, it does with the low Pixel dencity and huge size.... Whilst it has a bright screen

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 10:11

22. vikrantsingh47 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


which is better, lg optimus L7 ll or desire x ?

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HTC Desire X

HTC Desire X

OS: Android 4.0
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.67 x 2.45 x 0.37 inches
(118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm)
4.02 oz  (114 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 20 hours talk time

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