HTC One VX Review
Hardly a surprise, the HTC One VX is running the Sense UI on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – albeit, it’s the older Sense 4.1 UI. Therefore, there’s nothing terribly new in this aspect, but it still packs all of the lovable personalization options and polished widgets that are typically found with HTC’s custom experience. Beyond that, it’s rather unfortunate to find this running ICS out of the box, as opposed to Jelly Bean – still, an update is expected to roll out in the future to get it up to par.
As usual, the core organizer apps with the HTC One VX are no different from other recent smartphones from HTC’s camp. From their functionality to presentation, nothing new is seen with any of them. Furthermore, the email experience follows in form to any other Android smartphone, seeing that the Gmail app presents us with deep and comprehensive functions that we crave on the desktop side.
Blessed with a healthy amount of real estate, typing up messages with its on-screen keyboard is no issue at all. On top of being presented with a spacious layout, its responsiveness is tight enough to keep up with our rate of input. And as an alternative, you can opt to rely on the Trace feature to input text by using the appropriate swiping gestures.
Processor and Memory:
At this point, dual-cores are minimum expectation when it comes to entry-level models. With this, it’s powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Generally speaking, it performs adequately with most things, but it tends to exhibit some sluggishness every now and then – though, it’s never downright frustrating. Yet again, for what it’s worth, we’re content with its overall performance.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|HTC One VX||5269||10822||58,4|
|HTC One S||4867||7012||60,7|
For its category, we’re not too sad by the fact that the HTC One VX is stuffed with 8GB of internal storage. Why’s that? Well, it carries along a very useful microSD slot to supplements its capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
As long as you’re in an area with AT&T LTE, you’ll be able to take advantage of its faster data speeds. If not, then you can always resort to HSPA+ speeds instead. Honestly, the web browsing experience is good – aside from the slight delays when it comes to rendering stuff whenever the zoom level is modified. Beyond that, everything else is in good position with its tight navigational controls and fast page loads.
Being a GSM smartphone, it’s enabled to work on the majority of GSM networks around the world – with a sprinkling of LTE compatibility in some places. Even better, this entry-level model is boasting all of the modern connectivity luxuries with find on higher-end devices – like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.
1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2375; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Really Good review John but I have one thing that I think is worth mentioning because it seems to be a bit of a minor nit pick with most of HTC devices in reviews that I've come across. I seem to have noticed that reviewers tend to point out that there is a bit of a sluggish performance (minimal lag) when it comes to sense's UI due to its animations. Just today I happen to stumble into my settings just looking around, and I found that you can TURN OFF the animations! And when i did, it seemed to do COMPLETELY away with that minimal lag that is brought up in almost every review.......So while its still something HTC users would have to do "manually"(running ics that is) I think it is still very much WORTH mentioning so users can have the option to "speed" things up if they want to.....Hope you guys take notice of this :)
9. emes360 (Posts: 12; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
You have to consider that turning the animations off makes navigating through the phone a less... pretty (?) experience, and that phones from other companies don't lag with animations turned on.
13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2375; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Like which "other" companies for example?
3. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
Or. You could get a Lumia 920 from Amazon for the same price.
4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1388; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Decent phone, but there is no good reason why a phone with 1.5Ghz Dual-Core Snapdragon Plus & 1GB RAM should be debuting with ICS right now. The phone benchmarks better than the One S which has already received the JB update. I wouldn't expect this phone to release with 4.2, but why not just release it with 4.1 & save themselves the headache of at least one update this phone will deserve?
EDIT: Also, this trend of companies having a micro-SD slot on their mid-rangers & not flagships is just asinine. No reason why a flagship shouldn't have all the features of a little brother & more. I've noticed Nokia has been doing the same.
6. oxygen22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)
Does the vx come with a scratch resistant glass like a gorilla?
7. Charlie_boy (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)
The phones with specs that come close to this would be the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini and HTC's own HTC One SV..
The mid-range Samsung S III gets an 8.9 while the (supposedly) entry-level HTC One VX gets only 7.5
Why is that?
8. Charlie_boy (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)
Edit: The mid-range Samsung S III "Mini" gets an 8.9
10. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 392; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Amazingly no reviewer talks about the bugs of Sense UI. HTC has changed the android multitasking which is a pain in the ass. Sense kills apps in background very aggressively. This is being done to achieve a hassle free & lag free experience with better battery life. However, none of these has been achieved in any of HTC devices. The webpage reloading in HTC phones while toggling between apps is another major issue no reviewer talks about. Dont think these Smartphone reviewers are SMART. May be I should become a "Smartphone Reviewer".. :)
11. SkiilerCheatham (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Well I just received my vx this week and it is my first android phone have been using the iPhone for a minute and the vx kills the iPhone