HTC One X Review
0. phoneArena 02 Apr 2012, 02:01 posted on
Considered to be “the one” solution for all of your communication, organization and entertainment needs while on the go, the HTC One series is striving to dramatically improve on the capabilities of HTC's smartphones...
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31. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
well i know why it got rated so low. Michael didn't write the article. michael is the best writer on here and actually has the balls to answer the readers outcrys
32. sorcio46 (Posts: 434; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Very very bad voting given to this producs...
-1080p video recording at 23 fps > i saw videos you made and they are pretty good
-Unintuitive stock browser > Install and put another browser as default
-Typing experience could have been much better > Install another keyboard and put it as default.
I't a damn Android than cons are totally non-sense !
33. ryq24 (Posts: 678; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
lg was the first to come out with dual core phone, it still lose to samsung galaxy s2. it seems after reading this review, htc one x will suffer the same fate as lg and will lose to samsung galaxy s3 once it come out. samsung seems to be waiting for this phone to come out and see what they need to do or add to make galaxy s3 another success just like s2 and s1 before.
34. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
well tbh this phone doesn't have anything truly new...yes it has 4(sorry, 5) cores but they are last year cortex A-9, beats audio last year, design last century, only good thing going for it is that magnificent screen and ICS, even LG made more improvements in design and completely new UI, me personaly I don't like it very much but let us wait and see what customers have to say :)))
36. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
This was very disappointing. How in the world could you give this a 7.8? The cons you listed can all be fixed by a visit to the Google Play store, minus the 23fps on the video, which really isn't even that bad, it's actually pretty decent. All of the cons you listed are pretty much invalid. This is an Android device, the most customizable mobile platform. Taking off points for the stock browser and typing experience is just ridiculous, because if a user doesn't want to take advantage of all the customization that Android is capable of, that's their own fault, not the devices'. The One X should easily get an 8.5, quite possibly a 9. No disrespect, but please re-evaluate this review, you have done this magnificent piece of technology wrong.
38. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
if you don't like something on an android. change it :D unlike an iphone or windows lol i have hope for windows though.
40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Exactly! You could literally spend hours on an Android just customizing it to the point where it's not even Android anymore, it's your own device. On iOS you can only change the wallpapers and where the icons are located. Windows has a shot, they just need to make the right steps
42. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
i know. everybody complains about sense or touchwiz or all the custom ui's but if you dont like it either root and change the ROM or just download a launcher/skin
43. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
heck i could download an ios skin or windows phone 7 if i wanted to
65. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
And if people are too lazy to change the things they don't like about the software, that's their own fault, and the device shouldn't get a bad reputation for it
82. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
hahaha theres more trolls on here disliking our post because its the truth. Ray are you disliking our post because your an apple fan boy?
89. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I think it's just someone like Miz lol
41. JBz007 (Posts: 63; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
This is a very strange review. Very similar to the strangeness of the Droid Razr getting a better score than the Maxx. This phone is better than anything currently on the market at this moment from what I can tell from other reviews. Are they comparing it to upcoming phones? If that is the case that is obviously unfair.
44. keron (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
i dont understand where galaxy nexus was awarded 9.5 out of 10 then how this lovely device only gets 7.8.....it's beyound my imagination...........it's far better than g nexus in every aspects......
45. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Yeah, I don't see why the Rezound got 8.5 (I think?) and this only gets 8.7. I mean, I've obviously never used this phone so I can't say for sure, but this has got to be better.
47. ryq24 (Posts: 678; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
engadget seems to like this phone. to each his own.
51. leftheodo (Posts: 86; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
This is the worst and most biased review on the net!
"Typing experience could have been much better" . Really? The iphone has a 3.5 display and you call the typing experience on the ONE X not good enough?
"Unintuitive stock browser" You were trying to find cons and you came up with this? Really?
This phone is not perfect but it is the best one available right now! It's better than every other android phone and it DESTROYS the iphone in every aspect! I'm sorry iPhone Arena but your beloved iToy doesn't even come in the top 5! Most biased tech site in the net!
54. Dragonshadowstorm (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Ray the keyboard expert :D maybe PA went to a new level of phone evaluation (im not joking)... Maybe they started judging phones by future needs... Not a bad approach but it should have been stated in the conclusion if it was like that...
56. savien808 (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)
I prefer it when John V. does the video reviews, but it looks like a very nice phone. HTC did alot of improvements i wish they would to the htc sensation 4g!
61. beelzebug07 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
This is the last time i'm reading a review on phonearena..
64. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Don't know what to think about this review. Engadget review says that it's good. I guess I better wait for GSMArena to review this phone. Looking at the hands on this morning, seems like it's going to be good.
71. haseebiq5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
In general, i like the performance of htc one x but in my opinion, android os is still behaving laggy inspite of quad core processor using in this phone......web browsing experience is still choppy and not smooth.Apple ios or windows phone mango are running on very very low hardware specs but these operating systems are butterly smooth and apparently no lag is there.So i think, quad core processor is just a waste here although i will perform brillantly while playing games and in benchmarks but it fails to deliever smooth UI rendering.
72. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
based on what you wrote,i'm guessing you have the phone and using it already?
97. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1027; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
See an in detail video display on phone dog. This phone is blazing fast period,,,,, the video review gives you a real look on how fast this phone loads apps, and scrolls from screen to screen, It's obvious he loves iPhone, but hit's all good. The browser isssue could be poor signal, because what I saw on phone dog is the complete opposite of wht is shown here.
75. haseebiq5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
Dear friends! No.... i have not use this mobile yet but i have seen almost every Video Review of htc one x on almost every site related to mobiles and while watching my primary focus was on UI rendering and web browser of this mobile and i have already posted my observations in previous posts.Although benchmarks and games performance is awesome on this mobile but i personally give very importance to UI rendering and web browser performance so thats why i love ios and windows phone 7 operating systems. and lastly if i hurt any android lover's heart then i am sorry for that......
76. breathlesstao (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
"not as simple as uppercase letters"? Really? Well if that ain't the stupidest thing I've ever read in a review, then I don't know what is. I mean, being able to actually see whether you're typing in upper or lower case at any time makes things more complicated. Congrats, I think you're well on the way to reinvent the wheel. With all due respect though, I can't be surprised: Americans always write everything in upper case. And that's just my experience - black-/whiteboard, a post-it, a banner, whatever, you'll see them writing in all caps. I doubt it makes things simpler; if anything, it's one of the many issues that make people think Americans are dumb, generally. Looking at an iPhone's QWERTY (with it's constant capitals), don't tell me it features more contrasting colors than Sense. And yeah, the faded secondary characters above (y'know, they're on any regular QWERTY as well, without ANY distinction) don't help typing at all, makes much more sense having to guess what they could be or having to go through extra layouts to find specials. The arrow keys to move the cursor really are stupid as well, much SIMPLER to try and spot the right place tapping in the text. All that on a 4.7" screen as opposed to a, say, 3.5" one. -_- (For the record, typing's completely comfortable for me on the 4.3" display of the Desire HD - in PORTRAIT mode. And I've rather huge hands.)
As for the browser, there's nothing wrong with it. You're just doing it wrong. 8)
Oh and btw, I wonder why the raw, untouched video sample from the phone isn't available to download or something... I'd really like to see that 22-23 fps value myself.
78. shabbir_ene (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)
htc one x deservies 9/10..... the show cased issues are minor ones and can be resolved with software update...
85. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
PhoneArena is a joke. See the pictures - this guys are bulgarians...:-)
In Bulgaria, there is only Nokia and Samsung, and the average montly salary is 300 euro.
87. megabok (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)
PA just hit "thums down" to your post
93. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)
Actually, from what I've seen so far, HTC is quite popular in Bulgaria. Bulgarians love premium products a bit too much, probably because few people here can afford them. HTC, being a maker of almost nothing but expensive high-end smartphones has a much better image in Bulgaria than Samsung, which populates all price points, including cheap feature phones.
My point is that the low score of the phone has nothing to do with the review being made in Bulgaria. If anything, most Bulgarians tend to love products just for being expensive. And few phones will come more expensive than the OneX.
If you looked at the pictures close enough you'd see that many reviews are not made in Bulgaria, Phonearena seems to have writers from different countries. Regardless, I've found most of their reviews quite useful and this is the first one that strikes me as unfair.
86. megabok (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)
Too bad HTC, cause youre not Apple. :-)
88. xmRipper (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Feb 2011)
I want to see a "Chrome for Android" demo on HTC One X. I expect it to be super-fast on One X.
90. imkyle (Posts: 1068; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Even though I'm not a fan of HTC or their UI... 7.8 rating is pretty pathetic considering the guts this phone has in it. Quad Core processor and HD screen is reason enough to be at minimum 8
92. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3585; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Mr Reviewer...i noticed a funny thing you wrote!
The first sentence of the conclusion says, "It was really surprising to see HTC fall from a record-breaker to an underperforming company in just a few months."
Shouldn't it be the other way round????
They certainly went up not down!!
94. sledgehammer (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
Everyone WHY SO ANGRY?!!?!??
Its just a software issue it will be fixed by HTC. Its only because they released it early (not like Samsung) which is taking there time to do it right. HTC One X is their Flagship the have to make it better then their competitors. Or most people will go to other brands.
95. SetiroN (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Considering a phone's software to be sub-par because of its (*replaceable*, it's android we're talking about) stock keyboard and browser is, simply put, ridiculous.
The only quality that's sub-par is the reviewer's. Hire someone who can speak properly instead of publishing horribly long video reviews because we have to listen to UM all the time from some utterly incompetent guy.
98. thinking (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
"With such advanced and expensive devices like the HTC One X, though, you have to demand top-notch quality in every aspect. That's not what we got with it."
Really, what about the even more expensive iPhone?
101. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
Basically, this review is just one mans opinion. I don't know why but, never noticed that PA bases the entire site review of a device on only one persons opinion. You would think they would review devices as a group so that there is a multitude of preferences and opinons involved in the process. How can any reviewer possibly give a totally objective review of a device if there is no discussion about the device from more then one point of view? Maybe I'm wrong, I didn't really read into to seeing if they do group reviews or not but, if they don't I would highly suggest it. Otherwise, these reviews and loosely based "scores" are meaningless.
Also, The two "cons" of the phone are directly related to easily replaceable and aspect of the UI and based mainly on user preference.
Unintuitive stock browser
Typing experience could have been much better"
103. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
he should stop writing reviews if he is gona be so darn biased! 7.8!? are effing serious?! my grandma can write a better review!
104. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Just because the phone doesn't get a super high score does not mean Phone arena is biased to Apple, it means they have tougher standards. I wish all you kids would stop bitching everytime a phone you THINK is gonna be good, ends up being just average. I agree with this review. Everything HTC did with the phone doesn't improve anything that much, if at all, and jammed it all together. The best part is the screen. The processor is impossible to really test in real world scenarios because there's nothing tough enough to really tax a quad core just yet. Hell, there really isn't much that taxes a good dual-core either, making a quad-core over kill. One thing that's not mentioned is battery length. PA states the battery has a "reasonable amount of time" that it stayed charged. What the hell does that mean?!! At least give us a general amount of time. I wanted to know if HTC improved their notoriously bad battery strength yet. I wasn't really expecting much from this phone to be honest. The last HTC super phone, the Holiday (aka The Vivid), didn't impress much either. The biggest piece of info I got from this review was seeing in that chart how the GS2 beat the hell out of the Nexus in all those Quadrant tests. And all you guys wanna trade in your GS2's for a Nexus? Pffft
105. saeedfarzi (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)
سلام . خداییش گوشی حرف نداره . حتما میخرمش
hello . this phone is excellent i buy this phone i am shurring
106. ProdrivRHTC787 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
I'm very disappointed with this review. The 1080p video recording is 30fps according to heaps of other websites, only this one claims it as 23fps. I thought that they were also very picky about the One X's browser..Lastly, the keyboard is a personal opinion. 7.8 is just kind of shows to me that they're bias towards other smartphones, in my opinion.
107. 3Cfan (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
A biased review is as a result of a biased journalist.
Your unprofessional review is creating many (more than 75%) comments including mine
here against you.
108. wedding21 (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
right. The phone has not disappointed me so far. I love the light weight, great design and the finishing. Apart from the great HTC Sense overlay, I love how the phone feels on my hand and every one who has seen the phone has fallen in love with it. The camera is pretty awesome as i. it is a 2.0 - which means it takes great low light images and ii. it can take images whilst shooting video. The speed at which the cam focuses it amazing.
109. kylehudsons (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Jz got it yesterday and tell u guys wat...
its freakin amazing....
No words can describe it...
110. ABSHK (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 May 2012)
nice phone .... for more info http://www.technotrump.com/htc-one-x-features-spe cification-and-price/
111. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Now that I've actually owned the phone, this 7.8 review definitely doesn't make sense at all.
112. hamoody24 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 May 2012)
Ok i have the One X and i must say that the ratings given for the phone were a bit negative to say the least. Ive seen way crapier phones that score a 9/10. Maybe it was just me but it seemed that for every positive the author gave, 2 maybe 3 negatives were given. So far i've read about 5 reviews for this phone and phone arena stood out as almost wanting to find any single reason to down it. Next time phone arena, choose an author that isnt so iPhone "biased" to write an article for a high end android device, jealousy and pride will unavoidably come into play thus preventing an accurate review.
114. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
This review is an abomination. Probably created by a person with strong negative disposition towards HTC. Everything feels so negative, even if he's pointing out the positive attributes of the phone, it feels like he didn't really want to say them at all! Take engadget's, verge's and GSMarena's review for an instance, they all expressed love and affection for it's gorgeous screen, and here you say it has glare equal to other phones? Did you use the phone at 0% brightness? Jeez! And about the browser, it's pretty much subjective. I, for instance, love the fact that it rearranges the texts when zooming in as i read long articles like this one. Because of it, i wouldn't have to drag the screen from one side to the other again and again until i finish reading. You just pointed out the negative part of it, you bias writer! Every single negative aspect of all the beautiful features you pointed out and not a single positive for some. You need to be fired! A writer should never ever have hidden agenda and biases.
115. murthy (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)
HTC one X certainly has the wow factor. I was my faithful companion for more than 6 months now. I am one of the first to buy this phone. and I have taken this decision as I trust HTC.
I should say that I am very very impressed with this phone especially its screen its a generation ahead of the super AMOLED by Samsung( owned an S2 before this and S2 is a great phone), but what I noticed is that HD screen does takes the viewing experience to the next level.
HTC sense on any day is better than touchwiz but the problem here is that it is just too heavy and the biggest problem is that HTC couldn't optimise the software to hardware (i felt- not an engineer though). and i felt i am correct because no matter how much heavy the sense is it should run well with a QUAD CORE processor, but the interface is laggy at times i don't expect this after buying a phone for 36k .
Well that's enough on bad aspects now lets c the brighter side
if you own this baby you have one of the best looking handsets around, its a head turner. it has a excellent build quality, design, polycarbonate is terrific just awesome.
music player rocks, widgets are very usable, productivity is great. web browsing could be a tad better especially is you a loading full websites it is kind of slower even when compared to dual core phones.
the key board on this phone is awesome, trace is really good
camera is by for the best on any other HTC device and is really fast., vedio quality is good, exposure is excellent but it disappointing with the frame rates
last the battery life on this phone has taken me by surprise, i use easy batter saver app on 1.6x mode on this gives a good battery life (remember it is an Android so don't expect 2 days of battery from this). but as usual if you play games its going to drain out your battery soon.
Well this is what i felt about my HTC one X, it is an amazing phone but with a few hiccups which I think is not a big deal for HTC to solve. The jelly bean Will transform the user experience on this phone, so those who are not happy with this phone, don't be dissapointed as jelly bean comes to the resq( but donno when).
i wont be ditching this phone for a HTC one X+. Its not that great upgrade. i think my one X will do a great job once it gets the Jelly bean on it.
good job HTC
116. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 791; 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(even with huge amount of RAM). 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. All the HTC devices struggle for battery life & UI lags. 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".. :)