HTC One X+ Review
HTC has graced the One X+ with a version of its own Android UI overlay called HTC Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Sense UI is the most uniform-looking of the manufacturer interfaces, though some find it a tad too much skinning. Thanks to JB's Project Butter, the interface runs fluid, without any hiccups.
So what does the “+” in the UI version bring now that we don't have in the One X? No, we don't have multi-screen mode like on the new Samsung and LG handsets, or things like their Smart Stay, S Beam, QMemo or Pop Up Play. On the other hand, HTC hasn't messed up with a great thing, too, putting its own “H Voice” speech recognition of sorts, like Samsung does with S Voice, or LG with Q Voice, to override Google's solution.
We have pure Google Now and Voice Search to aid your everyday life with personalized info presented in the form of cards when you long-press the home key, and natural language recognition algorithms that allow you to start any song with a voice command while driving, for instance.
The HTC addition to the new Sense 4+ interface are aggregated views in the gallery and the music app, which bring together your local content together with the one in social networks and cloud services you might have subscriptions to – such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, Facebook, 7Digital, Picasa and Flickr. Apart from that, it is mostly centered around bringing forth the good things in Android Jelly Bean, like Google Now and the new Voice Search, just as it should be.
Processor and memory:
Compared to the international One X, the NVIDIA Tegra 3+ quad-core processor in HTC's flagship is clocked a step higher now, at 1.7 GHz, and the graphics processor clock is boosted too, from 416 MHz, to 520, resulting in benchmark scores which are up with the best out there, like the Optimus G, or the Note II. Compared to the US version of the One X, which runs dual-core Snapdragon S4, it scores much higher.
Unfortunately, since it is still with the same 40nm process, compared to the above mentioned phones' 28/32nm ones, the HTC One X+ gets pretty hot under heavy load, especially around the metal camera area, which at times makes it uncomfortable to hold while gaming.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|HTC One X+||7244||13439||56,7|
|Samsung Galaxy S III||5335||12016||58,6|
|LG Optimus G||7669||11245||60,1|
|Sony Xperia T||4839||6925||60,1|
We have 1 GB of RAM, compared to 2 GB in the competition high-ends, which means you won't be able to have the endless list of open apps they allow, yet we never felt the need to close anything manually, the phone did it for us. It only maintains running your last eight open apps chronologically, so if you open more in a short period of time and expect to return to the first where you left it, no go, you'll have to reopen it from scratch.
The 64 GB amount of internal storage is where the HTC One X+ really shines, and it is probably the most important feature for handsets without slots for storage expansion. HTC has learned a lesson from the backlash against the One series at introduction, when we learned that we have 32 GB with the One X, and 16 GB with the One S, and that's that.
About 56 GB are user-available storage, which should be plenty for most users, and a definite advantage before the competition, allowing you to carry a lot of high-quality tunes, HD movies or TV series with you to enjoy on the pretty display, or rarely worry you'll run out of photo and video space on your next vacation.
Internet and connectivity:
HTC supplies both Chrome that comes with Jelly Bean, as well as its default Sense browser on the HTC One X+ - both didn't give us any trouble with scrolling, zooming or panning around.
The Read mode in the default browser is similar to Reader in iPhone's Safari, stripping down the articles of images and ads for easier reading. There is a strip at the bottom, which pops when you start scrolling up towards the address bar, that allows you to quickly bookmark or save the page for later reading.
For what it's worth, HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support, which is off by default, but can be switched on via the plugin settings or with a handy button for Flash in the drop-down settings menu. The browser warns you that Flash would eat processor power, hog memory and battery, etc., but nevertheless turns it on, despite that we are dealing with an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean handset. This shows you can have your cake and eat it too, provided that the manufacturer allows you, and is a great solution for those times you might need Flash support.
Internet connectivity is provided by Qualcomm's MDM9215 radio, which sports 42 Mbps HSPA+ downloads, and LTE download speeds up to 100 Mbps for certain carrier versions of the One X+, like the one for AT&T.
There is the full suite of other radios, too – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA, FM Radio and NFC. Wired connectivity is taken care of by the versatile MHL port, so you are covered as far as TV out goes, with the respective adapter.
1. nwright94 (unregistered)
1gb of ram a con? My android tablet ran perfectly fine on 1gb and so does my iphone.
2. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Relative to other Androids which have now started shipping with 2GB of RAM.
24. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Yeah others may use 2GB of RAM but the 1GB in One X+ is of a faster clock ;)
Phonearena also forgot to mention it now supports USB OTG and GLONASS as well as (A)GPS ;)
35. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
is 2 gb of ram really needed? I can run jellybean perfectly on 256 mb of ram
41. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Yes it is. For a quad core phone with a bloated UI, yes 2gb should be the bare minimum.
76. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Besides playing games or watching movies and doing some work side-by-side at one go...what do you do??? You surely won't leave a game halfway and decide to watch a movie and continue with the game later from where you left it! ...or vice-versa with 5-6 applications running in the background!!
Relation with the core and RAM can be minimal at times... They're not always tied together.
16. hung2900 (Posts: 793; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
With Sense it's exactly a con. My old One X cannot multitask normally due to 1GB of RAM.
42. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I think they meant that this phone is 2 good to only have 1 gig of ram.
54. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8225; Member since: 14 May 2012)
"We have 1 GB of RAM, compared to 2 GB in the competition high-ends, which means you won't be able to have the endless list of open apps they allow, yet we never felt the need to close anything manually, the phone did it for us. It only maintains running your last eight open apps chronologically, so if you open more in a short period of time and expect to return to the first where you left it, no go, you'll have to reopen it from scratch."
From those words, it seems as if the 1GB of super speedy RAM did not give him any trouble at all. So to put the RAM as a con is absurd. This speed demon deserves at least a 9.
PA is getting really biased and lazy with their reviews lately. The only reviews I actually trust is from Aaron on Phonedog.
3. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
1GB of ram on a quad core phone? What were HTC thinking?
4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
They must be thinking, "Hey, this should do".
12. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
They were thinking that there is no reason to have 2gb ram in a phone right now. They are right.
14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2165; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
This isn't the first quad-core phone with 1GB RAM, so don't sound so surprised. The international S3, the first One X, and Optimus4X HD all were too. For most users, it's more than enough. I know you're a big Apple guy, Mxyzptlk & that's fine, but don't pretend as if you know enough about the architecture of Android phones to make such bold statements.
39. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I don't pretend. I know. Why release a quad core phone with so a small amount of RAM? Don't get mad at me for pointing out the obvious flaw in design.
45. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2165; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I'm not mad about anything. 1GB of RAM is hardly a design flaw. Your ignorance only continues to show.
63. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It is a design flaw. Its ignorant to think its not. You have a quad core device but only 1 gig of ram to do anything. Sense is pretty bloated on resources.
67. TMach (Posts: 352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Arrogance plus ignorance makes a lethal combination..........bet you've not even touched this phone much less use it! Boring is simply that, boring. My SGS3 runs just fine with 1gb of RAM and so does my HTC One X+ and some!
48. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2967; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
HTC doesn't need anymore than 1GB because they have purposely limited multitasking. You can only have 8 programs running at once and the rest gets automatically closed out. This is an issue and annoyance for some who are ultra multitaskers while a blessing for others.
49. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
LOL as android always did... it shut apps down when the space run out. Here you know you have 8 apps open + n background tasks... At least the thing is so friggin fast it takes half a second to open an app again.
20. xtremesv (Posts: 208; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
My Galaxy S III runs perfectly fine with 1 GB. More RAM will always be better but in the present time not needed unless you're a heavy multitasker and I mean hardcore.
21. rawkuss (Posts: 29; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Only making the screen .33 of an inch taller? What were they thinking? Didn't your Iphone 5 only come 1 gb of ram?
22. tedkord (Posts: 4701; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
They were thinking, "Well, at least we can sell it in Mexico..."
26. imkyle (Posts: 982; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Nexus 4 with a quad core processor and 2GB of ram, PLUS stock Android gets around 4800 on quadrant, while this get in the high 6000's and even 7000's.
27. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
And no lags at all.... with beautiful 3D animations...
let someone say Sense is (still) laggy :)
36. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
nexus 4 got 7600 in quadrant on stock kernel and stock overclock
32. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Better question is why do you even care?
97. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
Well I'm thinking that you should have said "What was HTC thinking" instead of the plural form "were" in order to seem convincing.
7. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I think the score needs to be lowered some.
10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Well, atleast it has got some goodies inside that makes it sweet!
19. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
why? I think the iPhone 5's score needs to be lowered some.
Luckily, your opinion doesn't matter, you are worthless.
23. tedkord (Posts: 4701; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I agree. With no multitasking and only one gig of ram, this thing is barely better than an iPhone. Thank goodness its at least got Android.
61. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
theres this thing called "rooting" and a thing called "custom rom"
93. JasonJia11 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)
There's multitasking, and 1 gig of ram is plenty for multitasking. stop being so greedy about getting 2 gigs of ram, unless of course, you truly were a VERY hardcore multitasker. some people are just so greedy these days, about: 2 gigs of ram, better battery life(2100 mah is enough, and that's the same amount the Galaxy S3 has...), 5 inch screen, 1080p display, 15 mp camera, quad-core processors, etc. just appreciate what you can get than what you had 5-10 years ago.
50. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
It should have been given at least 9.5
9. hunted (Posts: 324; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
Pa the con 1gb ram is not good. How many of the phones do you think comes with more than that?
11. slaggyb (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
The useles galaxy s iii mini got an 8.9 with it so not capable processor just cos it got galaxy s iii branding... PA is gradually turning into a joke..how the hell is 1gb of RAM a con?
15. hung2900 (Posts: 793; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
With Sense it's exactly a con. My old One X cannot multitask due to 1GB of RAM.
46. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
No, it can't multi-task due to Sense. HTC made multi-tasking broken with Sense 4 on purpose, I don't know why though. They might have fixed it in Sense 4.1 or 4+, but I don't know.
18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2165; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Not true. It is a mid-range phone & was therefore reviewed as & compared to other mid-range phones. The One X+ is a high-end phone is therefore reviewed to a higher standard.
30. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Don't believe it too much, it's their way of saying, "We can't explain why the SGS3 Mini got a higher rating than several phones that deserve a 9(+) or a higher rating but we think having "SGS3" in the title is good enough."
PA has been ruining reviews for months now and they can't find enough reasons to deduct point from phones that are better than the SGS3 and iphone 5 but they do it anyway. And the ones they do point out are found on other phones they didn't deduct points from for having the same con(s). It's happened with the One X, now with the One X+, the Razr HDs, the Sony Xperia line (both mid-end and high-end), and almost any other phone that isn't Samsung or apple branded.
33. darkskoliro (Posts: 968; Member since: 07 May 2012)
The scores from PA are always bs. That is unless you are a samsung or apple fanboy, you can embrace in the much higher scores compared to other phones.
25. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
I'm sure detailed review of the battery life will be in hand.
So a different Tegra3 chip (it's not just overclocked) with GLONASS support as well as GPS and A-GPS. 2100mAh battery and HTC promises up to 50% longer battery life (with power saving feature enabled of course). They updated the camera app to shoot jitter free movies with 30fps and put a bigger sensor (1.6MP) on the front facing camera that now includes ImageSense and can retouch your photos. If you phone goes to sleep while you're shooting some pictures, one press on the power button will bring you directly back to the camera app. The whole phone is snappy and faster then the competition. Sense now has the infinite scroll back and a ton of improvements. Stock internet browser works like magic. Text reflow is stutter-free. the SMS app now has options to pasword protect and block lists. The stock keyboard is now wtihout the arrows by default (you can bring them back in settings) and the menu (3 dots) can be remapped in different ways. Updated the gallery app to work similar to the Music app. For sotrage hogs it has 64GB of space and 1Gb of extra speedy RAM (phones with 2 GB RAM have lower clock). They finally enabled USB OTG so you can hook up just about anything you seem fit, from keyboards to HDD's.. The phone doesn't heat up as much as the original One X did so one can hold it comfortably even while playing games a tad longer. For audiophiles there you should know that the Beats implementation work better here than on any other HTC device. Sound really is beter and now it even has a special amp to power the rear speaker, to produce higher volume with less distortion. I'm really fond of HTC's skins for Sense (especially the "Concrete" one) as they look great and make the visual exprience beter. Of course everything is still open to improvement. That said, if Touchwizz would allow to change it's colors, it's theme and look... just maybe then they would have something against HTC's beauty.
This is a great phone. It's REALLY FAST, pretty, with a BEAUTIFUL screen second only to SLCD3 on J Butterfly. The organic design combined with the matt finish and red accentsmakes it exquisit to hold in hand and others pale in comparison but if you already own an HTC One X then you don't need to stutter. The original One will recieve JB and Sense 4+ in the coming days, some already have, so you won't be missing much besides some hardwere perks.
53. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8225; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You should do the reviews for this site. Thank you for informing us on important things Daniel left out in the review.
56. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
Thank you. What can I say, I'm a geek enthusiast and I know a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff and I like to get the facts straight.
28. Lawks (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
"The HTS Sense 4+"
29. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
there is a 1 gb con for one x plus but not for the international version of s3
31. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)
The HTS Sense 4+ doesn't get in the way of the unique Jelly Bean features...
what is HTS?
some new brand or something
34. NewLife2011 (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
This phone cannot arrive soon enough. It'll be my first Android phone so I don't forsee having any major issues with Sense. The whole "pure Android" thing doesn't really mean anything to me because I've never experienced it. Nor am I in a hurry to experience it if means I get no LTE and only 16gb of memory. Been there done that.
37. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
see the problem is if 3 gb ram comes out people are gonna say well 2gb dont have enough cuz android needs alot or ram etc etc thats BULL. 1gb has enough ram. Not becasue everyone has 2 gb it means 1 gb isnt enough anymore you guys let technology take over yourl smart brains... thats all part of making money
38. TMach (Posts: 352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
The front camera is 1.6 and not 2 megapixels! Jeez, at least get the facts right!! This review is full of inaccuracies which rather makes it difficult to take seriously. I have had this for a day and don't have any issues multi tasking plus after almost 24 hours, I still have the battery at over 50%.
As for the 1GB RAM comment, the S3 and Optimus 4X HD both have 1gb so not sure how that is a con...............score should be 9/9.5. If you've actually used this beauty, you'll know what I mean.
43. tiara6918 (Posts: 1395; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
The only thing for htc to do now is to advertise this phone and think of marketing strategies in order for this one x+ to sell well. I hope that they'll do something with the camera since that is it's only weakness
44. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
The camera on the One X is still very good. Especially its burst mode and basically instant shutter speed. I've never gotten a blur from this camera. People are just spoiled these days.
57. yoyo93 (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
PA The only website where great flagship phones get 8.5's while crap like the galaxy mini get 8.9 because of the brand 'Galaxy' sorta like 'Apple'
70. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
ARE YOU KIDDING ME LUBBA? NEW DESIGN FIX SENSE UI? Theres nothing better than sense right now. Htc has made it even better with sense 4+. With regards to the design i wont even make a comment. SMH