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HTC One X+ Review

HTC One X+ 8.5

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Interface and Functionality:

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 OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review

The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


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.

HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review

HTC's browser does sport full Adobe 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.

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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:26 24

1. nwright94 (unregistered)


1gb of ram a con? My android tablet ran perfectly fine on 1gb and so does my iphone.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:36 12

2. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Relative to other Androids which have now started shipping with 2GB of RAM.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:24 12

24. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; 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 ;)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:00 1

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:19 5

41. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yes it is. For a quad core phone with a bloated UI, yes 2gb should be the bare minimum.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 08:17 1

55. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


You can't fix stupid...

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 00:20 4

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


yes you can

its called "murder"

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 09:11

76. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4004; 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 19:36 1

59. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


you can? o_O what device

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:55 7

16. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


With Sense it's exactly a con. My old One X cannot multitask normally due to 1GB of RAM.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 21:13

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.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 07:38 5

54. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:37 6

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


1GB of ram on a quad core phone? What were HTC thinking?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:39 15

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4004; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


They must be thinking, "Hey, this should do".

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:50 5

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:54 12

14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:17 1

39. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 01:50 5

45. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:01

63. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 11:48

67. TMach (Posts: 460; 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!

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 04:23 2

48. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 04:32 2

49. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:03 10

20. xtremesv (Posts: 298; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:05 3

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?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:56 6

22. tedkord (Posts: 12314; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They were thinking, "Well, at least we can sell it in Mexico..."

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:32 1

26. imkyle (Posts: 1076; 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:44

27. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


And no lags at all.... with beautiful 3D animations...
let someone say Sense is (still) laggy :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:02 1

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


nexus 4 got 7600 in quadrant on stock kernel and stock overclock

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 13:45

32. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Better question is why do you even care?

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 14:46

97. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 40; 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.

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HTC One X+

HTC One X+

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Nvidia Tegra 3, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.29 x 2.75 x 0.35 inches
(134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)

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