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HTC One X+ Review

HTC One X+ 8.5

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An 8 MP module with f/2.0 aperture is what we find on the One X+, accompanied by an LED flash. The ImageSense ISP chip is governed by the typical for HTC's One series a unified interface, which allows you to take photos and shoot videos without switching screens. Picture-taking is almost instantaneous, and the burst mode is much faster now than on the One X, which might have to do with the faster silicon inside.

There are Panorama and HDR options, as well as the embedded Slow Motion mode, which we are used to see in HTC handsets starting with the One series. A blue orb above the on-screen shutter keys starts a scroll list of many color effects you can apply to your pictures and videos.

Camera interface - HTC One X+ Review
Camera interface - HTC One X+ Review
Camera interface - HTC One X+ Review
Camera interface - HTC One X+ Review
Camera interface - HTC One X+ Review
Camera interface - HTC One X+ Review
Camera interface - HTC One X+ Review
Camera interface - HTC One X+ Review

Camera interface


Unfortunately the same issues that we had with the One X are present on the One X+, too, which could be expected, as we have the same camera unit. Contrast and saturation seem too high, and shots of the clouds turned out purplish instead the gray they were, especially visible in the violet lines that mark the borders between lighter and darker areas. With the HDR mode turned on, photos get much better exposed, but it is quite slower than the normal, automatic mode, that most people are using.

Indoor shots turned out fine, with no over or underexposed region or weird hues cast over the photo. Noise-suppression software lowers the detail a bit, and the LED flash is not particularly strong, even from a five feet distance.


The 1080 video capture is also a mixed bag. While frames per second have reached the typical 30 number outside, which was an issue with the One X, and the focus is no longer as jittery, there are plenty of artifacts to go around. Color, saturation and noise-suppression are also off the mark in video mode.

HTC One X+ Sample Video:



HTC One X+ Indoor Sample Video:




Going inside, the jittery autofocus we know and don't love from the One X is back here, too, and it took us several trials to make it work as it is supposed to. The frames per second count fell down to 22 inside, which is also inferior to the other high-ends out there.

As advantages we can point out the very fast exposure compensation when panning around from light to dark objects in front of the lens, and continuous autofocus works well for change – the handset focuses very rapidly when an object appears in the frame closer to the lens, but is slower to focus away when you take it out. Still, both speeds are more than we can say for most other handsets in terms of continuous autofocus, where most of the time it barely even works without tapping on the screen to focus.


Multimedia:

We already mentioned that the music player and the gallery aggregate your tunes, pics and video from various sources under one roof, but in the music player this is less evident, only allowing you access to your 7Digital music store locker, plus TuneIn Radio, and you can't mix and match playlists among them.

Gallery - HTC One X+ Review
Gallery - HTC One X+ Review
Gallery - HTC One X+ Review

Gallery


The player interface is easy to operate and good-looking, but the only equalizer presets it allows are turning Beats Audio on and off. HTC says that this mode delivers “deeper bass” and “crisp vocals”, and that's precisely what it boosts. This time the surge in volume when you switch Beats on is palpable, though, unlike on the One X, so it really makes a difference in that regard. The One X+ loudspeaker is strong and fairly clean, even at the maximum level.

The player interface is easy to operate and good-looking - HTC One X+ Review
The player interface is easy to operate and good-looking - HTC One X+ Review
The player interface is easy to operate and good-looking - HTC One X+ Review
The player interface is easy to operate and good-looking - HTC One X+ Review

The player interface is easy to operate and good-looking



Video playback supports DivX/Xvid files out of the box, but up to 720 HD definition, whereas MPEG-4 files play up to 1080 definition, thus you'd have to hit the Play Store for something more versatile like the MX Player app.

The default video player interface allows you to adjust screen brightness directly from it, turn on Beats Audio, or capture a screenshot during playback, but no zooming option, or the ability to watch video while doing something else, like Pop Up Play in Samsung's Nature UX. There is a trimming command, which lets you cut footage captured with the camera on the fly, but for external videos you have to start the editing app.

Video player of the HTC One X+ - HTC One X+ Review
Video player of the HTC One X+ - HTC One X+ Review
Video player of the HTC One X+ - HTC One X+ Review

Video player of the HTC One X+


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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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