HTC One X for AT&T Review
AT&T is literally on fire! And why’s that you ask? Well, in the last few months alone, we’ve been seeing the carrier getting in with some big name smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, Nokia Lumia 900, and HTC Titan II. Needless to say, it’s arguable as to which one is deemed as the best of the bunch, but AT&T isn’t letting down one bit whatsoever with its selection – that’s because the mightiest one is about to set things ablaze with its piercing set of features.
Arriving on May 6th for the 2-year contract price of $199.99, the modified HTC One X for AT&T is already shaping out to give its closest Android competitor in the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE a good run for its money. Concurrently, it’s also going to give AT&T’s newly minted Windows Phone something to worry about as well, as it’s filled to the roof with specs that seem to be vastly superior. Certainly, T-Mobile customers are getting their fill with the HTC One S, but with AT&T’s upcoming beauty, it brings forth HTC’s mightiest offering to our shores, so let’s find out if this LTE enabled smartphone can raise the standards for everyone else.
The package contains:
Quick Start Guide
Product and Safety Information
Honestly, there’s barely any noticeable differences with the design of AT&T’s version of the HTC One X – albeit, it’s a hairline longer (5.31 inches versus 5.29 inches) and lighter (129 grams versus 130 grams) than the international version we reviewed not too long ago. Additionally, rather than finding the manufacturer’s name beneath the earpiece, it’s bearing AT&T’s logo and name instead. Aside from those items, the two smartphones are nearly identical to one another!
Again, we have to give props to the folks over at HTC for concocting a magnificent smartphone that combines a stunning design and something that’s comfortable to handle. Utilizing the same pristine white polycarbonate body as before, which does wonders in keeping it clean looking and dirt free, it also adds enough durability to withstand the normal wear and tear we tend to put it through. Certainly, it’s still a larger than other handsets, but it’s nice that they’ve carefully made good use of every nook and cranny without adding too much excess bulk. If that’s not enough, the sides of the handset and display are contoured perfectly to result in a comfortable feel in the hand. Indeed, it might not be perceived as the most premium constructed device we’ve seen from HTC, but nevertheless, it simply feels incredibly solid and fine to the touch.
You can compare the HTC One X with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
HTC has decided to stick with capacitive keys under the display, rather than on-screen ones. On one hand, this leaves more space to display the interface at any time, but on the other, accidental presses are more likely. Above the screen is where you'll see the 1.3MP front-facing camera.
Like before, the microUSB port stands apart from most things on the left edge of the handset, since it doesn’t quite blend in with the all-white and uniform body of the handset. On the right is the volume rocker. It reacts OK when pressed, though the volume down key could have used a bit more travel. On the top of the HTC One X sits the power/lock key, which is placed at a weird angle that doesn’t allow for a natural feel with our finger – and to top it off, it feels a bit stiff to the touch. Right behind that is microSIM tray, which is ejected in the same way that you eject the iPhone's microSIM tray – with a special tool, or, if you are a professional, with a clip. Finally, the primary microphone is the only thing we find on the bottom edge.
In the rear, the handset’s 8-megapixel ImageSense camera is the only noticeable protrusion on the body, but as we take a closer look, the lens is actually sunken in so that it doesn’t come in contact with surfaces when it’s resting on its back. Meanwhile, surrounding the camera is the same contrasting gray color with the LED flash nearby, which some might find distracting. Towards the bottom edge, microdots converge in a unison assembly to make out the smartphone’s speaker grill, while dock connectors are positioned towards the lower right side.
The gigantic 4.7” display of the HTC One X is very good-looking. Not only is it big enough to let you fully enjoy your videos, but it also has this great resolution of 720x1280 pixels. This means the pixel density comes in at 312 ppi, making it very hard to spot an individual pixel. The screen uses the so-called Super-LCD 2 (it uses IPS) technology, which is said to bring better viewing angles and less glare, compared to traditional S-LCD panels. We did find the viewing angles to be pretty good with this device, although the glare was about equal to what you get on other premium smartphones. The screen also treats us to some very saturated colors. Actually, it's much closer to AMOLED, rather than LCD displays in this respect, which isn't a bad thing. In some situations, its colors might seem a bit too saturated, but in most of the cases, the visuals that it produces are extremely pleasant. For those who still care, the pixels of the display are arranged in a standard RGB matrix, so no PenTile here.
11. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
it looks nice. i love thats its not a gray or black. i do kinda wish i could go and get one.
34. LOLTHISisIT (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 May 2012)
OK OK so let me get this straight: the phone is "supposed" to be top notch, I mean it literally is the next gen phone BUT...
1. it lags and have blinking problems when online
2. have mediocre earpiece and speakers
3. even though the dual core s4 is suppose to be next gen chips it is just OK in performance
4. operation time can't even beat the razr maxx???
5. and camera is just MEHHH
my 1 year old sg2 could do better lol
IDK??? IDK how people could be excited over this??? seems like a POS that should have been out last season
AND let us all hope when the gs3 come out it will be ALOT better than this since the sad rumor have it that gs3 will have the same chip
36. DechyX (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 May 2011)
It's just personal preference I guess, what may excite you, i.e. the Galaxy SIII may not excite someone else... I for one am not even slightly concerned with any phone Samsung puts out (been burned too many times)
39. Retro-touch (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Razr Maxx has a huge 3300MAh battery no phone can compete with that no matter how tiny the die process with a 1800MAh battery, use some common sense!!
The S4 is actually better than the Tegra 3 in performance check out engadget's performance scores comparing it to the international One X;
The rest are valid points. I'm also waiting to see what Samsung has in store for us Thursday its been too long a wait
45. LOLTHISisIT (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 May 2012)
lol I know the razr maxx has a god-like battery but that was last gen phone. I can't beleive that since this is nexy gen tech it still can't at least be on par.
As for the TEGRA 3 well who gives a sh1t about that POS all nvidia want to do is be the First to bring something new out and it has always been the 1st to fail. But than again the POS in the evo 3d went south even quicker.
I'm praying to the smartphone gods that the gs3 won't use any crapdragons
46. Deicide (Posts: 43; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)
S3 will not use any Snapdragons since Samsung has explicitly stated that the Exynos 4412 and Exynos 5215 will have LTE out-of-the-box. The only reason why the American variations used the S3 was for data speeds which was stupid,the only one that didn't was the one for AT&T(SGH-i777). And dude RAZR Maxx has a big battery, but you could always source one from Mugen or Anker that can go higher to 4500mAH, oh and must I say that I can open the back of my phone, and use w/e size of battery I would like. And Benchmarks don't equate to real world performance. I would wait until next year, when manufacturers start producing A15 Quad Cores with GPUs that match the XBOX 360's.
47. OHscrewTHIS (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 May 2012)
actually the gs3 in korea has exynos AND it has lte so what gives???
worst case scenario exynos won't be lte ready next year either for the SGS4??? and we will be stuck with crapdragons again.
As for real world performance: IDK just watch the review on yotube for the one x and there are lags when view webpages with flash especially when zooming in and out. Not even as smooth as the gs2.
49. Retro-touch (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
That's the fault of poorly coded software with pure Android or even Touchwiz I'd expect the S4 to perform flawlessly,more benchmarking proof:
51. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Sprints version of the sgs2 didn't use a crapdragon/
48. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Bout time. HTC has been resting on their laurels since the og Evo. Too bad it came out right before the S3. Great phone, terrible timing.
2. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Really solid effort. I do not see it as a Galaxy Note competitor as just a monster smart phone in this day and age of monster smart phones. Large screen is the rage, and this is capitalizing on that.
3. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
"AT&T is literally on fire!"
I don't think you know what literally means
24. gragonHDfones (unregistered)
I agree, but it's still the worst phone company out there, as in the company itself, they are getting the best phones, well not the best but good phones after another.
4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Thanks you John for being fair in this review, can we please have a comparison between the Lumia 900 and the Samsung Focus S? Also, how many hours of web browsing can I get on the S4 version of the One X on WiFi?
15. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Well, in my own personal experience I managed to get at least a single day of normal usage on a full charge - though, that's with HSPA+ connectivity. I'd imagine you'd get ample time, as long as you simply turn off the cell connection and strictly use Wi-Fi.
21. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
I own the One S and I'm not getting a full day with normal use, what the hell am I doing wrong? Brightness is low, Bluetooth is off, GPS is off...what else can i do?
22. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Download BetterBatteryStats and check partial wakelocks.
The One S should be getting great battery life.
26. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
That's one of the reasons I bought it! I just downloaded BBS, let's see if it can help the cause, thanks.
23. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
depends what apps you use, what games you play, adds in games kill the battery alot. You aren't doing something right for sure, i get a full day (+ more) with my HTC Desire, from 8:00am-11pm. thats with about 1 hour browsing, 30 minutes games, 1 hour of music, and around 40 text messages a day. (and i normally browse, listen to music and text at the same time). Do you browse the web a lot? Displaying white screens on amoled displays drains the battery, its a trade off for being great on battery displying black
28. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
I'm not playing games, the only one I have it FIFA 12 which is not working, (it's displaying some kind of error at launch and many people are experiencing the same with no solution for now, btw), I'm browsing web, about 10 texts a day, no music, I have a dark metal look as a wallpaper (part of HTC standard wallpapers).
I have to work on experimenting solutions, I know I'm doing something wrong, this phone suppose to have a good battery. Thanks for the input.
59. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
something wrong with the phone then, take it in
6. forgingsteel (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I know it's lame to talk crap on the internet for people's poor grammar but dude, seriously, do not EVER use the word literally ever again. I LITERALLY thought AT&T was on fire.
14. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
i LITERALLY blew my load when i saw this phone. LITERALLY LITERALLY LITERALLY!!! sorry, i had to do it.
35. LOLTHISisIT (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 May 2012)
smart A$$ huh???? go crawl into the cave you came out off LITERALLY!!!
44. rawbow (Posts: 407; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
This just shows that people who are stuck up about grammar and stuff are literally low on common sense. I say this because when we say "that chick is hot" , i hope you literally don't run after her with a thermometer coz that would literally suck.
8. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
Thanks for the review! This is a good way to gauge the EVO LTE.
Now to wait if getting the S3 is worth getting out of Sprint :P
16. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I'm skeptical about the mashup of colors in use with the EVO 4G LTE. From what I saw, it had three different color schemes going on - so yeah, we'll see how that fares versus this pristine beauty.
40. Commentator (Posts: 2324; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Eh, that's the same mashup of colors that's always been used in the Evo line: red, black, and silver.
I've always been puzzled by their choice of red though; it seems way too Verizon-ish. At the risk of making the handset look like a gigantic bee, I think it would be a better show of Sprint solidarity to go with yellow and black instead.
55. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
Glossy white front, yellow-gold kickstand, and matte black on the back would be amazing.
9. jeroome86 (Posts: 61; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Will Samsung bring something better to the table ? And is it worth waiting on?
20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5555; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'd say to wait. you'll probably know what you'll want to do at the end of this week unless you're on Verizon and you feel like waiting for the Droid Razr MAXX HD.
13. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Battery life is actually quite good apparently.
4 hours of screen on time should be doable.
17. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I'm getting one to go with my 4S, and gs2 skyrocket.
18. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
i think i may get it as a side phone and see how i like a droid. more than likely it would be the best option. ill put an imperial sticker on the back.
19. RCMizK3w1 (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
this phone is beautiful looking, I really like how HTC has changed their form factor for the one series
25. gragonHDfones (unregistered)
Yea I agree
27. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
I need an opinion. Should I exchange for this or keep my galaxy note? Browsing, gaming, and music are a big deal for me and I love the huge screen on the note. 4.7 sounds good but I'm not sure if I'll like it as much as thegalaxy notes display. I'm so confused and the 7th is the last day I can switch. Also, I got the note at a discount because of a mishap on my account so I only paid $149.99. So I'll be adding money for the one x. Is it worth it?
29. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
Also does anyone know if this comes with earphones?
30. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
It does not state that they are included in the box. It looks awesome from this article and everything else I've seen on it. I think it would be worth exchanging the Galaxy Note for this device!
37. DechyX (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 May 2011)
If I could get a Note for 150 I'd have one now... I'd keep it. Though the Beats Audio is an advantage of the One X over the Note since you like music.
41. Commentator (Posts: 2324; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I'd definitely take the One X, if only for the MAJOR boost in processing power.
54. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
You have to remind yourself that while the One X has a better CPU, it doesn't have a microsd slot and the batteries are nonremovable.
If it was me, I would just stick with the Note.
And as far as Beats Audio goes, you can just buy a DSP app on the market so you can mess with your EQs to your liking.
31. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I have seen higher download and.upload speeds. 34 down26 up.
33. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
I like the extra row arrow. It make it easier to change or edit text on a touch screen maybe it is not for everyone. The good thing is the 2 out of the 3 negative you can change.
42. Commentator (Posts: 2324; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Agreed. The directional arrows on my Evo have been a godsend over the last couple years.
38. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Debating on whether to get the AT&T or the International version is painful!!
43. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
57 on NenaMark2!
That's an amazing result, far better than ULPGeForce on Tegra 3.
Seems like Adreno 225 is one fine GPU.
52. iphonehater (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
there is no contract on mobiles for operators in india if it had i would have bought this
53. bustervic (Posts: 22; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
I am starting to think HTC is paying people to review...
Honest feedback I have seen from HOFO and XDA, battery life is in the 12-14 hr range under regular usage, the matte finish is prone to scufffing, scratches, the pic quality is decent under good light (albiet soft) and terribly grainy under low light, video recording is fine but not as advertised for sure.
And I can't seem to understand how just under 10gb of usable space on a flagship is tolerated. If this was any other manufacturer reviewers would roast them, but for some reason it barely gets mention here...
57. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Damn at&t making it 16GB with only about 9.93GB left for users is super lame. I think at&t purposely does it so customers are "forced" to increase their data plan (ie. from 3GB to 5GB).
I would definitely get it right away if it has 32GB built-in storage.
I guess I might have to give Samsung Galaxy S3 a try... although I love Sense UI from hTC.
60. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 834; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Anandtech call this the best phone on the market!
|Display||4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) S-LCD 2|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.31 x 2.75 x 0.35 inches|
(134.8 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm)
4.55 oz (129 g)
|Battery||1800 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time|