HTC One X for AT&T ReviewHTC One X AT&T 8.5
With a new flagship phone in tow, the HTC One X delivers the goods as its sports the most up-to-date versions of Android and its very own HTC Sense UI. Actually, there’s nothing different with this version, since it’s an exact facsimile to the international version – though, the preloaded apps differ. As every self-respecting smartphone nowadays, the HTC One X runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. This latest version of the OS bears tons of improvements in almost every aspect of the system, including the UI, the browser, the core apps, performance and so on. Still, you won't get to see a thing of the ICS interface, because HTC has personalized it heavily with the new Sense 4 UI. We won’t be going into the details here, but if you’re curious, you can read more about it in our review of the international HTC One X.
The main goal for HTC in terms of the interface has been to simplify it. Indeed, previous versions of the UI had so much options and personalization stuff, that it could easily throw the more inexperienced users into confusion. Indeed, we do find Sense 4 to be significantly streamlined. Well, you still get the characteristic weather clock and big widgets, taking up a whole homescreen page, but HTC wanted to remain recognizable among the ocean of Android handsets on the market. However, gone is much of the eye-candy that was present in the previous version of the software. For example, you no longer get the spinning carousel when you energetically switch between homescreens.
The main menu is also different now – the apps are arranged in a 4x5 grid pages, which are scrolled horizontally, instead of vertically as in previous versions of Sense. The new experience is probably simpler this way. The good thing for us is that the handset is moving pretty swiftly now, with no hint of lag or choppy animations. We're not sure how much of this is to be attributed to the optimizations done to the interface, or the Snapdragon S4 processor, but anyways – the result is a perfectly smooth UI, and that's what we care for.
Without question, the HTC One X is easy on the fingers when it comes to typing up messages with its on-screen keyboard – though, its set of directional keys seem to clutter things up. Of course, we’ve always been fond of the Sense keyboard, seeing it provides us with some numbers and punctuations directly from the main layout by performing a long press. Consistently typing at a fast pace isn’t a problem, but we sorely wish for those directional keys to disappear entirely, so that the layout can be spaced out more.
Of course, every way of using email known to humankind is available on the HTC One X. In addition to custom POP3/IMAP accounts, you can also easily set-up Exchange ActiveSync, Gmail (now, that's a surprise!), Yahoo! Mail and Microsoft Hotmail.
Processor and Memory:
Upon hearing about the switcheroo done on AT&T’s version of the HTC One X, some were bummed to find out that it would not be powered by the same quad-core CPU in use with the international one, and instead, it would be outfitted with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM. Well people, there’s no cause for alarm, because seriously, it performs equally to its quad-core sibling. Specifically, it maintains a steady amount of responsiveness with a variety of basic and complex operations, and to tell you the truth, it barely exhibited any strain or lag during our testing. Still not sold by its processing prowess? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that the benchmark results are quite positive, since it obtains scores that are deemed as above average.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|HTC One X AT&T||4958||6863||57,7|
|HTC One X||4848||11024||47,4|
|HTC One S||4867||7012||60,7|
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus||2000||5503||24|
Seemingly becoming a standard of some sort with today’s premier Android smartphones, the HTC One X lacks a microSD card slot, which means you’ll need to be more careful with the 9.93GB of free storage that’s available out of the box. Meanwhile, there’s another 2.21GB strictly reserved for apps.
Internet and Connectivity:
For something so awe-inspiring in many ways, we’re a bit perturbed by the web browsing experience – again, much like what we saw previously. Actually, we’re absolutely thrilled that AT&T’s beauty is bearing support for LTE connectivity, which results in vastly superior data speeds over its HSPA+ only sibling. However, just like before, we’re baffled by the experience, as it seems to be clunky with its layout and performance. Specifically, the top and bottom menu bars containing the back button, address bar, “Add to”, “Bookmarks”, “Saved for later”, and “Tabs” all seem to disappear and reappear at random. Furthermore, the same constant blinking action happens whenever we pinch zoom or double-tap-to-zoom. Putting those meddling issues aside, the browser for the most part performs swiftly – even when it encounters Flash content. Still, we come across some delays and choppiness every now and then with its operation.
As we’re clearly mentioned, this version is packing support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network – and boy is it lightning fast! In fact, we’re able to get maximum download and upload speeds of 20.2 Mbit/s and 21.47 Mbit/s respectively while testing it out in the heart of New York City. In addition, it features aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, and mobile hotspot functionality.
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: 125; 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: 272; 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: 82; 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: 272; 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: 552; 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: 3519; 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: 96; 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: 428; 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: 96; 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: 3576; 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: 619; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Will Samsung bring something better to the table ? And is it worth waiting on?
20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5704; 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: 125; 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: 3576; 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: 896; 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: 3576; 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: 25; 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: 985; 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|