HTC Sense 4.0 running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is not just a custom interface – it is an entirely different experience. There are barely any traces of the platform's stock feel, but we aren't really complaining because the end result is quite enjoyable to use. To start, there's HTC's trademark “pull the ring” lock screen with four customizable app shortcuts present on it. In addition to all the widgets available in ICS, you also get HTC's acclaimed clock, weather, social networking widgets, and a whole bunch of pretty wallpapers to choose from. Not to be forgotten is the on-screen keyboard, with its huge, easy-to-hit buttons and on-the-fly auto-correct feature that takes care of your typos.
The on-screen keyboard has huge easy-to-hit buttons
HTC has loaded the Desire X with several useful apps, and Rescue is one of them. Powered by the LogMeIn service, it is used for getting remote technical support from an HTC representative should the user be experiencing difficulties with their smartphone. So if your HTC starts acting up and nothing seem to help, this is the app to resort to. In addition, HTC has thrown in an application that allows contact information and other data to be transferred from your old device, depending on its technical capabilities. Last but not least, there's the Tasks app that allows the user to make their own to-do lists that sync with their Google account.
Processor and memory:
Don't get excited about the fact that the HTC Desire X has a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC and 768MB of RAM. The chip that is used is of the low-tier Snapdragons, namely the MSM8225, which explains the rather average benchmark scores that we got during our tests. Nevertheless, what truly matters is that the processor is snappy enough to handle every-day operations without any troubles. Lags are extremely rare, the interface runs without skipping a frame, and apps launch in an instant. Even the 3D games we tried were more than playable on the HTC Desire X.
| ||Quadrant Standard ||AnTuTu ||NenaMark 2 |
|HTC Desire X ||2361 ||4932 ||33,6 |
|Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 ||1953 ||4095 ||32,4 |
|Sony Xperia P ||2187 ||5404 ||29,4 |
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus ||2000 ||5503 ||24 |
The user-available storage space on the HTC Desire X is anything but generous. There is about 1GB for applications and another gig for music, photos, and other media, which will run out before you know it. Therefore, purchasing a microSD card along with the handset is almost inevitable.
There are several significant drawbacks that make the stock web browser on the HTC Desire X somewhat frustrating to use. First of all, rendering heavy web pages takes a while, especially when zooming in or out. Another thing that bothers us is that each time we go back to a tab we've previously opened, the browser automatically reloads it. On the bright side of things, the browser has the very handy option to clear all images from the page and leave the text only, displayed using a large, legible font – perfect for reading news, articles and blog posts. Adobe Flash comes pre-loaded, so you'll be able to enjoy those embedded online videos, and there is a toggle switch to disable the plug-in when it isn't needed.
Browsing the web on the HTC Desire X