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HTC J Review

HTC J 7.5

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Photography is one of the stronger points of the HTC J. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera with a single LED flash. HTC incorporates a dedicated ImageChip that speeds up everything camera-related. It takes less than a second from starting the camera app to capturing an image. Sense comes with a plethora of options for image enthusiasts. It does feature HDR mode to get best dynamic range with contrasting objects (and it yields very good results) and a burst shot mode that captures as many as 99 consecutive images in an instant when you hold the camera trigger. Overall, Sense is simply a great interface for the camera and the image gallery. It is optimized to run perfectly smooth, and it adds some neat animations. You also get basic image editing options and even effects (aka filters) so you don’t need to dig into Instagram and other apps, all is done on board.

The camera interface of the HTC J - HTC J Review
The camera interface of the HTC J - HTC J Review
The camera interface of the HTC J - HTC J Review

The camera interface of the HTC J

The Gallery app - HTC J Review
The Gallery app - HTC J Review

The Gallery app

Actual image quality is good with plentiful detail, wide dynamic range and spot-on white balance. Colors are pumped up to look more vivid than they are in real life, but nothing over the top

HTC J Sample photos:


The snapper captures videos of up 1080p at around 30 frames per second. We say around as frame rate varies according to the scene and indoors it goes down to 23 fps. What’s more interesting is the fact that you have both continuous auto-focus and manual tap to focus while shooting video which means that you can refocus on the go as you want, a feature that is not on that many phones. You can also capture still images while recording video. 

HTC J Outdoor Sample Video:

HTC J Indoor Sample Video:

Additionally, Sense brings slow motion video capture. Quality is far from ideal, but we just love having this option - was it for a prank, a stunt, or whatever it is, pretty much everything starts to looks a billion times more interesting seen in slow motion.

Up front, there is a 1.3-megapixel front camera that is actually better than the snapper on the One S. Still, its main purpose is video chat and nothing more.

HTC J Slow Motion Sample Video:


The S4 chip powering the device and the vivid colors on the 4.3-inch screen, make for a great media experience. The device easily chews through all sorts of videos including DivX/XviD files and plays them back without a stutter. 

The video player app comes with the option to change screen brightness, take screenshots, lock the keys and even display subtitles. A basic video editor where you could trim videos is also there. 

On the audio side of things playback is crisp and clean via the rear speaker, but lacks a bit in volume. HTC brings this device with Beats Audio, and this means that when you plug in headphones, you can get an extra bass pump. Of course, you’d need better headphones than the earplugs HTC includes in the box.

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posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:06 9

1. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

Should of got a better rating seeing as it was demanded for a specific market.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:52 5

9. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

I am dissapointed! I really thought this was the butterfly. I was so excited to see this article on the home page.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 13:35

13. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Agreed. The way he talked about this phone one would think he would have given it a score between an 8.5 and a 9.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:14 3

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1034; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Pentile? Then no.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:41 4

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

come on... pentile isn't that bad if you purposly don't try to look for the pixels.

I have an HTC Nexus One WVGA Pentile and unless i specifically try to see the pentile, I don't see it

not that im saying RGB isn't better though.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 07:59

18. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1034; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I went to a T-mobile store and checked out the One S. My eyes were like "nope, nope, nope" in under 30 seconds. Your eyes might be able to lie to you but mine where quite unhappy. I don't think I had ever seen pentile screen before either and I wasn't looking for it, it just screamed at me. There's just way to many other options to feel like settling for pentile is okay. I also have a personal preference against Amoled screens in general. Not a fan of the color. Even with me being that picky, there's still plenty of options out there.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:18

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

"With some level of water protection, 'larger battery' and a funky red paint job among other colors, this device has plenty of reasons to exist..."
I thought by larger battery you meant 2300mAh+ !! Too bad!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:21

5. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Get a 3000mAh battery.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:24

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

...as in what comes ready in the box!!
That's an option...

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:19 1

4. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Its a redesigned One S with snapdragon S4
Remember that asian's One S gets a overclocked 1.7GHZ snapdragon S3

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:40 2

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


posted on 06 Nov 2012, 10:02

10. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

this is very good phone with high panchmark & build quality but plz review the htc s monster J butterfly.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 11:56 3

11. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Judging from the written review I thought this would of have gotten more than a 7.5

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 13:14

12. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

exactly..this is only a number..dont advert to this number..

amaze 4g had taken number 9.why!!??

i dont belive it but review is very good &

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 16:46 1

14. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

I don't understand how this phone gets a 7.5 only because of the screen. That's a bit ridiculous. I mean, qHD Pentile isn't the best, but it's not terrible either.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 18:32

15. mydi.maus (unregistered)

this phone can swim..

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 23:39

16. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)

HTC One X's successor?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 01:37

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Even though this device was released in japan a few months ago, I wonder if htc will have plans to sell it internationally as well. I like how htc tries on different designs with their phones.

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OS: Android 4.0
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
Dual-core, 1500 MHz
Size5.18 x 2.60 x 0.37 inches
(131.5 x 66 x 9.5 mm)
4.83 oz  (137 g)

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