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HTC J Review


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HTC J Review
A phone is a phone is a phone. Yes, this means call quality has to be good in this day and age. And it is on the HTC J. The earpiece is loud and clear, and our callers heard our voice in its natural tones, with no side noises creeping in. If we had to pick nits, microphone output on the device is just a tiny bit muffled, a notch below great.


The handset sports a 1,810mAh battery that easily gets you through a day of use and goes well into the second. Battery on the device is actually larger than on the sibling HTC One S, and while this gets the J thicker, knowing that your device won’t die on you just when you need it is worth it in our opinion.


The HTC J might feature WiMAX for Asian markets, but we are looking at it from an international perspective as a simple 3G phone. And it can stand its ground. The device is waterproof, and that makes it interesting. It is convenient for one-handed use. It is snappy. The camera software in Sense is outstanding and the camera itself is nice.

The qHD PenTile screen however is a bit of a disappointment. It does the job, but it is hard to recommend it over 720p displays dominating the market. The glossy plastic also won’t appeal to everyone given how close the J stands to the high-end market. 

If you value looks above all, the thinner and lighter One S definitely looks more tempting with its aluminum unibody. If you are not that obsessed about the slimmest of slim, though, the HTC J's cons can’t outweigh all the good things about it. And we don’t think you’d regret buying it.

HTC J Video Review:


  • Sturdy build
  • Good, quick camera
  • Waterproof


  • qHD PenTile screen
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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: 1035; 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: 1035; 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: 4328; 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: 4328; 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: 2111; 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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