HTC One VX Review

Balancing out its offerings, veteran smartphone maker HTC recently introduced its entry-level device in the HTC One VX for AT&T. The One VX is aimed to give basic end users something to drool about without being much of a bothersome in the wallet. Sure, it’s not an intimidating tour de force like some of the Taiwanese based company’s arsenal, but regardless of that, let’s just hope it can at least give some value to entry-level minded consumers without sacrificing a whole lot in terms of features and performance.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide


Unlike the majority of smartphones under the $50 threshold, the HTC One VX sports a design that’s not only pleasant, but employs some of the distinctive design elements akin to the company’s line of One-branded smartphones. For starters, we like that it has a good balance between comfort in the hand and a decent build quality. At first glance, it would seem as though it’s rocking a metallic trim of some kind, but in fact, it’s nothing more than an aluminum painted plastic trim that’s sturdy and clean looking. For an entry-level thing, we appreciate all of its fine qualities.

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Being an ICS device, it’s sporting the usual trio of Android capacitive buttons below its display, which are thankfully sufficiently spaced from one another to reduce accidental presses. Above the display, though, we spot its earpiece light/proximity sensors, and VGA 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera – the latter of which can shoot videos in up to VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

You’d think that HTC would’ve focused on putting some distinctive physical buttons on its smartphones by now, but we continue to see the same flat buttons on the One VX. Aside from the power button and volume control around its trim, we also find its noise-cancelling mic, 3.5mm headset jack, standard mic, and microUSB port for charging/data connectivity.

Flipping it over, we’re greeted to its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which also has the ability to record video in 1080p. Looking towards the bottom edge of its rear, microdots line up in unison to make out its speaker grill. And if you can’t tell from the name stamped on there, the HTC One VX features Beats Audio support. Prying off the plastic rear cover, we’re given access to its nanoSIM and microSD slots. Interestingly, the 1,800 mAh battery isn’t something that can be removed by the user.


Amazingly, we no longer need to tolerate tiny and low-res displays with entry-level smartphones, as many recent offerings have shown us. However, the HTC One VX surely goes super-size with its larger-than-normal 4.5” qHD 540 x 960 Super LCD-2 display, which whips up a respectable pixel density of 245 ppi. Even though it suffices for more things, the larger size of its display causes fine details to deteriorate in a zoomed out view within the web browser. Regardless, it’s good enough for other things, especially with its good outdoor visibility, natural color reproduction, and wide viewing angles. Frankly, it might not have the stunning glow to enthrall us, but it’s pleasant enough nonetheless.

HTC One VX 360-degrees View:



1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Really Good review John but I have one thing that I think is worth mentioning because it seems to be a bit of a minor nit pick with most of HTC devices in reviews that I've come across. I seem to have noticed that reviewers tend to point out that there is a bit of a sluggish performance (minimal lag) when it comes to sense's UI due to its animations. Just today I happen to stumble into my settings just looking around, and I found that you can TURN OFF the animations! And when i did, it seemed to do COMPLETELY away with that minimal lag that is brought up in almost every review.......So while its still something HTC users would have to do "manually"(running ics that is) I think it is still very much WORTH mentioning so users can have the option to "speed" things up if they want to.....Hope you guys take notice of this :)

9. emes360

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

You have to consider that turning the animations off makes navigating through the phone a less... pretty (?) experience, and that phones from other companies don't lag with animations turned on.

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Like which "other" companies for example?

2. babyboy14622

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

htc one vx. what a joke.

3. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Or. You could get a Lumia 920 from Amazon for the same price.

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Decent phone, but there is no good reason why a phone with 1.5Ghz Dual-Core Snapdragon Plus & 1GB RAM should be debuting with ICS right now. The phone benchmarks better than the One S which has already received the JB update. I wouldn't expect this phone to release with 4.2, but why not just release it with 4.1 & save themselves the headache of at least one update this phone will deserve? EDIT: Also, this trend of companies having a micro-SD slot on their mid-rangers & not flagships is just asinine. No reason why a flagship shouldn't have all the features of a little brother & more. I've noticed Nokia has been doing the same.

6. oxygen22

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

Does the vx come with a scratch resistant glass like a gorilla?

7. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

The phones with specs that come close to this would be the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini and HTC's own HTC One SV.. The mid-range Samsung S III gets an 8.9 while the (supposedly) entry-level HTC One VX gets only 7.5 Why is that?

8. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

Edit: The mid-range Samsung S III "Mini" gets an 8.9

10. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Amazingly no reviewer talks about the bugs of Sense UI. HTC has changed the android multitasking which is a pain in the ass. Sense kills apps in background very aggressively. This is being done to achieve a hassle free & lag free experience with better battery life. However, none of these has been achieved in any of HTC devices. The webpage reloading in HTC phones while toggling between apps is another major issue no reviewer talks about. Dont think these Smartphone reviewers are SMART. May be I should become a "Smartphone Reviewer".. :)

11. SkiilerCheatham

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well I just received my vx this week and it is my first android phone have been using the iPhone for a minute and the vx kills the iPhone

12. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

which iPhone? 5?
One VX
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(9h talk time)

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