Camera:

According to HTC, it has done some tremendous improvements to its camera technology. It has even given the whole camera package a name – ImageSense. Among the more important enhancements should be faster loading and focusing times, as well as overall better shots due to an f2.0 aperture and BSI sensor. Finally, a special chip called ImageChip is taking care of the necessary calculations before you're presented with the final result. With so many improvements and special brandings, one would think that the One X is the next big thing as far as camera-phones go. Well, this isn't really the case. But let us first tell you about the camera interface!

What we like about this 8MP camera's UI is that it presents you with separate still photo shutter, and a video rec button at the same time. So, if you want to take a shot, you simply have to press the shutter key; and if you want to start recording a video – you pres the video rec button – no need to change modes. There is also a good number of additional settings like changing the review duration, self-timer, ISO, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness, etc. There's also a slow-motion shooting mode. Two cool little features introduced by HTC are the continuous shooting mode (takes a series of images incredibly fast, but may introduce focusing problems), and image taking while shooting a video, which is pretty neat. The cool thing about the said continuous shooting mode is that it allows you to easily select the best shot of the series, and simply delete the others.



One of the areas where HTC has focused is the speed of the camera. Indeed, it shows that they have achieved great results here, as taking a picture literally takes only a fraction of the second. What's way more important, though, is actually how those quickly-taken images look. The short version here is: they look OK. And here's the long one:

The images that the HTC One X does introduce us to a good level of detail. We took our set of samples on a cloudy day, and this let us put the ImageSense camera to the test. And although the level of detail is clearly not 8MP, it's still pretty decent. What's not so decent is the level of noise that we see in the shots. It turns out the sharpness of the images was at the expense of noise. This effect is actually stronger than usual due to the slight oversaturation of the shots. In order to make the images more appealing, the camera is boosting the saturation of the colors, which is OK, if done reasonably. The color balance itself is quite good; images appear natural-looking, though in some of the shots the oversaturation was simply too much. There is also this color artifact visible in one of the images below, where the edges of the tree's branches have come out purple, but let's say that this has been an isolated issue.





Just what was HTC thinking when choosing the type of video capture for the One X is beyond us, but they actually come up with the strange decision to have the camcorder record 1080p video at 22-23 frames per second. Not that it's impossible to watch, but it's not as smooth as what we've gotten used to. The video quality is very good – strong detail presence and natural colors, but the mediocre frame rate kind of ruins the whole thing. The quality of recorded audio is fine; a bit on the sharper side, but everything is easy to comprehend.





Multimedia:

Watching video on the HTC One X's 4.7” screen is epic. The large diagonal, incredibly high resolution, saturated colors and strong brightness output all contribute to the awesome video experience. Just make sure that your video source is of the needed quality! Of course, you can play all kinds of clips with this handset.

The HTC One X also comes with Beats Audio in order to deliver an impressive audio output as well. Sadly, we couldn't test the bundled earphones, but they won't be Beats ones anyway. The Beats Audio technology is available thorough the software side of things, and what's really cool is that it's now accessibly by any other app, and not just the music player. The stock music player itself is rather simplistic. It gives you the standard options to filter your content, displays large album art, and is easy to use. Its most interesting feature is that it's integrated with SoundHound, so you can get more info about the song with just a quick tap.



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116 Comments

1. JackDude

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Only 7,8/10?! My crapy LG Optimus One 8/10!!! Is it because of the price?

2. android_hitman unregistered

it's because it's not an iphone..! i will wait and see other reviews.. i never trust PA when it comes to reviews.. they are too apple oriented

24. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

No, it's because PhoneArena believed the One X deserved a 7.8.

49. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

The Verge, Engadget and other Apple Biased Sites gave it a very high mark in their reviews. They even said it's the king of all android phones right now, why 7.8 then?

57. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Different opinions.

77. boingboing

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

Apple "biased". Ha, good one!

80. boingboing

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

I like how 4 people disliked that comment. The truth hurts!

83. saket.shrivastava

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

phoneArena iBiased

35. benfrost100

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

This is true. Engadget has a more balanced review as well as the verge. I read PA for laugh breaks only.

46. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I agree. They list the iPhone 4s as having cons and theres essential features that are missing on the iPhone like Flash, a longer battery life, the SAME DESIGN, the same UI with tiny tinks, etc... Its a good phone, but its not outstanding. Phonearena was too harsh and based its score on opinions like the keyboard layout. Some might prefer it that way. 7.8 puts it around some low2mid end Android phone and the hardware was enough to give it more. What did it for me was the Razr Maxx review. The Razr got a 9 and the Maxx got an 8.5? Its the same phone with a longer batt. Its a winnn. Not drawback. Its like saying a 120gb iPhone is worse than the 16gb because it would be thicker by a tiny amount. Doesnt the + outweigh the -?

58. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The One X and 4S were reviewed by two different people.

63. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm generally content with PA's reviews, but I have to speak out on this one. I agree that some points should be docked for the browser issues (which look weird, to say the least), but they seem to be nitpicking to the extreme. The keyboard layout, for instance, is a complete matter of opinion. I personally love the directional arrows on my Evo 4G. As for the 23 fps 1080p, that seems a little strange. If I may quote Engadget, "the One X captures 1080p video at a silky smooth 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo audio." Something seems a little fishy here. Oh, also, I'd think this phone would get higher marks simply for the fact that its the FASTEST FREAKING SMARTPHONE PRODUCED TO DATE (with the possible exception of the One S). I'd think that warrants a few more points...

69. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I see what you mean but PhoneArena said that the Razr Maxx should have been released at the same time as the original so there wouldn't be a lot of disappointed people who bought the original device months ago. They also argued that this phone is only for power users and if you don't need the extensive amount of juice of the battery then the original is fine. But my opinions are a little different from theirs though. In my opinion. If you are selling it for 100$ more than the original, put in a 32 gigabyte SD card and we have the perfect phone.

79. boingboing

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

Or maybe the iPhone got a better score because it's the better phone? I know that may be a little hard for you to understand - after all, it doesn't run Android, so how could it be better? And so what if the new iPhone shares the same industrial and UI design as the last one? It's a good design that's held up very well (only the Lumia 800/900 and One X come close to matching the elegance of the 4/4S hardware, imo). Sure, the software may not be as eye-catching as Windows Phone or ICS, but it works and works well, which is the one thing most people want from their phones. Also, Flash is missing on every smartphone now because Adode simply isn't developing a mobile version of it anymore. Never understood why Android fanatics put such credence in Flash anyway - it was always just another way for app developers to put even more ads where they weren't wanted. As for "the same UI with many tinks"... erm, isn't that Sense 4.0 all over or am I missing something here? I'll admit I'm not the biggest Android fan, but I do think what Google did with the UI design of ICS was a huge improvement and a massive step forward for the platform. Where Sense and other, similar skins once pushed Android forward in the early days, I can't help but feel they're now holding it back. There's something to be said for consistency in design language, but as long as OEMs continue making these skins, this will unfortunately never be a reality for Android. The impression I got from reading the review was that the writer believed this too, which may go some way to explain why such a promising phone scored so...averagely. Shame, 'cause it is a really nice phone - if it ran something closer to stock ICS, I'd be all over it.

81. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

its not missing they just will not advance it to next version of android os. or further develop flash on mobile devices. it is not missing

91. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

If you really think the iPhone is better thats dumb. LoL If you like it better, thats another story. You do realize you gave 0 reasons to why the iPhone would be better and you bashed on things that are offered through Android Os as flaws. "Even though it gives a better experience offering a FULL pc like browser..." Are you sure thats a con? Sound more like excuses and you dissed the iPhone in your own words lol.

53. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

one of the best reviews i have ever seen (yeah sarcasm). this phone deserved 7.8 because as reviewer said 4.7 inches keyboard is not spacious enough in comparison to iphone`s 5 years old, BIG, 3.5 inches, perfect and magical keyboard. iPA.

66. glentomas123

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

lol!!!

3. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate The Optimus One is not better than the One X :)

55. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Sure! But it's gr8 in it's own right!! ;)

84. saket.shrivastava

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

iPA try to make us ''iBi A$$ ed'' Haters Gonna Hate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

wait for it,,i think this is another april fool thing. but but but,,its april the 2nd!!!

39. legospace9876 unregistered

On German magazine, Connect top list LG GT40 (Optimus) is placed front of Samsung Galaxy Nexus. So, from a magazine or web site does not necessarily mean that everything is in practice as.

52. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

iPA... or just iRAY

62. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

i'm really confused now when i read the reveiew on engadget the only con was battery life and camera quality is better than iphone 4s but not as good as N8,i guess i'll have to wait for gsmarena review cuz i feel they have the most detailed review!

70. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

They do.

4. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It may do good in the market considering this is the first quad by a big name company. Best of Luck HTC. Always liked the design and the sensible interface. Just like cigar and scotch is not for everyone, HTC is not for everyone. It has good class and style.

5. Jon_33

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

What I really hate about Sense 4 is that Gingerbread app tray

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Terrible review, even from the get go you has a negative out look while writing this review. Even when talking about its positives you still seem negative. I always goto GSM arena for there reviews.

37. benfrost100

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

spot on bloodline... sport one.

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  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh

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