Performance:

Due to its size and somewhat sharp side edges, the HTC One X isn't the most comfortable phone to hold next to your ear. However, it's something that you get used to with time. As a device for making phone calls, the One X performs decently. Voices were easy to comprehend on both ends of the line, while loudness was just enough to hear the other person well. However, you might run into some trouble hearing them if you happen to be in a noisier situation. If we have to rate the calling experience, we'd give incoming quality and loudness 8 and 7 out of 10, respectively, and outgoing quality and loudness 8.5 and 7.5 out of 10, respectively.

The built-in loudspeaker is nothing impressive. It has a decent loudness output, almost no depth to its sound and, overall, will simply get the job done, but don't expect any wonders from it. This is one area where HTC can learn a thing or two from Sony's smartphones. Anyway, we like the fact that it doesn't sound strained on its loudest setting.

HTC hasn't yet released the official numbers regarding the 1800 mAh battery's talk-time and stand-by times, however, during our testing, we found it to last a reasonable amount of time, having in mind the One X's gargantuan 4.7” screen and quad-core processor.

Conclusion:

It was really surprising to see HTC fall from a record-breaker to an underperforming company in just a few months. Thankfully, the firm's management has recognized the need for a change and has taken a number of timely actions in order to turn the ship around. The HTC One X is one of the first handsets produced with these new policies in mind, but after spending some time using it, we feel that there's still work ahead of HTC.

We really like the new design language that the company has employed. It's previous phones were well-built, but too thick and masculine. Now, the One X comes to introduce us to a new, slimmer and much more elegant appearance, which should further popularize the brand among the mass public.

With such advanced and expensive devices like the HTC One X, though, you have to demand top-notch quality in every aspect. That's not what we got with it. For the most part, there's nothing wrong with the handset. It has a big and beautiful screen, fluid UI and pretty much every hardware or software feature that a user may need. However, when you delve deeper is when you begin to encounter its imperfections, most of which are software-related. We appreciate the fact that the manufacturer has simplified the Sense UI and has worked a lot to improve certain aspects of the device, but the final result is still not quite there. Don't get us wrong – the One X gets the job done, but with such a premium handset, we expect more than this.

For now, the One X comes to prove that HTC is working actively to innovate its line-up, and while it's moving in the right direction, this is not the ultimate phone we've been looking for.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.0.3, HTC Sense 4.0, Software number: 1.27.401.7



Pros

  • Slim and solid body
  • Beautiful HD display
  • Future-proof quad-core processor
  • Great video watching experience

Cons

  • 1080p video recording at 23 fps
  • Unintuitive stock browser
  • Typing experience could have been much better

PhoneArena Rating:

7.8

User Rating:

8.6
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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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  • 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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