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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