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HTC One X+ Review

HTC One X+

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Interface and Functionality:

HTC has graced the One X+ with a version of its own Android UI overlay called HTC Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Sense UI is the most uniform-looking of the manufacturer interfaces, though some find it a tad too much skinning. Thanks to JB's Project Butter, the interface runs fluid, without any hiccups.

So what does the “+” in the UI version bring now that we don't have in the One X? No, we don't have multi-screen mode like on the new Samsung and LG handsets, or things like their Smart Stay, S Beam, QMemo or Pop Up Play. On the other hand, HTC hasn't messed up with a great thing, too, putting its own “H Voice” speech recognition of sorts, like Samsung does with S Voice, or LG with Q Voice, to override Google's solution.

We have pure Google Now and Voice Search to aid your everyday life with personalized info presented in the form of cards when you long-press the home key, and natural language recognition algorithms that allow you to start any song with a voice command while driving, for instance.

The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review
The HTC OneX+ comes with HTC's Sense 4+, applied on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - HTC One X+ Review

The HTC addition to the new Sense 4+ interface are aggregated views in the gallery and the music app, which bring together your local content together with the one in social networks and cloud services you might have subscriptions to – such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, Facebook, 7Digital, Picasa and Flickr. Apart from that, it is mostly centered around bringing forth the good things in Android Jelly Bean, like Google Now and the new Voice Search, just as it should be.


Processor and memory:

Compared to the international One X, the NVIDIA Tegra 3+ quad-core processor in HTC's flagship is clocked a step higher now, at 1.7 GHz, and the graphics processor clock is boosted too, from 416 MHz, to 520, resulting in benchmark scores which are up with the best out there, like the Optimus G, or the Note II. Compared to the US version of the One X, which runs dual-core Snapdragon S4, it scores much higher.

Unfortunately, since it is still with the same 40nm process, compared to the above mentioned phones' 28/32nm ones, the HTC One X+ gets pretty hot under heavy load, especially around the metal camera area, which at times makes it uncomfortable to hold while gaming.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
HTC One X+ 7244 13439 56,7
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
LG Optimus G 7669 11245 60,1
Sony Xperia T 4839 6925 60,1

We have 1 GB of RAM, compared to 2 GB in the competition high-ends, which means you won't be able to have the endless list of open apps they allow, yet we never felt the need to close anything manually, the phone did it for us. It only maintains running your last eight open apps chronologically, so if you open more in a short period of time and expect to return to the first where you left it, no go, you'll have to reopen it from scratch.

The 64 GB amount of internal storage is where the HTC One X+ really shines, and it is probably the most important feature for handsets without slots for storage expansion. HTC has learned a lesson from the backlash against the One series at introduction, when we learned that we have 32 GB with the One X, and 16 GB with the One S, and that's that.

About 56 GB are user-available storage, which should be plenty for most users, and a definite advantage before the competition, allowing you to carry a lot of high-quality tunes, HD movies or TV series with you to enjoy on the pretty display, or rarely worry you'll run out of photo and video space on your next vacation.


Internet and connectivity:

HTC supplies both Chrome that comes with Jelly Bean, as well as its default Sense browser on the HTC One X+ - both didn't give us any trouble with scrolling, zooming or panning around.

The Read mode in the default browser is similar to Reader in iPhone's Safari, stripping down the articles of images and ads for easier reading. There is a strip at the bottom, which pops when you start scrolling up towards the address bar, that allows you to quickly bookmark or save the page for later reading.

For what it's worth, HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support, which is off by default, but can be switched on via the plugin settings or with a handy button for Flash in the drop-down settings menu. The browser warns you that Flash would eat processor power, hog memory and battery, etc., but nevertheless turns it on, despite that we are dealing with an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean handset. This shows you can have your cake and eat it too, provided that the manufacturer allows you, and is a great solution for those times you might need Flash support.

HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review
HTC's browser does sport full Adobe Flash support - HTC One X+ Review

Internet connectivity is provided by Qualcomm's MDM9215 radio, which sports 42 Mbps HSPA+ downloads, and LTE download speeds up to 100 Mbps for certain carrier versions of the One X+, like the one for AT&T.

There is the full suite of other radios, too – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA, FM Radio and NFC. Wired connectivity is taken care of by the versatile MHL port, so you are covered as far as TV out goes, with the respective adapter.

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HTC One X+

HTC One X+

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Nvidia Tegra 3, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.29 x 2.75 x 0.35 inches
(134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)

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