Camera:

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. There are 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. Finally, 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.


So what can we say about the results produced by the handset’s 8-megapixel ImageSense camera? Overall, it introduces us to a good level of detail, and for most occasions, the results are adequate enough for a printout. However, the main pitfalls with the camera include the noisy appearance with shots taken under low lighting or indoors with artificial light, and its inability to focus with macro shots. Essentially, the amount of noise prevalent in the shots generally reduces the sharpness of the photos, which in turn makes them extremely grainy looking. Despite this, colors appear to be more on the neutral side on most occasions – albeit, a distinct bluish hue is present due to the amount of oversaturation. With the LED flash, our only gripe is that the corners of shots tend to look darker as the light from the flash doesn’t extend wide enough.



Holding the smartphone steady while shooting a 1080p video, the results are absolutely sharp looking, as details are distinguishable, colors are on the natural side, and that it moves steadily at 29 frames per second. Furthermore, the audio recording supplements the quality as it’s superbly clear and noise-free. Unfortunately, we’re instantly made aware of its weaknesses as it exhibits some level of artifacting when panning quickly. On top of that, its low lighting performance is diminished tremendously as its  capture rate is reduced to 22-23 FPS, and that it simply appears too indistinct with its details. Therefore, it’s best used for situations when lighting is in abundance.

HTC One X Sample Video:



Multimedia:

The HTC One X also comes with Beats Audio in order to deliver an impressive audio experience, and as we connect a pair of iBeats headphones, we’re instantly attuned to its high fidelity experience. 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. As for the audio quality through its internal speaker, it’s clearly lacking some punchy tones, as it sounds too flat and weak to our ears.



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.


Hooking it up with an optional MHL adapter, we gain the comforts of having a mirrored experience on our high definition television.

Software:

Rarely a surprise in our books nowadays, AT&T’s presence is clearly established on the phone in apps such as AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Ready2Go, AT&T U-Verse Live TV, and myAT&T. As for the others preloaded with the device, it includes Amazon Kindle, MOG Music, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio, and YPmobile.

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