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HTC One X for AT&T Review


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HTC One X for AT&T Review

Listening to our callers through the earpiece, the volume output seems to be effective enough to allow us to comprehend voices with little problems. However, in noisier settings, it becomes almost unusual due to its weak performance. Additionally, the same thing applies when relying on the speakerphone, since it’s output is dull and extremely low in overall tone to properly have conversations.

Primarily testing it out in a high coverage area in the greater Philadelphia region, the HTC One X manages to maintain a solid connection to the network – with no instances of major fluctuations or dropped calls. Meanwhile, its Wi-Fi signal strength appears to be in tip-top shape, as it maintains a steady connection to a wireless router that’s 30 feet away.

And then there’s battery life with the HTC One X, which some people might find skeptical since LTE devices are known to be voracious with battery power. To tell you the truth, we used it extensively under HSPA+ connections instead, and with that, we’re happy to report that we’re able to get by a single day of normal usage on a full charge. However, with heavy usage, it’s able to at least push through the 12 hour mark.


Let’s be serious here people! Should be lament that AT&T’s version resorts to using a dual-core processor instead of wielding a quad-core one like its international sibling? Of course not, mainly because this version of the HTC One X maintains the same excellent level of performance. And if that’s not enough for you, it’s been outfitted with 4G LTE connectivity to really round out its feature filled arsenal, but more importantly, it’s the one distinctive and usable feature that makes this version stand out apart from its sibling from across the big lake.

There’s no arguing about the HTC One X being a top-shelf smartphone, but unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, it’s not flaunting a price point that’s overblown to proportions. Rather, customers are truly in for a treat considering that it’s sticking to that usual golden price of $200 on-contract, which seemingly makes it a great buy in many ways. Sure, it’s not perfect in all categories, but as a whole, it delivers enough of a bite to really get consumers in the US excited.

From its pristine design, to the expansive personalization available with its Sense interface, the HTC One X is the newest device on the scene to beat. Of course, you might be curious about other impending top-self smartphones on the horizon, but as far as we’re concerned, this is the smartphone to pick and own right now – like don’t wait, just make that impulse decision to pick it up when it arrives in stores. Much like the original HTC EVO 4G, the HTC One X is a remarkable evolutionary step up for the Taiwanese manufacturer.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 4.0.3
HTC Sense Version: 4.0
Build Number: 1.75.502.1
Kernel Version: 3.0.8-01111-g188cf26

HTC One X for AT&T Video Review:


  • Slim, solid, and pristine body
  • Gorgeous HD display
  • Lightning fast LTE speeds
  • Excellent performance with its dual-core CPU


  • Unintuitive browser
  • Weak internal speaker
  • Ineffective with capturing photos/videos in low lighting
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posted on 01 May 2012, 17:09 6

1. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

seems rather nice.

posted on 01 May 2012, 18:07 2

10. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I wish I could get one...

posted on 01 May 2012, 18:12 2

11. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

it looks nice. i love thats its not a gray or black. i do kinda wish i could go and get one.

posted on 01 May 2012, 22:53 5

32. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

I'll pass :-) S3

posted on 01 May 2012, 23:17 3

34. LOLTHISisIT (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 May 2012)

OK OK so let me get this straight: the phone is "supposed" to be top notch, I mean it literally is the next gen phone BUT...

1. it lags and have blinking problems when online

2. have mediocre earpiece and speakers

3. even though the dual core s4 is suppose to be next gen chips it is just OK in performance

4. operation time can't even beat the razr maxx???

5. and camera is just MEHHH

my 1 year old sg2 could do better lol

IDK??? IDK how people could be excited over this??? seems like a POS that should have been out last season

AND let us all hope when the gs3 come out it will be ALOT better than this since the sad rumor have it that gs3 will have the same chip

posted on 01 May 2012, 23:25 3

36. DechyX (Posts: 142; Member since: 16 May 2011)

It's just personal preference I guess, what may excite you, i.e. the Galaxy SIII may not excite someone else... I for one am not even slightly concerned with any phone Samsung puts out (been burned too many times)

posted on 01 May 2012, 23:55 3

39. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Razr Maxx has a huge 3300MAh battery no phone can compete with that no matter how tiny the die process with a 1800MAh battery, use some common sense!!

The S4 is actually better than the Tegra 3 in performance check out engadget's performance scores comparing it to the international One X;

The rest are valid points. I'm also waiting to see what Samsung has in store for us Thursday its been too long a wait

posted on 02 May 2012, 01:31

45. LOLTHISisIT (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 May 2012)

lol I know the razr maxx has a god-like battery but that was last gen phone. I can't beleive that since this is nexy gen tech it still can't at least be on par.

As for the TEGRA 3 well who gives a sh1t about that POS all nvidia want to do is be the First to bring something new out and it has always been the 1st to fail. But than again the POS in the evo 3d went south even quicker.

I'm praying to the smartphone gods that the gs3 won't use any crapdragons

posted on 02 May 2012, 02:02

46. Deicide (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

S3 will not use any Snapdragons since Samsung has explicitly stated that the Exynos 4412 and Exynos 5215 will have LTE out-of-the-box. The only reason why the American variations used the S3 was for data speeds which was stupid,the only one that didn't was the one for AT&T(SGH-i777). And dude RAZR Maxx has a big battery, but you could always source one from Mugen or Anker that can go higher to 4500mAH, oh and must I say that I can open the back of my phone, and use w/e size of battery I would like. And Benchmarks don't equate to real world performance. I would wait until next year, when manufacturers start producing A15 Quad Cores with GPUs that match the XBOX 360's.

posted on 02 May 2012, 02:19

47. OHscrewTHIS (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 May 2012)

actually the gs3 in korea has exynos AND it has lte so what gives???

worst case scenario exynos won't be lte ready next year either for the SGS4??? and we will be stuck with crapdragons again.

As for real world performance: IDK just watch the review on yotube for the one x and there are lags when view webpages with flash especially when zooming in and out. Not even as smooth as the gs2.

posted on 02 May 2012, 06:47

49. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

That's the fault of poorly coded software with pure Android or even Touchwiz I'd expect the S4 to perform flawlessly,more benchmarking proof:

posted on 02 May 2012, 08:31

51. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Sprints version of the sgs2 didn't use a crapdragon/

posted on 02 May 2012, 03:33 1

48. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Bout time. HTC has been resting on their laurels since the og Evo. Too bad it came out right before the S3. Great phone, terrible timing.

posted on 01 May 2012, 17:20

2. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Really solid effort. I do not see it as a Galaxy Note competitor as just a monster smart phone in this day and age of monster smart phones. Large screen is the rage, and this is capitalizing on that.

posted on 01 May 2012, 17:24 16

3. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)

"AT&T is literally on fire!"

I don't think you know what literally means

posted on 01 May 2012, 20:16

24. gragonHDfones (unregistered)

I agree, but it's still the worst phone company out there, as in the company itself, they are getting the best phones, well not the best but good phones after another.

posted on 01 May 2012, 17:25 2

4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Thanks you John for being fair in this review, can we please have a comparison between the Lumia 900 and the Samsung Focus S? Also, how many hours of web browsing can I get on the S4 version of the One X on WiFi?

posted on 01 May 2012, 18:46

15. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Well, in my own personal experience I managed to get at least a single day of normal usage on a full charge - though, that's with HSPA+ connectivity. I'd imagine you'd get ample time, as long as you simply turn off the cell connection and strictly use Wi-Fi.

posted on 01 May 2012, 19:23

21. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

I own the One S and I'm not getting a full day with normal use, what the hell am I doing wrong? Brightness is low, Bluetooth is off, GPS is off...what else can i do?

posted on 01 May 2012, 19:38 3

22. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

Download BetterBatteryStats and check partial wakelocks.

The One S should be getting great battery life.

posted on 01 May 2012, 20:52

26. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

That's one of the reasons I bought it! I just downloaded BBS, let's see if it can help the cause, thanks.

posted on 01 May 2012, 19:43

23. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

depends what apps you use, what games you play, adds in games kill the battery alot. You aren't doing something right for sure, i get a full day (+ more) with my HTC Desire, from 8:00am-11pm. thats with about 1 hour browsing, 30 minutes games, 1 hour of music, and around 40 text messages a day. (and i normally browse, listen to music and text at the same time). Do you browse the web a lot? Displaying white screens on amoled displays drains the battery, its a trade off for being great on battery displying black

posted on 01 May 2012, 21:00

28. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

I'm not playing games, the only one I have it FIFA 12 which is not working, (it's displaying some kind of error at launch and many people are experiencing the same with no solution for now, btw), I'm browsing web, about 10 texts a day, no music, I have a dark metal look as a wallpaper (part of HTC standard wallpapers).
I have to work on experimenting solutions, I know I'm doing something wrong, this phone suppose to have a good battery. Thanks for the input.

posted on 02 May 2012, 21:08

59. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

something wrong with the phone then, take it in

posted on 01 May 2012, 17:40

5. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Irrelevant until Thursday

posted on 01 May 2012, 17:41 2

6. forgingsteel (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

I know it's lame to talk crap on the internet for people's poor grammar but dude, seriously, do not EVER use the word literally ever again. I LITERALLY thought AT&T was on fire.

posted on 01 May 2012, 18:45 1

14. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

i LITERALLY blew my load when i saw this phone. LITERALLY LITERALLY LITERALLY!!! sorry, i had to do it.

posted on 01 May 2012, 23:19 1

35. LOLTHISisIT (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 May 2012)

smart A$$ huh???? go crawl into the cave you came out off LITERALLY!!!

posted on 02 May 2012, 15:56

56. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

your moms vagina?

posted on 02 May 2012, 01:19 1

44. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

This just shows that people who are stuck up about grammar and stuff are literally low on common sense. I say this because when we say "that chick is hot" , i hope you literally don't run after her with a thermometer coz that would literally suck.

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OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1 4.0.4 4.0.3
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.31 x 2.75 x 0.35 inches
(134.8 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm)
4.55 oz  (129 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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