HTC One X: HTC’s Torch Bearer

The One series is HTC’s top line and it is led by none other than the HTC One X. Yes that makes the One X HTC’s flagship Android device. The One X is a device which showed the world that HTC can make some great smartphone and here is why.

Design

One look at the HTC One X and you are sure to fall in love with its design. It looks plain and simple with no fancy stuff on it. Unlike its competitor the Galaxy SIII which has a glossy finish to it. The HTC One X has a unibody which gives it a premium feel. It might look simple but if you look close enough, you will notice how complex the design is. The attention to details in the design of the device is what makes it different from other devices on the market. The back of the device has a gentle curve which makes it nice to hold. The only glossy area found on the whole device is around the cam. The SIM slot, unlike other devices, is located between the top side and the back. To be exact, at the curve at the top. The SIM slot is provided with a holder which also covers SIM. As we said before the attention details is something that makes the device different. The attention to detail can be seen on the front with the speaker grill, which is basically holes drilled onto the unibody body and is not a separate piece. We also like the front of the device which has been designed well, like rest of the device. The front is mainly taken up by the Gorilla Glass covering, which has been designed in such a way that it traces the outer line of the device with smooth curved corners. Overall the design of the device is superb and makes you feel like buying the device at first glance.

 

Hardware

As HTC One X is the flagship device of HTC, we expect it to have some really good hardware. And it does. Let us start with the display. The One X has a 4.7inch 720p Super IPS LCD2 display, with a pixel density of 312 ppi. To tell the truth, it has a higher ppi than competitor Samsungs Galaxy S 3. The S 3 has a pixel density of 306ppi. The colour reproduction on One X’s display is pretty accurate and to make it even better, it is not a pentile. If the design of the device did not impress you, the display surely will. Now onto things that you cannot see. The One X has a 1.5GHz quad core Tegra 3 processor which is a bit faster than the 1.5 quad on the Galaxy S3. The One X has 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP cam, 1.3MP front cam, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and microUSB port. It also has a 1800mAh battery which is a bit less compared to the 2100mAh battery found on the Galaxy S3. The international version of the device lacks LTE, but North American and XL versions of the device have LTE. Another thing that is lacking with the device is a microSD slot, which is a requirement for people who like to carry all their data on their device or people like me, who forget to transfer data from their mobile device to their laptops, from time to time.  Other than these the One X has an outstanding hardware specs.

Software

The One X comes with Android 4.0 ICS out of the box. But don’t worry, HTC has released Jelly Bean updates for the device. The one X also come with HTC’s “skin” i.e. Sense 4, which is pretty good and adds to the user experience. An Android fan might second us on that with the topic of stock Android, and we would agree with him on that. Sense 4 is not perfect, but it is better. Over all the software is pretty good and it does not lag. For people who want their device to have some cool UI, this is the phone for you. For others like us, it is a bit on the downside, but it is not a deal breaker.

What we say

If we were asked to choose between the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, we would choose the One X. The HTC One X is better in terms of design, hardware and software, in comparison to the Galaxy S3. And mind you this is coming from a person who loves Samsung products. The only reason why there are not many One X on the street compared to Galaxy S3, is because of the fact that HTC hasn’t or couldn’t market the device. If you don’t believe so, just try to recall the number of times you have seen an ad of the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X. If HTC keeps making devices as good as the One X, we are sure that it can carve out a huge chunk of the smartphone market for itself. To end it, HTC One X is a device that you can buy without thinking twice.

Looks: 5/5

Performance: 4/5

Overall: 4/5