The HTC One X is HTC’s flagship device and it also slots in as direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy S III which we have also reviewed this month.
While cosmetic design is a personal choice we found the HTC ONE X, with its white and black finish, did not have the same appeal as the Samsung’s all-in-one blue finish. However HTC do have a slightly more appealing grey finish that you can choose from and it does feel weighty to hold, despite on paper it being lighter than the Galaxy S III.
The above could be due to the choice of materials used, which in HTC’s case, offer a more premium feel!
However while the inclusion of the 3.5mm headphone port at the top and the side mounted microUSB port was fine, we found that the design is spoilt somewhat by the camera lens that sticks out slightly from the back of the casing. Also Android purists may not appreciate the omission of a memory card slot for upgrading, nor the lack of access to the battery.
On the plus side HTC have supplied you with a 25GB (online) drop-box account and 26GB of free storage to play with to keep you going.
OS & Screen
Powering up the HTC One X gives you your first glimpse of the 4.7” HD IPS LCD2 panel which produces natural colour tones when watching standard videos or steamed HD content from YouTube for example.
The screens appeal does drop slightly when viewing the on-screen OS icons because the IPS technology lacks the vibrancy of the SUPER AMOLED driven screen of the Galaxy S III.
Speaking of the OS you'll find HTC's latest Sense 4.0 UI in place which for the most part offers a smooth Android experience and it’s joined by a nice range of apps, including Polaris Office for document editing, access to its Watch online video store and of course it’s “beat audio technology” which certainly brought headphone playback to life!
Mind you we have to admit that the UI is starting to look a little dated now compared to the Galaxy S III. Put it this way if you have used any of the HTC’s devices in the past you are essentially getting the same thing and we would have expected more from a flag ship model.
Also with the omission of the physical Android menu button you’ll find that some games will sacrifice screen space (to the side of the screen) to accommodate the on-screen variant.
However for full-screen games, such as the supplied EA titles that you can try or download i.e. “Dead Space”, this showcased just how good the platform is for games (both visually and in terms of performance!).
The large screen also helped when typing and it partnered well with the aforementioned Polaris Office for document creation.