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HTC One X review

New flagship brings quad core power – but is that enough to boost the brand?

Our Verdict

The One X is one of HTC's best handsets to date, and sets a very high bar for 2012.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 32 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 720

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For

  • Great screen
  • Stunning design
  • Powerful processor
  • Quality camera

Against

  • Iffy battery life
  • No microSD slot
  • Video grainy

Messaging on the HTC One X, like the Contacts app, is also top notch in our opinion. There's the same cornucopia of messaging options: email, webmail, SMS, MMS, Google Talk, IM+... and many more if you're going to get frisky in the Google Play store.

Setting everything up is mostly done as soon as you turn on the One X, as it'll prompt you to sign into Google (which will instantly get you instant messaging and set up on Gmail) and then it's an easy case of entering your user name and passwords for webmail or other email services. Some, like Exchange accounts, may require info like the domain or address of the server, so if you're anxious to get up and running straight away we suggest a chat to your favourite grumpy IT bloke for the info.

HTC One X review

Once you're all set up though, the whole system is tip-top, once you have a play around with all the toys on offer. We've already covered the excellent feature that allows you to see which messages have been exchanged with a specific contact in the People tab, and in the messaging app itself we're now treated to larger conversation bubbles, thanks to Google's Android 4.0 system and the larger screen.

The keyboard HTC developed all those years ago is still one of the best on the market, allowing even the most fudge-fingered of users to see their intended words spring up before their very eyes. HTC seems to have done a little work on improving the accuracy here, as we were more impressed that ever with the level of functionality on offer.

It's not the best keyboard to be found for Android phones (we suggest you check out the like of Swiftkey X in the Google Play portal, as it learns the way you type to offer some very clever next word predictions) but the built-in keyboard is going to be more than good enough for most people.

There are still a couple of gripes we found with it - for instance, when typing at speed you'll find you may hit the full stop key instead of the space bar more often than you'd like. This can be rectified though if you spend some time calibrating the keyboard in the settings menu...although we're not sure many people will ever drill down that far to find it.

HTC One X review

There's also the issue of the landscape keyboard not allowing you to see the message you're replying to, although we're not really sure how that one could be fixed given how large the keys are on the screen (and obviously, easier to hit, which will entice many).

Facebook and Twitter come pre-installed on the HTC One X, and while it's annoying there's no central hub to reply to these messages and DMs offline, you still get excellent notifications that speedily come through from the interwebs. Peep (HTC's old own-brand Twitter client) has thankfully bitten the dust on the One X, meaning no more messages popping up hours later after being sent).

HTC One X review

One other big upgrade from HTC on the One X and its new version of Sense is the ability to open a message from the lock screen. It was so frustrating before seeing a whacking great icon proclaiming someone wanted to talk to you, only for you to have to unlock the phone and drill down to the messaging app to see it. Now, a simple drag into the iconic HTC ring will open the message straight away - it's nice to see a brand responding to fans' criticisms.

The email client on the HTC One X is also still very good in our opinion, as it supports most features we're looking for. Smart tags to open numbers and websites is on offer, as is the ability to see threaded messages in a much more user-friendly format than before.

HTC has reduced the amount of information going on with this app from previous iterations, so you'll only see the information that you class as pertinent. So from being able to much more easily select multiple messages to delete, to being able to jump between accounts with a single tap on the account name in the corner, you'll find using an HTC as your primary email device will be one of the better experiences.

There's also a new feature called 'Smart Sync', which allows you to stop worrying about the frequency of your messaging updates and let the phone work out how often you're checking your emails, and updating the inbox accordingly. It's a fancy feature, but we didn't notice much in the way of battery saving on the One X.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA
SAR Value0.68 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne X
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density312 ppi
Height134.4 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne X
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Product LineOne X
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, G-sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HRL001-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Camera Never miss a shot. A speedy one second start-up, rapid-fire continuous shooting, simultaneous 1080HD video and imaging, and an 8MP camera. And with HTC ImageChip get great shots regardless of lighting and movement.

Sound The HTC One series all come with Beats Audio™ so everything you hear on your phone-from music and videos to games and YouTube-is rich and authentic.

Design The 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen is both durable and scratch-resistant. And the minimalist design includes curved glass, a piano gloss sidewall, and an iconic camera ring on the back.

Limited Warranty1 Year