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HTC One X+ review

The One X just got better

The HTC One X+ gives you not one, but two browsers to choose from when you fire it up, with the stock Android offering, which has been given a bit of a HTC Sense flair, alongside Google Chrome.

Both browsers will automatically hook up with your Google account once you open them for the first time – as long as you've already signed into your Google account on the One X+ that is.

This gives you access to bookmarks you've saved to Google in the past, allowing you to get to your favourite sites nice and quickly.

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There's not too much to pick between the two browsers, which both offer up tabbed browsing, bookmarks, offline reading and text re-flow without too much hassle.

In terms of speed the browsers are pretty similar, however we're inclined to say that Google Chrome was a second or two quicker than the default Internet app most of the time.

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Over 3G the TechRadar mobile site fully loaded in a not to shabby three seconds in Chrome, while it took an extra second in the Android browser, while the full site took around seven seconds to load in a usable format, and a further three to fully display the various moving banners.

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This puts the One X+ firmly in contention with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 in terms of web speed, and it seems the slight lag we experienced with the One X has been ironed out, with that beefy quad-core processor running the show.

Panning and zooming is relatively smooth, however every now and then the One X+ had to take a second to think about what it was doing, but it didn't detract from the overall experience, and the automatic text reflow made reading articles a cinch.

That large, HD 4.7-inch display also means that websites look lovely, with a bucket load of detail making text legible and images appear crisp and bright.

A handy feature which is on offer in the stock Internet browser but not in Chrome is Reader, which strips out all the images, banner ads and other bits and pieces of a website, offering you up just the text from the article for an easily consumable reading experience.

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It's something Apple has implemented in its Safari browser and we saw it make an appearance on the One X and we're glad it's made it to the HTC One X+, just look for the square icon at the start of the URL page to enable this mode and then enjoy!

If you're someone who likes to store up some pages to read on the way home when out of signal both browsers offer offline reading, which saves an image of the selected page for you to peruse at your leisure.

There's good news for flash fans too, after Adobe and Google said the format would not be supported on Jelly Bean, there's an option to enable Flash in the Android browser's menu, which meant we could enjoy the BBC's videos without a care in the world.

This is somewhat surprising as we were told Flash wouldn't make an appearance on smartphones running Android 4.1 and above, but here we are, using flash, on a device running Jelly Bean. Mind, blown.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory64 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne X+
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time12.75 Hour
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density312 ppi
Height134.4 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne X+ Smartphone
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Product LineOne X+
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HTD001-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

More speed. More storage. More battery life. A mighty 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of storage and our longest-lasting battery yet: up to 50% longer!.

Amazing Camera. Built for the photographer in you with convenient one-press continuous shooting, simultaneous HD video and high-res photo capture, and a front-facing camera for great shots.

Authentic Sound. Hear music the way the artist intended with exclusive Beats Audio™ built in. Get easy access to all the music you love via HTC Music hub and Sync Manager.

Limited Warranty1 Year