There can only be One… as a saying from a movie goes. The monicker for the one product to rule them all has been thrown around here and there by many manufacturers for quite some time. HTC has jumped in the bandwagon with their latest family, the HTC One. Here, we have the HTC One X as a review, and let’s see how it fairs on our test bed.
Beauty in White
First impressions, we fell in love with the phone at the moment we opened the box. What is not to love? The large, expansive no-scratch glass covering the front of the phone is part of the industrial design that went into the overall look of the phone. You will also there are three buttons on the front – all touch only – instead of the usual four for android phones. This is because of the directive of Google to not use the settings button you usually see before. This is an overall directive for new Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Yes, this is an ICS machine, but we will talk a bit later.
Other than the three button on the front, the One X has a very minimalistic design. A power button on top, volume rocker on the right side and a mini USB slot on the left side makes up the whole phone. The SIM, which uses the micro variety, sits on top, just behind the power button. The One X also features a non-removable battery so you cant swipe the 1800 mAh battery with a bigger one if you want to.
The HTC One X is the first official device from the company, apart from its sister phone the HTC One S and V that uses the new HTC Sense UI. The big difference between the previous Sense versions is that this iteration has less bloat – i.e. not many unwanted graphics that will bog the system down.
Best. Screen. Ever.
Apart from the design, the One X also features a LCD screen – not AMOLED screen like some phones out there. The net result is that the screen is vibrant not to the extent of over-saturation like AMOLED screens will have. Using NVIDA’s Tegra 3 processor, the One X breezes through all our daily usage scenario, and even running our test with Quadrant yielded an impressive 4626 points – well ahead than contemporary phones on the market. We are very happy with that.
Sad Battery Life
What we are not happy is the battery life on the phone. With occasional calls, SMSs and background 3G polling for social media, we managed to get only around six hours and 20 minutes, with the screen at half brightness. Not good HTC.