HTC One X review: Android in a league of its own

By Andrew Rafter,

We got our hands on HTC’s mid-range One S last month and this week we got our mits on the goliath of the new HTC range, the One X.

From the moment you open the box you know you’re looking at an impressive handset, there’s a gargantuan 4.7-inch display, a quad-core processor and a stunning camera – everything a smartphone user could ever wish for.

HTC One X

Like its smaller brother the One X use a new unibody design, so there’s no removing the battery but you do get a build quality like no other Android handset we’ve seen before.

Out are the cheap, flexing plastics and in are polycarbonate posh plastic – making it incredibly solid despite its lightweight feel.

With the unibody case the design curves are no longer spoilt by gaping holes and slots – some might gasp at the lack of a microSD slot, but, thankfully, the One X comes with an impressive 32GB of built-in storage is plenty, and you also get access to bonus Dropbox storage for two years.

One of, if not, the most impressive features you’ll find on the One X is the screen. It’s probably the best screen we’ve come across – it has almost perfect 180 degree viewing angles, incredible colour reproduction and works equally as well during still or moving images.

At 4.7 inches, it’s the resolution that stands out on the screen, it measures 312 pixels per inch, almost as high-definition as the iPhone 4S, and the larger screen size means it looks arguably more impressive.

Not only have HTC managed to create one of the best screens around, the camera on the HTC One X is equally accomplished. The snapper is rocking an 8-megapixel camera, LED flash and has almost no shutter lag when taking pictures.

HTC One X Back

For those of you looking to capture video you’ll be glad to know the 1080p functionality works admirably, with deep blacks and eye-piercing colours.

The icing on the top of the One X is the new quad-core processor – we’ll concede the only real benefit of a quad-core handset is it incredibly fast, nothing else. It zips from app to app in the blink of an eye. But if you use the phone on intensive graphical apps then it will burn through the battery in less than 3 hours. But, ultimately, in every department, the phone’s speed knocks you out.

Android handsets have always been one step behind Apple when it comes to lasting a full day on a single charge – to remedy this perceived short fall HTC have given the One X their biggest battery yet. Everyday use should get you anywhere from 12 to 16 hours – start playing videos and games and you’ll be lucky to get a third of that. Thankfully Ice Cream Sandwich is onboard and allows you to keep track of the apps you’re running in the background and allow you to kill them off to save on some juice.

The HTC One X is the best phones HTC has ever made. You get a real sense that from the 40-odd phones they’ve released over the last couple of years they really learned from all minor the missteps and brought all that knowledge together to make the One X.