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HTC, $899 ★★★★★

HTC’S new smart­phone feels like the smartest of all. For starters, it is the first smart­phone with a quad-core pro­ces­sor, and a 1.5GHZ model at that.

Sec­ond, it is the sec­ond smart­phone in Australia to de­liver the new Google An­droid soft­ware, Ice Cream Sand­wich.

Third, it of­fers imag­ing ad­vances bound to make other phone users jealous.

And it packs these ad­di­tions into a shell curved for com­fort and only 8.9mm thick.

De­spite its other head­line fea­tures, the One X first grabs at­ten­tion with a bright 4.7-inch touch­screen. Its 720p HD res­o­lu­tion falls short of the Ap­ple iphone’s dis­play, but looks im­pres­sively sharp.

Us­ing the Quad­rant Stan­dard test, this phone proved to have more than twice the grunt of the Sam­sung Gal­axy Nexus.

In prac­tice, its apps rarely fal­tered nor did multi-task­ing cause de­lays.

To show this off, HTC has added a mul­ti­task­ing but­ton be­neath the screen that shows open apps in minia­ture and lets users flip through ti­tles and open or dis­miss them.

HTC has given its 8-megapixel cam­era a ded­i­cated imag­ing chip, let­ting it fo­cus and record an im­age in one sec­ond.

Fur­ther­more, hold­ing down its shut­ter icon will send it into high-speed burst mode, cap­tur­ing up to 99 images.

There are one-tap photo fil­ters and 25GB of Drop­box stor­age.

The HTC One X has but a few fail­ings. You can’t boost its 32GB stor­age, its pro­trud­ing cam­era lens can be easy to scratch and the phone’s bat­tery life dis­ap­pears quickly if you leave the screen on.


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