HTC ONE X
HTC, $899 htc.com/au ★★★★★
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.