BLOWN AWAY

HTC IS BACK WITH THE ONE X, WHICH COM­BINES THE BEST OF TECH­NOL­OGY—A MEAN PIECE OF HARD­WARE—WITH THE BEST SOFT­WARE AROUND, OF­FER­ING AN AWE­SOME EX­PE­RI­ENCE FOR THE USER.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LAUNCH PAD - TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL & PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

In the past cou­ple of years, Sam­sung has man­aged to out­shine HTC with an ar­ray of su­perb mod­els hand­sets. But the Tai­wanese com­pany has hit back. While the world is still wait­ing for the next flag­ship Gal­axy phone, HTC has launched its One X, one of the first smart­phones pow­ered by a quad-core pro­ces­sor.

Nat­u­rally, there was ex­cite­ment at get­ting our hands on a quad-core chip. We soon re­alised that there were a lot of other things in the de­vice that wowed us. The 4.7-inch dis­play is beau­ti­ful, sharp, crisp and bright—it is un­doubt­edly the best 720 x 1080 pix­els dis­play. Sur­pris­ingly, even with such a big dis­play the phone wasn’t un­com­fort­able to hold. There are three phys­i­cal touch keys — back, home and mul­ti­task­ing — be­low the dis­play that makes it easy to use.

Although we have al­ready re­viewed Sam­sung’s Nexus, it’s not yet launched in In­dia. So of­fi­cially, the HTC One X is the first hand­set with An­droid Ice-cream Sand­wich on­board. How­ever, the in­ter­face is not what you would ex­pect of an An­droid, as it comes wrapped in the cus­tomised HTC Sense user in­ter­face.

To test the 1.5 GHZ quad-core pro­ces­sor we had to use the smart­phone to its op­ti­mum and even run a few bench­mark tests. The de­vice scored de­cently well on most of the tests and us­ing heavy graphic ap­pli­ca­tions or switch­ing be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions were smooth.

The best use of the quad-core chip came while op­er­at­ing the 8 MP aut­o­fo­cus cam­era where it quickly man­aged to cap­ture a shot and was ready for the next one. Press­ing the cam­era key down for 15 secs made the phone click 50 images, the shut­ter sound­ing like a ma­chine gun. This makes the cam­era per­fect for cap­tur­ing chil­dren or fast mov­ing ob­jects. Full HD videos too did not break the rhythm of this mean de­vice. We didn’t no­tice much lag at all.

Then there is Beats Au­dio to en­sure a good mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence.

While Google ser­vices and ba­sic apps are usu­ally a part of An­droid smart­phone, the HTC One X has a lot many pre­loaded apps such as 7 Dig­i­tal for mu­sic, Bollywood Hungama, Car, ebuddy XMS, Flash­light, mir­ror, Google+, movie ed­i­tor, etc. HTC is also giv­ing its One X users free ac­cess to 25GB stor­age on Drop­box for two years where they can backup all their data in­clud­ing mu­sic, images and doc­u­men­ta­tion. Noth­ing new, but still a good value add-on.

With the heavy us­age and the juice guz­zling pro­ces­sor, we were wor­ried that the bat­tery would die be­fore the end of the day. But still the bat­tery lasted a few hours be­yond the day on a full charge.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.