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.
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.