The HTC One X is the new flagship Android smartphone from HTC, and it’s jammed packed with features. It has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor that runs on Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) along with HTC’s Sense 4.0 user interface. It has a 4.7-inch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC wireless networking, and dual cameras with HD video capture all crammed into a white stylish exterior.
The Gorilla Glass Super LCD 4.7-inch screen looks gorgeous offering 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution. The visuals look crisp and clean, and the screen is easy to see. Even in direct sunlight the screen is clear and easy to read, with no adjustments required.The device sets itself apart with its modern look and curved frame. The lightly textured back seems like a nice addition giving extra grip to the user, but in practice it ends up picking up a lot of dirt making it harder to keep clean than the standard glossier coating. While the HTC One X offers a large screen it’s rather comfortable to hold both in pocket and hand thanks to its slim design.
As previously mentioned, the One X has a lot going on under the hood: running on Android OS 4.0 with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Plus, it’s one of the first phones to include HTC’s Sense 4.0 user interface. The phone boasts a strong performance able to carry a heavy load of processes and applications while still running smoothly. This is all enhanced by the Sense 4.0 UI, which works fluidly to allow users to switch between apps and create custom widgets.
Another strong feature of the One X is its camera. The device is equipped with both an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. While these specs are fairly standard, the HTC One X separates itself with its optimized photography experience. The camera is responsive with little to no delay, and the phone offers a number of features including a self-timer, and the ability to set ISO and white balance.
One of the noticeable drawbacks to the HTC One X is its limited battery life. This device is a one day phone; while it is able to get through a full day with heavy use, the limited information provided by the battery roller is likely to give many users a few gray hairs. The phone indicates healthy battery life levels for a prolonged period of time, and then rapidly depletes without a warning notice, often making it difficult to gauge when the phone needs to be recharged.
There’s a lot to love about the HTC One X, including its lightning fast web performance, comfortable design, gorgeous display, and great camera. Though the phone does have a few shortcomings (i.e. the inconsistent battery meter) it is still an excellent device that sits at the top of a short list for best current Android smartphones.