[Tech Sun] The One with the X Review
Week by week I surprise myself by the level of awesomeness I achieve, I now am giving let’s say 60% of my potential with this new job I have and that’s something amazing! Seriously brilliant if I say so myself! This week in “Technology Sunday” I give you my first published Gadget Review, The One X. Bear in mind that I have not been an avid Android user but from the device and packaging itself I fell in lust with it. I, of course, wanted to remain as unbiased as ever chose to refrain from comparing the device to any other mobile out there but to tell you the truth the build and quality of it made me covet wanting to hold it in my hands longer, unfortunately it did not run my beloved iOS system hence I could not remain interested for long.
So without further ado, I give you my awesome, unbiased review of the HTC One X. If I made a mistake in any place please don’t hesitate to tell me about it, but also take it with a kind heart.
KUWAIT: The introduction of the HTC One Series back in February promised beautiful designs and enhanced user experiences, and with the One X, HTC has delivered that and more. HTC has sent Al Watan Daily a review unit to put through its tracks and test out the overall experience, which will be tackled within the different categories seen below.
Build and Quality
The moment you take the device out of its box you will feel a very well built device, one that entices its new owner with its polycarbonate unibody that’s matte on the back and glossy at the sides. In comparison to previous HTC models this design instills a new beginning for HTC while maintaining their overall look and feel of a clean and thin phone. Looking at the phone there isn’t much to see other than the speaker grill that is seen at the top front of the phone along with a 720p camera used for video calls. The most important controls are available on the sides of the phone, which include the micro-USB charging port on the left and the volume rocker on the right. One thing that is different than most HTC phone models is the micro-SIM card slot available at the top of the phone along with the power button and 3.5mm jack audio connector.
One of the strongest features of the One X happens to be its 4.7” Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen with a pixel density of 316ppi. At this resolution one sees the colors more natural than previous models. Some might argue that the 4.7” screen is too big but when it comes to the One X its perfectly balanced out and one can definitely use more of the screen viewing area when accessing different applications and games.
The camera, an 8 megapixel with backside-illuminated sensor, was dubbed, as being an “amazing camera” at the Mobile World Congress in February and HTC didn’t disappoint. Although the One X takes very good photos they can look a bit dull in comparison to other handsets but that is simply because the One X adapts a more realistic approach to the photos maintaining a lower noise and saturation in its images. It’s one of the quickest camera phones we’ve ever seen with its burst mode. The most distinguished feature however is that there is no more distinction between photo and video modes, in short that means you can take a still image while recording a video.
Performance and Software
The One X features the first Tegra 3 Quad-core chip, which promises to deliver a speedy performance along with the latest Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, and it doesn’t disappoint. Navigating between available apps and playing games proved to be as speedy as advertised. But the area that showed the most improvement was the browser performance, which has increased greatly than before. HTC has added their own customization to Ice Cream Sandwich within their light Sense 4.0 version, which doesn’t feel as bloated as previous models. To put it bluntly, performance wise this phone delivers and more.
The biggest drawback one faces with the smartphones of this age is the battery life of the device. Equipped with a 1,800 mAH non-replaceable battery, the phone managed to churn out 12 hours of moderate use which included checking email and social networks, making a few calls, sending some messages, taking a few pictures, and downloading a few apps. The battery life does differ from user to user and with the correct battery calibration apps one can manage to go throughout the day without having to recharge the phone.
In short, the HTC One X, is one of the best android phones running the latest version of its software Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC’s lighter version of their Sense customization. If one can overlook its depleting battery life, but amazing sleek, powerful performance and build then this is the phone for you. It is currently available in the market in either a white or grey version for the price of 190 KWD.
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