I’m sure there’s no need for any introduction to the HTC One X, we’ve given you a preview of it at the regional launch in Singapore, went through some of the features, talked about the camera, some video previews of the features and camera, did an unboxing, a first look on the design and a first look on audio and benchmark, and now, here is the review.
Everybody loves slim, even if it means that the gadget will feel fragile. The HTC One X features a sexy design that unlike some of its competitors, doesn’t feel plasticky and isn’t as fragile as it looks. Complimented with a large 4.7” display that I simply adore – because I’m bored of the small screen on my iPhone, the One X is as sexy as ever, though if I were to name a flaw, it would be that the display is so big, it can be a bit tricky when using one hand to operate it; my hand always touch the screen when I’m reaching out to touch the other end of the display.
Review continues after the jump.
Unfortunately, as sexy as the phone may be, the camera is very badly designed. It protrudes out the back of the phone and is very prone to scratches unless you leave your phone facing down. The least HTC could’ve done was to design a tiny rim around the camera that protrudes out further to protect the lens; I’m already spotting scratches around my poor camera lens.
While I love the polycarbonate unibody design that doesn’t attract fingerprints like my iPhone, I hate how easily it gets dirtied, especially on the white version. A tiny dust from my fan fell on the phone and by simply swiping my finger across it to remove it, it got stained immediately. Fortunately, it’s nothing an eraser can’t remove so HTC One X owners, please buy an eraser as well; you could always use a casing, but I like my gadgets naked. The eraser trick works for pencil and even pen stains too.
Performance wise, I’ve heard about complaints about it speed before and that it tends to be quite laggy at times but so far, I haven’t faced any major problems. There are some signal issues though – calls tend to drop more compared to my iPhone, but I can’t be sure it’s the phone’s fault or is it my line. Now that I’m using back my phone, I’m still facing the same issue.
The battery life isn’t fantastic, I see everyone complaining about it but fortunately for me, it isn’t much of a problem. After upgrading to iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 and even buying the iPhone 4S, the two Apples have successfully trained me to not be fussy about battery life. Moreover, it’s not like the One X is loaded with applications…yet.
The camera may be one of the best features on the One X but under low lights, images captured can be rather noisy. I’m not complaining though, for a phone camera, it’s very good but with a kid and spending most of my time at home, that’s where I use the camera the most. The bright side to this is (no pun intended), the camera works perfectly fine under bright lights.
Finally, I’m enjoying the extra storage on Dropbox given for free for 24 months. For those of you who do not plan to pay to keep the storage after 2 years, please reconsider having it synced to your camera album because after the duration is up, it’s going to be a pain transferring them elsewhere. If I were to rate the phone, I would give it an 8.5/10; the 1.5 points is penalized from the lousy camera design and a poor battery life.
The HTC One X is now available on our StoreKini at RM1,988
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