The HTC One X: A Smartphone for Camera Lovers

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I just got a new HTC One X, and I am absolutely in love with this phone. It's jam packed full of great features for taking photos and video, and it's got plenty of space to store all those photos and videos. This powerful phone is also great for gaming and apps. This is my review of the HTC One X. 


GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced2012, February
StatusAvailable. Released 2012, May
BODYDimensions134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight130 g
- Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAYTypeSuper IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~312 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
- HTC Sense UI
SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotNo
Internal32 GB (26 GB user-available) storage, 1 GB RAM
SpeedHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB (MHL) v2.0
CAMERAPrimary8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
FeaturesSimultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
SecondaryYes, 1.3 MP, 720p
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
ChipsetNvidia Tegra 3
CPUQuad-core 1.5 GHz
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
BrowserHTML, Adobe Flash
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsGray, White
- MicroSIM card support only
- Beats Audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Document viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
BATTERYStandard battery, Li-Po 1800 mAh
Talk time
MISCPrice group
TESTSDisplayContrast ratio: 1410:1 (nominal) / 2.158:1 (sunlight)
LoudspeakerVoice 65dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 75dB
Audio qualityNoise -82.1dB / Crosstalk -80.7dB
CameraPhoto / Video
Battery lifeEndurance rating 37h

2011 wasn't a very good year for HTC, and they have decided to try to make a comeback with their One series of smartphones. The big question here is if they will prove with this series that they've still got what it takes to make a fantastic smartphone.

  • Feel
The HTC One X is thin but its size causes it to feel slightly awkward in my feminine hands, but it's nothing that I can't handle (fortunately I've got big hands for a female). Still, people with very petite hands may want to steer clear of this smartphone. The HTC One X feels like it's made completely out of plastic, but in reality it is made of super tough polycarbonate, so you don't need to worry as much about dropping it as you do a plastic smartphone. It's weighted, so it has a nice solid feel in your hands. The glass feels like it's plastic too, but it's Corning Gorilla coated for extra toughness and protection against smudges and scratches.

  • Screen
The HTC One X utilizes a slightly upgraded form of LCD it calls "super LCD". However, for an LCD phone the One X gets good dark blacks and bold colors. This phone also has a 1280x720 pixel display, so there are no annoying subpixels. 

  • Operating System
The HTC One X runs the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, if you're looking for a stock version of Android, look elsewhere. HTC has made its own modifications to the Android operating system (like they always do). These modifications make Android 4.0 behave a lot more like Android 2.3. However, there are some changes that are new, like the recent apps and widgets screens.

If you go to Wireless & Networks > Usage you can find the Data Usage Monitoring tool, where you can set a data cap on your 4G connection so you never go over your carrier's data cap.

What really makes this phone stand out is its camera features, though. Group photos are automatically edited to get the best possible picture with everyone smiling, the camera can be set to wait until someone smiles to take a picture, there's a panoramic function, there's an HDR function, there's low light functions, and more. This phone also comes equipped with photo filters/effects and a movie editor so you can stylize your photos and videos on the go. 

Another thing that makes this phone stand out is its social functions. Facebook and Twitter are integrated in to the operating system, and HTC Friend Stream finally support accounts other than Facebook (Twitter and Flickr). 

  • Pre-Installed Apps
There are a lot of pre-installed apps, approximately 40. Fortunately this phone has 2 GB of app storage so it's not a big deal. The apps that are installed are useful and to be honest there hasn't been much more for me to install since most of the apps I use are already pre-installed. All Google's apps are there, including Google Plus, Play Books, Play Music, and Play Movies. Amazon's Kindle app is there, as well as Facebook, Twitter, HTC Hub, Notes (which sync with Evernote), and Google Talk. 

  • HTC Media Link
I haven't used this feature yet, so I'm going to refer to another review on the HTC One X:

Along with the car stereo clip, HTC is releasing a relatively easy way to connect your smartphone straight up to your TV without the need for any wires. If you buy the $90 HTC Media Link HD, you can mirror your phone’s screen directly to your HDTV with a swipe of your fingers. Using a wireless connection, you plug the Media Link into the wall (Micro USB) and your TV (HDMI). After a quick initial setup, you can simply swipe three fingers up the screen at any time and show your content, whether it be Angry Birds, a video, or pictures, right on your TV. Pretty neat.

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  • Beats Audio
Beats audio adds some great bass to tracks when you're listening through headphones, and it makes the external audio very loud. HTC's music app also acts as a hub for all your music players such as Google Music and Spotify. 

  • Camera
The camera is 8 MP and supposedly captures about 40% more light than other phone's cameras. The flash has 5 levels of intensity which it selects smartly. One of the new features in this phone is that it can capture pictures with one camera while shooting video with the other camera, so you're sure to capture every moment if you use this function. The camera is also capable of capturing bursts of photos. It's auto set to 20 but can easily go to 99. The video camera also has anti-shake technology, which allows you to shoot good video even if your hand is shaking or your subject is moving.

The photos below were all taken on "Auto". The first one was taken outside, the second one inside, and the third one in low light.

  • Battery
Unfortunately the One X has an internal battery, so you can't swap it out. However, the battery life on this phone is excellent. It lasts two days with moderate usage and a day with heavy usage. Charging takes a lot of time, however - 3 to 4 hours. 

  • Storage
Another bad point for the One X is it doesn't take an SD card. However, boasting 32 GB of internal storage, the One X doesn't need an SD card. 

  • Conclusion
The HTC One X is overall a great smartphone, and excellent for those seeking to upgrade their current smartphone. However, this phone isn't for the faint of heart or smartphone beginners. It's packed with a lot of features which can make it complicated for a beginner to use. The HTC One X doesn't have an external battery or room for an SD card, but fortunately it doesn't need those things thanks to its long battery life and massive storage space. This is definitely the phone to get if you're in to taking a lot of pictures and video. It features a top of the line camera and lots of photo and video related features. 

  • Pros
Thin, sleek, tough design
Lots of camera and video features
Lots of storage for apps and media
Plenty of RAM for running apps and games

  • Cons
No SD card slot
No removable battery
Large size can feel awkward

Overall I give this phone a 9/10.

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  1. Nice review! I agree with you that it is a Smartphone for camera lovers because of its superb camera features. I love it that I can take photos while recording videos. Get HTC One X at now.