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HTC One X Plus review

 Review: November 2012  
 

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: An enhanced version of the brilliant One X, the One X+ provides a faster processor, more memory and a bigger battery.

Best buy: HTC U Ultra 64GB from TechintheBasket (£343.00)



 

Review

HTC's "best phone ever" - the HTC One X - launched in April 2012 and 7 months later it's on the scrap heap. It's been replaced by the HTC One XL (a 4G version) and now the HTC One X+ (a souped-up 3G version). Yes, the pace of mobile technology is getting ever faster, which is ironic since most people now find themselves stuck on 24 month contracts. Anyway, the question is - can the One X+ do what the One X failed to do and make HTC top dog for Android? And is it enough of a step forward from the One X to justify a new phone? OK - you spotted it - that was two questions.

Getting physical

From the outside, you'd be hard pressed to tell the One X+ apart from the One X. It has the same dimensions as the One X and weighs just 5g more, at 135g. The durable unibody casing gives the phone a sleek, premium look and a feeling of quality. Although a large phone, it feels smaller than it is, thanks to its slimline design.

The screen is the same as before - a huge 4.7 inch Super LCD display with fabulously bright colours and HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) putting it ahead of Apple's Retina display in terms of number of pixels. The curved display is now protected by Gorilla Glass 2.

As we've remarked many times before, a display of this kind may seem enormous at first, but you quickly get used to it and it becomes hard to imagine ever going back to a smaller screen. Whether you're browsing the web, watching videos or simply doing everyday smartphone jobs, you'll love the luxury of a 4.7 inch screen.

Faster & better

Behind the scenes, the already extremely fast 1.5GHz quadcore processor has been replaced with an insanely fast 1.7GHz Tegra 3 processor and there's an uprated GPU to go with it. The processor makes mincemeat of any task you care to throw at it, even graphics-hungry work like games, maps, web browsing and video.

The 32Gb of memory has been upgraded to a massive 64GB, although the RAM remains the same at 1GB. You'll also get 25GB free Cloud storage via Dropbox.

The GPS receiver has been updated to also handle the GLONASS satellite network, so you get double the positioning ability.

Android Jelly Bean & HTC Sense 4+

The One X+ runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and HTC Sense 4+. HTC Sense gives the phone a strong identity, with widgets and refinements to add to the already polished and capable Android. Compared with the HTC One X, which runs Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), the new OS gives you smarter searching, Google Now information cards (reminders of events, traffic news, train times, etc) and Voice Search.

HTC’s Music Hub gives you access to music tracks and HTC Watch 2.0 lets you buy or rent HD movies, which you can watch on your phone or stream to another device such as a DLNA-equipped HD TV.

Cameras

HTC have been steadily acquiring a good reputation for camera phones, and the X+ builds on an already strong platform. The front camera has an 8 megapixel sensor, a BSI sensor (for better low-light imaging) and an unusually large f2.0 lens to gather in as much light as possible. A smart LED flash automatically provides 5 different levels of lighting. Thanks to the quad-core processor and the dedicated imaging chip, image capture is very fast indeed - up to 4 shots per second. One-press continuous shooting captures up to 99 shots, and you can even capture a photo in the middle of recording a video, or extract a still image from a video frame. The main camera can record video in full HD 1080p resolution, with an option to record with high quality slow motion.

The secondary forward-facing camera has been uprated to 1.6 megapixels and can record HD 720p video.

Beats Audio

Like other high-end HTC phones, the X+ is equipped with Beats Audio for deeper bass, crisper vocals and detailed high notes. A 3.5mm headphone jack is provided or you can stream music to a Bluetooth headset or to any DLNA-equipped sound system.

Connectivity

Unlike the HTC One XL, the One X+ doesn't support 4G. Instead you have quadband 3G HSPA and GSM, plus Wi-Fi for fast data access. Bluetooth 4.0, USB and NFC are also covered.

Battery life

The One X suffered from relatively poor battery life, due to the large screen, power-hungry processor and huge array of features. Many users struggled to get through a busy day with their phone, and this problem was exacerbated by the fact that the battery was non-removable, so you couldn't swap it. The battery in the X+ is rated at 2100mAh, which seems much more like what's needed here, but we suspect that battery life still isn't going to be a strongpoint of this phone.

Conclusion - HTC's new best phone

The One X was the highlight of HTC's range of phones, and was a serious contender to Samsung's Galaxy S3, although it never managed to achieve the same sales volume. The X+ takes everything that the X offered and adds a faster processor, more memory and a bigger battery. Once again, HTC have delivered a barnstormer of a phone, although the high price at launch may put some users off. Still, if you're looking for the best Android phone available at the close of 2012, the HTC One X Plus needs to be on your shortlist. We even prefer it to the 4G-compatible One XL.


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Reviewed by roy from england on 22nd Sep 2015
Had this phone for 2 years now, so I'm a long time user. I originally bought this phone as a MP3 player because of the great amount of storage (64gb and of course because it had beats audio. I must say I have not had any problems with it in the 2 years I have been using it especially when you have to realise that I got it 2nd hand (190). it is without doubt a magnificent phone and if and when this one breaks down I think I will purchase another. Even after 3 years since it's release its still a class above many other smart phones out there. if you don't mind the small screen size 4.7in then I recommend to get it.
5 stars and then some.
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Reviewed by Brian from UK on 2nd Nov 2013
Excellent phone updated to sense 5 now which makes it even better.Battery life is good last a day easy with moderate/heavy use,had phone about 8 months and hasn't crashed yet.Had a slight problem phone would disconnected from the Internet or show the error sim card not detected would have to turn the radio off or restart the phone to cure it.Then i realized it really only did it when at work, Vodafone :( gave girlfriend the sim card and i went on GiffGaff never done it since so must have just been poor signal,phone is temperamental when it comes to poor signal my Samsung never did it at work on Vodafone.Lovely design with the black back and red everyone who sees it compliments it,just hope they do a updated model with a 5inch screen and a micro SD card holder and ill chuck it in my basket. :)
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Reviewed by MR SHAH from PAKISTAN on 3rd Apr 2013
WOW THIS IS WHAT CAN BE SAID TO BE A NEAR PERFECT SMARTPHONE
IN 2011 IT WAS SAMSUNG GALAXY S2 BUT IN 2012 IT MUST BE HTC ONE X+ FOR SURE
BUILT QUALITY OF HTC HAS ALWAYS BEEN PREMIUM QUALITY BUT IN THIS SET ITS NOT JUST THE EXTERNAL BEAUTY BUT THE INTERNAL ONE AS WELL
SINCE THE TIME I GOT HANDS ON THIS BEAST I WAS SIMPLY MESMERIZED BY ITS SCREEN QUALITY WHICH I MUST ADMIT IS AT PAR WITH THE SUPERB SUPER AMOLED PLUS OF GS2
THE SMOOTH SOFTWARE COMBINATION OF HTC SENSE & ANDROID JELLY BEANS MAKES FOR A SMOOTH USER EXPERIENCE AS ONE CAN EASILY SCROLL THROUGH THE MENUS & APPS WITHOUT ANY NOTICEABLE LAG
BEING A QUAD-CORE SET CLOCKING AT 1.7GHZ IT IS FASTER THAN SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 (1.4GHZ) & GALAXY NOTE 2 (1.6GHZ) MEANING THAT HIGH POWERED APPS JUST FUNCTION FLAWLESSLY ON THE SET & ONE CAN MULTI-TASK WITH EASE
CAMERA IS ANOTHER THING WHERE HTC SEEMS TO HAVE STRUGGLED AGAINST THE BEST, & TO BE FRANK IT IS NOT THE BEST COMPARED TO S3,NOTE2 OR EVEN GALAXY S2 BUT THE ADDED FUNCTIONALITY OF SIMULTANEOUS CAPTURE OF STILL PHOTOS ALONG WITH VIDEO RECORDING MAKES UP FOR THAT
MUSIC EXPERIENCE IS REALLY GOOD ON THIS SET AS IT IS BEATS AUDIO INTEGRATED SOFTWARE THAT MAKES FOR SOME AWESOME MUSIC EXPERIENCE
THE ORGANIZERS & OFFICE APPS ARE EXTREMELY GOOD & A MATCH FOR ANY BUSINESS DEVICE CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET
INTERNET EXPERIENCE IS TYPICA OF ANY HTC ANDROID SET THAT IS TOP NOTCH
MOST IMPORTANTLY THE BATTERY LIFE OF THE SET IS ABOVE THE AVERAGE OF ANY HIGH END DEVICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INCLUDING BLACKBERRY, IPHONE5 AND GALAXY S3 MAYBE AT PAR WITH GALAXY NOTE 2, AS I AM ABLE TO GET A FULL DAY OUT OF THE SET QUITE EASILY EVEN THOUGH I USE MY DEVICE AS A LAPTOP

ALL IN ALL IT IS ONE OF THE BEST SETS EVER MADE & CAN EASILY GIVE GALAXY S3 & IP5 REALLY TOUGH TIME
NO REAL DRAWBACKS
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Reviewed by Les from GB.SHEFFIELD on 2nd Apr 2013
Forget the HTC ONE, had this phone for two weeks and it is the best phone out there, just sold my SGS3 to get this phone and it is miles better.
Don't get me wrong the HTC ONE is no dout a great phone but I believe the blink feed and the zoe are just gimmicks you can manage without.
The One X plus has a great camera, never drops any calls like the samsung did, the sound quality is great and the battery lasts easily a day with medium to heavy use and 2 day's medium to light use, it is also sleeker and better looking than the ONE being all black with the red highlights.
Much better than the iphone 4 and the SGS3, had lots of phones over the years but this is easily the best, by a long way, very happy.
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Reply by John from Ireland on 10th Apr 2013
The One is far superior in my opinion, its beautiful sexy aluminium body, its boom sound which is a first for any phone and not to mention the Full HD screen which is outstanding. Let me tell you honestly that the camera is also outstanding and takes truly beautiful pictures. Yes the blink feed is a bit of a gimmick but its useful. HTC one x + in my opinion was best phone for 2012 but I'm afraid it's last years technology now and the HTC one is again in my opinion the best phone of 2013 so far as I have yet to get my mist on the S4.

Reviewed by John C from England on 18th Feb 2013
Just upgraded from the One X and this is by far the best phone I've ever had! The one x was good but it did struggle soemtimnes with games and stuff, this thing literally flies through anything! Feels way better than an S3 and the iphone 5 just looks a bit naff next to this!
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Reviewed by Craig from Scotland on 11th Feb 2013
Had my One X+ for 4 months now, it's one of the best phone around. Does everything quickly, massive storage (64Gb, plus 20Gb Dropbox), very responsive, good camera, good call quality. Screen resolution is fantastic. However, it is not the most physically robust mobile I have ever had. Mine is now with HTC repair because it wouldn't charge for no apparent reason. Because there is no SD card facility I have lost everything, phone numbers, texts, pictures, all my music, paid for apps. My whole life was on the phone. Good phone, just get a quality protective case and back up regularly!!!
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Reply by Craig from Scotland on 5th Nov 2013
A quick update. Received my phone back fro HTC. Worked fine for a while, dropped it once (not from hieght) and the whole screen is broken. Good interals, but HTC hardware leaves a lot to be desired!

Reviewed by Steve Howell from GB on 4th Jan 2013
Love it, unable to find fault with it, in a nutshell - awsome
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Reviewed by mark lopez from england on 30th Dec 2012
The HTC one x+ is a fantastic phone, I've been using since November,
And I couldn't be happier, the lightning quick processor is a joy,
The beats audio is far far louder than the original one x,
Honestly if your in three minds to go with this or the s3 or ip 5
Go and get this, its completely hassle free, perfect phone.
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Reviewed by Iain from England on 8th Dec 2012
Fantastic phone, tried a Samsung Galaxy S3 for a few days but wasn't too sure on it. As I had a HTC Desire HD previously so I returned the S3 and went for the HTC One X+ instead, and I am so glad I did. The phone is quick, easy to use and a big improvement on my Desire HD. As far as the battery life is concerned, I dont see any difference compared to the. Build quality is far better than the S3 and in my opinion is overall a better package than the S3. I would recommend anyone to go and buy this phone.
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Reviewed by George from England on 30th Nov 2012
What a mega phone, i cnn't beleive the difference between this and my old Desire. I can also go 2 days without charging.
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Reviewed by orb3000 from Mexico on 9th Nov 2012
One X+ is a great upgrade from One X, and sure to be one of the best devices of 2012.
The black color is amazing and the new material finish gives you a pleasant feeling on your hand. All in all the best design and build quality so far!
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