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HTC One X Review
|| Review: April 2012
Last updated Nov 2012.
In a nutshell: An Android phone
with awesome capabilities, the HTC One X is possibly the best
smartphone currently available. With an incredible 4.7 inch
HD screen, the world's first quadcore processor, an 8 megapixel
camera with full HD video recording and fantastic Beats Audio
sound quality, the One X really is the ultimate phone.
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The 5th April, 2012 is the day HTC fans have been waiting for - the
release date of the HTC One X. According to HTC, the One X is the "Best
phone we've ever made," and we'd have to agree.
The formula is simple, but exciting: take HTC's best phone - the Android
Sensation XL - and throw every conceivable
improvement in technology at it. The result is amazing.
Physically the One X is very much like the Sensation XL, but even thinner
at just 8.9mm. That's thinner than the iPhone
4S, but a whisker thicker than Samsung's
Galaxy S2. It's a lot lighter too, at 130g, making the One X much
more of a mainstream phone. The lightweight unibody casing is smart,
strong and very minimalist in looks. It's beautifully crafted with curved
Gorilla Glass protecting the screen. The other difference you'll notice
about the appearance of the One X is that it has 3 capacitive buttons
below the screen. That's because it runs Ice Cream Sandwich (Android
4.0) - more about that later.
The display on the One X is mammoth at 4.7 inches. That's as big as
anything else on the market apart from the Galaxy
Note smartphone/tablet hybrid. We've grown to love these big screens
on high-end Android phones. The difference when web browsing, playing
games, watching videos, or just day-to-day tasks is striking. We're
willing to bet that once you've owned a phone like this, you'll never
want to go back to a smaller screen. The display on the One X is particularly
impressive as it's HD. With a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, it's
got as many dots as most TV's, and all packed into a mobile phone! The
result has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
If you could peel away the HD display, you'd find a lot of interesting
stuff going on underneath. The One X is the first quad core phone to
be released. Dual core was so 2011! There's a full 1GB of RAM available
too. This is obviously a very fast phone, but perhaps less obvious is
what to do with all that speed. Well, if you start thinking about the
HTC One X as a downsized tablet, you'll begin to get some ideas. HD
video playback, 3D gaming, ultra-fast web browsing and rendering of
Google Maps, for example. It can multi-task with ease, for instance
continuing to play music whilst making a HD video call. These are all
areas where the phone demonstrates its prowess.
The One X runs a combination of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich or
ICS) and HTC Sense 4. We first saw ICS on the Samsung
Galaxy Nexus, and we were impressed by its faster multi-tasking
and greater ease of use. But mostly we loved the face unlock feature.
In HTC's implementation, HTC Sense 4 dominates, so some of the ICS improvements
are less obvious. For example, the home screen is still dominated by
HTC's weather/clock widget. The notifications bar has been improved,
with more information and options. Generally speaking, the new interface
is more customisable and refined.
Photography is perhaps an area where HTC don't have such a strong reputation
as other manufacturers. That looks set to change with the HTC One X.
To describe the photo opportunities here as awesome is possibly an understatement.
The main camera has an 8 megapixel sensor and is capable of recording
in full HD 1080p resolution. It uses an unusually large f2.0 lens to
gather in as much light as possible. A smart LED flash provides more
lighting when needed and determines the amount of light needed, depending
on the distance of the subject. Now thanks to the quad-core processor
and a dedicated imaging chip, image capture is very fast indeed - certainly
a lot less than a second. And as part of Sense 4.0, HTC has introduced
a novel feature of being able to capture a photo in the middle of recording
a video - perfect for capturing those special moments that are gone
in a second. There's also the ability to record high quality slow motion
video. And to top it all there's a second front camera that can be used
for HD-quality video calling.
For music too, the phone excels. Like the HTC Sensation XL, the One
X is fitted with Beats Audio software customised for the Beats headset.
There's plenty of onboard memory here - 32GB in fact, although there's
no microSD memory card slot. But to compensate, you'll get 25GB free
Cloud storage via Dropbox.
Connectivity options are all covered, including Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
And the phone is equipped with everything else you might want from a
A final word on battery life. HTC have given this phone a very large
1800mAh battery, which is clearly what it needs. We haven't been able
to run exhaustive tests on this, but the battery life seems to be similar
to other smartphones of this calibre. Expect to charge every night and
you won't go far wrong.
To conclude this tour of the HTC One X, we're going to reiterate just
how impressed we are. By adding a quad core processor, a huge HD screen,
incredible photographic capabilities and just a whole lot of other features,
HTC have created probably the top Android phone of the moment. There's
nothing missing, and the only phones that come near are the Samsung
Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note.
Until the Samsung Galaxy S3 appears
at the end of May, HTC have won back their crown.
Update (15 Oct 2012): A 4G version of the phone, called the
HTC One XL is now available.
Update (9 Nov 2012): The One X has now been superseded by an
updated version called the HTC One X+.
Features of the HTC One X include:
- 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, f2.0 lens and smart LED flash
plus 1.3 megapixel front camera
- 1080p HD video recording / 720p HD front video camera
- Display: capacitive Super LCD touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability,
1280 x 720 pixels (4.7 inches) with auto-rotate
- GPS receiver with digital compass, Google Maps, HTC Footprints and
- Music player (aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma formats)
- FM radio
- Beats Audio sound
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, instant messaging
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA (21 Mbps download, 5.76 Mbps upload),
HTML5 web browser with Adobe Flash support
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack,
- Processor: NVIDIA 1.5GHz, quad core
- Memory: 32GB plus 1GB RAM
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (850/900/1800/1900
- Size: 134 x 70 x 8.9 mm
- Weight: 130g
- Battery: 1800 mAh
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Reviewed by Victor from United Kingdom on 4th
I have had the HTC One X (16gb) for almost a month now and my previous
phone was the Desire HD. The difference in power, speed, and responsiveness
was jaw dropping. The build quality admittedly isn't as good as the
Desire HD but the design of the gorgeous screen makes up for it. Its
pin sharp clarity is a thing of beauty. The size of the One X was something
I was concerned about and took a leap of faith when I upgraded, so glad
that I did. When you compare the Desire HD and the One X there's actually
not much extra between them. Yes it's bigger but not by much. I've had
no problems whatsoever with regards to either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and
the newer version of HTC's sense is a great update of the previous version.
Its slick, organised and oh so familiar. Admittedly I'm a little biased
as I've had such a great experience and 'relationship' with the Desire
HD, I doubt I'd want to use another system (Please note I have an iPod
Touch and a Galaxy tablet, so I've have experience of using them as
well, but HTC Sense is my weapon of choice). The facility to scroll
through your recent apps and swipe upwards to clear them is a great
idea and does seem to improve battery life. I have not seen the phone
lag once, yes it has 1GB less than the S3, but 1GB is all you need and
this phone proves it. The camera is fantastic, its photos are beautiful
and the wide variety of options from low light setting, to the take
photos whilst videoing, to HDR option are within easy reach and make
using the phone a really pleasurable experience. One suggestion is adding
a dedicated camera button on the side (this goes for quite a few other
manufacturers).Yes you can't change the battery, swap SD cards and when
you use it for heavy 3D gaming or open a lot of processor intensive
apps the battery does leave a little to be desired, but heck peeps it's
a Quad cored beast of a smart device and the charge times are pretty
quick, a lot quicker than some phones I've used and power saving options
do make a difference. One side note, I've run Quadrant and AnTuTu numerous
times and each time the scores are either on a par or better than the
S3 (insert smiley face).I did consider going for the Samsung Galaxy
S3, yes it has a removable battery and SD card, but I don't like the
Samsung front end Touchwiz (a little over complicated and not that user
friendly) and it felt cheaper in the hand compared to the One X. Both
the Desire HD and One X are so underrated, HTC didn't market it or advertise
it as heavily as Samsung did for the S3. Oh and on a side note I can
recommend the Otterbox Commuter if you value your hardware
Reviewed by Wayne from Australia on 6th Oct 2012
Have had this phone since it was first released and after a shaky start
a few software upgrades fixed most of the problems. I also have the
samsung S3 and I have to say I prefer the One X , I just think it is
a better quality phone and seems to run a lot smoother. They are both
great phones but the One X just feels better in hand to me. I also think
the camera is better than the S3. My one problem with this phone is
the overheating issue,sometimes I am worried it is going to melt , gps
seems to cause the most overheating trouble.There seems to be a bit
of talk on other sites about this problem but no one seems to have a
solution.If it was not for this I would say it is the perfect phone.
Reviewed by Phil th Fluter from United Kingdom on
4th Oct 2012
I go through phones like nobodies busines,just got rid of the Galaxy
Note, HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire. This phone stands out as the best
I've ever had. I've played with iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3, this is by
far more superior. Facial recognition is superb, HD video playback is
stunning, camera is awesome with some brilliant effects available, no
problem with wi-fi, browsing is fast, 3G+ reception excellent, power
button in better position than Note, still getting to grips with the
position of the back button, but overall this is an outstanding phone.
Reviewed by Nikki from United Kingdom on 22nd
I have to say this HAS GOT to be the best phone ever! And here are my
reasons for making claim to the fact .... I have had the One X since
it came out and have dropped it sooooo many times to the point where
it bounced off the floor and it has survived an almost fatal car accident
and still working fine!!! Seriously, how many phones can you say you
have been dropped (I would say at least 20 times) and been in a serious
high speed car accident and survived? It doesn't have a single scratch
on the screen, a few scuffs around the edges, but that's all! The features,
the speed EVERYTHING about this phone is amazing! I love it so much
I am taking out a second contract for the same phone to have as a spare
for when it finally does give up on me lol I will say that the signal
hasn't held as well since the accident 2 months ago but that really
doesn't bother me at all - it works and that's all I ask for after what
the poor lil mite has been through! lol
Reviewed by Agan from UK on 20th Sep 2012
Better than Samsung S3, such an underrated phone!
Reviewed by Tony Hayes from UK on 3rd Sep 2012
I have recently upgraded from a HTC Desire to a HTC One X after having
a good experience with the Desire, and being sucked in to the ‘HTC
quietly brilliant’ campaigns. However the experience has been
soured by an on-going problem with the phone.
A couple of months into contract I noticed that when pressing on the
left hand side of the screen, the screen seemed to discolour in a wave
type effect. Similar to throwing a stone into water, and ripples coming
from the centre. I instantly checked the Web, by Googling ‘screen
faults on the HTC One X.’ I found thousands of hits. It is clearly
a well known fault and people have even uploaded videos showing the
fault on to YouTube.
[Edited because original post very long - Ed]
Reply by GH from England on 13th Sep
Can i ask why you would want to press the left hand side of the screen
? Ive got a one x and i dont need to press the screen to use its features
just use it as a touch screen.
Reviewed by Jase from Uk on 3rd Sep 2012
First off I was an iPhone user and never thought I would swap as I was
used to IOS, I got sick of waiting for the iPhone 5 so I thought I'd
try an android!
Played with my friends Samsung galaxy S3 and didn't really like the
feel of it and he was dead against the HTC, but I thought I'd give it
a go anyway. It is one of the best moves I've done, on first getting
the phone ( took some getting used to android) I noticed how much faster
it was than my 4s but I didn't like certain things battery life and
screen flicker, but this was after one day of use. I noticed on the
second day a update to 1.28, so I updated it which improved the battery
but still a little screen flicker now and then, I checked again for
an update as I noticed on the net it was at 1.29 so checked and download
I have to say it is near on perfect now, I use it for around 10 mins
in the morning before going to work then it sits idle in my car until
I leave work (as I work in a prison) when I came out the phone was still
on 96% after 10 hrs, I then tried to run the phone flat so I could give
a full recharge by watching YouTube and surfing the net! I got just
over 4 hrs out of it before it started telling me the battery need charging.
This was the main flaw in this phone and either I was lucky to get one
with a good battery or the update sorted things out but I'm really pleased
with this phone and will not be getting the iPhone 5 due to this blowing
I looked for loads of reviews for iPhone to android I didn't find that
many but I have to say "just do it but give it a week" as I've had this
just over and will not go back now.
Reviewed by timi from nigeria on 14th Aug 2012
htc makes some of the best phones around, & i am a die-hard fan of theirs.
the only bone of contention i have with them is that their phones lack
enough internal memory.
Reviewed by Scott from England on 9th Aug 2012
Had the One X for a few days now having previously owned a Desire S
which I was most happy with. I only purchased the One X as I found it
on a contract for under £20 a month so thought I could sell it in the
worst case. I've decided to keep it, it is a worthy upgrade and offers
some extra zip and extended capability across the board mid range phones
cannot. And that 4.7 inch HD display is just awesome to hold, especially
since most people should be able to do so comfortably with one hand
(a worry of mine when ordering). But to be honest, I am not overly impressed.
Were I paying 25 per month or more, I would be perhaps more critical.
The problems are well known, and they are not insurmountable, but they
do niggle. If you want the latest tech, go for the S3 (provided you
can stand Touchwiz and the awful looks, both of which put me off instantly).
The One X is, under the bonnet, second best every time. But it's a lovely
piece of kit that will not let you down with its capabilities. If you
can find it on a good deal and fancy a phone that will still give you
far more positive surprises than nasty shocks, you're in luck. But an
unreliable unswappable battery and various other less severe niggles
mean it's not worth 5 stars.
Reviewed by cozy from england on 26th Jul 2012
At the end of May I made a stupid mistake in thinking
I will sell my one x and go for the Samsung s3 what a mistake.
Don't get me wrong the s3 is. Great phone, but I know now
The one x is far better much easier to navigate, the screen
Is far sharper but the reason I've now got another one x and sold
The s3 was for the beats audio it is out of this world.
Reviewed by GH from England on 5th Jul 2012
Read review after review on s3 and one x and opted for one x, phone
is superb, no wifi issues just faultless streaming,needs to be used
to appreciate its features.
Reviewed by Robbie Loughran from England on 2nd
I was going to get the Galaxy S 3 after owning a GS2 for the last year
but Samsung made the mistake of using a pentile screen and making the
phone look like a toy so I ordered the HOX, wow I'm glad i did, Sense
is soooo much better than touchwiz now i don't have to use a launcher!.
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 30th Jun 2012
Bought this phone and it has rubbish WiFi reception so returned it and
got another, same problem, returned that one and gave up one the One
X, HTC has acknowledged that a hardware problem does in fact exist with
this phone. http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/18/3094567/htc-one-x-wi-fi-hardware-connectivity-issues
Reviewed by Nigel from England on 30th Jun 2012
Well what can I say I have a One X, a Ipone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy
S3. I have gone fro the Iphone to a One X then to a Galaxy S3.
I have on problem I keep coming back to the One X. The Iphone display
is now far to small the Galaxy S3 somewhat annoying (don't know why?)
It's just that the One X dose everything very quickly and is easier
to use must say I love it.
Reviewed by me from usa on 30th Jun 2012
omigosh so big its bigga thtn my hand omg! i luv it!
Reviewed by Abu Yusef from UK on 22nd Jun 2012
Having had the Desire for 2 years im a great fan of HTC so chose this
ahead of SGS3. The screen on this phone and the build quality is the
best there is. My initial worry was the battery life which was awful
to start with but after a week greatly improved so you can get a days
use out of it. However i had some issues with this phone - the first
was GPS - it was just a bit out but it meant that the sat nav was unuasable.
Also the reception seemed quite poor. After many setting changes i still
couldnt get these right, but these 2 issues may have been due to a faulty
My other issues were the placing of the volume control on the phone.
Guarenteed if you watched anything in portrait you would be touching
these - very annoying. The browser itself also had some issues. On websites
with a lot of content the scrolling would be ever so slighly delayed
and when scrolling up the task bar always comes up. My final complaint
was the low volume setting of the speaker - i thought with 'beats audio'
ot would be great but it was worse than my old Desire. All of these
things (aside from the reception /gps) may seem quite minor, especially
when there are so many excellent features on the phone (htc sense in
itself is great) but after having the phone for a month decided to exhange
it for Galaxy S3 and this was definetly the right decision ( see my
review for that!)
Reviewed by NJT123 from UK on 22nd Jun 2012
Replaced my Ipod, my digital camera and my Kindle. No need for them
Screen is amazing and 3d games are fun.
Storage is enough and works well with Dropbox to help.
Audio Beats built in is a nice touch.
Reviewed by johnathon from uk on 20th Jun 2012
just as good as the s3 very fast lovely screen very clear feels good
in the hand, batt live is pretty good after its been conditioned after
a few flat charges, wifi reception is the best ive had and ive had most
android phones also reception excellent, a few software bugs but nothing
you cant work around until htc sort them out, really good looking phone,
its all about knowing how to use a smart phone and settings some people
just dont have a clue what there doing, 5 star phone
Reviewed by michael from england on 16th Jun 2012
apalling signal and wi-fi reception with this phone and its replacement
- as a result got a refund . There is a growing number of people reporting
signal issues with this phone on the internet - make sure if you buy
this phone to get a retailer with a good returns policy !
Reply by Jane from UK on 20th Jun
you must live in a bad area for signal & wifi...........change your
network! there is nothing wrong with this phone!!
Reply by johnathon from uk on 20th
signal is mostly down to your network wifi is always down to your router.
my sgnal is the best ive ever had with any android phone excellent all
Reply by Dace from Australia on 21st
Had the same problem with my first two HTC One X's then third one was
fine with very good reception. I am not sure if there was a faulty batch
or if a software update fixed the problen but i am very happy now.
Reply by Dave from UK on 25th Jun
I think the WiFi problem is a known issue, I tried to post a link to
a story but it wasn't allowed, but I have seen news stories relating
to the re-design of the WiFi system. Sure hope they sort it soon, my
contract is nearly up and I was planning on getting the One X, come
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
25th Jun 2012
We have no rule against posting links to relevant articles.
Reply by Nigel from England on 30th
Crazy the reception on the One X is better than a Galaxy S3 never drops
out when the S3 dose and has the best WIFI to date and I've had every
phone you can buy!!!!!
Reviewed by andrew from scotland on 14th Jun 2012
Great battery life, lovely clear screen super fast no lag. i cant find
fault with this monster of a phone every one admires it. as as been
said battery isnt as bad as some make out normal use and am getting
Reviewed by Gary from Eltham, London. on 13th
Can't fault this phone at all. The battery is not as bad as people make
out, at least a day and a bit ( much better than my Desire HD ) I've
taken it to a few party's for the camera and everyone wants to look
and play with it. Screen is excellent but the brighter you have it the
more juice you use. Web browsing is very fast. Had it for 3 weeks now
and still finding new things to do. Would NOT swap for a Galaxy s3.
Reviewed by Scott from England on 13th Jun 2012
Fantastic phone! Really clear screen, great camera, super software,
no crashes, great apps, go get one!
Reviewed by janet from wales on 11th Jun 2012
Awsome phone love it screen is so bright and clear. it is every bit
as good as the S3 infact it has a better screen. great out doors viewing
Reviewed by Mark from England on 8th Jun 2012
The best phone on the market without question. If you want a phone which
plays video flawlessly (anything you want, get MoboPlayer for non-resident
formats), gaming like a PSP only better, blindingly fast at everything,
then this is the One. And it makes calls, sends texts, handles email
in whatever format you choose, GPS turn-by-turn with Google maps, etc.
etc. If you are not very bright, get an iPhone with a tiny screen, simpleton
interface, iTunes nonsense, pay for everything operating system. If
you are a grown up, Android is the future. Live wallpapers, apps which
do things apart from pre-school games, widgets which are helpful...
Reviewed by John from UK on 5th Jun 2012
Obviously the best phone I've ever had. The first thing that blew me
away was the the 4.7 inch LCD 2 HD Display. It was so vibrant and clear,
its one of those things you have to witness for yourself to truly appreciate.
People say the Galaxy S3 blows it out of the water, but remember this
HTC one x was the first quad-core phone, it set the benchmark for all
other phones to follow.
I could have given this phone 5 stars but I have 1 issue of its multitasking
capabilities. For example I could be surfing the web, when all of a
sudden I decide to put on some music, when I go back to the web page,
it starts to load up all over again. Wtf?
Reviewed by John from Ireland on 13th May 2012
What a beautiful phone. I sold my iphone 4s to upgrade to a bigger more
powerful device and boy am I not sorry. This phone has a beautiful screen
that seems curved and feels like a top quality phone to hold. Features
like the quad core really make this device super fast. Camera is amazing
and ICS is really great too, in fact everything about this phone is
brilliant. If I could change one thing it would be to make the batter
last a bit longer but for the super phone that it is you cant expect
the battery to last very long. I can get 1.5 days with medium usage.
I highly recommend this phone.
Reviewed by gary from uk on 8th May 2012
the htc one x is a really good phone people were saying about the battery
but its very good its better than my S2 with the htc update and from
new i used it til it ran out then charged i done this a few cycles and
its great 1st time it was about 8hrs 2nd 14hrs 3rd 19hrs now i get well
over 24hrs i use the phone throughout the day and when i get home around
6 its still got half,its got really good features and the camera is
the best ive had and the effects are very good to i was going goind
to get rid when the S3 came out but after seeing the S3 spec i was a
bit disappointed and having them side by side there not much difference
between them im really happy the one x and it feels more premium next
Reviewed by Rowan Tejura from UK on 8th May 2012
worst phone i,ve ever bought constantly crashes with the feautures it
Reviewed by NJT from UK on 6th May 2012
Reviewed by ron from uk on 4th May 2012
i returmed mine due to screen flex the screen also flickers. my replacement
is worse has more flexing. this is a well known defect its all over
the web i will be returning mine for a refund. its a pity cause its
a real nice phone but no way am paying 450 for a phone with dodgy build.
if you press down the left side u will get a ripple effect you may also
get flexing which you can hear just do a search for htc one x flex that
will reveil how big the problem is
Reply by david from scotland on 7th
i had the same screen problem htc are aware of it i sent mine back
Reviewed by Jamie H from UK on 2nd May 2012
This is my upgrade from the HTC Sensation. Gutted ICS wont let Sky Go
app run on this phone (yet). I have found the battery to be better than
the Sensation but the signal is significantly worse in my home than
the Sensation. I have downloaded the latest software update and noticed
a little improvement. Other than that it feels like a typical HTC phone
with improved software that seeems to be slicker to use. If you like
HTC phones and want the latest ICS software then this is the phone for
you. After previously owning the Desire HD and Sensation I have to say
the phone quickly loses its wow factor after a few days. There really
is nothing that amazingly new about it compared to other HTC devices,
but its software's smooth feel make it the best. Camera is excellent.
Call quality good but lack of reception in some areas a concern. Overall
very pleased with this phone.
Reviewed by stephen t from uk on 29th Apr 2012
Had the phone a couple of weeks now. Very happy with it... Reception
was worse than other handsets but the update to 1.28 sorted that for
Great screen, decent battery life if you use it to call, text, facebook
etc. Soon as you start using it for a lot if games or internet the battery
will drain.... But what smartphone won't? Comparable to most other phones
out there now anyway.
Ics and sense 4 work very well together and the camera is brilliant.
Started using the device camera now rather than a normal camera for
No issues at all here. My inky advice is to get an unbranded handset
if you can so to get the updates quicker.
Reviewed by eileen from uk on 29th Apr 2012
This is my 2nd review of this phone its just to say I've now
Upgraded the new firmware 1.28.401.9 and its a major
Improvement 1stly the battery life is much better HTC say 20% better.
Also signal seems a little bit stronger amongst other niggles.
You will notice the difference.
Reviewed by Nick from england on 25th Apr 2012
I upgraded after almost 2 years with the HTC Desire, I paid off my contract
so that I could upgrade early as I was very eager to get the One X.
At first the battery life was very poor until I totally drained the
battery then fully recharged, then battery life greatly increased.
I've had one freeze where after ending a call the phone became totally
unresponsive with a black screen and a feint red light on the top left
hand corner, this lasted 15 minutes but since then it never happened
The signal reception seems to be poor in quite a few areas but doesn't
drop many calls. On The plus side, the HTC One X is the best phone that
I've ever owned. It feels pure quality in the hand with just enough
weight to make it feel substantial. It has speedy internet, a vibant
and pleasantly large screen, ICS operating system is great as is Sense
4. This is an absoloutley fantastic device. Well done HTC.
Reply by peter from uk on 28th Apr
I guess you haven't tried any iphone, or the new Nokias. If you call
it outstanding with bad reception and you are happy it doesn't drop
many calls and you give it 5 stars then fair enough!!
Reply by Nick Prosser from Scotland on
29th Apr 2012
Bad reception? Dropped calls? I've had no problems whatsoever! Iphone?
Lol no thanks, I hate Apple. The iphone itself is great Apple make it
difficult should you wish to add a non Apple device. Consumer bullying!
A woman at work always buys the latest iPhones, and how we laugh when
she can't share any of our ringtones/videos/pictures via bluetooth because
her phone can't send or receive anything via bluetooth to non Apple
devices. Just like the Samsung advert, I am not a sheep, thank you very
Reviewed by Dave from Australia on 23rd Apr 2012
Had HTC One X for about a week now, and agree with what most people
here are saying about things such as speed , camera , screen and ICS.
There are three things concerning me with this phone and keep in mind
i am on my second one now, first is reception, i can not make calls
in many places where i was able to before with my iphone 4. The One
x seems to have the worst reception of any phone i have had. The next
problem is bluetooth seems to struggle to hold a signal, i have a few
different headsets that worked fine before but now keep dropping out
all the time. Last problem is the battery life, i know a phone like
this is not going to have have brilliant battery life but i would have
expected more than around six hours of average use. Maybe a good phone
for playing games and media stuff but it really does struggle as a phone
for all the important things you expect from a mobile phone.
Reply by john from uk on 25th Apr
you serious? the iphone battery isnt great and thats with a 3.5 screen.
i have none of the problems you claim to have. my htc one x has been
perfect much better than any iphone thats for sure.
Reply by Dave from Australia on 25th
I never said the iphone had great battery life . but it does last twice
as long as One X , screen size does not matter once battery is flat
and you cant use it. As far as the problems you say i claim to have,
i use my phone for work so i have had to go back to the iphone to be
able to get reception in a lot of the places i go to. A quick google
search will show how many people are having battery life and reception
problems with this phone .
Reply by Robert from Australia on
26th Apr 2012
I have to agree with John. No problem with mine...maybe his carrier
is Vodafone? never get a good signal with them anywhere in Australia...also
the battery life is normal at 2 days with normal use, 1 day after heavy
use...maybe he was too excited and didn't charge the battery like we
all know you should on the first charge....even the 3 charge rule helps...don't
care if idiots say you dont need to...it really works. cheers
Reviewed by Nick Prosser from Scotland on 22nd
This is my second One X and second review. In short, i love this phone!
My first one had some issues, and this one has none. It's perfect and
i love it. It is so light, feels amazing in your hands, and is the fastest
Forget the SG3, Sense is much better than Touchwiz.
And the camera? It's amazing! And the screen looks beautiful. At 4.7
inches, it is the largest you can go whilst remaining comfortable to
use, if you are a thumb typist like me.
This is the best phone ever!
Reviewed by Tim from England on 21st Apr 2012
Had my One X for a week, upgrading from Nexus S. The X runs ICS 4.0.3
so not the latest version. On top of this is HTC's sense 4.0. Not a
big fan but unlike previous versions this is subtle and the extras don't
use much more memory. The speed is sensational, apps open quickly. Stock
HTC browser is good but Dolphin HD better. Camera outside excellent
but indoors with low lighting it's only ok. Was a problem with Spotify
which was resolved with a major revamp of Spotify (think still beta)
and now like iPhone app you can sync tracks 320kbps. 32gb is more than
enough. The beats audio option is fantastic and gives real depth to
Another nice touch is the LED notification for SMS, missed calls etc.
Screen is fantastic and a match for my work iPhone 4 screen. The X is
better because it's bigger (4.7 inches) and makes surfing so much easier
on the old eyes. Games are miles better on a big screen but watch battery
Downsides, battery life is ok. You'll need a good battery management
app and even on the lowest brightness setting you should get a day in
normal use. Factor in a 3D game on your commute, browsing, checking
email and listening to music then you'll be looking at 8 hours. Battery
is non removable like all iPhones but seeing that my iPhone 3 and 3S
are still going strong you should see 2 years easily.
HTC also do unlock boot so if you want better ROMs or just stick ICS
(thereby freeing up valuable memory) then this is what I will do.
Only gripes are the power button on top. Sense (is nice but ICS just
so good now)
Reviewed by robert from uk on 19th Apr 2012
awsome phone nice big clear screen very fast with no lag. battery life
is much like any big screen phone. but i can get 2 day with medium use.
feels good in the hand it doesnt feel as big as you may think. samsung
will have there work cut out to beat this beauty.
Reviewed by Cleave from UK on 16th Apr 2012
Got this phone myself after having a Desire for almost 2 years.
This phone really rocks it is seriously fast, (over twice as fast as
the galaxy tab in quadrant). signal strength on mine is the same as
the desire, phone calls are miles clearer.
Overall pleased with the upgrade, not expecting great battery life so
may even be pleasantly surprised
Reviewed by Vic from UK on 16th Apr 2012
Got this as an upgrade to my HTC Desire which has been faultless, I
liked the spec and the large HD display. Had the phone one week now,
love ICS and the latest HTC Sense and the speed of operation. What I
don’t like is the loss of signal, and the poor signal strength
resulting in dropped calls and missed calls, icons disappearing from
the screen (the HTC clock and weather has removed itself twice). Travelling
into Manchester last night along the M602 with Google Navigator the
screen froze several times although the distance count down continued
to function, had to touch the navigator icon to restart the screen.
On my way back out of Manchester the map reversed direction as I passed
over the M60/M62 junction (the direction arrow was now pointing in the
opposite direction) it was now coming down the map towards my current
position, I turned it off, could not rely on it on a busy Motorway at
peak times. Going to return it today and get a simm only contract for
my old HTC Desire. I would give 5 stars for design, HTC Sense and speed
of operation but there seems to be a serious fault with the software
and the signal strength reception which seriously limits its use as
Reply by One x from England on 21st
I wrote the other poor review about the signal. I took the phone back
and they exchanged me a new one x. It now works perfectly. Don't go
back to the old deire, get the one x !
Reviewed by Keenan from England on 14th Apr 2012
Wow, what a phone. Immediately you can tell the screen is something
brilliant. It has the typical HTC weather clock which I don't mind,
you can get rid of it if it isn't your taste.
The music player is great especially with beats audio for that added
depth and bass, the sorting of the music folders isn't exactly brilliant
but the music player itself is pretty damn decent.
When watching movies, the screen is so crisp and the colours are great
but dark movies can be a little hard to see, I'm not sure whether this
is because of the contrast of the screen.
The processor is everything you can imagine, browsing is a breeze, you
just type in the website and instantly it loads, click a button and
instantly it loads. It's the same story with downloading apps, they
almost instantly download, even the 16mb sort of apps!
The camera is great. 8 megapixels may not sound revolutionary but you
could have a 12 megapixel camera that is poor, just like my old Motorola
Milestone which was 5MP (the standard at that time) yet the camera had
the focus and quality of a 2MP camera. This 8MP camera produces stunning
shots and you can even watch your movies and take a photo whilst the
movie is running (of the movie) as a sort of print screen! Even the
front camera is of decent quality and the face unlock is pretty cool
All in all, this phone is a definite 5 stars however getting used to
a virtual keyboard is pretty hard but the screen being so big helps
Reviewed by John from Ireland on 14th Apr 2012
I've had this phone for just over a week and it is the best phone I
have ever had.
The screen is excellent and the raw power of this phone is unbelievable.
Ice Cream Sandwich runs very smoothly.
The camera is one of the best I have ever used, the burst mode is great.
The time between shots is also very low, far lower than a normal camera
phone or a dedicated digital camera
The battery life is excellent and I usually get over a day out of it
including music, light web browsing, texting and a couple of calls.
My previous phone was a Samsung Galaxy S2, which lasted 6 hours at most
I would definitely recommend this phone to everyone. It beats the iPhone
4S in so many ways including processing power, screen size and battery
My one small problem with this phone is that it isn’t running
Windows Phone 7.5
Reviewed by Vin from UK on 13th Apr 2012
Time for my upgrade. I have always been a 'Blackberry' man, only I was
not keen on their recent offerings. So I decided to forego BBM and look
around, I decided on the HTC One X. I have lived with it for a few days
now, and I just love the phone, easy to use and the screen is something
else ! A fast and very capable phone in all respects.
Just a couple of minor gripes, there is not a Micro Sim Slot, although
you do get 32 gig of internal storage, somehow it isn't the same. Also
mine was shipped with cheap generic headphones and not 'beat' ones.
Other than that, I am well impressed with the One X at the minute. I
may have a different opinion when and if the internal battery fails
as the One X supports a micro sim, where my spare phone doesn't so I
guess a sim adapter will be called for.
Reviewed by eileen. crewe from uk on 13th Apr
A couple of years ago when htc made the desire and quite frankly
made its rivals take notice but since then they haven't kicked on (in
Thyve let Samsung and iPhone have the field pretty much to them selves.
But now they are back with Bang with the one x what a brilliant phone.
The look, the feel, and the quickness is staggering, browsing is a joy
Unless the iPhone 5 and the galaxy s3 have the power to make my husband
Look like George clooney then they have one heck of a fight on there
For the number one phone ever produced.
Reviewed by Mike from Wirral on 13th Apr 2012
I have had a Samsung Galaxy S for about 2 years. I got bored waiting
for the S3 so decided to take a punt on the One X. It's an amazing phone
and I find it hard to understand how the S3 can be much better. I find
that Sense is easier to use than Touchwiz. The phone is sleek , slender
and lovely to touch. Its very fast and has a seriously sexy screen.
The best thing about it is the camera; its the dogs nads. It has such
clarity and a quick focus. The HD recording is something to behold.
My old phone ran on Gingerbread. This runs on Ice Cream Sandwich which
is a huge improvement. The only thing about ICS that irks me is that
Sky Go doesn't work on it yet and it could be months before they configure
Reviewed by stuart from england on 12th Apr 2012
i have an iPhone 4s, I've had the last three generations of iPhone and
have been happy...i wanted a change and a bigger screen, so i opted
for the htc one x...not too worried about battery life and i like the
ice cream sandwich setup with htc sense and the speed of the internet...BUT
and its been a big but....i like my music, and I've got 32 gb of mp3's.....i've
spent 3 full days putting different amounts of data onto the internal
memory....from a few mp3's to 7 gb, and all my mp3's are tagged with
data, i.e.., artists pics and dates....when i tried to access them in
htc's music app the pics was not to the right artist (to the right mp3)....and
i had to wait an eternity for it to work, i tried and tried with varying
degrees of installation but still no success....is it a memory fault
that no one has recognised yet?....it really made the phone unstable
and unusable ....so hence after many hours of trying to get it to work
i ended up returning it and i am now back with my rock solid apple iPhone
.... its a great shame for a great looking phone for something so basic
not to work.
Reviewed by Nick from UK on 8th Apr 2012
Bought this today from Phones4U for £520. I had a HTC Desire HD and
considered the Sensation when it was released, but it wasn't enough
of an upgrade. Then I saw the note advertised, but the £600 price tag
and TouchWiz GUI put me off. I love HTC Sense so was hoping to stick
to HTC. So I waited a while, and heard of the One X. The epitome of
mobile phone epicness.
So I got it home and powered it up. Lightning fast. However, Sense is
different this time, the back button has moved, and there is no designated
menu button. This can be annoying, especially on the internet...you
have to scroll the screen for the menu button to appear.
Also, the top half of the phone gets very hot when charging. And you
can actually see the battery draining as you use it.
For me, yes, it is the fastest phone out, with the best camera. But
there is nothing new over the Desire HD in terms of pleasurable use.
When I first got my DHD, I couldn't put it down. This phone is not as
The random internet crashing that was so frustrating with the DHD is
still here. Some websites just refuse to function e.g. try selling something
on ebay, it is impossible, ebay telling you the advert can't be placed
without ticking certain options, which you cannot tick. I would switch
to Opera in this case, but that just crashes with this phone.
it's just not that exciting to use. The screen is bigger than the DHD
(4.3" compared to 4.7") however, with some apps, there is a bar at the
bottom of the screen used for the menu button, which is about 7mm high,
so you are basically losing part of the screen.
The sound is fantastic, it's like being at a concert, especially with
Beats headphones. However, these are very expensive, and I have an iPod
Maybe I am just bored of the HTC layout, and want something new and
exciting for my £500. Which is what I will have from the Galaxy Note
I just ordered :)
Reviewed by One x from England on 7th Apr 2012
This phone is truly brilliant, I have recently purchased it in an upgrade.
It does everything you could ask for and it is probably the best phone
on the market. However my phone no longer works as a 'phone'. I am experiencing
major service signal issues. When not touching the phone it connects
at its own will, the signal may bounce to full then returning back to
nothing every so often. The second I pick it up however, you can watch
the bars go down to nothing.
I have gone back to the store I purchased the one x and they tested
whether it was the new micro sim technology by swapping sims and phone
with a 'one s' they had in store, of which they found no problem with
the one s and again the one x had a faulty signal.
The demo version the store had and was testing found signal problems,
but I was told that they rebooted (wiped the phone and factory settings)
it was fine. They did it again to mine and it still is having problems.
It may be the result of a faulty batch as it seems there are no others
than the store I have visited. On a better note I've been promised a
new one from a new batch next week.
Anyhow, 5 stars for the phone itself and features, and well done for
htc and their ice cream sandwich!
But im having to give this phone a 1 star until my bug is fixed. Because
this has rendered it unusable.... For now :(
Reply by One x from England on 21st
I took the phone back and they exchanged me a new one x. It now works
Reviewed by Les Ram from England on 5th Apr 2012
My One X was acquired this morning, the day of its release. I know it
isn't always perceived as a good thing, reviewing a phone after only
seven hours of ownership but I felt compelled to proffer at least, initial
After owning the HTC Desire HD for the last eighteen months, the One
X feels light and flimsy in comparison. But it isn't. The HD has a 'milled
from billet aluminium' body and this can't be compared to the One X
which is made of a very strong and durable polycarbonate which means
it's lighter and every bit as tactile as the HD.
The gain in speed of operation is noticeable, genuinely! Accessing features
from the Micro SD card of old cannot be compared to the rippiness (...?)
of the O.X. In truth, with 32GB onboard the SD card is kind of rendered
redundant, think more along the lines of the, dare I say it, iPhone
and you'll get a better idea of the performance levels now in place.
The camera is good, very very good. Taking pictures, I was waiting for
the delay I've become so accustomed to but it wasn't there, in fact
there's barely any lag at all, a whispering 'click' and that's it, intially
I had to check to make sure the thing had actually even taken a picture
but it had, and it was, again, very very good. Sharp, bright and hand
grenade to the HDs' firecracker, no more 'light blue touchpaper and
wait for click'.
The Dropbox feature is a handy bonus although without wishing to disparage
Dr. Dre, after reading some comments online I did download the Poweramp
app just to add a little oomph to the sounds available on tap, one point
to note, the earphones that come with are the old 'hang in the ear'
type, NOT the in ear ones I was hoping for with my £480 phone...
Overall, first impressions are really quite spankingly good. If you've
never owned a high performance handset then the One X will blow your
mind, if you >have< owned one of the hierarchy of the android set, my
first impressions are that you should take everything you thought yours
did well and then add a technological jalepino to the mix, it really
does go down well with an Ice Cream Sandwich.
Reviewed by Ambrose from UK on 5th Apr 2012
I was lucky enough to have my mobile phone contract end on 5th April
so I have received my HTC One X this morning. As an Xperia X10 owner
this is a huge upgrade for me.
I have not had chance to play with all the features yet but I am really
impressed with the design of the phone and the general layout.
I guess you are in 2 camps when it comes to phones either Android or
Apple depending on what you are used to and this phone has strengthened
my alligence to Android.
My only slight area of concern for the future is in the non-removable
battery cover, in the past if my phone has frozen then I can take my
battery out to reset it, I am not sure what the answer will be if this
happens to this phone
Reply by Dave P from UK on 20th Apr
If you can’t turn HTC One X on or access settings, you can still
perform a factory reset by using the hardware buttons on HTC One X.
1.Press and hold the VOLUME DOWN button, and then press and hold the
POWER button. 2.Wait for the screen with the three Android images to
appear, and then release the POWER and VOLUME DOWN buttons. 3.Press
VOLUME DOWN to select FACTORY RESET, and then press the POWER button.
Reply by Nick from england on 25th
You just need to press the power button in for 10 seconds and it reboots.
Reply by Tez from UK on 9th May 2012
Dave P.... I dont think he wants to factory reset the phone, just switch
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