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Review: HTC One X

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The 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 makes its smartphone debut here, the awesome polycarbonate body adds that extra solid feel and grip, while the 4.7″ second-generation S-LCD of HD resolution on the front is a crystal-clear view to the world of Sense 4.0 and Android 4.0 ICS. Previous HTC flagships were often criticized for lacking identity and bringing little improvement in terms of both features and design. This time critics should have little to fret about the One X is as bold a step forward as it gets. Not only is the processing power more than doubled, but the screen and body of the smartphone itself are immensely better than what the Sensation and Sensation XE had to offer. And let’s not forget the camera, which HTC say is the best they have ever made.First ImpressionsStarting with the One X, HTC are moving away from the plain paper packaging of its older smartphones in favor of a new kind of foam box with rounded edges, that’s wrapped in a paper sleeve made of 100% recyclable and biodegradable materials. If you look carefully, the HTC One X design isn’t too different from that of its predecessors. The lines are basically the same and the elements are distributed in much the same way around the smartphone’s body. However, there’s no chance of mistaking that the One X is a generation newer than the Sensation XE. The notably slimmer profile and the polycarbonate unibody really take the general feel up a notch. And that’s not even the only benefit of the new material used the shell of the One X is non-painted much like the one on the Nokia N9 and Lumia 800/900, so it should be able to mask potential scratches quite well.REVIEWThe HTC One X, just like the HTS One S, comes with Android 4.0.3 and Sense 4.0 both the latest and greatest Google and HTC have to offer. We’ve already seen those in action on the One S, but One X offers even smoother performance and higher resolution. There are no surprises though, nothing exclusive on the One X that is not present on the One S as well. HTC are famous for their deep customizations of the interface of the host OS and the latest version of Sense is no exception, though the Taiwanese have taken user feedback to heart and worked hard to provide a much more unobtrusive experience. The Terga 3 chipset, despite being a quad-core one, is based on the older, Cortex-A9, architecture, so it’s not dramatically faster than the latest generation dual-core Krait processors. What’s more, on some benchmarks Tegra 3 lagged behind the Snapdragon S4. All told, the HTC One X is certainly one of two fastest phones on the market there’s no test in the mobile world it can’t pass with flying colors.DisplayThe main attraction on the HTC One X front is of course its 4.7″ HD Super LCD2. The second generation of Super LCDs is actually a huge step forward from the previous versions and we are not just talking resolution here. The One X display offers arguably the best image quality of any LCD on the market. Not only is it remarkably sharp (at about 312 ppi, it’s virtually impossible to distinguish individual pixels), but also has great contrast and nicely saturated colours. The screen is pretty bright as well and its viewing angles are splendid the icons look almost as if they are painted on the screen. The blacks aren’t as deep as those of the AMOLEDs out there, but still great in LCD terms. Sunlight legibility is close behind the market best, which is good enough to not cause any usability issues. Overall, the One X screen has no major weaknesses to speak of.CameraContinuous autofocus is available too which is good to have on a phone like the One X with no hardware shutter key (the virtual shutter key cannot trigger autofocus either, it does burst mode). On the downside, the continuous autofocus may be way off in some shots the only way to be certain you have it right is to tap and hold on the spot of the screen where you want the focus to be. There are some pretty cool features in the Camera overall, but the software of the UI does tend to over-sharpen the images at times. At 8 MP with LED flash as well as Video Light, there is nothing you didn’t expect on-board. The One X records 1080p or 720p videos at 30fps and it can snap photos while at it. You can also use touch focus and even toggle the video light that’s during recording!ConnectivityThe HTC One X packs quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quad-band 3G with HSDPA speeds up to 21Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76Mbps. The local wireless connectivity has Wi-Fi b/g/n and full DLNA support (both client and server, for images, videos and music) and Bluetooth 4.0. As we already said the death grip problem haunting HTC devices of old is now taken care of and there’s nothing to worry about. Wi-Fi reception is strong, as is the cell signal.Play StoreThe Google Play Store features several scrollable tabs categories, featured, top paid, top free, top grossing, top new paid, top new free and trending. Apps usually have several screenshots (some even offer a demo video) so you can get an idea of what the app looks like before installing it. You can also check out comments and ratings, as well as the number of downloads and so on, to help you decide if the app is worth it. There are all kinds of apps in the Android market and the most important ones are covered (file managers, navigation apps, document readers etc.).Final WordsIts camera may not be the best in the business and the Sense UI might need some fine tuning, but perfection doesn’t really exist in the smartphone game. What’s important is that the HTC One X delivers where it really matters, providing as solid user experience as you can hope for and a picture perfect screen, which is a joy to both look at and use. It’s really easy to recommend the One X to those currently in a search of a cutting-edge smartphone the specs and design combo it offers can’t be matched by any other device currently on the market. We certainly loved the One S for its versatility, but the One X is the proper choice for geeks Tegra gives you access to exclusive games, the HD display certainly is something and, more importantly, there’s more screen estate than on the One S.Specifications

  • *1.5GHz  Quad-core processor
  • *NVIDIA Tegra 3 Chipset
  • *1GB RAM
  • *Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen
  • *Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • *8MP camera with LED flash, 1080p @ 30 fps
  • *1.3MP front-cam, 720p @ 30fps
  • *No memory card slot
  • *32GB internal storage
  • *Wi-Fi (with Hotspot), Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, LTE
  • * microUSB, TV-out, MHL A/V Link

EXHIBIT RATING: 4/5PRICE: Rs. 37,800/-

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