Look and feel
The HTC One X+ is a handful thanks to its large 4.7-inch screen, but it’s also impressively slender with a soft rubber grip.
Ease of Use
Android Jelly Bean is a joy to use, especially with HTC’s excellent Sense overlay, offering intuitive menus and excellent personalisation options. The spacious screen is excellent for browsing the web and playing with apps.
The HTC One X+’s 8MP camera is packed with editing and sharing tools, and can shoot full HD video. You also get a crisp front-facer with a two-second counter.
The quad-core 1.7GHz processor is one of the most powerful you’ll find plugged into a mobile, happily handling all of your apps, games and media.
You can easily get a full day’s use despite the massive screen and powerful processor, and around six hours of media playback.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,10/2/2012 10:47:40 AM
Ease of use
Bright, super-sharp HD screen;
Feature-packed 8MP camera;
Android Jelly Bean and smart Sense overlay;
No memory card slot
HTC’s One X (released earlier this year) was a masterful top-tier mobile, with a fantastic quad-core power and a brilliantly crisp HD screen that brings apps, games and movies to life. Add in the dependable and feature-packed 8MP camera and impressive battery life, and it was well-deserving of its nomination for best smartphone of 2012 (narrowly missing out to the Samsung Galaxy S III).
Which is why we’re excited about the HTC One X+. Cramming in even more power, while also upgrading storage space and the front-facing camera, the One X+ is more of a gentle step-up than a sequel. But considering our love for the original One X, this is no bad thing...
Stick the HTC One X and One X+ side-by-side and ask someone to do the Daz Challenge, picking which is which, and we guarantee they’ll be stumped. That’s because the One X+ is identical to the One X in every way aside from weight, and even then the difference is so negligible that we struggled to pick it out.
Anyone with small hands probably won’t get on with the One X+, as the mighty 4.7-inch screen means it’s quite a broad phone. We can just about use it one-handed with our medium-sized mitts, but it’s definitely more comfortable to operate with a second hand. Thankfully the One X+ isn’t unnecessarily bulky. In fact, the screen dominates the front, leaving just enough room for the speaker, front-facing camera and three touch-sensitive buttons beneath. It’s also a slender device, at a shade under 9mm – although the rear camera lens does jut out slightly from the surface.
We love the curved finish and the rubberised rear, which helps you keep a good grip. The back plate can’t be removed to access the battery, and the SIM card slot is an Apple-style affair, so you’ll need a paperclip on hand to swap it out. The power button is on top, while the edges hold a Micro USB connector and volume rocker.
The original One X came with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, but the One X+ skips straight ahead to Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Most of the updates are behind-the-scenes, including an even smoother interface, although the One X+’s uber-powerful quad-core 1.7GHz processor means you shouldn’t notice a single stutter or pause no matter what you’re up to. It’s a slight upgrade on the One X’s 1.5GHz quad-core processor, which was already pretty nippy. If you’re into games and apps, you can rest assured this phone won’t be out of date for some considerable time. You also get a generous 64GB of storage space for your apps and media (but no memory card slot for expansion).
HTC has tweaked the Android interface with its own ‘Sense’ overlay, which adds some cool new tools and features. We’re big fans of the personalisation this offers: for instance, you can fully customise your lock screen to add in social media updates, a photo slideshow and much more. The desktops look clean, the menus and contacts book are neatly organised, and it’s all perfectly shiny and bright.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the bright, vibrant 4.7-inch screen. It’s still a fantastic panel for enjoying TV shows on the commute, thanks to the crisp 720p HD resolution and rich colour reproduction. Along with the Samsung Galaxy S III, Apple iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia T, this is one of the best mini displays we’ve seen, and one we’d happily watch an entire movie on. The high brightness levels make it easy to read even under seriously harsh office lighting.
To further boost your media enjoyment, HTC has once again included built-in Beats Audio. This boosts your music and brings low-quality tracks to life, making even dodgy downloads sound like CD-quality audio. You’d think all of this would hammer battery life, and the One X+ should feasibly die after just a couple of hours of use, but we found it happily lasted well over 24 hours even with regular web browsing and app play. Stream movies on full brightness and you’ll still get an impressive six hours before the screen fades to black.
The One X+’s 8MP camera is the same brilliant snapper we saw on the One X. Almost all of our shots came out perfectly, from the bright, crisp daytime landscapes to our evening pics of Soho’s Christmas lights and decorations. You get a full range of editing tools, including the ability to automatically freshen up a photo and add various lenses (for example, bleeding the colours to give a black and white shot). With that done, you can then quickly share in tons of ways, including support for Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, Twitter and more.
If you prefer capturing your buddies indulging in some drunken dancing on a night out, the One X+ also shoots full HD video, ready for uploading to YouTube. Quality is fantastic, even when viewed back on a full-screen monitor. You also get a 1.6MP front-facing camera for video chats, which is crisp enough for portrait shots and gives you a handy two-second countdown timer so you know when to stop gurning.
If you can get over the size of it, the HTC One X+ is a fantastic phone that is sure to please everyone. Whether you love shooting and editing photos, kicking back with a film on the commute, relaxing to your favourite tunes, browsing the web or getting stuck into games, the One X+ is one of the best out there.