With what Brian Bennett of CNET calls "style, speed, blazing 4G, and power galore," the HTC One X steals the HTC flagship title and runs with it. "Essentially, this is exactly the kind of phone we want to see at the top end of its range if it wants to stay relevant in the smartphone business," says Gareth Beavis of TechRadar.com. Its high-resolution screen, high-end camera and
blazing-fast processor give it the advantage over its competition, though its large size could be a bit too much for some. Those who favor smaller smartphones may prefer the similarly powerful HTC One S (Free with contract), while those who dislike the Sense interface may favor the Samsung Galaxy S III (From $200 with contract).
Streamlined interface is a mixed bag. The Android experience on the One X is "very different" than most smartphones, says TechRadar.com's Beavis. HTC's newly toned-down Sense interface features a "plethora of snazzy widgets and multiple home screens to place them all over."
Reviewers stand divided on the Sense interface, though. While agreeing it's an improvement on previous versions, some still prefer stock Android. While stock Android offers a simpler interface, HTC Sense offers a variety of tricks and useful features. "It's just a matter of taste whether all the choices and things you can play with are really what you want on a smartphone," says Beavis.
Super speeds drain battery. While lacking the quad-core processor of the international model, the U.S. version of the One X still "seriously hums," says Bennett. The 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 16 GB storage memory plus 1GB of RAM create "superbly slick action under the finger," says Beavis. The One X demonstrates "blistering" 4G speeds, says PCMag.com's Jamie Lendino, averaging 33 to 37 Mbps downloading and 11 to 15 Mbps uploading. Connectivity proves strong and reliable.
Call quality was excellent for reviewers, while battery life fared slightly worse. Reviewers report that the battery can last a full day with average use, but the combination of the sizable screen, dual-core processor and 4G connectivity drains the battery rather quickly compared to the One X's competitors. Lendino reports 9 hours and 9 minutes of continuous talk time connected to 4G before the battery finally gave out.
Large smartphone remains sleek. The curved, sleek form of the HTC One X mimics the HTC One S (Free with contract) in many ways. Both feature a minimalistic design, a slightly curved profile and a smooth finish. The One X utilizes a high-quality polycarbonate plastic to create its matte finish, while the One S has a slightly higher-quality aluminum body. The One X feels "perfectly balanced in the hand and never feels remotely chunky," says Chris Ziegler of
TheVerge.com, though "all bets are off if you've had a chance to play with the One S."
At 5.3 inches tall by 2.75 inches wide by 0.36 inches thick, the One X is larger than the One S and similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy S III (From $200 with contract). This extra space is outfitted with a 4.7-inch Super LCD screen with a pixel density that could take on the iPhone 4S (*Est. $100 with contract for 16 GB). Rating higher with reviewers than the screen of the One S, the One X's display has a "near-perfect 180 degree viewing angle and perhaps the most accurate color reproduction and color temperature available," says Ziegler. In a comparison with the Galaxy S III, "Ray S." of PhoneArena.com concludes the One X is "superior in terms of image quality."
One tough smartphone. The polycarbonate backing makes the One X durable and resistant to scratches and falls. The non-removable backside also has its downside, however, as the battery cannot be removed and there is no expandable memory. The One X comes with 32 GB of storage, which reviewers say should be more than enough for most.
Flashy camera steals the show. The One X offers an excellent multimedia experience, combining a high-quality camera with good music and video players. Movies look "stunning" on the 4.7-inch screen, says Jamie Lendino of PCMag.com, and music sounds loud and clear. Users have the option to turn on the Beats Audio feature to improve sound, but reviewers agree that the effect is unimpressive and prefer to leave it switched off. Web browsing is speedy, and all that screen space gives plenty of room to move around on.
Like the One S, the camera on the One X steals the show. With a vast amount of settings -- such as exposure, sharpness and color saturation options -- and several filters, it produces "sharp, detailed, and vibrant" images, says Lendino. The camera interface is very intuitive, and shutter speed is almost instantaneous. The One X also offers 1080p HD video recording and allows users to snap a photo while recording video.
Jamie Lendino scores the HTC One X a 4.5 out of 5, citing its up-to-date software, "stunning" screen, 4G speeds, "powerful" camera and excellent voice quality as its winning combination. PCMag.com gives the One X an Editors' Choice award.
Review: HTC One X (AT&T ), Jamie Lendino, May 2, 2012
Rating the One X 4 out of 5 stars, Brian Bennett says Android fans will have "plenty to like" in the new HTC smartphone. CNET awards the One X an Editors' Choice for May 2012.
Review: HTC One X Review (Gray, AT&T), Brian Bennett, May 1, 2012
In a 13-part review, Gareth Beavis breaks down the One X and concludes that "the rivals better step it up in 2012" if they want to beat HTC.
Review: HTC One X Review, Gareth Beavis, August 17, 2012
Scoring the One X at 8.4 out of 10, Chris Ziegler concludes that the only thing dragging it down is the Sense interface used instead of the stock Android.
Review: HTC One X Review, Chris Ziegler, April 2, 2012
Myriam Joire concludes the One X is better than the Samsung Galaxy Note. The only noticeable drawback of the smartphone is the carrier's "annoying" bloatware.
Review: HTC One X for AT&T Review, Myriam Joire, May 1, 2012
In this clash of the titans, "Ray S." compares the Galaxy S III with the HTC One X to see which features are better and which smartphone will win out overall.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S III vs. HTC One X, "Ray S.", May 16, 2012