Bright, super-crisp HD display; 64GB storage; Feature-packed eight-megapixel snapper; Android Jelly Bean plus HTC’s Sense overlay; Beats Audio
Lacks memory card slot
If you can cope with its size, the HTC One X+ is a wonderful handset. Whether you want to take and edit photos, watch a movie, listen to tunes, surf the net or play games, this is the best phone you’ll find.
We loved the HTC One X, which was released earlier in 2012. It had amazing quad-core power, a sharp, bright HD display and an eight-megapixel snapper that was crammed full of features. Plus battery life was impressive. In fact it would have been our smartphone of the year if it hadn’t been pipped at the post by the Samsung Galaxy S III.
So when we heard HTC was bringing out the HTC One X+ you can imagine our excitement. This model boasts yet more power, a front-facing snapper and more storage – not a lot of changes, but the One X was so good we’d hate to see it altered too much…
Its predecessor was loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, but this new model has gone straight for the brand new Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. Most of the changes are not obvious, happening behind the scenes rather than in front of your eyes. But the interface is smoother for a start – mind you that’s not surprising given the quad-core 1.7GHz chip that is running the show. The previous chip was a 1.5GHz model, which was in itself pretty speedy. Games fans and anyone who likes to play around with apps will be assured that this handset is future-proofed for quite some time to come. There’s also a good 64 GB of onboard memory – which is good because there is no opportunity to expand this as there is no memory card slot.
HTC has added its excellent Sense overlay to the OS, which includes some neat new features and tools. We love the opportunities for customisation that this offers – for example you can personalise your lock screen to include social media updates, a photo slideshow and all kinds of other goodies. The contacts book and menus are nicely organised and the desktops look clean.
Put the new One X+ beside the original One X and you’ll be hard-pressed to tell them apart. They look exactly the same, apart from the fact that they have different weights.
If you have small hands, the One X+ is probably not for you – thanks to that massive 4.7in display the handset is pretty wide. For anyone else it can be operated one-handedly but it’s far more comfortable to hold with two hands. But it’s not too bulky and the display takes up most of the front, with just enough space for the front-facing snapper, speaker and the three touch-sensitive keys underneath. It’s slim too – it measures just under 9mm – although the lens of the snapper on the back does stick out a little.
The handset has a rubberised finish on the back and curved edges, all of which make it nice to hold. You can’t take off the back cover to take out the battery and the SIM card slot follows the lead of Apple – you’ll need to wield a paperclip if you want to swap it out. The power keys sits on the top of the phone, while the volume rocker and Micro USB connector can be found on the sides.
The One X+ grabs Full HD video, which can be uploaded to YouTube should you wish, It’s great quality and looks good even on a large screen. The front-facing snapper is useful for video calls and takes a good self-portrait – the two-second timer is handy for those.
The eight-megapixel rear camera is the same impressive one featured on the One X. Our daytime snaps were crisp and bright, and we were impressed by the evening shots we took of the London Christmas lights too. There are plenty of editing tools on offer, as well as a choice of lenses (such as bleeding colours to get a black and white image). Sharing on Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, Dropbox and so on is simple too.
The big screen
The 4.7in display is vibrant and bright – great for enjoying TV shows and movies. It has a sharp 720p HD resolution and beautiful colour reproduction. It’s right up there with the likes of the screens on the iPhone 5, Sony Xperia T and Samsung Galaxy S III, and is perfect for watching feature-length movies. It’s bright enough to be viewed under harsh office lighting too.
Sound comes courtesy of Beats Audio, which boosts the quality of all your music – even if they’re rather dodgy downloads they’ll sound like CD-quality audio.
All this trickery should drain the battery, but we got a good 24 hours out of a full charge even while playing with apps and surfing the net. Video streaming will see the battery die after a very decent six hours.
If you can cope with its size, the HTC One X + if a marvellous phone that has plenty to offer every user. If you’re a gamer, photographer, enjoy watching movies, listening to tunes or surfing the net, this is one of the best phones you could buy.
|Type of device||Smartphone|
|Operating System||Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Processor speed||1.7GHz quad-core|
|CPU||nVidia Tegra 3|
|Graphic chipset||Dedicated HTC ImageChip|
|Screen size||4.7 inches|
|Screen type||Super LCD2|
|Display type||16 million colours|
|Memory card slot|
|Secondary camera||1.6 megapixels|
|Special camera features||auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor|
|Music player||MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player|
|FM Radio description|
|Video player||3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)|
|Games||Download via Google Play|
|GPS||Internal GPS antenna with GLONASS|
|Handsfree speaker phone|
|What's in the box||Charging adaptor, USB cable, Stereo headset with In-Line Mic and Call control, Quick Start Guide and reference material|
|Standby||Not yet released|
|Talktime||Not yet released|
|Battery life multimedia||Not yet released|
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