HTC One X First Impressions

, posted: 26-Apr-2012 14:20

I am lucky enough to have been selected to take part in the Telecom sponsored initiative for fellow Geekzoners to share their experiences with Telecom’s new flagship Android phone, the HTC One X. Over the next few weeks I’ll be blogging about my time with this phone, as I use it as my primary handset. My first post won’t be digging too deeply, but instead will center around my first impressions of the HTC One X.

I have little experience with Android, and none whatsoever with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android v4.0), which is the operating system version that the HTC One X runs. My primary phone prior to this was an iPhone 4, so you’ll have to excuse me if a few comparisons to that and iOS creep into my posts.

After removing the HTC One X from the box, I was immediately taken with the build quality the handset. The screen is made from the extremely tough Gorilla Glass 2. This is the next generation of Corning’s incredibly strong glass display, and is meant to enable up to a 20 percent reduction in glass thickness without sacrificing any of its robustness. It certainly looks like a screen that should handle a bit of rough and tumble, and the HTC reps I met with today assured me that I shouldn’t need a screen protector at all.

The phone casing is made from a single piece of durable polycarbonate, and the overall build quality of the handset seems to be very good indeed, with none of the plasticky, cheap feel I’ve experienced when examining other Android phones. While I’ve not seen the Nokia N9 or Lumia 800 in person, the way the screen seamlessly integrates into this casing is reminiscent of all the glowing descriptions I’ve read in reviews of those two handsets.



When I first powered on the HTC One, I was immediately taken with the quality of the screen output. The display is vibrant with vivid colours. I’m a big fan of Apple’s Retina Display technology, but I have to say that the display resolution and clarity on the HTC One definitely gives it a run for its money. The large 4.7” screen has a 1280x720 resolution, and reading even the smallest of text on it is a pleasure.



The phone setup is relatively painless, with a wizard walking you through setting up the numerous services that the HTC One supports. These included the expected services such as Google accounts, Twitter, and Facebook, but also extended to a few unexpected services such as Dropbox and Evernote.

The setup wizard also allowed me to sync the contacts from my iPhone 4 over Bluetooth. This initially failed, but I suspect this was an issue with the iPhone, as rebooting that fixed the problem, and my subsequent synchronization attempt finished without any issues.

As I used the various features of the HTC One for the first time, I was often presented with an overlay containing instructions and hints to ensure I understood the functionality that was at my fingertips. As a relative Android novice, I really appreciate this level of handholding. We’re not in iKansas anymore, Toto!



Stay tuned for more in-depth digging as I get to know the HTC One X more intimately, and attempt to discover if it will be a worthy successor to my iPhone 4. I’ve not had a lot of time to spend with it yet, but I can already see that the prospects in this regard are bright indeed. Watch this space...

About the author

Hi I'm David, a self employed software developer on the wrong side of 40, residing in Auckland with my wife and two children. I am a passionate All Blacks and Blues fan, gadget junkie, mature aged gamer, and connoisseur of fine heavy metal (and music in general). I currently own an iPhone 4, but am very open to trying new technologies, and can't wait to see what the best of Android can bring to the smartphone table. I enjoy keeping up to date with the latest technological advances in general, and am encouraged to see that the smartphone market is no longer an iOneHorseRace. I’m very interested to see how the HTC One and Ice Cream Sandwich fares in this regard.

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