First thoughts about the HTC One X

, posted: 27-Apr-2012 08:00

I’ve owned many phones over the past few years, possibly too many.  I tend to upgrade every 6-12 months. Geekzone and Telecom offered me the chance to review the new HTC One X, I couldn’t give up that chance. So, up on the next flight to Auckland it was, and took the opportunity to sample the coffee, beer, and food while I waited for the phone’s launch.



I met up with the HTC and Telecom representatives, who gave  a brief run-down of the device, and we had a quick chat about its features.  Then, it was off into the real world.

Opening the box, there were the usual HTC headphones (non-beats), white USB charger/combined charger, and the phone.  The retail box will - of course - be bigger, with a manual, and a screen cleaner.  But it was a developers’ box, so it was what I was expecting at that stage.



The first feature that caught my eye was the colour.  It was white.  I’d had a white phone before, which ended up getting dirty rather quickly.  In the HTC One X’s case, it hasn’t been so, at least not yet.  It has polycarbonate shell, with a gorilla glass screen.  Polycarbonate is the same material from which many high-quality cellphone cases, eyewear, car headlights, and bulletproof shields are made.



Fortunately, due to its matte finish, it is easily cleanable, and has so far proved resistant to scratches.  Compared to the older gloss black cellphone coatings, this one seems very resistant to knocks and grinds.

The design is great: it’s light, and very well constructed.  The accidental drop should be survivable.

Its weight doesn’t please everyone though, as a few have noted that it feels like a fake display phone.  However, I prefer it because it doesn’t weigh down my pocket much compared with other phones I’ve had.

The camera, however, sticks out like a sore thumb.  It is the most likely part to be damaged in a fall, or by keys in a pocket.  It would be preferable to have it set further back into the frame.  But if the protruding lens means it takes better pictures, then I’m ok with it.



The charging port is on the side, which is fine for playing portrait games while charging.  But it does get in the way while holding the phone in landscape mode.



Overall, first impressions are good.  I look forward to delving into the phone and finding out all its pros and cons, which will be revealed in my later posts.

About the author

I am Vincent Garcia: an ICT Specialist by day; technology geek and DIY handyman by night. I enjoy playing with gadgets, old and new.  Taking most of them through the paces, and to within an inch of their lives! I also enjoy tinkering with things; spending most of my weekends repairing my motorcycles, or renovating my house.  I live in the windy city of Wellington, with my lovely wife Nicola, and my cat Morange. When I was offered the opportunity to review the new HTC One X series, I jumped at the chance.  The short aeroplane trip to Auckland was all part of the fun!  If you want to ask any questions, please add a comment below, or email telecomtech@vincentgarcia.net




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