HTC One X first impressions

, posted: 9-May-2012 15:25

Being selected for the Geekzone HTC One X blog reviews was an amazing honour. I’m going to be doing at least 2 posts a week on various aspects of the phone, the first week will be my first impressions (this) and my experiences setting the phone up (next)

It’s been a week or so since receiving the HTC ONE X for this blog, so I have got my first impressions of it so far.

We received the phone in a plain white box with minimal documentation so a detailed writeup of this wouldn't mean anything as the retail packaging will be different.

Shape and form
The first thing that hits you when you see the HTC ONE X, is how they have made it so slim. The slight curves of the front glass extend all the way to the edge of the phone, with the 3 touch sensitive buttons being at one end of the display, opposite the handsets speaker.

There is a gentle curve to the back of the phone, the only thing on the back detracting from this is the camera lens which protrudes a couple of mm from the surface. The lens itself is flush with the end of the bezel so it doesn't offer any protection for the lens. This is something that concerns me, as a damaged lens will render the camera permanently impaired.

The curve on the back and the slight screen glass curve make it look even slimmer than it is. this thing looks tiny.

The loudspeaker is on the back along with five pogopin connectors that I have yet to find any accessories for, I am assuming that it will be for a car dock or loudspeakers or similar, vs using the USB connector.

Supplied accessories
The supplied charger is a bit of a disappointment to be honest. Where samsung supplied a separate USB sync cable and a AC charger with the cable attached to it, HTC have supplied a short USB sync cable, and a charger that has a USB output. For a high value phone, this is quite a major corner to cut. In Fact the supplied USB cable is so short that I can barely use the phone when on charge in bed with it plugged into a wall outlet, needing to use a powerstrip to get the charger closer. Thankfully as the phone uses a standard micro USB cable I am able to use my existing charger on the phone.

The form of the charger is also larger than other chargers, with the 240v plug size being considerably larger so the charger sits fatter in any bag etc you are carrying it in.

There were earbuds supplied with the phone, but as I can't wear earbuds for any length of time without discomfort I have not put them thru their paces.

Screen
The HTC ONE X has a 720P screen on it, slightly larger than the one on the galaxy S2 I have been using up till now, Its not the size that is a big deal, its the resolution. You can zoom a standard desktop website out to the width of the phone in landscape and its crisp, clear and easy to read. The black level seems to be a little grey, but across all angles and in most lighting conditions there are no problems reading or seeing the screen, no sign of the image losing contrast or getting that “solarized” look that you often see on LCD’s.

Now, the shape of the screen has meant that both my attempts at putting a screen protector on has been fruitless, since the screen curves off the edge of the phone, it leaves the edge of the screen protector sitting where it just lifts a little, gets some pocket lint under it and then starts to peel off. Just not worth trying with a screen protector.

Casing
The phone is white. I would never have chosen a white phone after playing with a white iPhone 4 - but on the HTC the screen glass is black, so that is what you are really seeing when you use it. The white has made it quite distinctive with many people recognizing the phone and asking questions about it when I have been using it. Perhaps that is why we all got white ones?

Made of polycarbonate it does feel quite tough despite its slimness.The matt finish doesnt show any swirls or scratches, it does get dirty easier, but cleaning it is no problem.

I still have relented and put a case on the phone though, old habits die hard.

About the author

I am 34 years old with most of that spent playing with technology of some sort from an old Sinclair thru an Apple II clone finally onto a long course of Windows machines and recently getting a couple of other vintage machines to play with, I have quite a background in computers. Initially started off doing a b.tech in electronic and computer engineering at Manukau tech I gave up on that when I saw how much more fun having money from a job was than being a struggling student. A few years at an ISP was fun till it was sold to Australians and lost the magic, and by that stage internet was just another service like power and water so after moved on. Decided to partially leave IT and did a bachelor of product design at Unitec. Hobbywise I am still into the electronics side of things and the recent purchase of some arduinos and hopefully a raspberry pi has reignited my interests in this. I am quite a fan of the opensource hardware movement lead by adafruit, seeed and sparkfun etc and hope to be able to contribute to it soon.



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