HTC One X: E.T. phone home

, posted: 16-May-2012 14:51

As I entered the second week of owning the HTC One X, I felt it was time to explore the communication side.  After all, what good is a phone if it’s difficult to work out how to make a call?Dialling a number is as simple as hitting the phone icon, which brings up a nice large dial-pad and recent calls list.  The call quality on the Telecom XT network is very clear and very rarely suffers from drop-outs or fading.  



If you begin to input a number that you’ve saved in your contacts list, the phone directory will recognise it and automatically start populating the rest of the number.  This is extremely helpful and a great ICS feature.   If you want to search contacts manually, you can select “People” from the phone dialling app or use the contacts app on the home screen. 

 

The contacts list will bring up a list of all phone, email, Facebook, Linked-In, Exchange, Gmail, and Google Plus contacts.   However, you can customise the way contact information is displayed so only those with phone numbers, or only selected accounts display.  It also gives you an option to link contacts with matching details. If a contact has a Google account as well as a Facebook account, it will pick up the details and ask you if you want to link them together.  This creates a single contact for 2+ accounts, which is another great automated feature.

Txt2Park with the HTC Sense Keyboard

Texting on the HTC One X is a breeze.  Even those with large fingers - like me - will have no issues hitting the right keys.  In “Landscape” mode the keys are even larger still.  The HTC sense keyboard is great, plus you have the option to install any keyboard from the Play Market.  I ended up using SlideIT, which compliments the screen perfectly.



After testing texting and calling, I decided to tinker round inside the call settings.  After changing a few settings, I came across “SIP” and decided to explore further (SIP is a voice over IP protocol).



Having used VoIP for several years at home, I decided to put my settings in and see how it went;  bearing in mind that I tried it a few years ago when XT first came out and the quality was quite terrible.  I found that the quality has now improved dramatically.  No longer does it echo, or experience cuts. This feature means I can now answer my home phone while on the move;  or dial out from my home phone number  and the billing will get charged to my home account. 



You will need a Telecom data-pack to use VoIP, and it will drain the battery faster, as it is constantly listening for calls.  However, it is entirely worth it, and a lot easier than setting up call forwarding on a home phone.  Please note, however, that while the VOIP quality was good while I was testing it, Telecom doesn’t guarantee it always will be.  This means that VOIP won’t be suitable for everyone.

From the Telecom XT Terms and Conditions:

“Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is not supported, and we cannot guarantee that access or performance levels will be maintained.”

There is similar wording in the Vodafone Terms and Conditions.  2Degrees’ Terms and Conditions state that it can restrict or prevent VoIP use as it sees fit.

To summarise, calling on both the XT Network, and HTC One X, are exceptionally good.  Even over unsupported VoIP, it never skipped a beat.

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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