Being friendly with the HTC One X

, posted: 18-May-2012 12:18

This week I decided to stop being anti-social with my phone and started communicating with my friends and family again. Text messaging sufficed for most. However, I also wanted to contact a few family members and friends overseas in more depth than texting allows, but I was too cheap to call.



Fortunately for me, the HTC One X integrates nicely with e-mail and social networking applications. I used my Gmail first.  The large display and newer Gmail app work well together.  I can now view 5-8 emails with short summaries (depending on screen orientation), versus the 3-5 emails a time on the Galaxy S II.  While it may not sound like many more, it makes wading through emails a lot faster.

Facebook integration is getting very close to the desktop site now.  Most Facebook features are available in the HTC OneX’s Facebook app, including: messaging, photo uploads, and wall updates.  I now hardly ever need to use my PC to check Facebook, as it’s all in the palm of my hand.  By using the HTC integrated contact list, you can easily send a Facebook message to anyone on your list.



There are a number of built-in HTC apps to help socialise also.  The eBuddy app is a hybrid of various messengers.  You can add in Yahoo, Google, MSN, and Facebook, if you want.  I didn’t use it myself, as I don’t have a Yahoo or MSN account.

I found the DropBox  app much more useful.  HTC has provided a very generous 25GB of storage space, which can hold anything you want to transport, from home to work, or anywhere else.  Or, you can share a dropbox link with your family and friends on Facebook.  It’s relatively fast, you can upload photos/videos from the phone, or you can download the DropBox app onto your PC and transfer files from PC to phone.  This saves the need to connect the phone via USB, which is excellent for people who can never find their USB cables.



The final social connectivity app HTC has implanted in the phone is FriendStream, which aims to combine all social networks into one Stream on your desktop.  Unfortunately only Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Hyves are active.  In the future Google+, Youtube, Digg, and LastFM should arrive.



It’s a handy wee application for those wanting to continually receive status updates, and friend check-ins.
Overall the integrated features, and quality of applications in ICS, and the speed at which the HTC One X loads, is impressive.  It’s getting to the point where we can go longer without computers, while using our phones for social networking, and communication.

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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