HTC One-X Pocketability, Screen vs other popular models

, posted: 21-May-2012 09:44

Heading into my third week with the HTC One X, and a few of my iPhone owning colleagues wanted to know what it’s like to carry this handset around.

In my opinion, it feels better in the pocket than the iPhone 4.  It feels similar in shape/slimness to the Samsung Galaxy SII.  The polycarbonate backing also gives you a sense of security, allowing you to throw keys in with it - something I never did with the iPhone 4.
 
It’s slim enough to go into the same pocket as a wallet, while still allowing easy access. This means I’ve been able to walk round with both my work and personal phone in the same pocket.

After showing my iPhone colleagues how well it stacked up, I decided to meet up with some old colleagues who were provided with HTC phones: the Wildfire S, and the Sensation S.  Both are under a year old, but compared to the One-X, the screens look decidedly different.
 

From left to right: HTC Wildfire S, HTC One X, HTC Sensation

The Sensation, although sporting a Super-LCD display, tends to go grey on side viewing angles.  The Wildfire S, sporting a standard LCD, looks even worse.  The Super-LCD2 on the HTC-One X provides remarkable viewing angles.  Very close to the iPhone 4S, and Galaxy S2.

The difference in Sense UI was noticeable also.  The Wildfire had Gingerbread, with Sense 3.0. It was extremely bloated, and overtook most of the UI.  The Sensation was closer to the HTC One X, with ICS 4.0, and a Sense 3.5 interface.  However, it is still quite clunky compared to Sense 4.0.

All three of the HTC phones had mate plastic/polycarbonate backs, which made them less likely to slip while in the hand.


From left to right: HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy SII, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Apple iPhone 4S

Heading back to the office, I decided to get a few of the most popular phones together for a photo shoot.  The HTC One X, the Galaxy SII, the Galaxy Nexus, and the iPhone 4S.  My overall rating was:
  • Best fit in the pocket – Winner HTC One-X, runner up the Galaxy S2
  • Widest number of viewing angles – Winner Galaxy SII, runner up the One-X/iPhone 4S
  • Best colour reproduction – Tie Galaxy SII for its vibrant blacks, HTC One-X for its real colours
  • Slimmest  – Tie between the Galaxy SII and HTC One X, both were about the same thickness
  • Best operability in direct sunlight – tie between the iPhone 4S, and the HTC One-X, followed closely by the Galaxy SII.
  • Least slippery – Winner HTC One X, runner up Galaxy Nexus.  Both the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy SII are quite slippery in the hand and I have in fact dropped both over the last year!

Front top to bottom: Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy SII, HTC One X

Overall, the screen clarity, design, and thinness all help the HTC One X  to be one of the easiest to pocket.  Just beware of the camera lens if you do put keys in your pocket.  It is the one part that seems to attract scratches, as mentioned in my first review.

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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