Media Playback with the HTC One X

, posted: 18-Jun-2012 13:45

If I find myself waiting in a line or flying on a plane, I usually like to pull out my laptop or cell, and watch a video or two.  I have found myself in that situation many times with the HTC One X on hand.  Luckily it’s very easy on the eyes, due to its large screen and vibrant colours.



The first thing I wanted to do was test music playback, to compare it to other devices I’d used in the past.  Playback overall was very pleasing, comparable to the Galaxy S2, although not quite as good as the original Galaxy S.  One minor disappointment in the stock player is lack of album art, which makes it a bit harder to scroll through albums, as you have to focus on the name, not the picture.



Overall, scrolling through music to find something to play was nice and quick.  The included headphones were fine, nothing special, although a bit weird that HTC has discontinued its Beats headphones on beats-enabled phones!  Another highly touted feature is its Beats software, which seemed to be an equaliser with enhanced bass/treble.  Not really amazing, more of a gimmick, which reminded me of the old radios with “Enhanced bass boost” buttons written on them!



The FM tuner was a surprising feature, and one I put to good use.  The headphones act as an aerial, picking up most stations in a fast and effective manner.  It was good listening to the latest news reports on the hour or even testing it out with a little music.



TuneIn was another feature I used a bit.  It’s basically internet radio and it searches for your location based on your GPS coordinates.  It’s extremely handy when you are out of coverage, or have forgotten your headphones and want to use the speaker to play radio.  I tried several NZ radio stations, as well as a few overseas channels, and the quality was very good.



However, video playback was what I wanted most!  Loading up a few videos from my computer, it played them effortlessly.  I was surprised to see MKV, MP4 and DivX Avis files play effortlessly, although I couldn’t find the Video playback folder at first.  It turns out the videos are automatically added under the Gallery section of the phone.



HTC Watch was a built-in app that I also had a play with.  It has a selection of recent and decent movies from the last few years.  They are available to rent or download, with some as little as 5c each.  The encoding was good and they streamed fast.  However, HTC might want to rethink the Watch application and maybe include other downloaded videos into the application because having two video applications is a bit of a pain.



After giving the video, audio, and radio a good run in, I decided to throw it up on the big screen.  Getting the One-X onto a TV is a breeze thanks to its MHL compatibility.  You can buy an MHL adapter from eBay for about $6, and it connects your phone through HDMI to your TV.  This means you can Game, browse the internet, or watch videos on the large screen.  I only had two issues with it.  The first being that it was never at 1080i/p, it was always at 720P, which occasionally dropped even lower when displaying games. 

The second issue was that it’s always stuck in Landscape mode,  meaning you can’t play portrait games on the TV.  This should be able to be rectified by a simple software upgrade that HTC will hopefully provide, as it’s lacking compared to the older Galaxy S2 which can do 1080P in landscape and portrait, as standard.  Overall though, the MHL adapter gives you a great cheap option to get movies onto the big screen.  It’s also good for showing relatives your family photos or funny youtube videos at parties!



Overall, the media playback of the HTC One X is great, let down by a few small things, which I’m sure HTC will be able to address in future with a software update!

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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