'DNA' Digital: HTC One X — the best just got better

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 - 10:30am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna
On the face of it, the phone looks identical to the One X, save for the red back-lit capacitive buttons and a red accent around the camera that gives this one away.

HTC really struck gold with the design of the One X as its iconic shape and form factor has attracted a huge fan following. The company has now taken the One X to the next level with the introduction of the One X+.

This new variant attempts to iron out some of the shortcomings of the first model, along with beefed-up features and specifications, giving you one of the best phones money can buy right now.  On the face of it, the phone looks identical to the One X, save for the red back-lit capacitive buttons and a red accent around the camera that gives this one away.

The One X+ is built using the exact same chassis, so it measures exactly the same except for the weight, which is a little more at 135g due to the larger capacity battery. The polycarbonate shell has a very comforting feel to it and you wouldn’t want to let go once you hold it. Just like its predecessor, the One X+ continues to be one of the best built smartphones out there.

The HD screen is still the same, only now you get Gorilla Glass 2 for added protection. The One X+ also comes with Android Jelly Bean (4.1.1) out of the box, along with Sense 4+, which has improved greatly over Sense 4, especially the keyboard. The annoying lag that was prevalent while typing is now gone and it’s a lot more usable this time.

We must say though, that as smooth as the UI is, TouchWiz on Jelly Bean feels a lot more fluid.  Media playback continues to be one of the strong suits of the One X+. The hardware audio decoder, along with Beats Audio, delivers really good audio quality for music and movies. You now get a whopping 64GB of built-in memory, which should be more than adequate for your music and movie collection.

Full HD videos play back flawlessly, thanks to the speedier Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, which now runs at a boosted 1.7GHz.  The camera is one of the main reasons why people flocked to the One X, and this is not an exception. You get the same 8MP shooter with a f/2.0 aperture for great low-light shots. The front-facing camera has now been bumped to 1.6MP for better quality during video chats.

Another feature that made the One X immensely popular is the burst mode and the One X+ easily captures moving objects with near perfect focus and great detail. In order to keep up with all this increased processing power, HTC has fitted a larger 2100mAh battery that easily lets you go an entire day without a charge, unlike before. 

At Rs40,200 as the launch price, this easily makes it one of the best Android handsets money can buy right now. If you are looking for something a lot more pocketable than the Galaxy Note II, then we highly recommend the HTC One X+ for its unmatched performance.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Ergonomics:     5




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