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★★★★★

“HTC gets better!”

Written on: 18/04/2012 by Jasonnaicker (10 reviews written)

I have had my shiny new HTC One X now for just over a week, it was ordered on the day of release (5th April) as an upgrade from T-Mobile.

My biggest concern was the battery life as my previous phone was the Desire HD and that lovely big screen sucked battery life out fairly quickly, I'm typing this now having had my phone running all day and I've still got 72% left, normally my Desire would have had a top-up to see me through to this stage. All the reviews claimed that the quad +1 processors would give me a useless battery life don't appear to have affected me (maybe I'm just lucky, but my DHD was terrible before the software upgrade).

Call quality is good but it can sound a bit tinny at times but that may just be due to fact that I work near a load of tall metal framed buildings, but the reception and the phones ability to hold calls is better than the DHD.

The screen is absolutely superb, according to the reviews it is not as good as the iPhone, but I have put them side by side and can't see a difference, in bright sunlight it doesn't seem any worse than Apple's finest.

The case is made of "polycarbonate" - why not just say plastic? It feels nice though, its a bit like a worry stone the way you want to keep hold of it! I like the smooth edges, it makes the new Xperia feel very old fashioned. The case feels well glued together, the reason I didn't get the Samsung was that the case felt a bit cheap (I took the battery out of a colleagues and the cover felt like I'd snap it)!

The inability to pull the battery doesn't seem to be a problem, which is something HTCs always seemed to benefit from (if you owned an HTC you periodically used to run it down till the battery was flat then take the battery out for a minute before recharging - it used to extend the running time of the battery considerably). So carrying a spare battery is a no-no, but the improved battery life seems to negate the need for this. I may purchase one of those portable battery boosters if it does become a problem.

A handy tip, the hole for the SIM release is next to the SIM drawer - I stuck the key in the noise cancelling mic hole at the top.

All in all I'm very happy, the DHD was great, this is a vast improvement and should have Apple worried now.