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pistolpete247's review of HTC One X


“Fantastic phone!”

Written on: 30/10/2012 by pistolpete247 (2 reviews written)

I've owned this phone for about 4 months now and I'm more than happy with it. Yes it has it's moments, but overall the phone is just fantastic. So let's get those "moments" out of the way.

1. Battery life.
I use my phone to make the occasional call, but mostly I use it for text/internet. I wouldn't class myself as a "heavy user", so when my battery is gone after a day, it may seem a bit excessive to be charging it every night, but as long as it lasts me through the day until I can charge it overnight then fine. Don't expect too much. Some people are expecting a quad-core processor to do the same as a laptop used to and to have the battery last DAYS when a laptop doing the same would be out of battery in 2 HOURS. Get real. Don't forget that there are many things that affect battery life. If you switch off auto-sync and only sync when YOU want then you may be lucky to have your battery last a couple of days! Trust me, I've managed it. Install a battery saver app too - it will help you get more out of your battery. Now the only thing you can complain about is your network operators coverage - if you have a poor/weak signal your battery will drain quicker.

2. Navigation/GPS
I've had a few issues here where it sits "Searching for GPS ..." indefinitely. It's a pain. Download a GPS tester app and clear out GPS data. Then try again. Alternatively, I've found it helps to try to access navigation through Google Maps rather than through the Google Navigation app itself or through the swish-looking "Car" app which lumps all your car stuff together on BIG buttons (so you don't have to go looking for fiddly screen icons whilst driving ... which you shouldn't do!).

3. Lag
Yes, it happens occasionally. Infrequently really. But when it does, it can be so annoying. Switch your phone off/on and give it another go. Perhaps there was some other background app that was causing the lag.

4. No SD card
Yes, there's no SD card. I used to have one in my HTC Desire and I did hesitate, and nearly bought the Samsung Galaxy SIII on this point alone. But in 4 months of owning this phone without it's SD card, I've not missed it one bit! You get 32GB of internal storage (of which 26GB is available to the user). If that's not enough for you then go grab your 25GB of FREE Dropbox storage. IF that's STILL not enough for you then go set up other accounts with similar "cloud" services (Google Drive, OfficeDrop, etc). You can configure your HTC One X to automatically store photos in Dropbox! With my HTC Desire I was constantly having to clear down apps to make way for others - it was a HUGE pain in the bum. I have NEVER had to do anything like that so far with my HTC One X :)

5. micro-SIM slot
HTC have followed the Apple line now and made this phone a sealed unit, meaning that the micro-SIM is now sat in a slot which you need a special tool (or a paper-clip, or similar) to access the sim-slot. If you don't ever need to swap SIMs then don't worry about it. If you DO, it's a pain.

But, all of the above aside, the positives FAR outweigh the negatives here and some of the negatives aren't really that bad when you consider them (they may not even affect you!).

The screen is LUSH. The phone looks BIG, but after a while of using it, it feels quite natural. The screen ... OMG you seriously won't want to go back to a small-screen phone again after browsing the internet on this beauty!

The interface is slick. Sense 4.0 is a big improvement over the version I had on my HTC Desire. It's less invasive and more help.

The operating system (Ice-Cream Sandwich - ICS) is great too! It just works and it works well. It's nice to see that most of the flaws with earlier HTCs and indeed with Android seem to have been ironed out in isolation and have come together at just the right time to make this a fantastic phone.

This will sound strange but it's something you simply have to experience but the feel of the phone in the hand ... it just feels great. Great build. Quality product and just nice to touch!

Seriously, you won't be disappointed. Is it better than an iPhone? Don't ask me, I can't stand iPhones and won't have one so I can't (and won't) compare it as I couldn't make a honest evaluation. All I know is I don't want and will never have an iPhone while HTC/Android phones are THIS GOOD! :)

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