Reviewed by bumcucket (Currently owns)
Where do I even start?
Very impressed by HTC's latest offering. As others have mentioned, it's simply the best screen on any phone available today. Miles ahead of the AMOLED counterparts from Samsung or the latest iPhone.
Small design touches, like the bright (yet tiny) indicator light behind the speaker grill is fantastic. Solid unibody design which is a pleasure to hold in the hand. I have small hands so this phone should be fine for anyone (unless you prefer the smaller iPhone sized phones, which is understandable).
The performance on this thing is superberb and while I love the notion of stock Android, I must say that sense is a real winner on this phone. It adds just enough to make the phone fantastic, without adding too-much bloat. Some of the changes in basic applications like calendar and mail really do help productivity. Simple touches like being able to place the phone face down mid-call and have it automagically change to speaker-phone is awesome.
Yes, I really enjoyed using the Samsung Galaxy Nexus because it gives me the feeling that I'm always running the latest OS version. But honestly, that phone was really screwed up by the different "yakju" firmware variants. Some phones are updated by Samsung, while others get faster updates from Google directly. Why?! At the end of the day my Galaxy Nexus is still stuck on Android 4.0.2 and my One X has already been updated to 4.0.3 and is extemely stable. This is as of May 05, 2012.
If there was anything I would change on the phone it would be the overall look Sense gives to the phone. I wish HTC followed Android 4.0 design guidelines a bit more to make the OS look more sleek. I'm a believer in function over form, so this is not a huge deal, AND this can be corrected with an update, but still I do prefer the overall look of stock Android to this variant. The design just feels a bit outdated compared to stock ICS.
Another thing I would change is the ability to uninstall some of the applications that come stock with the phone. Don't see why they need to reside there if I'm never going to use them.
Other than that, I have no issues. It's well designed, the polycarbonate exterior resists scratches, fingerprints and really feels premium. The camera is great and the battery life is more than acceptable for a phone with this horsepower.
After seeing the specs and hands-on with the new Galaxy SIII I am confident that I made the right choice going with the One X. This phone sets the bar for all phones to come. Well done HTC.
- Design 9
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 10
- Reception / call quality 10
- Performance 10
- Software 9
- Battery life 9
- Ecosystem 10