Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The HTC One X performed very well throughout our entire battery of benchmarks and in all of our real-world testing. The responsiveness of the device is top notch, the screen offers excellent viewing angles and image quality, and battery life is more than acceptable for such a high performing device. The benchmarks show the 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8960 dual-core SoC at the heart of the HTC One X easily outpacing other dual-core chips thanks to its more advanced architecture and graphics performance was very good as well. The camera in the HTC One X was also very fast and produced nice images in a variety of lighting conditions.
The HTC One X with Stealth Grey Exterior
We were very pleased with the HTC One X. The device offers excellent performance and we really dig the phone’s design and aesthetics. Our real-world experience with the HTC One X was nothing but good; touch response is best-of-class, the phone never felt slow--even with multiple applications open, the customizations offered by HTC Sense 4.0 are welcomed additions, and the camera is among the best we have used on a smartphone. Even the device’s speakers and audio capabilities are excellent thanks to some smart design decisions and support for Beats Audio.
We also liked the HTC One X’s form factor and think many potential consumers will be impressed by how light and thin the phone feels. If you hit an AT&T store and play with the HTC One X alongside some of the other high-end phones currently being sold for AT&T’s network, we think you’ll agree. The HTC One X just feels fast and very polished.
About the only gripes we have with the device are its non-removable battery and lack of expansion. We can see the benefits of the HTC One X’s unibody design, but really wish there was a way to throw an additional memory card in the device or swap batteries on heavy use days. At the very least, having 32GB of storage would have been nice. If you’ve never owned a second smartphone battery and haven’t come close to filling up your current phone (which likely has less storage capacity), however, these things may not mean much to you. They obviously don’t mean much to iPhone users.
Regardless, for $199 (w/ new 2 year contract) the HTC One X should most definitely be on your short list of consideration if you’re in the market for a new smartphone. It’s priced competitively with other high-end devices, yet offers better performance in a number of different categories. HTC’s got a winner on their hands with this one.