Apr 02 AT 9:33 AM Taylor Wimberly 46 Comments

HTC One X review roundup

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Today the HTC One X is launching in Europe and the first reviews are beginning to appear online. We took the time to round up some of the best reviews and then look at what the reviewers were saying about each aspect of the device. Read on to see how HTC’s latest flagship device performed.

Overall, it looks like the HTC One X lived up to the high expectations that we set for it. Every reviewer was in agreement that the One X is HTC’s finest smartphone ever produced. The only major complaints we have found are things we were well aware of – the battery if not user replaceable and there is no microSD slot. The absence of a replaceable battery and microSD card might be a deal killer for sure, but if you can get past that the One X delivers one of the best displays and cameras of any Android device.

What people are saying about the HTC One X:

  • Design: “instant winner”, “quantum leap beyond any HTC”, “this is its flagship and it’s a beauty”, “cohesive and appealing design”, ” the start of a new era of design for HTC”
  • Display: “the best I’ve ever seen on a phone”, “struggling to find fault with it in any way”, “Most gorgeous display”, “outdoors the screen was both navigable and readable”, “the best display we’ve ever seen in an Android smartphone”, “a phone we can actually use outside”, “touch keys also aren’t always hyper-responsive to being tapped”
  • Audio: “superb across the board”, “the speaker grill belts out plenty of noise”, “Beats makes everything just a tad louder”, “speakerphone is crisp and clear and is fairly loud”, “audio quality is clear and more than pleasant on the ear, for a phone”
  • Performance: “Incredibly quick and smooth”, “one of the best all-round imaging experiences we’ve come across without sacrificing quality”, “it handled nearly all of our tasks effortlessly”, “jaw-dropping benchmark scores”, “Apps load quickly and multitask with no lag; images open and pinch-zoom smoothly”, “Quad-core is overkill for most people”
  • Camera: “best and easiest use of any Android device on the market”, “runs circles around the benchmark-setting iPhone 4S”, ” burst mode and still capture during video recording can be extraordinarily valuable in some situations”, “Fantastic camera”, “the quickest cameraphone we’ve ever reviewed”, “Low-light performance is particularly impressive”, “people who care little about aperture and shutter settings will take great photos with the One X”
  • Battery: “Non-removable. There is no battery cover”, “Standby time is amazing”, “normal usage yielded 13 hours and 38 minutes”, “Battery life not as good as the One S”, “managed to get on an average of 7-9 hours of ‘regular’ usage, and peaking at 12-hours and 41 minutes on less busy days”, “If you’re constantly on the run with no opportunity to charge, you might need to think twice”, “Getting a full 24 hours out of the battery is easily within reach”, “Battery life is questionable”
  • Sense UI 4.0: “there’s an overall ‘toning down’ of Sense”, “better, but it doesn’t go far enough”, “thin and light”, “this isn’t your father’s old version of Sense”, “does a much better job figuring out the spirit of stock Android and truly striving to emulate the OS”, “We were never much fans of Sense, but 4.0 changes things for the better”, “Sense 4 perhaps is the best iteration yet”

HTC One X review roundup score: 8.7+

Video reviews of HTC One X:

Most underrated feature: HTC Media Link

The HTC One X supports the new HTC Media Link HD accessory that brings your phone’s content to a larger display. The only downside is it uses the DLNA standard, so a separate WiFi network router is still needed.

6 Word Wrap Up: “HTC’s best yet, SGS3 coming soon.”

If we wrote a six-word memoir for the HTC One X it would be: “HTC’s best yet, SGS3 coming soon.” Fans of HTC will absolutely love the One X, but we can’t ignore that Samsung has yet to share the official details for the successor to the Galaxy S II. We agree that the One X appears to be the best Android phone that money can buy, but we don’t see anything truly innovative or something that has never been done.

What do you think of HTC’s latest flagship device? Do you plan on buying one when it comes to AT&T or Sprint?

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Anyone find it annoying that reviewers have stopped giving out review scores? You could argue that scores are pointless, but I don’t see why you can’t give a product a final grade at the time of review.

    • Joel

      Yea im with you there. I miss Techno Buffalo’s many review scores, specifically Jon Rettinger’s reviews.
      I think that even though it boils down to individual preference and circumstance, Review scores still mean alot to readers. Also opens up for some good debating :)

      • Adryan maldonado

        I agree to some extent but for me i like to read the individuals use words cause they can put in emotion that conveys enough of a score in my own mind to tell me whether its 10/10 or lower. Funny thing taylor about my review of the note is that i almost started giving a rating before every section and an overall rating at the end. Not sure why i decided against it but i did for some reason. Anyways point is i like to read the reviews cause that gives me personally a better idea than a scoring system of some sort.

      • Todd Haselton

        I just jumped on board leading mobile for TechnoBuffalo and we’re working on a brand new review system. Expect one to be launching (very) soon!

    • Lorenzo

      The verge gave it 8.4 if that helps.

    • swazedahustla

      Maybe because to give a score they need to actually have the phone alot longer than just a few hours to review it. I know some of the sites I see, they do an initial review, and then when the phone is released and they have it for a week or so, then they give a score.

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        I think these reviewers had the device over a week.

    • Alex Fischer

      It doesn’t necessarily bother me, because even though reviewers aren’t supposed to be biased, they all have their individual ways of grading. What you end up with is someone rating it a 4/5, someone a 5/5, someone a 4.5/5, etc. and it just causes massive debates over a half point.

      I feel that scores are for people who don’t feel like reading a review and would rather read the reader’s digest version. If someone rates a device 4/5, I’d like to read what their review said and what they thought could be improved,removed, etc. I like reading in-depth reviews (from multiple sites) because I like to know what to expect when I go to look at the device and this way I can test out issues that were raised during the reviews.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      I think scores are more “legit” when they are categorized and broken down into different areas (like camera, UI, hardware, services, features, etc) and scored – and then have an aggregate score.

      I understand the argument that a score isn’t always reflective of the market, but I think we’re all smart enough to know the score given is really reflecting the device among its current and most recent peers/competition.

      Oh, and thanks for putting these review roundups. Makes me not worry about reading every single review of a device I won’t get to have (this is not by choice).

      • WlfHart

        Agreed. I’d like to know ratings for specific components of a piece of technology so I may truly compare two devices based on the components I value. Not that I am this way, but if for some reason I didn’t care about the camera on my phone, I wouldn’t want to be mistaken into interest in a highly rated phone which got the bulk of its high rating from the camera.

        • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

          “Not that I am this way, but if for some reason I didn’t care about the camera on my phone, I wouldn’t want to be mistaken into interest in a highly rated phone which got the bulk of its high rating from the camera.”

          100% agreed.

    • hot_spare

      To be fair, I don’t trust scores from sites like Verge, CNET etc.,

      It clearly looks like they play with the device for 3/4 days and write a review. Look at Anandtech reviews. Man, I call those genuine reviews. If they would provide scores, I can agree. If you are interested in photography, you will know about dpreview scoring. I feel they provide consistent scoring technique and equally impressive reviews (most of the time).

      I won’t bother checking the scores of majority of the sites. I just don’t have the confidence in them.

      • stuart26

        so does technobuffalo. They use the devices for like a month before posting a review. I seriously hate the big tech blog sites for giving less and less information on devices

    • Nate B.

      Well, in the first couple of videos posted, the reviewers gave their opinion on it being a good or bad device. I guess a number would be better because opinions can leave the consumer on a not so sure level.

    • Bob Smith

      I find it annoying when reviewers write a review without actually reviewing the product.

  • triangle

    Thanks for posting this. I look forward to checking this out in person. I’m still going to wait to see what Samsung brings before making a decision.

  • spazby

    it is a great phone, can’t go wrong with it if you don’t want to wait around for sg3

  • mark

    You should add Paul O’Brien @ MoDaCo’s review:
    http://android.modaco.com/page/news/_/android/htc-one-x-review-r433

    Probably the most in depth I have seen to date

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Added. Wow that’s a long review!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        ummmm While I reall ‘Preciate all the links… I’m looking forward to the HomeGrown Interview Taylor… ETA?

        • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

          Hopefully next week if things go as planned.

      • David

        Wait until http://www.swedroid.com releases their review of the One X.

        Swedish site, usally http://www.swedroid.se, but they made an enlish version due to their popularity. They probably do the best reviews I have ever seen.

        Cheers from a swede who just ordered an One X.

  • Joel

    I know this is HTC’s time to shine right now, and theyre doing an excellent Job with a superb device lineup, But the GSIII is still making my mouth water lol. Anyway, Kudos to you, One X – I love the idea that HTC has made a pretty awesome revision to their brand.

    As for you Samsung….stop with the silent treatment already.

  • Nathan D.

    Very nice it got good if not great reviews across the board. Can’t for it to come state side :-)

  • jfgen

    I absolutely love this phone. I think this is the HTC come back to great phones that were lost since the Desire.

  • Nate B.

    I have to say HTC has revived themselves. SGS III is up next. These will be the big phones of this year.

  • Burnd

    Don’t drop the phone! The back of the phone is easily scratched. This is a con. :(

    • Burnd

      Sure give me those minuses. You’ll regret soon if you’re as careless as I was. You should know I found this out the hard way. It slipped from and it didn’t drop hard or anything .. but there easily were white scratches on the Glamour Grey back of the phone. Compared to my indestructible HTC Legend I see this as a con and probably the only con I can think of.

  • Chike

    I’m going to buy this phone a.s.a.p but I’m going for the unlocked version and The galaxy s phones have never really felt right to me so for me the one x is the ultimate upgrade from my htc sensation 4g.

  • swazedahustla

    Nice gathering of some great reviews and information on the phone. I definately will be getting this when it comes to sprint in June. I don’t feel a need to wait for a SGS3 because I doubt there will be anything that hasn’t been seen before. It will be good for people who like Samsung products, but this One is indeed setting the bar pretty high. Especially how sprint is using the krait S4, along with a much bigger battery. I think im sold.

  • islander

    Jeebus H HTC, you couldn’t get rid of the GD haptic buttons and make the device all screen ? Get with the android 4.0 plan!!! Android 2.x. Called and wants its buttons back.

  • jonathan3579

    I’d take this phone in Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4 flavor… Just hurry and bring it stateside!

  • MoSDeeb

    I wasn’t too impressed with the ONE X previously, but it has been growing on me as a solid option.

    I still cannot buy a non-nexus phone even though ROMs will be available. I only hope HTC is in the running for the next Nexus Device.

  • Nate B.

    I’m actually a little tempted to get my hands on this when Sprint get’s it. I’m enjoying my Gnex on Big Red. Still have the NS4G on Sprint. I don’t need two Gnex’s. I hope Sprints version comes in Red or White. The black looks like any other HTC device.

  • Scott

    Will the global unlocked version work on either T-Mobile or AT&T in the US?

  • Ichigo

    Android can’t be touched right now honestly. However look out for WP7.

  • RaptorsMFinger

    My 6 Word Wrap Up

    “One X: No Full Day Battery”

    or

    “Have Fun All Day Wall Plugged”

  • classic_hero

    i like how all the video review are here, this way i dont have to go to each of the sites like i normally would. very convenient keep doin it :)

  • Paul

    ‘but we don’t see anything truly innovative or something that has never been done.’? Does a poly carbonate unibody and being able to take full resolution pics at the same time as shooting HD video not count then? Or for that matter how many quad core phones do you already have on the market?

  • adityats2020

    For HTC’s sake, that is what I am worried about.
    Does Samsung have it in them to dare?
    Do they have a shocker?
    Otherwise, HTC any day!

  • ali

    htc one x is the best phone in the world today
    it’s own THE IPHONE 4S
    and it is the king of android and the best phone in MWC 2012
    AND i am going to buy the quad cour HTC one x THIS WEEK
    HTC ONE X the best

  • HTC User

    I have the HTC one X, its amazing. You can really see the screen is 720p even when just browsing the web, the feel is great, the build quality is amazing and the speed is just insane!. The camera could be better tho considering how much they went on and on about how good it was. And also i dont understand why people stay the speaker is good, i find it distorts when it shouldnt and gives an overall tinny sound.
    But for all the battery nay sayers. Im starting my third day without charge on my One X, i have used my camera, been browsing the net, and the wifi has been connected all this time. Im still at 50% battery. So yes the battery is fine for normal use. But if you load a Tegra 3 game up, the temperature goes through the roof and the full battery will drain in about 3 hours TOPS!

    8/10 (would have been a 9/10 if the battery was abit better)

  • Ezy03

    Nexus devices are so much better!

  1. Anyone find it annoying that reviewers have stopped giving out review scores? You could argue that scores are pointless, but I don’t see why you can’t give a product a final grade at the time of review.

    • Yea im with you there. I miss Techno Buffalo’s many review scores, specifically Jon Rettinger’s reviews.
      I think that even though it boils down to individual preference and circumstance, Review scores still mean alot to readers. Also opens up for some good debating :)

      • I agree to some extent but for me i like to read the individuals use words cause they can put in emotion that conveys enough of a score in my own mind to tell me whether its 10/10 or lower. Funny thing taylor about my review of the note is that i almost started giving a rating before every section and an overall rating at the end. Not sure why i decided against it but i did for some reason. Anyways point is i like to read the reviews cause that gives me personally a better idea than a scoring system of some sort.

      • Todd HaseltonGuest 3 years ago

        I just jumped on board leading mobile for TechnoBuffalo and we’re working on a brand new review system. Expect one to be launching (very) soon!

    • LorenzoGuest 3 years ago

      The verge gave it 8.4 if that helps.

    • swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

      Maybe because to give a score they need to actually have the phone alot longer than just a few hours to review it. I know some of the sites I see, they do an initial review, and then when the phone is released and they have it for a week or so, then they give a score.

    • It doesn’t necessarily bother me, because even though reviewers aren’t supposed to be biased, they all have their individual ways of grading. What you end up with is someone rating it a 4/5, someone a 5/5, someone a 4.5/5, etc. and it just causes massive debates over a half point.

      I feel that scores are for people who don’t feel like reading a review and would rather read the reader’s digest version. If someone rates a device 4/5, I’d like to read what their review said and what they thought could be improved,removed, etc. I like reading in-depth reviews (from multiple sites) because I like to know what to expect when I go to look at the device and this way I can test out issues that were raised during the reviews.

    • I think scores are more “legit” when they are categorized and broken down into different areas (like camera, UI, hardware, services, features, etc) and scored – and then have an aggregate score.

      I understand the argument that a score isn’t always reflective of the market, but I think we’re all smart enough to know the score given is really reflecting the device among its current and most recent peers/competition.

      Oh, and thanks for putting these review roundups. Makes me not worry about reading every single review of a device I won’t get to have (this is not by choice).

      • Agreed. I’d like to know ratings for specific components of a piece of technology so I may truly compare two devices based on the components I value. Not that I am this way, but if for some reason I didn’t care about the camera on my phone, I wouldn’t want to be mistaken into interest in a highly rated phone which got the bulk of its high rating from the camera.

        • “Not that I am this way, but if for some reason I didn’t care about the camera on my phone, I wouldn’t want to be mistaken into interest in a highly rated phone which got the bulk of its high rating from the camera.”

          100% agreed.

    • To be fair, I don’t trust scores from sites like Verge, CNET etc.,

      It clearly looks like they play with the device for 3/4 days and write a review. Look at Anandtech reviews. Man, I call those genuine reviews. If they would provide scores, I can agree. If you are interested in photography, you will know about dpreview scoring. I feel they provide consistent scoring technique and equally impressive reviews (most of the time).

      I won’t bother checking the scores of majority of the sites. I just don’t have the confidence in them.

      • so does technobuffalo. They use the devices for like a month before posting a review. I seriously hate the big tech blog sites for giving less and less information on devices

    • Well, in the first couple of videos posted, the reviewers gave their opinion on it being a good or bad device. I guess a number would be better because opinions can leave the consumer on a not so sure level.

    • Bob SmithGuest 3 years ago

      I find it annoying when reviewers write a review without actually reviewing the product.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I look forward to checking this out in person. I’m still going to wait to see what Samsung brings before making a decision.

  3. it is a great phone, can’t go wrong with it if you don’t want to wait around for sg3

  4. markGuest 3 years ago

    You should add Paul O’Brien @ MoDaCo’s review:
    http://android.modaco.com/page/news/_/android/htc-one-x-review-r433

    Probably the most in depth I have seen to date

  5. I know this is HTC’s time to shine right now, and theyre doing an excellent Job with a superb device lineup, But the GSIII is still making my mouth water lol. Anyway, Kudos to you, One X – I love the idea that HTC has made a pretty awesome revision to their brand.

    As for you Samsung….stop with the silent treatment already.

  6. Very nice it got good if not great reviews across the board. Can’t for it to come state side :-)

  7. jfgenGuest 3 years ago

    I absolutely love this phone. I think this is the HTC come back to great phones that were lost since the Desire.

  8. I have to say HTC has revived themselves. SGS III is up next. These will be the big phones of this year.

  9. Don’t drop the phone! The back of the phone is easily scratched. This is a con. :(

    • Sure give me those minuses. You’ll regret soon if you’re as careless as I was. You should know I found this out the hard way. It slipped from and it didn’t drop hard or anything .. but there easily were white scratches on the Glamour Grey back of the phone. Compared to my indestructible HTC Legend I see this as a con and probably the only con I can think of.

  10. ChikeGuest 3 years ago

    I’m going to buy this phone a.s.a.p but I’m going for the unlocked version and The galaxy s phones have never really felt right to me so for me the one x is the ultimate upgrade from my htc sensation 4g.

  11. swazedahustlaGuest 3 years ago

    Nice gathering of some great reviews and information on the phone. I definately will be getting this when it comes to sprint in June. I don’t feel a need to wait for a SGS3 because I doubt there will be anything that hasn’t been seen before. It will be good for people who like Samsung products, but this One is indeed setting the bar pretty high. Especially how sprint is using the krait S4, along with a much bigger battery. I think im sold.

  12. Jeebus H HTC, you couldn’t get rid of the GD haptic buttons and make the device all screen ? Get with the android 4.0 plan!!! Android 2.x. Called and wants its buttons back.

  13. I’d take this phone in Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4 flavor… Just hurry and bring it stateside!

  14. I wasn’t too impressed with the ONE X previously, but it has been growing on me as a solid option.

    I still cannot buy a non-nexus phone even though ROMs will be available. I only hope HTC is in the running for the next Nexus Device.

  15. I’m actually a little tempted to get my hands on this when Sprint get’s it. I’m enjoying my Gnex on Big Red. Still have the NS4G on Sprint. I don’t need two Gnex’s. I hope Sprints version comes in Red or White. The black looks like any other HTC device.

  16. ScottGuest 3 years ago

    Will the global unlocked version work on either T-Mobile or AT&T in the US?

  17. IchigoGuest 3 years ago

    Android can’t be touched right now honestly. However look out for WP7.

  18. RaptorsMFingerGuest 3 years ago

    My 6 Word Wrap Up

    “One X: No Full Day Battery”

    or

    “Have Fun All Day Wall Plugged”

  19. i like how all the video review are here, this way i dont have to go to each of the sites like i normally would. very convenient keep doin it :)

  20. PaulGuest 3 years ago

    ‘but we don’t see anything truly innovative or something that has never been done.’? Does a poly carbonate unibody and being able to take full resolution pics at the same time as shooting HD video not count then? Or for that matter how many quad core phones do you already have on the market?

  21. For HTC’s sake, that is what I am worried about.
    Does Samsung have it in them to dare?
    Do they have a shocker?
    Otherwise, HTC any day!

  22. aliGuest 3 years ago

    htc one x is the best phone in the world today
    it’s own THE IPHONE 4S
    and it is the king of android and the best phone in MWC 2012
    AND i am going to buy the quad cour HTC one x THIS WEEK
    HTC ONE X the best

  23. HTC UserGuest 3 years ago

    I have the HTC one X, its amazing. You can really see the screen is 720p even when just browsing the web, the feel is great, the build quality is amazing and the speed is just insane!. The camera could be better tho considering how much they went on and on about how good it was. And also i dont understand why people stay the speaker is good, i find it distorts when it shouldnt and gives an overall tinny sound.
    But for all the battery nay sayers. Im starting my third day without charge on my One X, i have used my camera, been browsing the net, and the wifi has been connected all this time. Im still at 50% battery. So yes the battery is fine for normal use. But if you load a Tegra 3 game up, the temperature goes through the roof and the full battery will drain in about 3 hours TOPS!

    8/10 (would have been a 9/10 if the battery was abit better)

  24. Nexus devices are so much better!