- Reception and call quality No comments
- Display Stunning display, and I love how crisp text is. Colors aren't quite as vibrant as AMOLED, but overall I'm satisfied.
- Battery life I've had trouble lasting all day on a single charge while using the phone as I typically do.
- Camera Camera is fast and shots are great.
- Ease of use Sense 4.0 improves on earlier versions. Overall I prefer ICS, but on the whole HTC's customizations add more than they take away.
- Design and form factor Simply one of the most beautiful phones I've held.
- Portability (size / weight) I like the large screen, but others may find it to be too big.
- Media support No comments
- Durability No comments
- Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) No comments
I think my first impression of the One X is that I'm really glad HTC has decided to focus on releasing fewer, better smartphones this year. The One X is evidence of what you can accomplish if you decide to create a beautiful, well-designed phone.
Sense has generally been the best of the OEM customizations, and 4.0 isn't going to mess that up. Granted, doing better than Samsung's TouchWiz and Motorola MOTOBLUR (or whatever they're calling it now!) isn't a particularly high bar, but even so with Sense 4.0 they've dialed things back a bit and made everything a bit simpler and more straightforward. I still find myself preferring stock ICS -- some of the icons in Sense are just ugly, for example -- but I think the overall experience is satisfactory. Ultimately if you won't buy any phone that's not stock ICS -- since it means additional delays in getting the latest version of the OS -- then it probably doesn't matter or how good (or not good) Sense 4.0 might be. For everyone else, I think Sense 4.0 will be good enough.
Colors aren't as vibrant on the One X's LCD as they are on the Galaxy Nexus's AMOLED screen, but text renders more crisply since it's not a PenTile display. I'm not sure these will be meaningful differences for the average person, but the differences are there. The One X does have dedicated capacitive buttons for back, home, and app switching just below the screen, so you don't lose those precious pixels to virtual buttons like you do on the Galaxy Nexus (at least some of the time -- you'll often see a single virtual menu button taking up space at the bottom of the One X's screen). On the other hand, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't have any buttons cluttering things up.
Maybe I've just become accustomed to phones with larger displays, but I honestly love the 4.7-inch screen on the One X. It's never once felt too large to me or uncomfortable to use or carry around. Typing on it is easier than on a smaller screen and games and videos look great on it. This is a matter of personal preference, and not everyone has the same sized hands or wants a larger phone, but you can't argue that the One X is somehow comically oversized, because it's just not.
While I wish the battery life is better, and there are some things that I think are better in ICS than in Sense 4.0, overall I'm impressed and I think the One X ranks among the best smartphones ever made.
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