Big Screen Star – HTC One X

If I had to choose a music track to sum up the HTC One X it would be Superstylin’ by Groove Armada.  That’s because there’s a whole lot of stylin’ going on with this great new top of the range smartphone.

As you can see from the pic above, the case is a smooth plastic, semi-curved, shell. While it looks very tasty, you actually have to see it in real life to get some perspective on the size of the phone.  Without fail, the first thing people say when they see it is “wow, that’s a massive phone”.  I suspect that when they say massive, they mean “bigger than my iPhone which has a 3.5 inch screen”.  That’s because the One X sports a luscious 4.7 ” hi-def touch screen. That means you get a hell of a lot of screen real estate on a phone that feels slightly larger in the hand than a phone normally should.  It’s another phone, like the Samsung Note, which follows the philosophy of “if less is more, just think how much more more would be” (I think I read that quote somewhere else but it works well here).

So, the design is beautiful and the screen gorgeous, deep and rich; could there possibly be any drawbacks? I have to say yes.  The sound promises much, but delivers little.  The beats audio logo is unmissable on the case of the phone, appearing to promise great sound reproduction. Unfortunately, during my testing, I can only say that the inbuilt speakers provided a similar sound to any other high end smartphone. That is to say, not great, and certainly not as “rich and authentic” as the literature promised.

One area where the One X does excel is in the camera department.  For a phone, the optics and features are really quite good.  The 8mp camera and smart LED flash work well in low light conditions. My favourite feature though is the ability to take a photo while recording in HD.

The HTC One X is a great quad core powered, Ice Cream Sandwich toting beaut of a phone.  Some users will take a while to adjust to the size, others will opt to reject the smooth white casing in case it attracts scuffs.  However anyone looking for a super stylish Android phone with a bunch of high powered connectivity apps and features will be throwing money at this handset.  It’s definitely going to be an interesting battle between this and the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy SIII.

The HTC One X is available now on the Telecom Smartphonenetwork priced at $0 on a 24 month $100 smartphone plan.