When released, the HTC One X was about as powerful a handset as you could get with a power packed processor and an awesome camera. And now HTC has just moved it up another notch with an upgrade called, rather appropirately, the One X+. But do all the improvements add up to a much better device?
When it comes to looks the HTC One X+ has not changed too much from the One X. It has the same large 4.7-inch capacitive touchscreen with three feather touch keys underneath it. The slightly bent uni-body of the phone is sturdy as ever and easy to grip. And the battery still cannot be removed (something that is becoming a trend of sorts). HTC has placed the volume rocker and micro USB/charging port on the sides of phone, although we were genuinely puzzled by the absence of a dedicated camera button. The phone runs on a micro SIM that can be inserted in the pop-able slot located at the top. On the top of the device are also a power key and the audio port. Flip the phone around and you will find an 8.0-megapixel camera, just like the one found on the One X. It has a design ring around it in silver colour and is protruding outwards, somewhat like a cone. This is good to look at but could be counter productive as the phone will be resting on it when lying on a surface, and that could scratch the lens protective screen. The One X+ also sports a secondary front camera, which has been upgraded to 1.6-megapixels.
The HTC One X+ might look like the twin brother of the One X, but there the similarity ends. The One X+ is easily one of the most powerful Android devices around, and comes with a quad-core 1.7 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. On the graphics front the phone has a ULP GeForce graphics card built on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset. This configuration requires lot of power to run and HTC has put in a large 2,100 mAh Li-ion battery in it. Not surprisingly, the phone got a whop- ping 7,406 points in the Quadrant mobile test. Other features in the phone include 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
We would have been utterly disappointed if HTC would have not carried the Jelly Bean OS in this phone. Thankfully they did and that too with HTC 4+ Sense user interface on top of it. There are plenty of applications on board, including the likes of Polaris office for your documentation needs, TuneIn Radio, Soundhound and Dropbox to store your files on the cloud. The homescreen is more or less like the one seen on the previous version of HTC Sense but thanks to the boosted innards of the device, works with silky smoothness, and remains in our very humble opinions, the best ‘skin’ we have ever seen from a manufacturer on an Android device. The third feather touch button also shows the recent apps, which has got a facelift and one can quickly swap between recently opened programs. An interesting app in this phone is the Mirror, which uses the front camera of the device to make you feel as if you are looking at one.
HTC has added many apps for those seeking entertainment. These include an FM Radio that can be turned on using the supplied headphones, three Mobile TV apps and a couple of messengers. Apart from that HTC’s music and video apps work well too. They can easily play the latest music formats and HD video files as the phone supports 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. Like most new phones by HTC, the sound is excellent on One X+ too, cheers to the Beats Audio drivers. The loudspeaker is exceptionally loud and adds life to games and films. And it all sounds even better through the supplied headphones. The large screen handles colour brilliantly, making gaming an absolute pleasure. Moving on to the camera, while it has the same megapixel count as its predecessor in the One X, it now features a number of picture effects and shooting options, which can be accessed on the camera’s main screen by pressing the blue lens button. And the camera is as good as ever - the images clicked are sharp and bright, and the HD videos taken by it can give some of the full time HD video cameras a run for their money.
If one has used HTC phones in the past, he or she would feel right at home with One X+. The screen responds well to every touch, swipe and swoosh. The phone is big, yet is pocket-able. The battery lasts for long and one need not head over to the charging station for a refill every now and then. Top that off with a wonderful performance in all departments and you can say that we are very impressed by the One X+.
There’s no two ways about it - the HTC One X+ is a great phone. It has the looks, lot of nice features on both the entertainment and utility front. Wi-Fi does give you a bit of trouble with old routers, but is fine with most new ones. A pity it comes with such a stiff price tag. Those seeking alternatives might well be tempted by the Apple iPhone 5 that costs Rs. 45,500 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is available at Rs 39,550.