Back on form: HTC One X review

After a string of largely forgettable devices last year HTC has finally returned to form with one of the most impressive smartphones we’ve seen since the introduction of the iPhone 4.

There’s little if anything to dislike about the HTC One X. It’s got power it’s got style and the 4.7in 720p Super LCD2 display is the nicest we’ve seen on any mobile device. The burly 1.5GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor also makes it the most powerful phone around so everything from swiping between home screens to playing 3D games and Full HD video is a silky smooth experience.

Not impressed yet? Try the One X’s 8-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor camera which has a dedicated imaging chip and rivals the iPhone 4S for picture quality but wipes the floor with it on features. Or the built-in NFC chip. Or even the built-in 32GB of storage (26GB accessible) that’s paired with a free 25GB of cloud storage through Dropbox.

The One X is just as attractive on the outside. The matte polycarbonate unibody shell (available in black or white) bears a striking contrast to the glossy black screen and it’s remarkably thin and light at 8.9mm and 130g respectively.

The HTC One X is about as close as it gets to perfect barring a few minor annoyances. The external speaker is just as tinny as previous HTC handsets and the built-in Beats Audio sound processing technology that HTC is so proud of is useless unless you buy some Beats Audio headphones separately. There’s also no microSD slot to install extra storage and the battery is non-removable. In that regard longer battery life wouldn’t have gone astray either although the 23 hours we got with light use is comparable to other smartphones in this category.

Available from HTC retailing for $699.
APC rating: 9/10 (Editor’s Choice)