HTC One X+ review: It’s back, and it’s a bit different
8 March 2014
Conclusion: Overall, the HTC One X+ is a good, good phone. It builds well on the power of the HTC One X and looks to iron out the bugs with the improved battery life and Android 4.1 on board too. It’s still got the same decent design and upgraded storage to 64GB is more than most will ever need, even with a strong HD video library and too many music tracks. The display is clear and crisp, and the 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 screen is excellent under the touch as well.
Summary: The HTC One X+ is a slight upgrade on the HTC One X, the flagship device that was top of the class until the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 came along. But is the plus factor strong enough to make HTC the critics’ darling once more?
Summary: Facelift. HTC re-engineered their One X, packing their current top model, the One X+, with a few more horsepower and a bigger tank under the hood. But those aren't the only renovations. A run on our rugged test track shows what else is inside and how the revisions have altered the device.
Pros: Attractive design & case, 64 GB internal storage space (net ~55 GB), 25 GB Dropbox storage space (2 years), NFC, Android 4.1 with HTC Sense UI 4+, Strong wireless module, Camera module (8 megapixel, video recording in 1080p, LED flash), High resolution SLCD2 IPS touchscreen with good luminosity, Precise and quick input devices, Strong application and graphics performance, Low power requirements, The Tegra 3+ processor's performance, the intuitive HTC Sense user interf...
Cons: Missing LTE support, No card reader for storage expansion, Stereo headset with unimpressive sound, Power button's reaction somewhat unclear, In the new top model we would like to have seen LTE and a card reader at long last.
Conclusion: The HTC One X+ is in one way what the original should have been - a phone that can last a whole day. That it’s also been souped up with more speed, memory and style only adds to what is without a doubt the best HTC Android device out right now. For many, it will also be the best phone available, bettering the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of style, offering more portability and stability than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and more versatility than the iPhone 5.
Pros: Slick design, Huge internal storage, Very powerful
Cons: Jelly Bean notifications absent, Pre-installed apps not always useful, No LTE in UK variant
Conclusion: If you can live without 4G, the HTC One X+ is a mighty phone. It’s fast, furious and utterly beautiful, with build quality matching if not surpassing that of the iPhone 5. That said, it might just be worth waiting. As cracking a blower as it is, the HTC One X+ is only an incremental update on the One X - and it’s clear a massive, full HD overhaul is on the way in the shape of the HTC J Butterfly.
Pros: If the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the ultimate Android phone for spec heads, the HTC One X + is the way to go for those who like a bit of design flair with their speedy software. HTC hasn’t changed much but the colour scheme - a dangerous black with red tints - but that’s no bad thing. The 8.9mm thin chassis is beautifully curved, using a similar moulded polycarbonate method as Nokia’s Lumia line of phones - and frankly beating the Finns at their own game in the process. Sa...
Cons: The HTC One X+ doesn’t have the very, very latest version of Android, 4.2. But that was only launched last week, and the biggest feature it brings, multiple accounts for families, is only available on tablets anyway, so it’s no major loss. Here’s the thing though: the HTC One X+ doesn’t have 4G for super speed downloads and uploads on EE’s 4G network. Of course, plenty of smartphones don’t either, but what makes this so odd is that there is a 4G version of the first H...
Summary: Although HTC has officially launched the One X+ at Rs.40,190, we’re yet to see it in online stores. Seeing how this is the MRP of the device, we expect the street price to be a little less at around Rs.38,000. Compared to the old phone, which still retails for Rs.35,000, the One X+ is definitely a worthy successor.
Summary: With a newer version of Android, fixed build quality issues and significantly increased battery life, the One X+ is a polished and honed version of its predecessor. It's now an even better all-round quality smartphone with a reasonable price tag.
Excerpt: What happens when you create an insanely nice device but it never really takes off? If you’re HTC, you try, try again. The HTC One X hit shelves before the Galaxy S3, iPhone 5, and almost every other major flagship phone, and was better than a lot of them, but it’s not always about who’s the best. The One X was quickly forgotten in favor of better advertised, better branded competition, but now it’s back.
Pros: Beautiful, vivid screen, 64GB of storage, Great camera, Durable, stylish design
Cons: Disappointing battery life, No microSD slot, Non-removable battery
Conclusion: A good thing just got better: with a faster processor, gobs of internal storage and a higher capacity battery, the HTC One X+ is an excellent evolutionary improvement over one of HTC's top phones, the One X. If you already own a One X that's not likely to sell you on an out of contract upgrade, but for those who are shopping for a new phone on contract, the One X+ holds up nicely against the top smartphones on AT&T.
Pros: Superb display, lovely design, comfy in hand, very fast.
Cons: Battery is sealed inside, no microSD card slot though you do get 64 gigs of internal storage.
Summary: We can definitely say that the HTC had redeemed itself with the One X+. Much faster chip, better battery life, large storage capacity — all on the same great design. The huge 64GB storage alone amounts to about Php10,000 in value (if we based it on iPhone 5 price between 16GB and 64GB).