HTC One X+
The HTC One X+ is the recently updated version of the One X device which was released in early 2012. Only available through the Telus network, the device is marketed as a premium Android phone, which places it in direct competition with the likes of the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.
With a 4.7 inch screen, this is a large phone. Though not quite as large as the 4.8 inch Galaxy S3, this phone is noticeably larger than the iPhone 5. The One X+ (0.35 inches/135 grams) is noticeably thicker and heavier than the iPhone 5 (0.3 inches/112 grams), but is comparable to the Galaxy S3 (0.34 inches/133 grams).
Despite a similar form factor to many of the Android “super-phones” that have been released lately, this phone looks quite different thanks to its matte-black shell. This unibody shell is made of a rubberized anti-slip material which feels great to hold and looks cool when the phone is new. Unfortunately, even after a week or so of normal use, mild scuff marks began to appear on the backside, marring the surface of the phone under certain lighting.
The 4.7 inch display uses Super IPS technology and has a pixel density of 312 PPI which while not as high as the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3, the difference is not noticeable in actual usage. Colors on the screen look decent, and the screen is not too reflective, allowing moderate usability in sunny conditions.
The biggest selling point of this phone has to be the 4G LTE connectivity it offers. According to Telus, with an appropriate data-plan you could be able to reach a theoretical maximum download speed of 75 Mbps while average speeds should be between 12 and 25 Mbps depending on your area.
In my real world tests, the HTC One X+ performed admirably as seen in the screenshot above. Testing in various areas around the GTA including Mississauga and Toronto, I was able to get download speeds ranging between 8 Mbps and 40 Mbps. Though not living up to theoretical standards, this phone is definitely quick when it comes to downloading. To put these speeds into perspective, you would be able to download a 2 hour HD Netflix movie using this device, in as little as 15 minutes compared to 40 minutes on an average home internet connection.
The HTC One X+ comes with Google’s Android 4.1 Jellybean operating system out of the box, which has been slightly modified by HTC. The phone is very fast, loading applications, menus, and web-pages nearly instantly. In terms of raw performance, this phone is one of the best available today, and you will be hard-pressed to find an application or task which will slow it down. It also appears that Google has been able to improve the stability of the operating system in this release as I experienced very few slowdowns and no application crashes during my week testing the phone. The selection of applications in the Android Play app store has also improved over the last year. Most apps that iOS users may be familiar with are now available, and where they are not, strong alternatives are usually available. As with other Android devices, the integration with Google services including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive, is well executed. If you use any of these services, you will find the built in applications are familiar to use, and perform tasks efficiently.
The HTC One X+ is fitted with a 2100Mah battery similar to many high-end devices today. However, due to its high powered processor and LTE connectivity, this does not translate into significantly higher battery life. In my real world tests, I was typically able to get about a day’s worth of charge. Like most smartphones today, most users will have to charge it on a daily basis.
The camera on the HTC One X+ has an 8 megapixel sensor, and while not as impressive as the iPhone 5 camera, it performs well for a smartphone. Below is a shot I took with the One X+:
HTC One X+ Conclusion:
Overall, the HTC One X+ is a powerful Android Phone with a unique design thanks to its unibody matte-black rubberized shell. LTE connectivity allows this phone to download at impressive speeds, and the Android operating system has improved to the point that in most ways it can compete with Apple’s iOS. In comparison to the iPhone 5, the screen, battery life, and photo quality fall slightly short but for many users interested in using the customizability and Google apps implementation on Android, this may not be a dealbreaker.