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03 Jun 12 Product Review: HTC’s Android 4.0 phones are not identical twins


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It seems there is a new crop of Android phones every few months, which is great if you’re in the market for a new phone.

I got separate pitches from ATT and T-Mobile a few weeks ago about new phones from HTC.

First, T-Mobile sent me the HTC One S, which arrived promptly and sat on my desk for a week.

Then ATT sent me an email about its HTC One X. I read that email on my iPhone when I was away from the office and quickly replied that I had that same phone from T-Mobile.

It seems I was mistaken.

The phones look similar, cost the same and share a lot of the same features, but there are differences internally and externally.

The One S from T-Mobile retails for $199 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Anchored by a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, the One S has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor with 16 gigabytes of internal storage and 1 gigabyte of RAM.

The screen resolution is 960 x 540 pixels.

The body of the One S is aluminum, is 7.8 mm thick and weighs just 4.22 ounces.

The One S has two cameras — an 8-megapixel rear camera with a 28 mm f/2.0 wide-angle lens that captures 1080p HD video, and a lower-resolution camera on the front for video chats.

The One S was the first phone I’ve seen with Beats Audio, a sound-enhancement software to “enrich” the listening experience.

The One S runs on T-Mobile’s 4G network and is the first T-Mobile phone to ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

PROS: metal body, slim, fast network, Android 4.0

CONS: no card slot for extra storage; the screen resolution could be better

BOTTOM LINE: a good phone for the money

The One X, offered by ATT, is the big brother to the One S in that it sports a larger display and a slightly larger battery.

With a polycarbonate body, the One X is 8.9 mm thick and weighs 4.6 ounces. The display resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels.

The One X also has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.

The phone has the same 8-megapixel rear camera as the One S, but it has a slightly better 1.3-megapixel front camera.

The X also has 16 gigabytes of storage and 1 gigabyte of RAM, and runs Android 4.0.

Neither phone has an external slot for extra storage.

The One X also has Beats Audio enhancement.

The One X features NFC (near field communication), which allows the phone to support Android Beam or Google Wallet, two technologies for device-to-device data transfer. Think of it as a way for the phone to act like a credit card.

Both phones can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices.

I used the One X as my Internet connection for a weeklong business trip and found the 4G LTE network to be very fast.

I did have to hunt for the setting that disconnected the Wi-Fi hotspot after a few minutes of inactivity, but once I did, the One X had more than enough battery power to last an entire day of surfing with my laptop and iPad.

The One X is $199 with a new two-year contract and a qualifying data plan.

PROS: screen size, NFC, fast 4G LTE, Android 4.0

CONS: no card slot for extra storage

BOTTOM LINE: This is a flagship phone for ATT. One of the better choices for Android devices.



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03 Apr 12 HTC One X (white, unlocked)



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HTC One X

Editors’ note: Because the HTC One X was reviewed by our companion site CNET Asia, we are publishing this review as an in-depth hands-on article without an official starred rating.

Arguably one of the more exciting new devices announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, HTC’s flagship Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) handset looks good and comes with killer specifications.

Design
Instead of the aluminum unibody designs that we’ve come to be familiar with in HTC handsets, the HTC One X cuts down on the weight with a polycarbonate finish that’s similar to Nokia’s Lumia 800. While the rear cover is matte, HTC has polished the sides, which gives the handset an unfinished look.

Despite its glossy edges, the One X did not slip from our hand. In fact the handset felt comfortable to hold and use. All about pleasant curves, the One X has no sharp edges to dig into your palm.

Measuring just 0.35 inch, the One X is among the latest breed of superslim Android handsets that are currently on the market. Thanks to its polycarbonate frame, the phone only weighs 4.7 ounces and is 0.74 ounce lighter than the smaller HTC Sensation XE.

The One X’s large 4.7-inch 720p (1,280×720 pixels) display is what catches your eye, and text looks sharp on the high-resolution screen. Instead of onscreen software buttons, HTC has opted to use three touch-sensitive keys located just below the screen. This is supposed to give you more display real-estate, though I don’t think it makes much of a difference. Just for comparison, the Galaxy Nexus uses software keys.

The battery is nonremovable, so there’s no rear cover. There’s also no microSD card slot. The One X comes with 32GB onboard storage, which should be sufficient for the average user. Multimedia junkies may have to manage their media files carefully to avoid running out of space.

At the top of the phone is where the power button, 3.5mm audio jack, and micro-SIM card slot reside. The right side plays host to the volume controls; the Micro-USB port is found on the left. The rear camera has an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor and a lens with an f2.0 maximum aperture. On the front is a 1.3-megapixel camera located just above the screen. Next to it are some speaker holes, instead of the metal grilles found on older HTC models. HTC said these holes are part of the polycarbonate chassis and are small enough that water droplets won’t be able to seep in.

Features
HTC’s One-series devices come loaded with Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the company’s own Sense UI. HTC Sense is now in its fourth version and takes a toned-down approach compared with the version found on the Sensation XE. We’ve covered most of the new changes in this feature.

Frankly, I like the slight tweaks to Ice Cream Sandwich that HTC made. The app-switching panel is bit more sensible (pardon the pun) compared with stock ICS. At the same time, HTC has also improved the camera app’s interface. Google’s original camera UI is very basic, but the One X has the ability to take burst shots and capture still images while recording video. It also adds a video-recording button next to shutter, so you can instantly capture videos instead of having to toggle a switch.

HTC has finessed Beats Audio, too, to work with almost all music and video apps — the equalizer will turn on when the phone is playing tracks from Internet radio or even YouTube video clips. Compared with the Sensation XE’s limited playback capabilities, this is a huge improvement. Unfortunately, the handset does not come bundled with any Beats-branded headphones. You’ll have to fork out more cash if you want the full Beats Audio experience. Still, I found audio with the equalizer enabled to have slightly more bass and clarity even with a normal headset.

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03 Apr 12 HTC One X (black, unlocked)



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HTC One X

Editors’ note: Because the HTC One X was reviewed by our companion site CNET Asia, we are publishing this review as an in-depth hands-on article without an official starred rating.

Arguably one of the more exciting new devices announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, HTC’s flagship Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) handset looks good and comes with killer specifications.

Design

Instead of the aluminum unibody designs that we’ve come to be familiar with in HTC handsets, the HTC One X cuts down on the weight with a polycarbonate finish that’s similar to Nokia’s Lumia 800. While the rear cover is matte, HTC has polished the sides, which gives the handset an unfinished look.

Despite its glossy edges, the One X did not slip from our hand. In fact the handset felt comfortable to hold and use. All about pleasant curves, the One X has no sharp edges to dig into your palm.

Measuring just 0.35 inch, the One X is among the latest breed of superslim Android handsets that are currently on the market. Thanks to its polycarbonate frame, the phone only weighs 4.7 ounces and is 0.74 ounce lighter than the smaller HTC Sensation XE.

The One X’s large 4.7-inch 720p (1,280×720 pixels) display is what catches your eye, and text looks sharp on the high-resolution screen. Instead of onscreen software buttons, HTC has opted to use three touch-sensitive keys located just below the screen. This is supposed to give you more display real-estate, though I don’t think it makes much of a difference. Just for comparison, the Galaxy Nexus uses software keys.

The battery is nonremovable, so there’s no rear cover. There’s also no microSD card slot. The One X comes with 32GB onboard storage, which should be sufficient for the average user. Multimedia junkies may have to manage their media files carefully to avoid running out of space.

At the top of the phone is where the power button, 3.5mm audio jack, and micro-SIM card slot reside. The right side plays host to the volume controls; the Micro-USB port is found on the left. The rear camera has an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor and a lens with an f2.0 maximum aperture. On the front is a 1.3-megapixel camera located just above the screen. Next to it are some speaker holes, instead of the metal grilles found on older HTC models. HTC said these holes are part of the polycarbonate chassis and are small enough that water droplets won’t be able to seep in.

Features

HTC’s One-series devices come loaded with Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the company’s own Sense UI. HTC Sense is now in its fourth version and takes a toned-down approach compared with the version found on the Sensation XE. We’ve covered most of the new changes in this feature.

Frankly, I like the slight tweaks to Ice Cream Sandwich that HTC made. The app-switching panel is bit more sensible (pardon the pun) compared with stock ICS. At the same time, HTC has also improved the camera app’s interface. Google’s original camera UI is very basic, but the One X has the ability to take burst shots and capture still images while recording video. It also adds a video-recording button next to shutter, so you can instantly capture videos instead of having to toggle a switch.

HTC has finessed Beats Audio, too, to work with almost all music and video apps — the equalizer will turn on when the phone is playing tracks from Internet radio or even YouTube video clips. Compared with the Sensation XE’s limited playback capabilities, this is a huge improvement. Unfortunately, the handset does not come bundled with any Beats-branded headphones. You’ll have to fork out more cash if you want the full Beats Audio experience. Still, I found audio with the equalizer enabled to have slightly more bass and clarity even with a normal headset.

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