This review was kindly donated by Mattias Davidsson.
Being asked to review a gadget for the first time, let me tell you about my background in the gadget and phone universe for a starter. Before my new lover, the HTC One X, I carried the Samsung Galaxy S generation 1, who now is my X, so to say. She was my first smartphone. The comparisons and impressions in this text should thus be read with that in mind. Now I owned my X for about a week, so let me take you through it.
The first impression using the phone was simply that it was great. Although having some troubles getting the phone to recognize my carrier’s network, it was super fast, super good looking, super duper. Since I have no history with HTC I have no gag reflex concerning the HTC Sense, and in my mind it looked and felt great. The new version then of course.
The size of the phone is great. In most aspects. It is thin, slips down my pocket just like that. On the other hand it is a bit hard pressing the power button to take it out of sleep mode (and that happens a lot obviously) with just the one hand. The phones that come with the thing I actually find to be quite good! Good lower registers and clear sound. My ears are not the best equipped though, so take that with a grain of noise. But still, after changing to what would be judged by most audiophiles to be a better, in-ear, model, I still find that it has it’s advantages. The sound from the actual phone is clearly better than the SGS1 anyway.
The screen is obviously one of the first thing you stumble upon when using the HOX. And, “omg” – what a screen! Streaming television series from “SVTplay”, who serve high quality HD-versions of many of theirs (SVeriges Television, the old state financed TV-company here in Sweden) and other productions is simply amazing. The full HD experience and sound makes it worth the upgrade alone.
Downloads apps and files and then of course streaming video and audio is really fast, on my wireless home-network as well as using 3G. Significantly faster compared to the SGS1. The installation of apps tells you of the snappiness of the processors under the hood.
The first thing I noticed to actually suck a bit with this phone, but that now got a lot better, is the battery life. It seems like it has taken a few charge-cycles and also for all syncing of mail accounts and such to complete, for it to get up to maximum capacity. Now the battery lasted from morning till evening, although I did not use it very heavily. The screen drains battery, that is for sure. If you don’t use the phone however, very little battery is consumed by the device even with full syncing and network on.
So, what happens when you downloaded and installed all of your apps? On my old phone, in the end it got so laggy – factory reset was the only solution against finding myself pressing app- or other icons twice since the first time nothing seemed to happen when in fact something did happen and I actually did something I did not want, resulting in extended frustration having to press back, correct, wait, and undo actions. This deterioration can indeed be seen a week into me owning, installing and handling the HOX. And also a, what must be called, bug shows its ugly face when it sometimes take five-ten seconds for the home-screen to re-appear, at the same time as a spinning circle enclose the word “loading” for me to enjoy. However, this bug seem to appear if the phone has not been rebooted for a couple of days and rebooting it indeed fixes the problem as well as makes the phone quick and naughty again. And still, it does not get nearly as bad as with the SGS1 even at its worse.
So how about the camera? Well, it is quite good. Perhaps even great. It is better than my X-phone, that sometimes took long enough for the sun to go down before I could take a picture, but still it lacks something that my old faithfull had – the possibility to pause and resume a movie recording, a feature dearly missed.
I actually thought that ICS would come with decent voice recognition, but even though I am not native english speaking, my pronunciation is good and I do not understand how “call Maria” 50% of the time can be interpreted as if I would like to search for “cool Maria” or something similar. The word call should certainly be one word where they should train their engines hard to just make it work.
Another feature that I also thought that ICS would do better on is the address book. I never understood it and as it seems never will. My GF is in there in multiple copies, and STILL when searching for her I turn up with nothing. She is in the call history list, with G+ picture and all, but performing a search, I get nothing. That surely has to be fixed, as well as a better handling of multiple instances of the same person.
Still, a great phone though.
Author: Mattias Davidsson