Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by Ramon Trotman0
HTC One X Gets Its Reviews
HTC’s super premium flagship android device has made its way to market. Featuring what has been described as “the best screen I’ve ever seen” by The Verge, super thin profile and beautiful design, this device clearly means business!
On a couple occasions during my week-odd endeavor to make the One X my primary phone, I installed and used Apex Launcher, an excellent home screen replacement that starts with stock Android 4.0 as a foundation and adds a handful of useful features. It doesn’t seek to reinvent the wheel, it doesn’t fight Android’s natural grain — it just takes a great product and makes it a little bit better.
And it got me to thinking: why isn’t this exactly what Sense is trying to do? HTC should be building its software story around unique functionality. To a large degree, it is — take the excellent ImageSense, for instance — but in the process, it’s also tossing in an entire layer of questionable design. Not bad design, necessarily, but it’s still design without purpose, design that needlessly overwrites Google’s really cohesive (and superb) Android 4.0 user experience. I understand HTC’s inherent need to “make its mark,” but with the One X, it’s already doing that by creating perhaps the best phone hardware I’ve ever used.
So yes, I think Sense can do better, but there’s still a lot to be optimistic about. Looking back on Sense 3.0 and 3.5, Sense 4.0 is a big step in the right direction, and HTC’s new commitment to bootloader unlocking through the HTCdev program means that intrepid owners who feel as strongly about the user experience as I do should expect to see replacement ROMs from the community in short order. And even without any modification whatsoever, the One X isn’t just one of the best Android phones I’ve ever used — it’s one of the best mobile devices I’ve ever used, period. Seriously, HTC has done something pretty special with the One line, and I’m encouraged that Peter Chou and company appear to be back on the right track.
Just give me a One X running something closer to stock Android 4.0, HTC, and I believe you’ve got the best smartphone ever made.
By now you’re probably asking yourself, is AT&T’s One X really better than the global model? Yes, absolutely — assuming you can live with the carrier’s software tweaks and bloatware. At $199, this is the best subsidized Android phone available in the US today. It arguably dethrones Samsung’s mighty Galaxy Note as AT&T’s flagship device by combining Ice Cream Sandwich, a faster processor and a more efficient LTE radio. The only alternative, if you can afford it, is to import the unbranded, unlocked Canadian version of the One X, which is also compatible with AT&T’s LTE bands.
Although the device received high marks from these sites, watch both videos I’ve notice lag and jitter in the os even when they were doing simple things. Not to the demise of the device itself, but rather madness that continues with the android OS. In any event, if you’re on the market for this week’s new “got to have” android device, this looks to be it!