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Early HTC One X Reviews are in – Incredible Display, Decent Battery Life, Impressive Performance and a Return to Glory

The first round of HTC One X reviews are in, and most are now referring to this device as the “King of Android.” While that can normally be said every other month when it comes to this platform, it has actually been months since the Galaxy Nexus was released and no other phone has really been able to match it in an overall package. The One X may have blown it away.

Most who have handled the device for any amount of time are calling this screen the best they have ever seen on a mobile device, with amazing viewing angles and some of the most natural and realistic colors around. As a 4.7″ Super LCD2 display with 312ppi, that makes sense. On the battery front, most are noticing favorable charges even with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor tucked inside. Now, it’s not LTE if it has the T3 inside, so there is one trade-off. Speaking of Tegra 3, for sheer processing power, no other processor can match this. With that said, the Snapdragon S4 is actually outperforming it in a number of benchmarks and will be used in the AT&T version since it works with LTE already.

The camera, which HTC has been bragging about, received decent marks. It’s better than the one on the Galaxy Nexus, but definitely not the best on the planet for a smartphone. In fact, the HTC Amaze 4G tops this one. HTC’s new ImageSense technology appears to be a major winner though, adding to the overall camera and video recording experiences in a good way.

Overall though, most that reviewed this are blown away by the total package. A beautiful design, with raw power, toned down Sense UI, amazing display, and above average camera, have made this the phone to have for Android enthusiasts. Too bad it’s not coming anywhere near Verizon. Rumors are swirling about that we may see something similar on Big Red this year, but again, “this year” could mean in 8 months when AT&T, Sprint and worldwide customers will have had it for months.

I should have the phone by the end of the week and will do a full review of our own then. In the mean time, check out some of the videos of the device from around the web after the break.  

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  • My next fone, hopefully <3

  • Iphone

    Who cares. Android sucks. I had an Android for over 4 years. I got sick of it and finally moved to iPhone. No crashes, great battery and no random reooots.

  • Truth

    “it has actually been months since the Galaxy Nexus was released and no other phone has really been able to match it in an overall package.” 

    the nexus is still no better than my thunderbolt. the tb has an unlocked bootloader & 4G (the main two reasons for purchasing a new phone), it came with 32GB of REMOVABLE storage, removable batt, 8MP camera, kickstand, and will officially have ICS. the nexus has non-removable storage, a much worse camera, and is currently plagued with bugs, and doesn’t even see ICS updates in a timely manner.

    the main thing the nexus has going for it at the moment is that the ENTIRE dev community is using / developing for it . . .

    • Truth

      i forgot about the dual core proc, which is an advantage if you are some hand-held l33t gheymer or watch 720p video encodes on your phone, but for normal use, imo, whichever proc uses the least amount of juice is better.

      i only use my phone for the normal stuff of: web, email, texting, music, ebooks, apps, etc. i don’t play games all day or watch movies on it to require a mobile version of the i7.
      so the benefits of the proc could go either way.

  • welll nexus number 4 is the worst yet,cant even make a call, oh well now on to number 5

  • Is this review made before or after the HTC software update a few days ago? The update that other reviews state made a huge difference in battery life? If the review is before that, then please make sure to take the latest update into consideration and review the battery life again. Because
    then you will have a 5 star review I think.

  • LionStone

    Looks good…but VZW will get something good too I hope from HTC with that screaming S4 and LTE!!

  • kava_breath

    i wish i could filter out these awesome phones that dont apply to me since im with Verizon

  • Currentsupply

    Sense is a no go for me. Nice looking hardware though.

    Is this addressed in the reviews? Does it allow for removal of all apps like the ics on the galaxy nexus to get rid of carrier installed crap ware?

  • NorCalGuy

    Looks good but i wish phone manufactures would start designing phone cases that didn’t have the camera popping out, that is one of the few things that i don’t like about my nexus is that the only scratch it has is across the little piece of material in between the case and the camera lens.  Now on this phone it looks like its going to spin on that big ol silver disc on the back and after a week its going to look trashed.

  • To all the HTC haters: IN YO FACES!!!

  • I will just wait for the Galaxy SIII.

  • I made it fifteen haytches on the Vodafone review and then I couldn’t hear anything but the haytch… so I had to close it.

  • weaponx

    All the reputable Android sites have spoken…the reviews are most definitely in…the gnex is vastly outmatched…no contest…the title of this article should read, “HERE IT IS FOLKS…THE GNEX KILLER”

    • Jslafarr

      That is funny to me as this article has nothing to do with comparing the gnex.

      This looks like a cool ass phone but if you gave me 2 of them I’d keep my gnex.
      maybe if it had LTE and soft keys – but it doesn’t.

      No contest lol – this is the only phone that can compare with the gnex, how is it” vastly out-matched”?

      You must not have one

  • I really really want android devices to start offering the ability to change the theme instantly to stock, Google please put built in theming as part of jellybean. If I could click a button to change from Stock to sense and have the ability to buy more I would love that.

  • weaponx

    “No other phone has been able to match it in overall package”? Please…That is like the overstatement of the century. Gnex is good, but not great.  ATT does get “better’ phones, I have to admit that even though I don’t like them as a company. 

  • frankandsimple

    It’s mind boggling how most “good” phones end up going to ATT.. I mean.. even if they are to be GSM.. why not go with T-Mobile and tap into their HSPA+ network?

    AT&T is THE worst company when it comes to telecommunication. 

    • Well, AT&T has LTE and standard GSM bands. And T-Mobile has that 1700MHz band which no one likes.

  • I have just about HAD IT with Verizon. If another carrier had decent service in my area, I would love to switch to a company Not named Verizon. …don’t get me started on the VZW LTE GNex outbound audio troubles.

    • ShiggityX2

      I have the Rezound (after returning the Bionic AND the GNexus), and it is a seriously great phone.  It will get ICS hopefully this Friday, is a little bulkier, and though battery life isn’t great it is removable and replacements are cheap.  I was frustrated with Verizon forever but thankfully they got it right by carrying this phone.