Before I even start with the first impressions, here’s a confession: I’m using an Android smartphone after a long while. The last one I had volunteered to review was the Moto RAZR XT910. There was a brief period of 16 months or so between the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 that I exclusively used a series of Android smartphones but then I gave up. Last August I picked up an iPhone 4 and have never used an Android smartphone as my primary device for a prolonged period. I volunteered to review the HTC One X because I really hope this could be one of those rare Android smartphones I can probably use on a regular basis. I adore the way it looks with its sleek appearance, a stunning display and a camera that promises the universe. How can one not fall for it? Also Read - HTC rolls out Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update for One X, One X+ and Butterfly in India
I bit the bullet, transferred my SIM to the One X (thankfully, it too uses a micro SIM) and made it my primary phone for a week. A full review should be ready by early next week but read on for some of my first impressions of the device in the first 24 hours. Also Read - HTC India cuts prices of One X and the One X+, now start from Rs 25,990
[nggallery id=145] Also Read - HTC says that One X, One X+, One S and Butterfly will get new Sense 5 interface
The One X’s design is a massive departure from HTC’s typical fare of metal in deep, dark hues. The white polycarbonate plastic that curves ever so slightly is refreshing. Its 8.9 mm thin profile masks the monstrous hardware that’s hidden inside while the 4.7-inch 720p display is among the best I have seen with unreal viewing angles. HTC’s proprietary Sense UI is no longer a heavy, bloated layer that would slow down the system to a crawl. It is fast, fluid and highly customizable. The designers have liberally taken inspirations from iOS and even PlayBook OS/webOS, which isn’t really a bad thing if it makes a user’s experience better. I’m yet to extensively try out the camera but from the few shots I clicked I can confirm it is one of the best you can get on an Android smartphone.
The only thing that bothers me so far is the size of the device. Even tasks like typing a text or browsing the web suddenly become a two-handed operation. When I tried typing with one hand, my fingers would hit other parts of the screen, leading to unintended actions. But that’s probably just me considering how well smartphones with even bigger displays are selling.
These are my very initial thoughts about the One X. Watch out for the complete review.