Before you get all geeked, looking for intricate technical details, this is not a techie review of the One X +. You’ll have to check out CNET or some other source for figures on processor speeds, dimensions, and pixel density. This HTC One X + review is from a laywoman’s perspective: straight-up and straight forward. This HTC video gives you more techie details if you’d like:
- Big bright screen. Although I do miss the days of small compact phones that could fit in my jean pockets, my eyes appreciate the larger 4.7-inch HD display (–> Got those figures from the box).
- Phone is sleek and very light. It’s a sexy phone that has a nice grip. Even though the display is larger, it can still be used with one hand.
- Word options vs. Auto-correct. How many times have you texted “dumb phone” after a faulty auto-correct? Exactly.
- Beats audio is clear and sounds awesome. Negative: You will only hear it through the headphones and not the phone’s speakers.
- Picture-taking is sweet! The 8mp camera can take pictures using effects that are built into the phone.
Even as an Instagram fan (feel free to follow me), I love this feature. I can add effects to my photos without using a 3rd party. And the storage space is crazy – 64GB! This is very convenient for my travel stories.
- Fast app downloads from Google play. I thought the downloading speed was possibly a product of my wireless but when I compared it to my iPhone’s downloading from the app store, the speed between my 4S and the OneX + was night and day.
- The battery is a beast! I played Pandora for 2 hours straight, starting at 7 pm, and after a full day of the phone being on, at 9 pm, my battery was still at half-life. I didn’t turn on the Power Save option and I had 5 apps running in the background. I’ve learned with the iPhone, one of the ways to preserve battery life is to fully close all apps you’re not using. I knew I wanted to try that with the HTC OneX+. It’s very easy to do, no instructions necessary. You tap the Recent App button on your phone and a gallery of your apps will tile. All you do is swipe it up the screen to throw it away and, poof! Be gone! Gratefully, I didn’t need to shut down my apps. But now that I know how to turn them off in the background, the battery life will last even longer.
To Be Continued
I haven’t tested all the features on the phone, but I have checked out the most important ones. The one I’m looking forward to testing out the most is the NFC Android sharing feature. My husband and I giggled at the summer Android advertisements that came out, poking fun at the iPhone culture and shortcomings. This “like magic” sharing feature between two NFC-enabled Android phones was one of those penis-envy moments.
My biggest wish list item for this phone: a pair of Beats mini headphones or any headphones for that matter.