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stop whining about locked bootloaders!,
This review is from: HTC One X 4G Android Phone, Gray (AT&T) (Wireless Phone)
I'm tech savvy, but I am also aware that 99% of the users will never bother boot loading their phones, and it's not fair to see the complaints of the remaining 1% occupying 50% of the reviews here, making this excellent phone seem utterly worthless.
Now, for the remaining 99%:
I like new phones, and I've recently moved from a iPhone 4 to Galaxy SII, now to this HTC One X.
First of all, the screen is gorgeous. I loved the Retina Display on the iPhone, and although the Galaxy SII has a vivid OLED display, the resolution is significantly lower, and is further worsened by the larger screen. After getting used to the iPhone 4, I simply can no longer stand pixelation when reading! Another thing about the Samsung OLED is that the color looks a lot more saturated than normal. Therefore the pictures simply look inaccurate - a "normal" looking picture on the phone looks washed out on the computer, and a color-balanced picture on the computer simply looks too saturated on the phone. The HTC One X has a color-accurate IPS screen (so does the iPhone 4), but at the whopping 1280x720 resolution (compared to 960x640 on the iPhone). I simply cannot see how anyone will claim this screen is worse than the iPhone's. HD video simply looks amazing on it.
Did I mention HD video? Youtube HD looks great, but the phone does get a bit hot, and drains quite some battery when doing so. The screen is bright enough for usage under sunlight, but does drain more battery. The screen itself can account for >50% of power consumption. Without watching video, I can get a full day of normal usage with about 30% battery left at the end of the day. But if you are one of those who isn't always on your phone, 10 hours of stand-by drains the battery by only 10% (no kidding! I tried that today).
Another point people love to whine about is its lack of a quad-core processor, available in its Asia market. The fact is, this dual-core is more than sufficient, and I would take a power-efficient dual-core LTE processor anyday, over a power-hogging quad-core without LTE, and without a significant performance improvement. Trust me, you do not need quad core, but you WILL wish you can get 25 Mbps of download speed. Living in Los Angeles, I've been consistently getting LTE in most places. Download speed varies from 25+ Mbps (5 bars) to 8 Mbps (3 bars).
I regretted giving up the iPhone right after I got my Galaxy SII, but the One X has made me a believer in Android. Thank you HTC!
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Initial post: May 18, 2012 8:54:50 AM PDT
I think the bootloader is a issue only because of the large amount of AT&T bloatware and the lack of a SD expansion slot. 16 G out of the box for a phone that is basically a mini tablet is not much but when you find out that you are actually getting less then 10G and can't do anything about it is worse.
In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 3:54:39 PM PDT
Jeff Edwards says:
The Samsung phones are Super Amoled Plus displays.
Posted on May 21, 2012 2:25:50 PM PDT
In comparison to the Iphone 4 which would you prefer over the other (Iphone 4 or HTC one X)? I am having trouble deciding upon what phone I should upgrade to. I currently have a blackberry (and it has to go). Basically everything anyone has told me boils down to my dilemma that both the Iphone and the Droids ultimately do about the same and you are basically choosing a brand name more than anything. My main problem is that they both do basically the same tasks but they have a few differences in Apps, games, operating systems, etc. I thank my lucky stars I found your post because you have experienced quite a variety of different phones and I would greatly appreciate your input in helping me make my decision! The only reason I really like my blackberry is because it is simple to use and VERY durable. However the operating system sucks and I can't download any worthy apps and I can hardly ever access websites on it! I have AT&T
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:48:25 PM PDT
C. Wang says:
I didn't mention it, but I also had a blackberry before the iPhone 4 (I left it out because it really wasn't on the same level as the other 3 phones I've had). I had cases for both the iPhone and Android, and they're both very durable as well when protected. I've fallen on them many times while snowboarding and they were both fine (my waist, that's a different story).
What ultimately made me stay with the Android was the ability to download and sent any files as attachments. When I'm traveling, I can download the document to my phone, copy it to my laptop, edit the files, and send them back out using the phone. With the iPhone, you will not be able to do that, unless you pay AT&T more money and get the 5GB/$50 dataplan, which includes computer-tethering.
If you are not a heavy traveler, and just want a simple smartphone, I would almost say that the iPhone was easier to use, and the smaller screen is generally easier to navigate with one hand, especially if you have smaller hands.
Oh, and the iPhone has better resale value. After 18 month of usage, I sold my $199, 16GB iPhone 4 on ebay, and got more than $300 for it. That was sweet :) Just make sure you use a screen protector and a case, so you keep the phone in good condition.
Hope this helps!
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:49:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 4:49:33 PM PDT
C. Wang says:
Yes, that is OLED. The rest of the name is just marketing gimmick tagged on by Samsung to distinguish themselves from other (LG, Sony, etc) panels.
Posted on May 22, 2012 11:16:07 AM PDT
Jadid Herrera says:
I agree with your assessment. I also when through the same transition... iPhone 4 to Galaxy S II and now the Pièce de résistance the HTC One X from AT&T. I love it!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 1:33:59 AM PDT
Daphne Wright says:
Dear Panda, I have an Android and will upgrade soon to another Android. My husband and son have the iPhone 4 & 4S. I haven't paid for a single app on my droid but they have to pay for a lot of apps that are free for me. Don't get me wrong, iTunes has free apps - just comparing what I have for free and they had to pay for the same apps. Hope that helps.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 7:37:59 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 7:46:09 PM PDT
Joseph Farrell says:
@C. Wang, Super AMOLED may sound gimmicky but it is an actual improvement over traditional OLED displays, as the fabrication process allows for the digitizer and the display to be fused into one piece resulting in a thinner component. And of coures SAMOLED+ lacks the inferior PenTile technology of traditional OLED screens.
However, I will agree that the names for these phones are getting ridiculous. Super IPS Plus Display... Reality Display with Bravia Engine. The WhiteMagic Display. ClearBlack Display. It's all a bit much.
Posted on Sep 2, 2012 6:59:06 PM PDT
Guitar Player says:
Hi, I just wanted to thank you and the others that have chimed in here, for your insight into this phone.
I'm not well versed in these phones, and I'm looking for one for my wife; you and the others have been very helpful and it's much appreciated!!