• Our HTC One X+ review: One X plus 64GB



    One of the best phones for 2012 was the HTC One X. It was almost the total package. It was fast and had an amazing display. The camera was a blast to use. The only problem with it was that it only came with 16GB of storage. Itís like a sports car that can only seat one person. Itís a blast to use but itís not very practical.

    Thankfully, we now have the One X+. Itís similar to the One X but ups the storage to a much more useful 64GB of storage. You also get a quad-core processor, a slightly bigger battery, and Android 4.1.


    The One Xís Super LCD was well known for being one of the best displays of any mobile phone. It has super-wide viewing angles, nice colours, itís bright and it works really well in outdoors. The One X+ appears to have the exact same display.

    Did I mention itís bright? When I forget to turn on auto-brightness it actually hurts when I look at it at night! Itís truly an awesome display.


    volume buttons


    headphone jack, power button, microphone


    microUSB

    While the X+ has a polycarbonate body like the original X, the X+ís is covered with rubberized paint. The One X is a slippery phone so the new finish is a welcome change.



    I wish HTC would have put better volume and power buttons on the X+. They donít stick out enough and feel cheap when you press them. Itís like they were a design afterthought.

    Both the X and X+ have beats logos on them, however, HTC has clearly done some work on the X+ in the headphone department. The X+ís headphone out is much, much louder than the X. Itís not as loud as the 8X I just reviewed but itís clearly louder than the X. Itís loud enough that you might need to get new headphones if you want to your listen to music at maximum volume.

    I admit, the headphone out of the X+ is a bit intoxicating. Just be careful, the X+ is loud enough to seriously damage your hearing in a short period of time. Like I said before, someday a bunch of deaf teenagers are going to sue HTC.

    Camera:



    Burst mode has been beefed up. On the One X I got burst rates of around 4.5 frames per seconds. With X+ it averages around 5.5+ fps. Good stuff!

    Iím glad HTC kept the same camera interface. Itís definitely one of my favorites. Both the camera shutter and record buttons are on the same page. You don't have to switch between camcorder and camera mode.

    Thereís a new scene button which lets you choose between normal mode, HDR and panorama. Thereís also a slow motion video mode which captures at 120 frames a second at a resolution of 768x432. Neat!

    Iím not sure if the X and the X+ have the same camera sensor. They do both look quite similar though. Iíll have to snap some more shots before I can say for certain.

    At a glance, pictures are kind of noisy but thatís not necessarily a bad thing since you can always remove the noise yourself. Some cameras like the Lumia 920 remove too much noise and in the process, remove a lot of detail.

    Video quality is decent but I was disappointed that the microphone picks up a lot of handling noise.

    It excels at letting you take lots of pictures very quickly. It starts up fast and just feels much faster than most phones save for the GS3/Note II/iPhone 4s/5. The speed makes the X+ very intuitive to use.



    Software:

    While the One X will get a Android 4.1 Jellybean upgrade from HTC eventually, right now itís still stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich; Android 4.0. The X+ ships with Jellybean. Since the One X+ has HTC Sense and is pretty heavily customized it can be hard to notice the difference between the 2 versions. Then again, even on a Nexus device the difference isnít that big.

    One of Jellybeanís main features is Google now. Itís sort of an automated personal assistant. I donít see it anywhere on the X+.

    The other main feature is smoother transitions. Itís hard to tell but I think the One X+ is a little smoother than the X.

    Thereís HTC Media Link HD support. Itís just a dongle that you can connect to your TV to display pictures, videos, presentations from the One X+ to a TV. Iím not sure if itís just DLNA, Miracast or something proprietary.

    Otherwise, there are a few small changes here and there. I noticed that when you connect the X+ to your computer thereís no longer an option to mount it as an USB storage device plus it comes with Chrome in addition to the regular browser.



    Performance:

    Peacemaker:

    While I normally use SunSpider as one of my cross-platform browser performance benchmarks, Iíve decided to give PeaceMaker from Futuremark a try instead. Like SunSpider itís cross-platform so we can compared Apples to Androids but itís bit more comprehensive.

    Peacemaker benchmark (higher is better)
    Apple iPhone 5: 807
    Samsung Galaxy Note II: 749
    HTC One X+: 662
    LG Optimus G: 505
    Sony Xperia T: 502
    Motorola RAZR HD LTE (chrome): 500
    Samsung Galaxy S III: 476
    Huawei D Quad XL: 433
    HTC One X (Tegra 3): 264

    The newer Tegra chip in the One X+ does well here, it scores higher than the Optimus G and is around 250% faster than the original X.

    Vellamo:

    Vellamo is a suite of browser benchmarks. Itís only available on Android so weíre only able to compare the T with other Android phones here.

    HTML 5 (higher is better):
    HTC One X+: 1852
    Samsung Galaxy Note II: 1841
    Sony Xperia T: 1786
    LG Optimus G: 1713
    Motorola RAZR HD LTE: 1632
    Samsung Galaxy S III: 1630
    HTC One X (Tegra 3): 1608
    Huawei D Quad XL: 1447

    Another good showing though itís not that much higher than itís predecessor.

    Metal (higher is better):
    LG Optimus G: 643
    Samsung Galaxy Note II: 628
    Samsung Galaxy S III: 580
    Sony Xperia T: 567
    Motorola RAZR HD LTE: 553
    HTC One X+: 526
    HTC One X (Tegra 3): 492
    Huawei D Quad XL: 398

    Here the X+ is only slightly faster than the original.

    GL Benchmark 2.5 (higher is better):
    LG Optimus G: 4221
    Motorola RAZR HD LTE: 2504
    Sony Xperia T: 2431
    Huawei D Quad XL: 2347
    Samsung Galaxy S III: 2335
    HTC One X+: 2042
    Samsung Galaxy Note II: 1960
    HTC One X (Tegra 3): 1650

    I was pretty disappointed here. The X didnít do so well in GL Benchmark so I was hoping for a huge increase in performance. When I think about nVidia I think about 3D performance. So itís funny that their Tegra chips generally have inferior 3D performance to their competitors.

    Battery:

    Iím still testing the X+ís battery. Iíll update this section in a few days.

    As a phone:



    I was pleasantly surprised that the earpiece maximum volume is similar to my iPhone 5.

    I compared the X+ís RF performance with the HTC 8X. The 8X was noticeably better at hanging onto and using a weak LTE signal. The X+ is average in this regard.

    Sound quality is pretty good. Itís clean with minimal hiss.



    The built-in speaker is not very loud. Itís ironic that itís located right below the beats logo.

    Conclusion:



    I guess itís no surprise that the One X+ is a great phone given itís heritage. You get the same great screen, slightly more processing power, a much needed bump in capacity, a minor upgrade in software and a few other things.

    Itís a great phone but I am a disappointed that HTC kept it at 1GB of RAM. Such a great phone deserves more. Iíd also like to see a little more from HTC Sense. It feels a little dated compared to some of its competitors.



    X or X+?

    HTC markets the X+ as being faster than the original X. While the X+ does score higher than the X the difference isnít big. I tried surfing the web with both the original quad-core X and the X+ side-by-side and there is really no noticeable difference. Sometimes the X+ is faster and sometimes the X is faster. So donít get the X+ if you simply want a faster phone.

    Iím still doing my battery testing so it remains to be seen if the slightly bigger 2100mAh vs 1800mAh makes a difference.

    The screen are about the same and aside from a few bits of new software, the cameras are similar. The real story here is the improved headphone amp volume and the 64GB of storage.

    Iíd argue that the headphone volume isnít a valid point because I donít advise anyone to listen to it at maximum volume for more than a few minutes. The 64GB of storage however is huge. The version of the X thatís available here only comes with 16GB of storage and of that, only 11GB is available for use. The X and X+ are both really powerful phones with great cameras so itís really easy to fill up 11GB. Take some pictures and videos, download a couple of games and boom, youíre of space. So the 64GB is welcome upgrade.

    So, if you own a One X and are happy with the amount of storage then skip the One X+.



    Galaxy S III:

    When it comes to GS3 or One X+ itís a tough choice. Based on my observations, both are about the same speed, their about the same size and their cameras are similar. At 64GB the One X+ has a lot more built-in storage but, since the GS3 has a microSD card slot itís easy to add a 64GB card to it (thatís what I do).

    Where the One X+ shines is its display. It just beats the GS3 at pretty much everything except for black levels. Itís better in the sun, itís brighter and itís less grainy.

    The GS3ís strength is its software. While Touchwiz isnít perfect it feels more advanced than Sense. Iím talking the pop-up video, the ability to change settings from the pull down, etc. It also has 2GB of RAM which makes a huge difference when it comes to multitasking. The GS3 does a really great job of juggling lots of programs at once.

    LG Optimus G:

    The Optimus G is another close call. Again the One X+ has a better display and more storage. Unlike the GS3, the G comes with 32GB of non-expandable storage. Still, 32GB should be enough for most people. The Gís camera actually takes really good pictures but the camera is much slower which makes it feel less intuitive to use.

    The Gís graphics processor is a lot faster than the X+. If you game a lot, you might notice this sort of difference soon as games get more complex. Like the GS3, the G also has 2GB of storage and is adept at handling a lot of programs at once.

    I also find the Gís software more interesting though it only ships with Android 4.0.



    Pros:

    • less slippery
    • display looks amazing
    • camera
    • headphone amp


    Cons:

    • only 1GB of RAM
    • Sense is starting to feel kind of dated
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Our HTC One X+ review: One X plus 64GB started by howard View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. thawkth's Avatar
      thawkth -
      Small clarification - it has 64GB of storage!

      By 1GB, do you mean RAM vs the OneXL (S4/LTE Version of OneX) ?
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by thawkth View Post
      Small clarification - it has 64GB of storage!

      By 1GB, do you mean RAM vs the OneXL (S4/LTE Version of OneX) ?
      Where did I say it has anything but 64GB of storage?

      It has 1GB of RAM. Yeah I'm talking about the One XL (we just call it the One X here).
    1. WorldIRC's Avatar
      WorldIRC -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      Where did I say it has anything but 64GB of storage?

      It has 1GB of RAM. Yeah I'm talking about the One XL (we just call it the One X here).
      Cons:

      only 1GB of storage
      Sense is starting to feel kind of dated
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Opps, my bad!
    1. rohanjain91's Avatar
      rohanjain91 -
      It is simply stupid to buy this if u have a one x .. Except for the memory i dont find anything EXTRA!!
    1. carsmovies's Avatar
      carsmovies -
      Having used a iphone 5, if I was to change to droid this would the device I would buy. The screen is one of the best and is fairly easily view-able in direct sunlight. Also I prefer the top power button of it versus all other droid devices with the side button. Earpiece audio quality is almost as good as iphone 5 and external speaker is decently loud for speakerphone use although it sounds a little cheap. Better battery life and the rubber feel would be enough for me to upgrade to it over the one x. It's nice that Telus didn't add any bloatware but I wish the sense didn't mess with the settings of vanilla droid.
    1. WorldIRC's Avatar
      WorldIRC -
      Quote Originally Posted by carsmovies View Post
      It's nice that Telus didn't add any bloatware but I wish the sense didn't mess with the settings of vanilla droid.
      Can you elaborate some more? A lot of the SENSE stuff adds vast improvements -- the email app for example is bar none the best Android email client myself and several others have used, from a business perspective.
    1. carsmovies's Avatar
      carsmovies -
      Quote Originally Posted by WorldIRC View Post
      Can you elaborate some more? A lot of the SENSE stuff adds vast improvements -- the email app for example is bar none the best Android email client myself and several others have used, from a business perspective.
      I don't use or care about the email client since I only use a gmail account. One example is the stupid power saver indicator in the drop down notifications. I just prefer the look of vanilla droid settings. I do however prefer the dialer of sense over vanilla droid which sucks. Another thing I like about the one x+ is the right amount of brightness with the auto brightness setting on. Far too low for me on other droid devices especially from Samsung and even the nexus 4.
    1. WorldIRC's Avatar
      WorldIRC -
      Quote Originally Posted by carsmovies View Post
      I don't use or care about the email client since I only use a gmail account. One example is the stupid power saver indicator in the drop down notifications. I just prefer the look of vanilla droid settings. I do however prefer the dialer of sense over vanilla droid which sucks. Another thing I like about the one x+ is the right amount of brightness with the auto brightness setting on. Far too low for me on other droid devices especially from Samsung and even the nexus 4.
      I agree - Auto Brightness on stock GNII is garbage -- always too dark, even in low light.
      Have you ever tried Lux? People seem to be a fan...
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      I've tried Lux but I didn't think it was any better.
    1. Jason Merrick's Avatar
      Jason Merrick -
      Quote Originally Posted by carsmovies View Post
      I don't use or care about the email client since I only use a gmail account. One example is the stupid power saver indicator in the drop down notifications.
      If you are rooted, you can remove that from notifications using Titanium Backup Pro. Just look in the apps list for Power 1.0.2220222957.473386.472844 and freeze it. (This is for the AT&T version, but I think it will be the same for the Telus version if that's what you're on.
    1. PDavis2008's Avatar
      PDavis2008 -
      I want me a phone like that
    1. ephilk's Avatar
      ephilk -
      Thanks for the review howard. Are both phones the same dimensions? Just wondering if I can use my HOX case for the HOX+.
    1. Jason Merrick's Avatar
      Jason Merrick -
      Yes, they are identical in all dimensions.
    1. gweneams's Avatar
      gweneams -
      Quote Originally Posted by carsmovies View Post
      Also I prefer the top power button of it versus all other droid devices with the side button.
      Huh? The G1 power button is on the "chin", and the G2 and Sensation 4G power button is on the top. Mebbe I don't know what you mean.
    1. EricHope's Avatar
      EricHope -
      So, how might you rate this against the iPhone 5? Would this be the Android device to woo a longtime iPhone user away from the platform? As you can probably tell by the question, I am considering such a move. I feel very strongly that I'd like a larger display (larger than the iPhone 5. Something truly LARGER; not just TALLER), and I'm really attracted to the display on the One X+. I know there are other phones to consider in order to get a larger display, most obviously the Samung Galaxy S III (which, for the record, I LOVE, EXCEPT for its dim screen, which you can't really see outside on a sunny day), and the LG Optimus G (which I think is kind of ugly: Thick, heavy & a bit on the boring side design-wise. I find it a bit hard to get excited over the Optimus G). I somehow find it hard to completely disqualify the One X+, but it seems to have some serious issues, which give me pause: Multitasking (maximum of 8 apps open at any given time, with it aggressively shutting down the oldest once you exceed that number), continual browser page refreshes when leaving the browser & returning to it (probably related to multitasking), a below-average camera, poor-to-average (at best) battery life, and a bit light on RAM. These are just to name a FEW things! Might all of these ticks (which, admittedly, may seem bigger on paper) fade away in the actual USING of the One X+ on a day-to-day basis? I feel like I'm ready to seriously consider Android now, but I don't want to get stuck with a subpar phone. If the screen on the Galaxy S3 were brighter, I wouldn't even have to discuss all this, but it's not, so I do. Perhaps HTC has something in the works with the same screen & TWO Gigs of RAM (and maybe a removable - or at least higher-capacity - battery)? Maybe I should wait for them to get the combination right before making a move? They seem to be really close to getting it right...
    1. ephilk's Avatar
      ephilk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jason Merrick View Post
      Yes, they are identical in all dimensions.
      Thanks bud!
    1. Hilda Stone's Avatar
      Hilda Stone -
      I wish the battery makers could make as big advances as do the makers of other parts. Hereís a phone that would be ideal for my large graphics files (Iím a designer in New York) but when youíre talking 64GB, even on AT&Tís 4GLTE things might not move fast enough so the battery doesnít get drained quickly.
    1. jonaid's Avatar
      jonaid -
      hi i need facetime app for my htc one x
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Quote Originally Posted by jonaid View Post
      hi i need facetime app for my htc one x
      Skype, Oovoo, Tango all work over 3G/LTE and are available for both iOS and Android