If you can’t tell, the Chic Dad is having phone fatigue. I’ve had my iPhone 4 for a long time now – since about the day they came out – and I’m starting to get the itch to try something new. I looked at the Nokia Lumia 900 and thought it was impressive, and now the HTC One X running Android 4.0 has caught my eye. The HTC One X is a bigg ‘un when it comes to phones. 4.7″ vs. the iPhone’s 3.5″, and it’s smart design, big, radiant display and it’s quad core processor make it one tantalizing piece of phone hardware. Plus it’s packed with other features that I really appreciate, like the Chrome for Android browser, 8 megapixel camera and access to the Android marketplace, which should quell any fears about apps that I may have had with the Lumia. So let’s take a closer look at the new HTC One X shall we? This might be the Android I’ve been looking for, after all.
What? The HTC One X / HTC and AT&T / $199.99 w/2-year contract
What’s Chic? The big, but not too big, display, quad core processing power, retina-quality graphics, Beats by Dre sound and 8 megapixel camera are all packed inside one eye-catching white frame that should win some design awards.
What’s Weak? There are some questions about battery life and the proprietary HTC Sense 4.0 skin on the Android OS leaves a bit to be desired.
Let’s get right to it. Eye candy is important when it comes to a phone, at least for me. I want it to look good. I want it to feel good in my hand, and I want to get some joy out of using it and looking at it. I want people to ask “Oh, what phone is that?” or “Can I check out your phone?” when I pull it out of my pocket. This is where the HTC One X delivers in spades. It’s a great looking phone. Not just passable, but great. It’s beautiful and the white casing is stunning. I have no doubt that this phone gets noticed, and it looks easy on the eyes. So it’s got that going for it, which is nice.
I know, it’s silly, but aesthetic is a big deal to me – so sue me. And really, that’s always been the problem with the Android handsets. They’ve been beating the iPhone on specs for the last year or so, but the overall package just isn’t there. I don’t care if the phone has 8 gagillion megawatts inside of it if looks like it was slapped together or made in the late 90′s. If you’re phone looks like a Star Tac, I’m out. Period.
But it’s not just all style and no substance. This phone packs some serious muscle. It’s got a 1.5 GHz Nvidia quad-core processor which gives it the horsepower of a laptop, along with 32 gigs of onboard storage. A 4.7″ 720p display puts it right in retina display territory with the iPhone 4. Plus it’s 8 megapixel camera and high-quality audio make it the multimedia heavyweight the Chic Dad demands out of his phones.
I’m not expert, but I know good when I see it, and the HTC One X is definitely a phone that I can’t wait to get my hands on and give it a shot. It seems like most of the experts agree. The Verge gives the HTC One X an 8.4/10 and their readers score it 9.5/10. gdgt scores the HTC ONE X an 8.5 with readers weighing in a 9.4. Dare I say it? It might just be the phone that gets me over to Android.
So let’s hear a bit from the experts, who really know what they’re talking about:
And here are the high points from Engadget’s review of the HTC One X:
There’s absolutely no doubt that the One X is a masterpiece of an Android device: it obliterates pretty much all of its competitors by giving even the mighty Galaxy Nexus a run for its money. HTC’s really crafted something special here, with a brilliant combination of branding, industrial design and user experience. This handset looks and feels stunning, with top-notch materials and build quality, the most gorgeous display we’ve ever stared at on a phone, a fantastic camera that’s fast and easy to use and a laundry list of every possible spec under the sun. Sense 4 is thin and light enough to enhance — not detract from — stock Ice Cream Sandwich. Pinch us, ’cause frankly, we’re smitten.
Ultimately, buying a One X is a lot like getting a unicorn — it’s wild, fast, white, beautiful, expensive and fickle.
Does Chic Dad Recommend?
I haven’t even seen the phone in person, so I can’t recommend. What I can say is that here is yet another phone to take a look at when I decide to re-up. We’ve got the Nokia Lumia 900, the HTC One X and I’m anxious to see what the Samsung Galaxy III looks like when it’s announced. The HTC One X isn’t yet available to the public, but if you’re ready to pull the trigger you can pre-order to HTC One X on AT&T’s site. Thanks for taking this phone ride with me. It’s fun to think about the different devices out there and see if there’s one that’s a better fit than the iPhone. Time will tell; but it sure is exciting to see some new contenders on the market.
Featured image credit: The Verge