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Six months on from the One X, a turbo-​charged successor arrives

After a tumultuous year, HTC needs to score some big wins this holiday season. Many critics, including ourselves, have been full of praise for its HTC One series, led by the venerable One X. But every passing quarter seems to bring depressingly familiar news for the Taiwanese manufacturer -- record sales and profits for Android rival Samsung, and tumbling revenues for HTC.

On the Windows Phone side, the HTC 8X -- a great handset by any standard -- looks set to make a big impact in the coming weeks. But what of Android? Well, as the year draws to a close, HTC is hoping to put the One series back in the spotlight with a revamped high-end offering, the One X+. On paper it’s a tantalizing proposition -- one of our favorite early 2012 phones re-imagined in a soft touch polycarbonate shell, with a larger battery, a faster CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

But as HTC knows, specs alone have never been enough to guarantee a device’s success. Today the One X+ is but a drop in a sea of quad-core, 720p Androids, The high-end mobile space is a lot more crowded than it was back in March, when we reviewed the original One X.

And speaking of that device, what does the One X+ mean for those who’ve already invested in the HTC One series?

Answers to all these questions, and many more, are waiting in our full review of the HTC One X+. Read on.


The Good

The One X+ offers superlative build quality, capacious storage, a gorgeous screen and Jelly Bean out of the box. HTC Sense continues to shine as one of the more attractive and visually cohesive Android UIs. Photo quality is every bit as good as the original One X, and gaming performance benefits from the faster Tegra 3 CPU.

The Bad

Battery life, though improved, remains far from ideal. Wifi software bugs from the One X remain. On-contract availability is limited to O2, and SIM-free prices are high. There’s no European LTE option at present.

Conclusion

For all intents and purposes, it’s still an HTC One X we’re dealing with here. The hardware improvements are welcome, but offer questionable value compared to the original One X, which is now heavily discounted online. In addition, the software refinements in Sense 4+ will be making their way to the older handsets shortly. With limited on-contract availability and strong competition from elsewhere, the One X+ won’t be a runaway success. But if you want the best HTC Android phone around, and don’t mind paying a pretty penny to get it, this is the one for you.
 

 

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Externally, the One X+ is the spitting image of its predecessor -- just like the original, it packs a 4.7-inch screen encased in a polycarbonate shell. The texture of the outer casing has changed dramatically, though. It’s now finished with a soft touch coating as opposed to plain old polycarbonate -- that is to say very fancy plastic versus regular fancy plastic. The glossy trim around the edge of the device is also gone, resulting in a consistent texture all the way around the phone. The different -- we’d argue improved -- finish gives a grippier, slightly rubberized feel, and makes it less obvious that the One X+ is essentially a lump of polycarbonate with a screen bolted to the front. The One X+ every bit as ergonomic as the earlier One X models, and in our opinion the new soft touch chassis actually improves things in this area.

A look around the hardware reveals some more cosmetic differences -- red accents adorn the three capacitive buttons, as well as the rear camera lens, and there’s a new, shinier HTC logo on the rear. Given that the device is almost pitch black, a little color here and there is welcome. In particular, the darkened front and red buttons give the face of the phone a bolder aesthetic.

Despite the external changes, button and ports remain in the same places as before -- volume along the right, microUSB on the left, and a headphone jack and microSIM tray up top besides the power button. (And yes, it can still be problematic to press this on your first try.)

The One X+'s internals have undergone a more comprehensive overhaul. The phone is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU -- the newer, more efficient AP37 chip -- with 1GB of RAM and a whopping 64GB of internal storage. That’s double what the original (international) One X offered, and so much that the lack of removable storage becomes a non-issue in our opinion. The battery capacity, too, sees a bump up to 2100mAh, from the original’s 1800mAh unit.

With the exception of its snazzy red trim, the rear camera assembly remains unchanged from the One X -- it’s an 8MP unit with an f/2.0 lens and BSI sensor, paired with HTC’s ImageChip/ImageSense technology. The front-facing camera has undergone some minor upgrades, though. It’s now a 1.6MP shooter, and has the ability to use the ImageChip just like the rear camera. There have also been some software improvements specific to the front-facing camera, which we’ll get to later in the review.

Elsewhere, the rear speaker has been upgraded with a built-in amplifier, which results in clearer, less tinny playback.

Then there’s the screen -- and what a screen it is. It hasn’t changed since we last saw it on the One X, but it didn’t really need to. HTC’s optically-laminated 720p SuperLCD2 panel remains among the best on any smartphone. It’s bright, and crisp, with near-perfect viewing angles, flawless daylight visibility and colors that are vivid without being oversaturated. The only downside here is the amount of battery power it’s prone to guzzling -- even with a larger battery on-board, extended periods of screen-on time will quickly take their toll on your available juice. The One X+'s larger battery does make battery drain less of an issue this time around.

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In the UK, the One X+ ships with 3G/HSPA connectivity, including support for 42Mbps DC-HSDPA downloads. Despite its touted dual-cell capabilities, we found that the One X+ tended to max out at around 10Mbps down and 3Mbps up, compared to the maximum of 19 down and 5 up we’ve on handsets like the Xperia T. That’s probably going to be fast enough for most users, but it’s something to bear in mind if you want the very highest HSPA data speeds available. In Europe, the One X+ is sold without 4G support, though in the U.S. it’ll run on AT&T’s LTE network. For the purposes of this review, we’ll be talking about our experiences using the One X+ on Three UK’s DC-HSDPA network.

Although the One X+ doesn’t support the fancy new HD Voice standard, calls came through loud and clear without any distortion. We found that signal strength was comparable to other leading smartphones, and we experienced no “death grip” issues during normal use. On the Wifi side, you’ve got 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, including support for 2.4 and 5GHz networks.

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Additionally, the phone boasts full USB host support, including the ability to connect mass storage and input device. It’s a niche feature, but for those who want to plug in memory sticks, mice or keyboards through USB OTG, you’ll find the One X+ fully functional in this area. Of course, you'll need the correct cable to be able to plug stuff into the phone, but in our experience, the One X+'s USB host features worked just as well as any other phone's.

So we’re looking at minor changes across the board, but in spite of all the fancy hardware under the hood, the one hardware improvement we’ve been enjoying the most is the new soft touch chassis. It gives the phone a classy, luxurious feel, much like its Windows Phone counterpart, the 8X.

Wifi issues

Unfortunately, one of our pet peeves with earlier HTC One phones has reared its head again in the One X+ -- after a certain amount of time sleeping, the phone would lose all data connections, leaving us without any Wifi or cellular data to use with background tasks. Worse still, it does so silently without any notification, only to re-establish its connections once powered on. HTC has already resolved this issue on the One X and One S, so a fix should be coming for the One X+ too, but we were disappointed to find that niggles like this remain on the newer handset.

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HTC One X+ battery life​

Battery life was a major concern for the original Tegra 3-powered One X (not to be confused with the S4-toting AT&T One X). And with a more efficient CPU onboard, coupled with a larger-capacity battery, you’d expect an improvement in longevity.

We found the One X+ managed to go longer between charges than its predecessor, but the difference wasn’t as striking as we’d expected. It’s still possible to deplete the battery in around six hours of heavy use, and if you’re relying on mobile data with lots of screen-on time, you might want to think about a mid-day charge.

As our usage patterns normalized, we found we were getting through the day with a reasonable amount of juice remaining. A typical day of mostly Wifi-connected usage would leave us with a little under 50 percent remaining in the can. With lighter use, we'd manage up to 18 hours on a single charge, thanks to the phone's efficiency while asleep with the screen off.

So it’s an improvement in battery performance, but an improvement from unacceptable to adequate. We'd still feel a little uneasy about gaming or tethering on the One X+ for extended periods.

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HTC One X+ software review

The HTC One X+ runs Android 4.1.1 and the latest version of the HTC Sense UI, dubbed Sense 4+. Superficially, not a whole lot has changed since Sense 4 made its debut back in the spring. It's still one of the more attractive Android UIs, on account of HTC's consistent design language, and the fact that the manufacturer has designed around Android, rather than on top of it.

We've been over HTC Sense before in exhaustive detail, in our reviews of the One X and One S, not to mention our full guide to Sense 4. So here we're going to concentrate on what's new in Sense 4+. For those unfamiliar with HTC's user interface, you can expect pretty, full-featured software across the board, including excellent camera, calendar and email apps and 25GB of free Dropbox space.

For the full picture, you'll want to head on over to our definitive Sense 4 guide, which covers HTC's UI in great depth. 

Being based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the One X+ gains a substantial performance improvement thanks to Android's "Project Butter" enhancements , resulting in noticeably smoother screen transitions and touch responses. Performance is also helped along by the phone's faster CPU, with the One X+ pushing ahead of other Tegra 3-powered handsets in demanding games like Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

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Jelly Bean also brings the new Google Search app with the "Google Now" predictive search feature, which can be activated by long-pressing the home key. There's a redesigned notification area too, complete with expandable notifications, and HTC hasn't strayed too far from stock Jelly Bean in its notification setup -- the whole area is kept pretty clean and clear, without any extraneous buttons or sliders.

Well... almost. There's a "power saver" bar which persists at all times, allowing you to switch between regular and low-power modes. While features like this are usually a good idea, having this bar present at all times in the notification area is not. It's easy to ignore, but we'd prefer a way to disable it entirely. Ideally, we don't want to worry about power management. At the very least, we don't need a constant reminder up there with our notifications.

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Beats Audio software enhancements are included in the One X+, and unlike earlier versions of Sense, there are just two settings for the bass-boosting, volume-enhancing feature this time around -- on, and off. As ever, Beats kicks into action when you're using headphones with any multimedia app, and it works flawlessly with streaming services like YouTube and Google Play Music, as well as the built-in HTC music player. Beats isn't everyone's cup of tea, but we'd urge you to at least give it a fair shot. You might want to use your own headphones with the One X+, though, as the earphones provided with the device are pretty basic.

Several of the bundled HTC apps have undergone some minor changes in Sense 4+, adding new features beyond the basics of stock Android. The gallery app, for instance, can now display photos from Dropbox, Facebook, Picasa and other locations, in addition to locally-stored pictures. And when you’re viewing photos on your phone, you can choose to browse based on folder, or event, and Sense will automatically catalog your stuff depending on how and where it’s taken. Collections of photos can also be viewed on a world map, allowing you to keep track of exactly where you were when you took particular shots.

There's a new, redesigned HTC Watch application too, giving One X+ owners access to HTC's TV and movie library, along with handy links to other streaming apps like YouTube, ESPN and Eurosport. HTC Watch 2.0 looks prettier, thanks to its new image-centric design, however it struggles to offer the breadth of titles available through Google Play Movies. That said, TV content is available outside of the U.S., which is more than can be said for Google's service at the time of writing. Price-wise, HTC Watch tracks Google Play pretty closely -- in the UK, you'll pay around £4 for a rental and £10 to purchase recent titles.

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The One X+ also includes the new HTC "Best Deals" app, which for the moment is exclusive to Europe. This is a Groupon-like service that shows you various kinds of money-saving deals based on your location. Of course, how useful this is to you will depend on the deals currently on offer, as well as where you live and your own individual tastes. For what it's worth, Best Deals came up with a few dozen deals in our local area across various categories. If this sounds too much like bloatware for your liking, it's possible to disable it under Settings > Apps.

HTC’s revamped the setup procedure in Sense 4+, with the new service called “Get Started." This allows you to add apps, accounts and personal data to your device via the web, and you can even do this before you buy your phone, if you want. Once you’ve got the device in hand, you can then pull all your settings, apps and other stuff down from HTC’s servers using your Sense account. The whole procedure worked well for us, and could offer some relief from the tedium of entering countless usernames and passwords on a virtual keyboard.

We've walked through HTC's "Get Started" service in more detail in this blog post.

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HTC One X+ camera review

The rear camera is the same setup found on the original One X -- there’s a 8MP BSI (backside illuminated) sensor behind a 28mm f/2.0 lens, backed up by HTC’s ImageChip tech. Stills captured on the One X+ look every bit as good as the original -- that’s to say they’re placed towards the high end of what you can expect from a cellphone camera. Shots are captured almost instantly using the on-screen controls, and the shutter button can be held down to launch into fast-capture mode, which can take up to 20 shots in quick succession.

Generally speaking, images tend to be sharp and clear, and the dynamic range was superior to what we’ve seen from many Samsung phone cameras, though at small cost in overall brightness and vividness. In addition, we’ve achieved some excellent macro shots on the One X+, particularly outdoors. Low-light performance is decent too, although you’ll need to hold the phone very still for best results. Usefully, there’s a dedicated night mode that helps out a little in this area.

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Other camera features include a familiar array of real-time filters, ISO and exposure options, as well as HDR and panorama modes -- all stuff we’re acquainted with from earlier HTC One phones. We were slightly disappointed that there wasn’t an easier way to access some of the more commonly-used settings, like scenes and focus modes, as there’s certainly plenty of visual real estate for another on-screen button. Regardless, HTC’s camera app is among the best on any Android phone, and we can’t argue with the images it allowed us to capture.

The front-facing camera, has undergone some improvements in the One X+, being bumped up to a 1.6MP sensor and gaining the ability to use the built-in ImageChip. There’s also a helpful countdown timer when shooting self portraits, allowing you plenty of time to get into your best duckface pose.

Similarly, HTC has a new feature it calls “sightseeing mode” in Sense 4+. This allows you to lock the screen while in the camera app, and jump back into it upon unlock, bypassing the lock screen entirely. It’s a great way to avoid unnecessary clicks and taps if you’re out and about shooting photos.

Video performance, too, is about equal to that of the One X, allowing recording at 1080p resolution with up to 30 frames per second. A quick note on video, though -- we experienced some software issues with low bit rates and over-compression of video on our One X+ running pre-release software. However, after testing video recording on a second One X+ running finalized software, we're confident this problem has been solved in the final firmware.

So it's pretty much smooth sailing with video on the One X+ -- 1080p footage recorded on retail units looks about as good as output from the original One X. The usual array of video features is supported, including the ability to capture stills and video simultaneously.

HTC One X+ hackability

Android CentralIf you buy a carrier-unlocked One X+, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to crack it open via HTC’s bootloader unlock site at HTCDev.com. After unlocking, you’ll be able to flash a recovery image and get started with custom ROMs, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The hardware similarities between the One X and One X+ should make the porting of ROMs relatively easy. Though as with any new handset, eager ROM flashers may need to wait a few weeks for the pace of development to pick up. In the meantime, at least you’ll be running Jelly Bean-based stock software.

HTC One X+ review wrap-up

Overall, the One X+ is a worthy successor to HTC’s earlier flagship, though one that arrives at a tricky time for the Taiwanese company. OG One X owners might be disappointed to see refreshed hardware arriving so soon, although we’d argue that there’s no killer feature of the One X+ to justify an upgrade from a One X. In the Android world, the imminent launch of the much cheaper, but similarly spec’d Nexus 4 may tempt buyers away from the One X+. In fact, the Nexus 4 may be the One X+’s greatest adversary in some territories, as the Nexus’ SIM-free starting price comes in at less than half that of the One X+.

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Elsewhere, the newly-launched iPhone 5 and Windows Phone 8 will have a larger slice of the consumer mindshare in the weeks ahead. (Though as the manufacturer of WP8’s signature handset, HTC doesn’t necessarily lose out if phone buyers opt for the latter.)

None of that changes the fact that the One X+ is a really great phone, and one that checks just about every box for us, excelling in areas of performance, build quality, display quality and camera capabilities. It has the Samsung Galaxy S3 conclusively beaten in just about every area -- though remember that the S3 is now a half a year old.

In spite of the Wifi bugs we've mentioned in this review, the One X+ offers an consistent, attractive user experience. While some may disagree, we still have a soft spot for HTC Sense, and Sense 4+ adds some useful new features without mixing things up too much.

But let’s not lose perspective. For all intents and purposes, it’s still an HTC One X we’re dealing with here. The hardware improvements are welcome, but offer questionable value compared to the original One X, which is now heavily discounted online. In addition, the software refinements in Sense 4+ will be making their way to the older handsets shortly. With limited on-contract availability and strong competition from elsewhere, the One X+ won’t be a runaway success. But if you want the best HTC Android phone around, and don’t mind paying a pretty penny to get it, this is the one for you.

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HTC One X+ review

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i bought this phone 2 month ago from http://www.electrogsm.pl and I'm really happy first of all the touch screen is really sensitive and secondly is really fast you can play in all latest games so i really recommend

C'mon AT&T. What happened to you? All your customers will have gone elsewhere before you bring this to market.

It is a great phone no word about that

BUT

The skin is too ugly that it feels like older android versions

and

I see HTC going the wrong direction

Why do not they do JUST LIKE samsung and Apple do

Apple used to rule the market when they had only one superior phone in the year

Now, Samsung finally understood that and they released S3 with big marketing and supports

HTC still release awesome phones but they do it so frequent that they release buch of them in one year that they all feel the same

I am not going to buy an HTC phone knowing that they will leave me unsupported working on another slightly newer phone

We just had One X and now One X+ and we are expecting DNA soon !!!! Not the best strategy in my opinion

Even more frustrating, HTC already publicly acknowledged that it was releasing way too many phones, and when they started the "One" line, we were told they would be concentrating on fewer, high quality devices.

Yet since then they've released over a dozen phones, several of which are carrier exclusives.

After acknowledging the problem, It doesn't seem like they've changed at all.

This strategy might have worked had the HTC One X been as successful as the S3. Unfortunately it hasn't gained enough market traction for that to be the case. They are back to throwing darts at the wall to see what sticks.

Also, I don't think you can lump the Droid DNA into this category as that's more of a phablet device like the Galaxy Note. It's competing with a whole different category of smartphone.

It is a good sounding phone in it's own right, but to the vast majority of customers, it is the same thing as the One X.

I don't see this doing anything meaningful to help HTC.

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On the hackability; I thought this phone had the bootloader locked? Or is that only through purchasing through AT&T?

Thanks, that's what I thought. Was looking forward to this phone to replace my Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, but not being able to get root access is too much of a compromise for me as I like to tinker a lot. Thanks!

For the U.S. version it looks like AT&T may have messed up by bringing this with a Tegra 3 + LTE. Any chance they switch it back to the S4 line? Maybe that's the holdup.

I was expecting to hear the battery was much improved but it sounds like it's merely due to the slightly larger battery. Can only imagine what adding LTE will do.

Regardless it does sound like a pretty sweet phone. If I wanted to import this though compared to the Nexus 4, even with the added benefits in storage and camera, that price tag would be nearly impossible to swallow in comparison.

I like this idea. The review on the international HOX+ is pretty good. My main concern was holding out so I could get the 64gb and larger battery. It seems that the larger battery coupled with the Tegra 3 (even with the absence of LTE) didn't demonstrate a real significant difference. Like you said, with no option to disable LTE on AT&T...we may see the same or worse battery life than the HOX.

Monday, I purchased the HOX in white from Best Buy with a 30 day return policy. I'm not regretting my purchase at all as I walked away from the deal with a $30 gift card. (Traded an Inspire 4G in).

Doesn't look like anything much better than many other phones these days.

To impress me you need to start making devices that are far AHEAD of the pack.
Start thinking 1-2 years in the FUTURE... not the past.

Thanks, but no thanks, HTC.

And its still only available on ONE US carrier SIX MONTHS later. Do they honestly think its going to sell anymore than it did when they did this back in April? More competition to deal with now withy the Iphone 5 and Galaxy S3. Plus other devices already out. Pathetic effort here. This device should've been the device that brought them back into the fold, but they seem intent on doing everything they can to alienate customers and make their device difficult to obtain.

I'm coming from HTC this time after 3 years the brand loyal, I'm selling my one x. This one X + was a slap in the face to users of Onex. I like the brand more Onex was a disappointment. Games running slow, battery does not last as competition and without the possibility of expansion, both the battery and card.

Yeah others may use 2GB of RAM but the 1GB in One X+ is of a faster clock ;)

Phonearena also forgot to mention it now supports USB OTG and GLONASS as well as (A)GPS ;)

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Me, a verizon customer, I want this.

DNA too big, Dinc4GLTE too small. I want a One X+ Or at least a One S.

Is the S3 a better phone, or is it more popular because its available on all carriers vs the OneX being on only AT&T?

Personally I'd say the OneX+, I've got the international One X at the moment and with the JB update the battery life's no longer a problem so I'd have thought the + version with its improvements would be an excellent handset.

Also its just sooo lovely to hold in the hand unlike Samsung's flimsy plastic, don't get me wrong the S3's a great phone its just they need to hire a good designer and up their build quality.

Either way I'd just go and try them both out in store first if you can and make your own mind up, usually the best way I find :)

Does it have the same rubberized texture as my good old Desire?
If it does it's time for an upgrade, otherwise I'll keep the Desire - just to carry it in the pocket - love that phone... ;-)

If it was price just like the nexus 4, fine, but full retail at expansys USA is like 700$. He'll no. Even for 64 gig

Oh great! Another exclusive. When will this stop HTC?! And what's up with these different names for different carriers? Stop giving in to these carriers. It's very easy to make it simple. You're not stupid. ONE name for all networks. Removable battery, micro SD slot, the best hardware available, one with stock Android and one with Sense (with Sense for me, please). You gave these to my Amaze and all phones before it. IT'S NOT DIFFICULT TO DO IT AGAIN!!! It was so easy to love you guys. And it's so easy to hate you now!!! I'm so seriously hoping you can read this before you go broke so I can finally say "I told you so!"!!!

I couldn't have said this any better. It's exactly what I was thinking as I read thru this thread. HTC WAKE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!! Why don't you get it anymore? This is so frustrating to watch because I really like HTC phones and Sense UI, but you ignore your existing customers (still waiting on ICS update for TBOLT) while you keep releasing new models which are just good enough to get by. HTC is hemorrhaging market share because they haven't adapted. Make "ONE" great phone. We need longer battery life thanks to LTE, which is fast becoming the norm. Why isn't your hardware top of the line instead of what everyone else is releasing? What happened to removable batteries? If you're going to undersize the battery, at least allow us to pop a fresh one in. Samsung has one of the thinnest phones on the market(GS3) and it has a removable battery. I'm using a TBOLT with the overwhelmingly suck battery life, but I still love the phone BECAUSE I CAN CHANGE OUT THE BATTERY WHEN AND IF I NEED TO. If the MAXX HD's camera wasn't substandard, I wouldn't even be waiting on a new HTC device. Like ronzkie21 says "It was so easy to love you guys. And it's so easy to hate you now!!!"

HTC continues to blow it. Quite interesting to watch. HTC, I went with the GS3 for the SD slot. Next time make that obvious change. Jeez. Also, ditch Sense.

Yeah, HTC definitely missed the mark here. What was the point of this upgrade? They should have included 2gb ram and definitely a high capacity battery. At the very least. Throw in an upgraded main camera and I would have been sold.

Great phone, problem Telus exclusive in Canada. HTC keeps making mistakes, samsung does not have any exclusives, which means they are selling to a wider audience. The Samsung s3 and Note 2 are available on pretty much any carrier in Canada and the US with the same hardware pretty much (except for the cellular radios). The major issue with the original was 9gb of available storage (16gb but only 9gb user accessible). I would have got a one X+ but for the carrier exclusive, instead I will be sticking with my s3 with a 64gb micro sd and my Mophie juicepack on the way. I hope HTC doesn't go away, I really like thier hardware design!

Those who think is SGS3 better buy one.They both the same league and pretty much superior.I was decided for SG3 ,but i dont like that quite lots of people have it.And I dont like that cheap plastic toy look on SG3.I bought one x + ,have him for few days and im happy.Feel really solid and better loooking than SG3.Plus display is really amazing.Most of the people prefer natural colours and viewing angles of HTC.
I dont care about card slod,cause 64GB is way too much for me.And battery that can be change..well..that only plus for in my opinion for SG3.But battery is ok.I would say 1-2 days and Im a lot on internet(3G),have on mobile data..So that is pretty much normal usage for these days smartphones..

I just want to know if the multitasking issue has been fixed on the AT&T one x+? (or does HTC still think their memory management tweak was acceptable).

I've been debating on whether to buy the one x+, GS3, Note II, or Nexus 4. It just seems there is always something that turns me off about each one of them. One x+ (1g RAM / potentially poor multitasking & battery life); GS3 (no app to SD = really only 16g of storage for apps / plastic feel); Note 2 (maybe too big / no app to SD = 16g of storage for apps); Nexus 4 (16g storage / no LTE).

It seems like like all manufacturers intentionally leave one or two features out just to leave us wanting more. Otherwise, how hard would it be to take a poll and put together a perfect phone.

I dont really think that battery of one x + is any worse than GS3.They both 2100m. Probably is slightly better battery life on GS3 due to amoled display.But difference can be max. 15% which is not big deal(if is any).1GB of RAM is not enough?I think that is more than enough.Most of the people complain about ram,but 95% of them never be needed 2gb RAM.The same complain on changeable battery,but 95 % of them never buy second (spare) one.So things are like that.

One X+ overhyped and I bought into it, but I needed more than 16GB of storage. I just used an HTC One X+ (AT&T) for a week. Came from iPhone 4. Loved the OS (as a previous iPhone jailbreaker/tweaker) and loved the hardware - much more versatile as an "ultra mini tablet" where iPhone screen is still a bit too small. However I ended up exchanging for the S3. Why? Poor WiFi reception when you hold the HTC in the palm of your hand. Naturally the hand will block some signal on most phones, but it is horrendous on HTC where I couldn't use it in parts of my house where all other devices I've owned now and in the past have worked (including an old 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad, etc.) Went to AT&T store and tested using WiFi Analyzer to other phones to make sure this wasn't a defective phone. Also battery life is still very mediocre because despite the higher capacity battery from on X, the higher clock speed on the CPU offsets that to a degree. HTC has much nicer 'feel' but that makes no difference after you put a case on it.

For WiFi issues see my video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IUkbnj5pY0

Note I tride ALL setting combinations possible regarding WiFi / Power Saving, etc. But no improvement. This is not a widely known issue because you have to use the device in an area to low to moderately-low signal that you are familiar with in using other devices. Note that holding the bottom half of phone or holding the phone sideways greatly reduces the signal drop. No such problem on S3 no matter how you hold the phone, max 5 dBm drop. 2GB of RAM is nice too, better multi-tasking.

I least I can say I tried them both.

Went from 2 Samsung phones, one "media phone" and the Captivate smart phone to 2 HTC phones, the Inspire and the Vivid.

Because of my overall favorable experience with these 2 phones, I was looking forward to the HTC One, but no replaceable battery or sdcard?

I upgrade 2 phones next weekend and a third next July. They will all be Samsungs.

That was pretty much the deal breaker, HTC. Going back to greener pastures. See you in bankruptcy.

Perhaps some focus groups or questionnaires next time before you reverse innovate into a poor clone of iPhone, if you're still in business?

I recently upgraded to a one x+ and it is a fantastic phone except for one thing...

The camera is rubbish , my old HTC desire hd had a far superior camera

Low light shooting isn't worth bothering with at all, even indoors with all the lights on is terrible, I get red eye in all shots when the flash is used.

Any kind of zooming and cropping after a photo is taken leaves the image pixilated and grainy

In all great phone useless camera

I bought an HTC One X+ a while ago, and so far no phone has been better. The screen is beautiful, and it’s not too big or small. A DISH coworkers has one and likes it for the speed. Being a big movie streamer, I have gotten used to watching live TV on my phone through the Sling Adapter that I have connected to my receiver at home. It’s a great thing being able to keep up with my shows anywhere I go, and on the best phone.

ok so my htc one x is haveing serious battery issues i took it off the charger at 8 this morning and by 2:30 it was totally dead with little to no usage during that time period

Hello i am looking for some help i am interested in buying this phone,there is my question dose the US version works out side the US?.