HTC One X

If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ll already be well-acquainted with HTC’s latest beast, the One X. You’ve seen our pre-release coverage from MWC, read Phil’s definitive review and checked out our guide to Sense 4. The verdict seems clear -- the HTC One X is a hell of a device, and without a doubt the most impressive smartphone of 2012 so far.

But a phone worthy of this kind of praise deserves a second look, and so I’ve been spending the past few days getting to know the Vodafone UK version of the One X. Instead of re-hashing our existing coverage, I’m going to take an in-depth look at six of the phone’s most important characteristics, and offer a few thoughts of my own. Think of it as more a commentary than a review.

Join us after the break for a second opinion on the HTC One X.


HTC One X

Build quality - a near-perfect balance

The One X continues HTC’s tradition of outstanding build quality in its flagship phones. It’s constructed of polycarbonate rather than aluminum -- so it’s plastic, but it’s plastic done right. Visually, the One X is an evolution of earlier HTC designs, and it’s probably best described as a thinner, lighter, sexier version of the Sensation. I also feel like it’s channeling a bit of last year’s Sony Xperia Arc S, which sported a similarly striking white chassis and a zero-air-gap display (more on that later).

The One X feels like a suitably futuristic piece of kit, and part of that’s down to the weight -- it’s unnaturally light. See, the fact that it's plastic affords it the freedom to be lighter and thinner (and it helps wireless reception, too). It doesn't boast the tank-like durability of the Titan, HTC's leading Windows phone, but it feels well-built, and offers a near-perfect balance of durability, aesthetics and weight. Part of that’s down to the fact that there’s no removable storage, removable battery or even a battery door. The only part of the phone that you can take out is the microSIM tray, with everything else being contained within the phone’s gorgeous matte shell. For some, the lack of removable gubbins will be a dealbreaker. For my part, I’m just fine with it.

We’ve been over specs before. I’m sure we’re all aware by now that the One X is plenty fast, with a quad-core chip and a full gigabyte of RAM.
 

HTC One X

The HD screen to ruin other HD screens

HTC didn't make too much noise about the One X's screen at MWC, but for me it's a stand-out feature, and you'll see why the moment you first lay eyes upon it. Many manufacturers have their pet display technologies -- Samsung has SuperAMOLED, Sony has its Reality Displays and LG has IPS. And honestly, the One X’s SuperLCD 2 smokes them all. At 1280x720, it matches the pixel density of other high-end 4.7-inchers, with flawless viewing angles and outstanding color quality. And it does so without the trademark over-saturation of many AMOLED panels. (Or any pentile matrix issues that gets kids so riled up these days.)

HTC’s also worked to reduce the air gap between the LCD and the glass surface. This is something we’ve seen before on Sony phones like the Xperia Arc and Xperia S, and it goes a long way towards improving image clarity.

On the flipside, the screen is a battery guzzler, and based on my reading of the phone’s battery stats, it’s that, rather than the quad-core CPU, that’s causing some of the early battery issues we’ve been hearing about. So the One X's display offers unmatched quality, albeit at the cost of battery life, and we’ll explore that some more later in this article.

Just four months ago we were singing the praises of the Galaxy Nexus's 720p SuperAMOLED panel, and today, the HTC One X's SuperLCD 2 raises the bar even further into the stratosphere. Make no mistake, the One X will ruin other screens for you. (And that’s a good thing, unless yours is a review unit you have to eventually give back.)
 

HTC One X

Finally, a great camera from HTC

Let's be honest, HTC failed to achieve much beyond mediocrity with its 2011 phone cameras. The Sensation's 8MP shooter, though competent enough outdoors on a bright day, failed to pass muster in low light. Later in the year HTC introduced cameras with backside illumination tech, like the Sensation XL, but the results were more adequate than they were impressive. And the less said about the EVO 3D's dual 5MP setup, the better.

The One X’s 8MP BSI camera is a solid performer, but it doesn’t quite dethrone Sony’s Xperia S, with its ludicrous 12MP EXMOR R sensor. HTC has made strides forward with its camera software, though, which makes taking pictures on the One X quick, easy and painless. Stills are captured almost instantaneously, and the continuous capture mode makes shooting multiple images in quick succession a breeze. Photos taken on the One X look good from a distance, though up-close you’ll see some graininess and artefacting, even in perfectly-lit shots. For better or worse, it’s clear that there’s some pretty aggressive post-processing and noise reduction going on.

While the One X handles low-light still shots well enough, video recording in less-than-perfect lighting remains HTC’s achilles heel. At 720p or higher in darker conditions, the frame rate is cut back to a dismal 19 fps. It’s a depressingly familiar story for anyone who’s used HTC phone cameras over the past couple of years, and means it means the One X’s video camera is less versatile than much of the competition.

As a whole, though, the One X’s camera is a massive step forward for HTC, and in my opinion the camera’s speed and ease of use outweigh any concerns about over-processing of images.

Check out some sample shots at the end of this article.
 

HTC One X

In defense of HTC Sense

HTC’s new Sense 4 is attractive, responsive and useful. Whereas version 3 was all about piling on extra functionality, Sense 4 is a much leaner beast, both visually and functionally. Sense 4 has its own distinct identity and design language, but it manages to wear its own colors without completely jettisoning what Google’s built into ICS. Where Google has cool greys, whites and cyans in stock Android, HTC has warm greens, yellows and oranges. Sense’s gratuitous use of 3D effects and embossed on-screen elements has also been pared back, thankfully. And the explosive orgy of primary colors that was Sense 3 has made way for something more stylish and professional in version 4. Performance, too, has been given a welcome boost -- partly due to the quad-core chip powering the One X, and partly thanks to software optimizations by Google and HTC. Though there's no influx of new bundled apps or functionality in Sense 4, the visual changes and hundreds of smaller tweaks and improvements make it a worthy update.

Despite this, Sense often finds itself on the receiving end of zealotic hatred from some in the tech world, who consider anything but vanilla Android on an Android phone to be blasphemy. A key misconception here, for some reviewers as well as regular smartphone nerds, is the idea that because an Android phone runs a custom UX and not stock ICS, that's automatically bad -- a point for the negatives column by default. To take that view is to suggest that it's impossible to improve in any way upon what Google's designers and engineers have created. Legitimate criticism is all well and good (and Sense, like all other software, has its quirks and issues), but it's silly to dismiss HTC's software out of hand because of what it isn't. If you want a phone with vanilla Android, well, go buy that phone that runs vanilla Android.

My biggest software gripe with the One X has nothing to do with Sense per se, but instead concerns its use of software buttons. The phone itself uses physical capacitive buttons in the standard three-key setup for ICS -- back, home and task switcher. Most of the time, that's just fine, but what if you run into an app that needs the legacy menu button? Well, you can't magically create another physical button on the fly, so instead you lose a chunk of your screen. A portion of that gorgeous 720p display is requisitioned to make way for an on-screen menu button that sits there, waiting for you to press it. This happens in any app that isn't properly optimized for ICS, and even a few Google apps get a bit confused with the way HTC's handled its buttons. It'll become less of an issue as apps update to support ICS's three-key setup, but in the meantime it's a minor annoyance, particularly in full-screen apps like games.

Regardless, even if you hated the old Sense, at least give its latest incarnation the benefit of the doubt -- I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
 

HTC One X

Beats Audio - a confused message

If you asked HTC what Beats Audio was last year, they’d tell you it was a combination of hardware and software designed to improve audio quality. In addition to software enhancements (built-in bass boosting and EQ tweaks), phones like the Sensation XL and Rezound shipped with urBeats earphones, which HTC would tell you were far superior to the usual cheap earphones included with most smartphones. At the Sensation XL launch event, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine even derided the tiny proportion of the average smartphone’s manufacturing budget that went on audio equipment.

The hardware side of that equation has been upset somewhat in the One X. There are no Beats earphones included as standard (though we understand some carriers will offer them as part of a promotion). The earphones that are included are very much the entry-level HTC earphones of old, the same bog-standard ones HTC seemed to be swearing off last year.

The software side of Beats is alive and well, though, and these Beats enhancements can now be used with any music player -- good news for users of Spotify, Google Play Music and similar streaming services. We've been over Beats extensively in our reviews of the Sensation XL and Rezound, and it's pretty much the same on the One X. There's nothing in the Beats software enhancements that'll make up for crappy hardware, but with decent in-ear earphones you should notice a substantial boost in bass and clarity with Beats enhancements enabled. If you have Beats hardware of your own, you'll be pleased to see you can now select specific Beats profiles for a number of products, including urBeats/iBeats, Beats Solo and Beats Pro.
 

HTC One X

Battery life remains a concern

The One X retail units that are shipping in Europe right now come with firmware version 1.26, the same version I've got on my review unit. This gives me around 10 hours of moderate to heavy use, which is on the very edge of what I’d consider acceptable, or even usable, from a modern smartphone.

But wait! There's reportedly a new firmware version, v1.27, coming soon to fix problems with battery life and some occasional rendering anomalies. Unfortunately, though, at the time of writing this update has yet to arrive, despite the fact that the One X is now on sale across Europe. So that's an issue.

But it's an issue I'm confident HTC will fix in the very near future. In fact some people, including our own Phil Nickinson, already have the update, and have confirmed it remedies many of these battery woes. Right now he's getting 14 hours or so on a single charge, which is much more palatable. In the meantime, though, the the battery situation for early adopters remains pretty grim. When updated firmware arrives, we'll update this section to reflect any improvements in battery life.
 

HTC One X

So should I buy one?

I've tried to focus on both positives and negatives in this little commentary, but here's the honest truth -- I'm smitten with the One X, and once that battery fix OTA rolls out, I'm pretty sure it'll be the best Android phone money can buy. Above all, the One X demonstrates that HTC can listen to its consumer base and turn user feedback into better products. It also proves that the oldest Android manufacturer around hasn't lost its touch in the fiercely competitive smartphone landscape of 2012.

Welcome back, HTC. We can't wait to see where you take things from here.

 

One X

Sample photos

Download a zip containing full-sized versions of these shots here.

 

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HTC One X - a second opinion

56 Comments

I picked mine up a couple of hours ago, it's still on charge. The reported numbers for "bad" battery more than match up to my OG Desire, so anything more than that is a huge plus.

HTC just got back in the game.

The X is small compared to the latest phones like the Note but the X is an important step. Plus the Sprint version brings back the microSD and adds a bigger battery and NFC.

Way to go, HTC!

Received my One X yesterday and its superb, the screen truly is lovely to look at and everything happens in super quick time. The camera is absolutely spot on, even better than I thought it would be to be honest and an added bonus is the speaker is actually listen-able to. It might even make the kids on the back of the bus's music bearable (not that I catch the bus any more, but you get the analogy), if they didn't listen to god awful manufactured R&B that is.
There's not a hint of lag, touch screen or software wise on the handset I've been given and the only few minor problems/bugs are similar to those on my Transformer and my friends Galaxy Nexus so are presumably ICS related and not specific to this phone.
Obviously I can't really comment on the battery life yet as I've only had it for less than 24 hours so far and I've been using it a lot but it seems average at the moment, not stellar by any means but certainly not "awful" as a few reviews stated either. That's with playing HD and flash videos and graphically intensive games, I did have the screen set to full brightness originally to really show it off but I have had to scale that back a little as it was eating up the battery life somewhat. Putting it on automatic brightness does seem to have solved the problem a bit but I'll need to put it through a few more charge cycles before I can get an accurate view of its true battery life, hopefully the next update will help as well.
Overall apart from the small question mark over the battery it really is an incredible handset and I'm bowled over with it and would recommend it to anyone.

Great! When's it coming to Verizon?

Oh yeah, that's right. Verizon is "The Land that Time Forgot" for Phones.

I suspect something is coming soon since the Rezound dropped to $49. I'm grabbing that next week. The price is too good not to.

I picked up the Rezound last week and I am thrilled. This phone out of the box is a beast, everything just works. The DownLoad speeds are so much better then my Thunderbolt proves the radio and signal is just so much stronger. Never drop from 4G, the battery life is an issue so I picked up the HTC red 2700 battery with a tpu case for extended battery with no back, love it, getting two days with battery. I have Samsung GS2 from T-Mobile and AT&T, the Rezound is IMO the best phone I have owned. Very, very impressed.
PS Devs have just found a way to unlock the bootloader rather then going thru HTC. This phone is just a few days away from getting tons more dev support.
PS I will not buy a new phone without sd card. To me it just ruins the phone.

Oh come on Anytime you guys don't get a phone you complain. :Look at the last 6+ months: you guys got the rezound, the razr and razr maxx, and the galaxy nexus. What did everyone else get: a galaxy s2. That's it. You can't get everything.

But we NEED the Note! Well, OK I need the Note, and am willing to jump ship to get it if I don't hear some good news soon.

Verizon has plenty of really good Android phones. The Galaxy Nexus being the main one. Ever consider that Verizon has a bigger play going on by not getting this device....lets take a trip down memory lane...

Months ago...

Oh no! Verizon isnt getting the Galaxy S II. Whats wrong with them. They suck.

Oh wait! Their holding out for the Galaxy Nexus?! Thats awesome!!! Great move by Verizon.

So maybe...just maybe... their waiting to get another exclusive...maybe a version of the HTC One X or maybe even a exclusive on the SGS 3.

No one knows why these companies dont pick certain models. They cant get them all, there wouldnt be enough shelf space.

But rest assured, Verizon has something worth waiting for. No way they will let the others get this device without something new to challenge it.

After how much they screwed the other carriers w/ the Galaxy Nexus, I doubt Samsung is stupid enough to agree to give them an exclusive on the SGS 3.

Samsung is in it for the sales. They lost out on a *lot* of sales w/ the Verizon lockup on the GNex....

I was excited about the OneX until I got to the lack of replaceable battery...I have a one year old phone that doesn't hold as much charge any more. You could argue that it's already a dinosaur, but that's damned annoying and something Apple would pull :-P

Seriously? So considering the Galaxy Nexus, The Droid Razr and the Droid 4 all came out on Verizon exclusively you are going to complain? I mean.....I can see why though. When you are getting raped each month in charges you may as well have every phone available for your choosing right?

In November Verizon launched 3 flagship phones and everyone complained it was too much all at once. Now it's the land that time forgot? Don't think so.

Nice Review. Plus it's nice to hear people give the higher end Xperia devices the credit they deserve. ( No thanks to SE's absolute failure in the US market.)

I like this second opinion post. It's good to hear from more than just one reviewer. Thanks Alex, you rock. Seems like this phone is like... PERFECT! I wonder how Samsung will respond to this. Does Samsung even have a chance? Can the S3 look and feel better? Probably not, huh? What do you guys think? And who makes One X's display?

Is this really not coming to Verizon? This is the perfect upgrade for my wife in July. Big V strikes out again. How do you miss out on the Samsung Galaxy 2 and then pass on another phone that might be just as iconic when all is said and done?

Miss out on the SGS2? Then they got the GNex.. which is just another version of the GS2..... And the only HTC phone that has been leaked is the Incredible 4G... and from the leaked picks looks like it will just be regarded as mid-tier just like the original 2...

Time for a REALITY CHECK FOLKS...Yes it is clear that HTC has stepped up their game which is always fine for everyone in android land choice will always rule. But let's really get down to the nitty gritty boys we in android land need and actual comparison in day to day usage from snapdragon S3 vs Snapdragon S4. Tegra 3 won't matter much to us here in the states because it won't play nice with nobody's LTE network so WHY worry about it. The new HTC EVO 4G LTE coming soon that has the Snapdragon S4 how much better is that device over let's say the HTC REZOUND on Verizon that would be and excellent comparison The Rezound with ics it's S3 processor vs the Evo 4g lte and it's S4 processor. Personally i don't believe real world usage will be that big of a difference. I bet that exynos processor on the Samsung Epic 4g touch is FASTER than that S4 on the new Evo 4g Lte. I think in the coming months people are about to be BLOWN OUT THE WATER with Samsung and it's GALAXY S3 offering WHY??? because of all the elements QUADCORE EXYNOS PROCESSOR (5212) or (5250) built on the cortex A-15 that will have LTE here in the states with a BUMP on RAM to 1.5 or maybe even 2gb of ram. Samsung OWNED 2011with the GALAXY NEXUS and GALAXY NOTE and will own 2012 with the upcoming GALAXY S3 and GALAXY NOTE 2/JOURNAL and YES both of these devices will land on VERIZON later this summer. Samsung has found how to have quadcore and lte all in one chip that will make the HTC ONE X look so USELESS here in the states people will be flocking to Verizon in MAJOR DROVES mark that down. Again i applaud HTC i had the evo 4g and evo 3d nice device for those time actually they were GAME CHANGERS that's how we got to where are today Sprint and it's evo but Samsung has raised the bar with exynos last year and everyone will see exactly how much ahead samsung is in the tech space on May 22nd. The Htc One X line will be an after thought. I loved my evo's then but totally LOVE my GALAXY NEXUS today but will be pushing up on the GALAXY S3 or the next GALAXY NEXUS in december and believe this the NEXT NEXUS again will be made by SAMSUNG wait till google see's the Galaxy S3 and it's design.......

Firstly you need to learn to punctuate correctly, use less capitals and break it up in to paragraphs as your comment is very difficult to read.

Secondly I highly doubt the S3 is going to blow the One X out of the water, it may be slightly better, it may not. What it definitely isn't going to be is a huge step forward from HTC's flagship phone and its entirely possible it may not be as good, until its released and reviewed we have no way of knowing for sure.
I for one absolutely love the benefits which Sense brings over stock Android and Samsung's efforts and it causes little to no slow down or battery drain problems on their current series of phones from my experience, so switching to an S3 even if the hardware is slightly improved is a no go for me personally.

If you'd like to point out where I've gone wrong I'm more than happy to listen, all I've stated is that you have no way of knowing if the SGS3 will be a better mobile phone than the One X.
Now that statement is 100% accurate, whereas yours was an incredibly badly written piece of hyperbole followed up by a childish reply.
Can't quite see the joke myself.

There isn't going to be anything "blowing away" the One X - especially since the screen is the new standard. 2nd Gen 28 nm LTE is going to be great (the EVO One improves by adding a bigger battery, micro SD). HTC is back on its game.

i would like to agree with you. but there's no way Samsung's making another Nexus next year again. I also do love my GNex but Samsung seems like they are too cool to listen to Google now as they put a pretty crappy camera on the Nexus to push the Note and the S3 (my speculation). it looks like HTC will be making it since the One X is a homerun. OR Motorola since Motorola is Google... but who knows. it could even be Sony.

but yes. i hope Exynos blows everything out of the water.

I would bet a substantial amount of money that the SGS3 processor will be based off the cortex A9 and not the A15. I'm guessing the 4412 in the SGSIII and not the 5XXX series. For one, I feel the 4412 has been out long enough for them to do proper testing/design with their phones, where the 5XXX have not. For two, it will give them a processor to stick in phones later this year. For three, if they went jumped to 5XXX series then they would have jumped over two flagship processors without using them.

Also, on a side note, you need to work on your grammar and sentence structure because that was just a pain to read.

On a side note Samsung has had plenty of time to test and decide on exactly what they will do. As my statement said "what is the exact difference in day to day usage S3 vs S4 pretty sure you don't have an answer for that no do you?? It's pretty clear Samsung has something special to show becaise if they didn't they would've let the cat out the bag in January like they always do at the unpacked event. Quadcore will be brought to market by Sammy and yes it will have lte and arrive on verizon. Sales for the galaxy nexus on verizon and at&t did very well and they will see the Gs3 very soon.

why couldn't sprint just keep the same design that this one x have and just put the kickstand on the evo 4g lte phone? why sprint why?

Completely agree. I'm not feeling the look of the new EVO..may just get the Galaxy Nexus or keep my Epic Touch until something better comes out down the line

Oh, why oh why oh why. Here I was a week ago just happy as a lark and then Sprint went and did THAT to me. Ugh. Now, my only hope is a Samsung Galaxy SIII.

Oh how I wish I had an upgrade! This looks like an awesome phone and my Samsung is, well, a Samsung and is way behind. As it looks now, my hubby's xperia play is gonna get ics before I get gingerbread :p congratulations to HTC for coming out with a fantastic phone!

Your samsung is a samsung and you're still waiting for gingerbread? Lol I think it's time you UPGRADE. If you stil have a phone with Froyo... YOu might be the problem

Thank you very much for the second view.
I have pre-ordered my HTC One X, to have it once released in Egypt.
Good news to know that a new firmware version to roll out enhancing battery performance.
Thanks again
Ahmad
Cairo, Egypt

No removable storage and no removable battery - I agree, a backward step - particularly with the concerns over battery life on a device that seems reliant on the "cloud" for storage.

I'll wait a while!

Reasons:

No removable storage - it improves performance across the board. There is a couple studies out there that show SD cards diminish performance, sometime severely, so the phone will appear more snappy without. (I can live with that)

No removable battery - smaller phones. Without giving the option to remove the battery the manufacturer is able to pack components into a phone tighter and place stuff on top of the battery. (Ehh I wish they would just give me a slightly thicker phone)

wow. i can almost see the clouds moving in those pics. i hope Verizon gets a nice sleek version of the phone.

Thanks for an excellent commentary, and defense of Sense. As you indicated, many judge Sense etal based just on the home screen launcher enhancements, not the whole package, or just don't like anything but pure Android. I have not experienced Sense 4, but am a fan of prior versions. Although Sense could be a bit too flashy, I did enjoy their other enhancements, and overall consider Sense, and Touchwiz positive additions. I particularly liked how Sense was the first (at least that I used) to add network streaming to the Gallery app, added full time word wrap to the browser eliminating the nasty horizontal scrolling of each line sometimes required with the pure Android browser, and found Sense's text selection enhancements to be the best I used. Many forget that some of the ICS enhancements many love appeared first in Sense, or other vendor skin.

I have the Galaxy Nexus, but am considering the One, or more specifically the Sprint rendition of it. Every smartphone with a screen over 3.5" should have a built-in kickstand, and I want MicroSD card expansion capability. I find the screen on the Galaxy Nexus (but not the Note) to be a bit discomforting for long use at least for my aging eyes. The Nexus screen seems to be a bit too intense again for my aging eyes. Turning down the brightness helps a bit, but not totally. Can't wait to see the LCD2 screen on the One, and experience its comfort impact during longer viewing sessions.

I have been a fan of HTC devices, and still consider the Nexus One to be the most elegant device I have used, yes more elegant than the iPhone. The HTC HD2 was the pinnacle of Classic Windows Mobile devices for me. Nice to see HTC getting back into form again.

I'll admit that I haven't been much of an HTC fan over the years but this is one beautiful phone. It will take one hell of a device to pull me away from the Maxx. I'm sure better performing phones will be showing up but the battery life is something that would be hard to give up. HTC seems to have done a great job on this device though :)

Kudos to HTC on this one.

Screen looks gorgeous in that closeup shot. But I must say I don't think the over saturation of color from AMOLED is bad at all. I like it. I like watching anime on my Galaxy Nexus especially. Its like some sort of liquid color moving around the screen to me. Thats not to say LCD is bad...just that AMOLED isn't bad either.

Can someone that has the phone or a reviewer please give a detailed commentary on the speaker volume? It seems like the focus has been on battery life and design which are key as well but I'm also interested in whether HTC gave us a crap speaker like in the EVO 3D or is it like the EVO (hopefully louder)?

With my EVO 3D ringtones and alarm volume are definitely sub standard. Also while I don't listen to music with the speaker alot it would be a nice option to have when I want it.

Thanks in advance...

Well with my experience so far its far better than previous HTC's and any other phone I've owned for that matter.
I'm not saying its perfect, I'll still use my Bose Bluetooth speaker or my X-Mini 2 when I can but the volume is very good and the quality of sound is actually pretty good as well for a phone speaker. Nothing particularly negative about it as far as I'm concerned.

I like the sprint version of this phone but I think I'll wait and save my upgrade until I hear more news about the galaxy journal (note)!

Don't make me brood, guys...!! I am (or was) very happy with my Galaxy Nexus. Now reading all these about One X is making me drool over it. And the never-ending praises I've hearing about the camera... makes GNex camera look like trash. :(

I really like this phone, Im waiting to see the SGS3. I think HTC dropped the ball with not having atleast a 2000mah battery(great job Sprint) and no micro SD card(great job again Sprint). Im on AT&T and would atleast want the larger battery...I know, I know and hear "the software will be updated to make better use of the battery"..boooo...Sprint will have the larger battery HTC, why not on the model released to AT&T?..bastards. >:-(

Alex Dobie thanks for the second look at this phone mate, this will help a lot of people who are having bad battery life :)

The protruding camera boss looks vulnerable, but I love the smooth shell and the way the speaker and earpiece grills are dealt with. However, if phone makers seal the battery in for life - MAKE IT A BIG ONE!!! A 3000mAh battery would make a huge difference.

How is the Bluetooth on this device? Connection with Sync in my car is sparadic at best using my Samsung Galaxy Vibrant with Froyo. Very frustrating as it rarely works when I need it. Curiously, I had a G1 before at Bluetooth worked flawlessly. I love the looks and specs of the One X but I'm actually thinking of getting the Nokia 900 because of this Bluetooth issue. Maybe Android ICS is more dependable?

Good question ImTheDuke. I have the MySpeak app with a Motorola H17txt and having both the app plus the Genius button BOTH pop up on MyTouch 4G is unnerving.

And one more thing, ok two - HTC Sync - is it compatible? How about the HTC Sense website, will it have access there?

I want an answer the ImTheDuke's question about the Bluetooth as well. I also want see video footage from this incredible phone. Thanks Alex Dobie for another look into it. I again ask, how many of these lovelies did HTC give Android Central to give away? I would love to be the "let's let HER test one out" Lady in here.

It's fascinating how much people think you need 4 cores on a phone. I think we've seen that 2 cores on the One S/USA One X will be plenty to drive a 4-5 inch display. Are you planning to transcode video on your phone? It sure sounds like they've got it down software and hardware wise with the One S/X and I think Jelly Bean will be like Froyo to Gingerbread (just some tweaks, etc.). I do wish they'd added another millimeter to both for maybe 20-30% more battery life.

I must say I am more than impressed with the HTC One X, but this phone won't be for me and that is solely because I have, since release date, had the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Since the introduction of ICS, I have personally preferred Vanilla Android over any UI overlay, don't get me wrong I do not dislike Sense, after all, it was Sense on my HTC Hero that originally brought me to the Android fold and up to Gingerbread was always an improvement for my personal needs over stock Vanilla, but I do prefer the stock implementation of ICS over Sense 4.

Being more than happy with my Galaxy Nexus and not needing a new phone, that along with the yet un-released Samsung Galaxy III means choosing the HTC One X would just not be an option for me immediately as it doesn't offer a big enough improvement over my GNex. Also not being in the position that many reviewers online are (having a choice of a number of phones to use as their daily drivers), I shall stick with my current phone.

I can't emphasise enough how gorgeous the display on this device is. I've yet to see a photo that does it justice anywhere online. It really has to be seen in person to be properly appreciated.