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Good: Quad core, latest version of Android, HTC Sense, camera, taking shots whilst videoing
Bad: Too big a screen?
Comment: I found this review really poor. Very biased to point out iphone features. Yes its a great phone but not the only smartphone by a long shot.( Bear in mind I use iphones and android all the time, and even have an iPad that I love)
The iphone has a tiny screen even in comparison to previous generation handsets.. thats is a huge difference. Yes the eco system is good but its not perfect. Android is a lot more flexible and configurable.
I'm interested in seeing how this phone is.. screen looks a bit too big for me, but then again, look how many Samsung Notes have been sold which is even bigger - noticed lots of students with these. The camera features look excellent, nice wide lens, very fast 99 shot option and even photos possible whilst videoing.. better than most digital cameras. Battery life, will see.. always something to improve, knocking brightness down from eye burning to 30-40% usually works fine.
Definitely one to try out and look for.
Comment: @Karl Reading - that might have been the case several years ago, but not now. I'd say the vast majority reading this review are looking to compare the HTC One X to their existing Android phones. Not iPhones. It's a particular problem when reviewers such as this one only compare the features on an Android phone with their equivalents on IOS. Android is much more feature rich - so you end up missing out half of what the phone can do. Unfortunately, either her editor has been pretty bad, or Natasha seems to have fallen into this trap and only appears to make direct iPhone comparisons.. .
The rest of this post is going to sound a bit negative, so I apologies in advance. It think it has to be said though. I'm glad I'm not the only one that read some of Natasha's reviews and thought (????) why is she going on about the iPhone so much in a way which isn't necessarily even relevant to making a comparison? I want to read about the phone being reviewed, not being told that I can purchase an Apple product for less. I hope that if Natasha reviews the iPhone 5 she will be pointing out that you can get Samsung/HTC/Nokia/Blackberry/Sony products for rather less money too.
It's easy to get the impression that Natasha is very iPhone conditioned too. Her comments about the PIN unlock system seem to miss the fact that most Android users use the pattern unlock system, or ICS people may use face unlock. Her review doesn't seem to mention that these options exist. I think her comments about the iPhone still providing the 'richest experience' underline that she seems only vaguely aware that Android is a great deal more feature rich than IOS. Ever tried sharing photos or updating apps on an iPhone? Compared to Android it's a clunky outdated mess. Where are the live wallpapers, widgets and pattern unlock etc. for Apple? Hardly makes IOS the 'richest experience'.
On a more general theme, Natasha doesn't really mention anything about how Sense has changed between the last version and the version appearing on the HTC One X (it begs the question whether it's because she's so iPhone-centric she doesn't know). It's a big issue that many of us want to read about when considering buying this phone. She also glosses over the fact that the HTC One X has picked up some of some of Apple's bad habits in having a non removable battery, micro SIM and no micro SD card. Yet she doesn't discuss how these are major drawbacks for a lot of people (so used to these design flaws in Apple products perhaps?) They're certainly one of the reasons why I would not buy an iPhone, and will not be buying the HTC One X. There's also no particular discussion of how the Beats audio performs on this phone.
All in all, a really disappointing review. The HTC One X is clearly very feature rich, but a lot of it has been skimmed over and only direct comparisons with iPhone features (very limited in comparison) seem to been included. Having read alternative reviews on the Techradar website I think CNET has a long way to go to make their reviews of a similar quality. Techradar absolutely run rings round reviews like the one above, or the one CNET did for the Sony Xperia S where it appeared that Natasha didn't fully realise how the Xperia S's camera worked. I'd recommend that Natasha and the rest of the CNET team take a look at the Techradar site to see how reviews should be done.
Comment: All this guys bemoaning the apple reference, please remember, that phone is THE smartphone that all others get benched against. Before the iPhone smartphones were not for consumers, it was all business centric, stylus based pocket pc handsets for the business man / techno geek. Like it or not, the iPhone was and is the catalyst for the smartphone explosion, and that's why it's THE reference point to measure others against.
Comment: you guys need 2 have some respect for ur reader's intelligence.r u reviewing the htc one x or the iphone 4s.Doesnt it strike u as odd and ugly when u start comparing the one x to the ipad?the ipad surely?it really pains me when u feel obliged to follow each positive attribute(and they r plenty) wit a BUT,a HOWEVER or precede it wit an ALTHOUGH.It is also not lost on us that this comes only a few days after u manipulated the camera comparison in iphone 4s favour! Do us and urselves a favour:atleast declare ur r/ship wit apple.thanx
Comment: Oh yeah you guys are really biased in reviewing. When galaxy s2 hit stores at whopping price tag of 520 pound last year it wasn't overpriced now how could this be overpriced? And 4.65" and 520 pound price tag for galaxy nexus is neither oversized nor overpriced!!! With all respect dear Natasha Lomas you are the only expert i've seen to be saying poor display quality of this phone...however i agree the battery life sucks!! Lets see what you will say to Galaxy S3 with rumoured quad core processor and 2 gb ram when it releases......hopefully you won't say it needs quad core unlike this phone which doesn't necessarily had to be quad core!!!
Good: Not yet owned
Bad: Not yet owned
Comment: I just wanted to comment on Cnet's review. Why are you keep pointing at the price when the 4S costs about £150 more. It's not that expensive compared to other smart phones when considered SIM free. You never say anything about the cost of an iPhone, it's way beyond the normal wallets.
Good: Size, Power, Android
Bad: Hopefully not the battery life
Comment: I would just like to make a comment regarding the "premium" price issue that the writer of this article has said. I dont think this wont will be all the expensive especially as most people will be buying this phone as a part of their contract. I just pre-ordered this today with my network provider, which is 3 (uk) and will be delivered to my door on April 5th with more minutes and text and internet than I could ever hope to use all for £36p/m, Im sure most of you will find a better tariff for yourself at a better price. However the man I spoke to said its cheapness may not last as after launch if it does well they may increase the rate for it. Other than that this was a well written and informative article that helped me settle on my new HTC One X when it comes, I hope some of you find my point on pricing helpful.
Good: Huge screen, quad core processor, ace camera, ICS, Sense 4.0, cheaper than an iPhone 4S
Comment: This phone looks amazing and I'm definately getting it as my next phone. I was torn at first between this and the iPhone 4S as I do really like Apple. But however much I like Apple and there iPhone, there is no doubt this is sooooo much better. It's faster, has a bigger screen and has a brilliant camera as well as supplying Beats Audio yet, it's cheaper by about £20!! Now I'm thinking why didn't I want this right from the start :L
Good: Style and processor
Comment: This phone looks absolutely stunning, it design and screen are amazing along with the Quad core ( plus the smaller 5th core), but i would be concern over it battery it going to need at least a 2,300MHz battery not a 1,700MHz like most phones now, to cope, if not it will have to be plugged in majority of the day.
Bad: POSSIBLY (worried about) the battery life
Comment: My Desire HD is fine with 8GB and I use the camera a lot. I cant wait for this to come out. And oh yeah, unlucky...people with small hands ;)
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