HTC One X + in the Test

There is no perfect smartphone, also the HTC one X + is not without reproach. After three weeks of test in laboratory and everyday life is clear: damn there near the ideal.

  1. HTC one X + in the test
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Erinern you still remember the HTC One X? Now his successor one X + is there. The basic structure has retained HTC, but tightened the screws for processor, memory, and battery. Coming out is a Smartphone that is among the best on the market.

Even if there are here and there is still room for improvement, the overall picture of one X + is impressive. It starts with the housing and material processing. HTC uses such as in the one on high-quality polycarbonate, a relatively robust and durable plastic.

The back is matt and discreetly rubberized and almost insensitive to fingerprints. The casing edges are slightly rounded, so the Smartphone is very comfortable in the hand. There is no removable parts, so is a so-called University body housing. This means that the battery is firmly installed and you can swap it out easily. Annoying, no question. But as often happens, that you must change the battery? Rarely to never.

Processing: No wobbling, no creaking

So important are the benefits of uni-body: there is no shaky parts, no creaking, no squeaks – nothing like. The very high-quality casing is robust and convinces with excellent haptics.

In addition, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S3 also made of polycarbonate – effect exaggerated formulated – like a toy phone. As regards the arrangement of the hardware buttons, but there is potential for improvement: so the on – / off switch rather unfavourably on the housing front is placed and difficult to achieve, simply because the Smartphone is so great.

More convenient with one hand to operate it, it would be better, if the switch on the right or left edge of the housing would sit, so there where already thumb and forefinger grasp the Smartphone.

Handling: With one hand only restricted use

On the other hand, it is hardly possible to actually use the one X + with only one hand. When reading messages, or when scrolling through Web pages that work still somewhat, but if you want to type emails or SMS, taking the HTC by itself in both hands.

But don’t worry: You get used to fast on the large shape, also because the phone despite comparatively large dimensions is relatively manageable and even still fits in your pocket. But, above all, because the benefits of the large display cut out the disadvantages of the form.

We are still short on the exterior: the sensor buttons below the screen are red in color and therefore always visible; they react reliably and allow fleet operation of the system. In addition to the red ring around the camera lens, the red sensor buttons are the only visual difference between one X and one X +.

Slots and ports: From USB to HDMI

To extend the micro SIM card slot firmly locked in the upper part of the housing, you put the bracket in the small hole next to the shaft – and the device pops out. The micro-USB connector which is attached to the left edge of the housing, serves primarily to charge the battery and to transfer data between the phone and computer for photos, videos or music.

Virtually here: The USB comes with MHL support. This means that you can connect directly to a compatible TV the one X + via an optional HDMI adaptor and on this look at his photos and videos; Music can be played back in this way.

HTC media link HD: Wirelessly stream content

Who is the clutter would like to save, can send its multimedia content from the Smartphone also has the optional streaming box HTC media link HD (roughly 70 euros) to his TV. The box with the boob tube is connected, the one X + automatically makes the configuration.

It is necessary to plug only the media link box via HDMI cable to the TV and provide him with electricity – the Smartphone will do the rest. The streaming box comes screen content of one X + on the TV. Also can be played, for example, games in the large format – clever.

Memory: No need for extensions

But enough on the topic of multimedia. How does it look actually with a slot for memory cards? Negative. Just like the one X, HTC also at the one X + waives this slot. Here is no problem but, because the X + provides internal memory more than 55 GB of 64 GB Variant (a 32-GB version is also available) – that’s more than enough. And if it is not: the buyer gets in addition 25 GB free online storage with dropbox for two years. A good deal, because the dropbox client seamlessly incorporated and at any time easily accessible in the user interface.

That the internal memory is so great, yet another big advantage: You get trouble with its apps. This can be for Android 4.0 is no longer directly on external memory cards moved, what can be problematic depending on the app – and multi media selection in a relatively small internal memory.

But as I said: there is this problem with the one X + not. And if we want to be a little bit visionary: the expandable memory is slowly but surely in retreat. In the future, the manufacturer will use less on memory cards, but increasingly on cloud. This promotes the outsourcing of the data on the Web.

Display: Natural colors

So you can easily use its content – now locally or from the cloud – a large and especially good display is a prerequisite. If a screen with 4.7 inch is maybe too big, everyone must decide for themselves; more and more people now well cope with this format, even if smartphones are quite handy with smaller displays.

For this, the screen of one X + compensated thanks to its sheer size but not only with comfortable overview, but also with a massive appearance. He depicts 720 x 1280 pixels, what a pixel density of 313 ppi corresponds to, and shines with rich contrast, solid angle, and razor-sharp resolution. Here no wishes stay open, I promise.

Who is frequently lost the TFT display of one X + with an OLED display, like in modern smartphones, compares, determine that the colors on a natural Act TFT screen as on OLED screens. The latter tend due to technology, too strong and too bright to represent colors something. After all, this effect such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 software can be adjusted a bit; However, other manufacturers do not offer this possibility.

Another advantage of TFT technology is significantly higher brightness of the screen, which is located at the one X + over 400 cd/m2. This is a decisive advantage, if you often on the road with his Smartphone outdoors, because the brighter it is better the screen on bright days read. OLEDs are average, however, just on 200 to 250 cd/m2 and are virtually unusable on sunny days.

Performance: Smooth surface

In addition to the excellent screen also the processor of the HTC one X + is one of the best that is currently under construction in Smartphones: HTC focuses here on the new NVIDIA Tegra 3 AP37, a chipset with four cores and maximum 1.7 GHz clock frequency. The benchmark values are excellent, even more important, however, is the experience of the everyday: the Android interface glides tack and supple, apps launch instantly, Web pages load in record time. In sleep mode the cores can reduce their performance on 1.3 GHz – so the battery is spared, without having the power decreases noticeably. That works just fine.

Platform: Android 4.1

That the surface is so so smooth running, however not least due to the operating system itself. The 4.1 version is installed on the one X + factory Android jelly bean has Google the image repeat rate on up to 60 frames per second (fps) ratcheted up, which is why the surface still agile responds to finger touches.

In terms of operating speed the one X + is the best thing we got in the Newsroom in recent months in the finger sometimes. Traditionally, HTC puts his Scythe called user interface via the Android system. When the one X + the latest version sense 4 is+ installed. HTC has slightly revised the layout of individual menus, added new lock screens, and in the system integrates the alternative Web browser chrome.

Software features: Flash and smart camera software

And because Android 4.1 of House of no Flash support more, HTC packs the player just this. New, also the service “Get started”, with which you can completely via the PC browser set up the one X + and store its settings on a HTC account so you must – enter everything again and set about on a new installation of the device is very clever.

Also the various camera modes are clever, the scythe. So about effect filters can be as sepia or grayscale directly in the camera preview show, and therefore very easy to use. With the 8-megapixel lens, very nice photos succeed in good light conditions, as expected the quality decreases but rapidly, the darker is the environment – a classic.

Laboratory measurements: Clean phone acoustics

It’s a pity that the supplied headphones at all not to irritate from the special, powerful bass and sound strong beats audio profile. This new, high-quality ear plugs are recommended. But otherwise? The battery lasts long enough, once per day charge is for smartphones, which are much and often in operation, absolutely normal.

During a telephone conversation, the acoustics in the test was always clean in both directions. Our laboratory confirms the subjective impression – battery life and phone acoustics are top, only in the UMTS reception is air upwards.

Conclusion: The bar is set high

The HTC one X + has to set the bar pretty damn high. It has not cleared maybe at any point, there is not to criticize much, but. You must forgo LTE though. But for not a single crash occurred in three weeks time! All apps and services run on idle, neither browser yet processor or touch screen make trouble – so it must be.

 

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