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This mobile phone is being advertised as a camera, used by a photography student on a fashion shoot, while skydiving. It's also a high-end, top of the range, all singing, all-dancing Android phone with a huge 4.7inch screen, high resolution 720p display, quadcore 1.5ghz processor, 1GB ram, as well as an 8 megapixel camera.
Htc One X White Lens
The phone has a number of options and effects in the built in camera application including: Slow motion video, Shooting modes: Auto mode, HDR, Panorama, Portrait, Group portrait, Landscape, Whiteboard, Close-up, Low light shooting modes, Digital effects: Distortion, Vignette, Depth of field, Dots, Mono, Country, Vintange, Vintage Warm, Vintage cold, Greyscale, Sepia, Negative, Solarize, Posterize, Aqua.
Htc One X White Home Screen
These are just the digital effects built into the camera app, with a huge number other apps available. As it runs Android you have a massive range of popular apps available most of them free, including Instagram, Retro Camera, Pudding Camera, Cartoon Camera, AfterFocus, FxCamera, to name just a few.
- 8 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 1.3 megapixel front camera
- 28mm f/2.0 AF lens
- 1.5GHz quadcore
- 4.7 inch 1280x720p gorilla glass screen
- GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Full HD video recording
- ISO 100-800
- Single LED flash
- 1GB RAM, 32GB Storage
- Digital effects
- Android 4.0.3 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich)
Handling - The HTC One X feels well built with a smooth rear plastic body and large front screen and despite being very thin feels sturdy. On the top of the phone is the on/off and lock/unlock button. At the bottom of the screen are three touch buttons, used to go back, to home or the switch app button. There are no other buttons or controls for the phone, with the phone completely operated using the touch-screen. Taking photos involves using the camera app and pressing the shutter button on the screen.
Htc One X White Camera Options
Menus – On one side is the mode button with the following modes: Slow motion video, Auto, HDR, Panorama, Portrait, Group portrait, Landscape, Whiteboard, Close-up and Low light. The settings button, lets you can choose which camera to use, the main or front camera. Other options include self-timer, image resolution, video quality, review duration, image adjustments (exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness (+/-2)), ISO100 - 800, white balance, continuous shooting, camera options let you choose between 4:3 / 16:9. A grid can also be switched on.
Htc One X White Effects
Battery life - The HTC has a non-replaceable 1800mAh lithium ion battery that should give reasonably good battery life, however Android phones are known to sap battery life, particularly if they feature a large screen like this one. We didn't find the battery life to be too poor, although we are used to charging our own phone daily.
Htc One X White Top
Speed – We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Response including Focus||0.2 secs|
|Time to unlock the phone and take a photo||3.9 secs|
|Time to switch phone on and take a photo||14.4 secs|
|Shot to shot||0.8 secs|
|Shot to shot with flash||0.9 secs|
|Continuous shooting||6 fps (up to 99 shots)|
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HTC One X Sample Photos
Thoresby Hall | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
HDR | 1/435 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
HDR | 1/1250 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Water | 1/120 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - The camera has a built in LED flash, but this did little to improve portrait shots, and simply added red-eye.
HTC One X Lens test images
Wide | 1/2000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/5000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Trees IMAG0070 | 1/60 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
16:9 | 1/1429 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Detail is quite low, and digital zoom is best avoided as this emphasises noise and pixels. Dynamic range is poor. Exposure could be better with images coming out a little under-exposed, with quite dark shadows. Noise is visible in outdoor shots in bright sunlight. HDR mode helps noticeably. The images are soft at the left edge. There is noticeable purple fringing in the shot of the trees, and for some reason it's also made the tree pink/purple!
HTC One X ISO test images
HTC One X Iso100 IMAG0104 | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
HTC One X Iso200 IMAG0105 | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 200
HTC One X Iso400 IMAG0106 | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 400
HTC One X Iso800 IMAG0107 | 1/24 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 800
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is visible in ISO100 shots, although there is little increse when going up to ISO200. At ISO400 noise becomes stronger, with another slight increase at ISO800.
HTC One X White-balance test images
HTC One X Awb Tungsten IMAG0100 | 1/20 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
HTC One X Tungsten Preset IMAG0101 | 1/20 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
HTC One X Awb Fluorescent IMAG0102 | 1/15 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
HTC One X Fluorescent Preset IMAG0103 | 1/15 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a magenta result under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset doing a better job. AWB performs fairly well under fluorescent light, with the fluorescent preset giving a warmer result.
Panorama mode - The camera has a panoramic mode, this lets you take a photo, then when you move the camera for the next photo a green box moves as you do, and the camera automatically takes the next 4 photos, stitching them together at the end.
HTC One X Digital filters
Distortion | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Distortion | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Distortion | 1/833 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Vignette | 1/667 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Depth of field | 1/833 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Dots | 1/1111 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Mono | 1/1111 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Mono (sepia) | 1/1111 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Country | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Vintage | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Vintage Warm | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Vintage Cold | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Greyscale | 1/1250 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 1/1250 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Negative | 1/1250 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Solarise | 1/1250 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Posterise | 1/1250 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Aqua | 1/1250 sec | f/2.0 | 3.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - The HTC One X has a large number of digital effects built in to the camera, some of these, for example the fish-eye effect can be altered to pinch the image, as well as change the position of the effect. There are also a large number of other apps available for Android.
Video - Video quality is reasonable, although digital zoom is best avoided. It's possible to take full resolution (16:9) photos while recording video with no noticeable interuption to the video.
Value For MoneyThe HTC One X is available for £410 sim free. Alternatives include the iPhone 4s (8mp, 3.5inch screen) available for £499, Sony Xperia S (12mp, 4.3inch screen) available at £359, Samsung Galaxy S3 (8mp, 4.8inch screen) available for £489, Nokia N8 (12mp, Xenon flash, 3.5inch screen) available for £299, and the Nokia PureView 808 (41mp, 4inch screen) priced at £499 sim free. All prices are for sim free versions.
HTC One X ProsStunning screen
Lots of built-in effects
Quick continuous shooting
Takes photos while recording video
2 year warranty
HTC One X ConsGets hot with continued use
Doesn't have a dedicated shutter button
Lacks MicroSD slot for expansion
Poor image quality
Noise in all images
Lacks real flash
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HTC One X Specifications
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|CCD pixels||8Mp (Megapixels)|
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|ISO sensitivity||100 - 800|
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