AT&T HTC One X unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

The phone to buy is going to hit AT&T on May 6 for an incredible price of $199. The HTC One X has been impressing the media ever since it was launched. Will it be the phone of the year? Or will it be the soon to be announced Samsung Galaxy S III? If you’re in the U.S. and in the market for a phone now, I would have to recommend the One X because no matter what Samsung shows us, it’s unlikely to land in the U.S. for several months.

The One X is absolutely hands down the best phone on the market as far as performance and looks. This is the best phone I’ve put my hands on. It’s impressive across the board, but nothing is perfect. If there’s anything that I would say is a negative is HTC’s UI skin, Sense. Now don’t get me wrong, Sense has improved with 4.0, but I’m more of a stock guy. I think Sense is perfect for the average consumer and it adds more than it takes away.

As far as specs go, this is the same One X known globally except for a few changes. One of them seems big and that’s the processor. Since the NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 doesn’t play nicely with LTE, we get a a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. On paper this seems like a big drop, but trust me, you won’t notice a difference. The other is internal storage. The global gets 32GB of internal storage while this version gets 16GB. There is no way to increase storage other than the cloud. Again some may complain about this, but AT&T has found that 16GB is more than enough for the majority of people out there. Don’t forget, this one is priced at $199 with no rebates. That is an amazing price for the best phone on the market. It’s little sibling, the One S is priced the same on T-Mobile and that’s after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

The rest of the specs include a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720) Super LCD 2 display, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with f/2.2 28mm lens and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front facing camera, 1800 mAh battery, micro USB (MHL out), Beats Audio, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA, GPS, WiFi, HSPA+, and LTE.

Look for my full review shortly, but for now check out this quick hands on.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Major_Pita

    Does anyone know the actual user-available memory on the phone? I know the specs say 16GB, but in the past many manufacturers claimed one figure for “phone memory” and another figure (often substantially less) for what was actually available to the user as storage space.

    • prabhjot grewal

      11 gb

      • Major_Pita

        Pretty much what I suspected. Published memory specs always paint a rosier picture than the actual available to user memory.