I’ve finally upgraded from my old trusty Google Nexus One, the device which started the Android revolution, it served me and Google well :-) I waited for the Samsung Galaxy S III to be announced and once I saw it I knew I wouldn’t want it. I’m sure the S3 will be a top notch piece of hardware but the design, screen, shape.. just not for me. The HTC One X on the other hand looked very attractive so I spent a couple of hours playing with it at the HTC counter at the shopping mall. I finally got it over the weekend and I can say that so far it is fantastic.
Many things to like about it and so far no niggles. My points of reference are not just the old N1 but also my wife’s Samsung Galaxy S2 – which she no longer has but more on that later :-) So the HOX as people like to call the OneX has a ton of goodies: camera is really good, very responsive, very fast and great quality of photos. The audio quality is also excellent I’m now enjoying listening to it more than to any other device I have. The HTC Sense layer was tastefully done, not too heavy unless you insist and add a ton of HTC widgets which I don’t. In terms of speed it is lightning fast, as was expected from a Tegra 3 quad core device. Surprisingly the battery life is quite good. At first it looked it was really bad, even after updating to 1.28 which I did immediately after charging it. It seemed to go through the battery very quickly but then on subsequent days this “problem” was gone, maybe it needed another cycle of the battery to sort through the capacity thing. Moving, besides the excellent design and good looks the materials and build are top quality. The white polycarbonate feels really nice in the hand and has a bit of an ivory feel/tint. But by far the best part about this phone and one of the main reasons I got it is the screen which is absolutely gorgeous. Far better than on the Samsung S2 and I expect also to be better than the S3 which will have a pentile display based on currently available specs. The display, made by Sony I believe, is the same high density as iPhone 4S “retina” but instead of the miniature 3.5″ size on the iPhone (god how can ppl use 3.5″ ??) it’s a 4.7″ display. Overall a real pleasure to use and well worth its price. Highly recommended. Remember my wife’s GS2? She had an advance notice of this recommendation and went ahead to sell her S2 and got a HOX in white :-)
So now I’m on a bit of a shopping spree. First things first, cases. There’s no case in the box and I do need one, I don’t like those TPU / Silicone / Rubber / Plastic casings, not even the best ones from casemate / otterbox / seidio. I don’t like any bulk on the phone when I’m holding and using it. I’m getting a good leather pouch and a couple of cheapo colorful pull tab type.
Secondly I’m also shopping for a pair of earphones headset. The ones that came bundled are actually pretty good quality but they’re earbuds and don’t fit me well and I much prefer the in-ear type which are more comfortable, don’t fall out and provide some noise isolation. So far I’ve been looking at Klipsch Image S4i, Etymotic MC2/3, Nocs NS200/NS400, A-Jay’s One+. I prefer white color to match the phone but we’ll see, the sound quality will trump the color.
I already have a universal dock in the car and a charger so I think the above should do it for now.