Review: HTC One X for AT&T
HTC carried forward the look and feel of its calling and contact applications from Sense 3.0 to Sense 4.0. The phone app opens to the dialer, with a list of recent calls and favorite contacts above the dialer. Touch any of the contacts above the dialer, and the dialer goes away and you can see an expanded view of your contact list.
There are large buttons for entering numbers, sending the call, and smaller buttons for activating the microphone. Want to access the menu? That would be the three little dots buried in the top left corner of the dialer. They look more like a design element than a functional part of the user interface. It took me a while to find them.
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In the full contact list, a control strip lets you access different address books, as well as perform searches and access the options via the three little dots.
I really like some behaviors of the contacts app, though they are carried over from earlier versions of Android/Sense. For example, tap the image next to a contact and a little dialog box pops up with the contact's details, including their profile picture. This dialog box lets you call, email, text, or Facebook them. If you touch the contact's name, the full contact card loads. The full contact card can hold what looks like an entire biography of information.
The controls and behaviors of the One X's phone/contact apps are nothing like the stock Android 4.0 experience , such as on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Instead, HTC has stuck with a design it believes to be successful and useful.
As for widgets, they are plentiful. You can set direct dial shortcuts to the home screen, and there are three different styles of widgets for your favorite set of contacts.
We're live from HTC's event, where they are expected to announce new phones. Rumors whisper of a new series of phones called "One".
HTC's flagship Android smartphone for 2012 impresses in most respects. Here's what we like and what we don't at first glance.
Oct 2, 2012
HTC today announced the One X+, a major update to the hardware and software of the One X. The One X+ looks the same as the One X with a polycarbonate shell, but has dramatically different internal components.
May 17, 2012
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega told investors at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today that the company is doing what it can to offer devices with low subsidies. "We have to watch subsidies and make sure that we bring devices to market that customers love and will keep and have low subsidies," he said.
Apr 18, 2012
AT&T today announced that it will launch HTC's One X on May 6th for $200. Pre-orders begin April 22nd.