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Review: HTC One X for AT&T

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Whoa. The One X is blazing fast on AT&T's LTE network. In the browser tests I conducted in New York City, I found web pages loaded almost instantly, and everything about the browser was quick. The native browser does well enough, but Chrome Beta for Android was much faster and better for web browsing. Even when LTE wasn't available, AT&T's HSPA+ network fills in the gaps nicely, leaving the One X with nothing but super-fast web access no matter where you take it.



HTC has to do something about its customization software. First let me say that you can control nearly every aspect of the home screens, app menu, widgets, blah, blah, blah. Here's what irritates me.

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Enter the settings screen, and you have tons of options. The "Personal" option is the one that lets you tweak the appearance of the system software. What are the options? First, there are Scenes. The Scenes each include a distinct wallpaper and home screen widget/app set up. Each Scene focuses on providing different information, such as your social network updates, or your work tools, etc. You can only use one Scene at a time.

Then there are Skins. Skins apply to the purely visual aspects of the user interface, such as the backgrounds, toolbars, window/widget coloration, and so on. You can add a different Skin to each Scene.

Then there are wallpapers. Even though each Scene and Skin has its own default wallpaper, you can of course choose your own.

Then there's the lock screen wallpaper, which is different from the home screen wallpaper.

Then there are tools for controlling the lock screen shortcuts and how the home screens are organized.

With these series of choices, the possibilities are endless. While I commend HTC for the flexibility it has baked into the user interface, it is a little overwhelming, and, honestly, a bit confusing.


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