HTC Desire X is a stylish Android handset. Although the Desire series is aligned to the smartphone segment, nowadays HTC is inducting Desire phones in the crowded SIM-free handset segment. The Desire X is one such phone that is targeted towards this segment. Although the phone is definitely not mid-range, it is in the class of such smartphones.
Quite satisfyingly, the first impressions of this phone are good. Being a smartphone, you can expect staid external attributes. The phone is slim, svelte, and comes in various colors. The screen of this phone is impressive. Being a 4 inch screen, the 800 X 480 resolution on the screen is moderately high. The screen has high contrast settings that help it to be used in any ambient light.
The design of the Desire X is one of the classic expositions of design engineering from HTC. It is based on the original design of the Desire that was released in the year 2010. The Desire is now not a high-end phone. It has been offset from its position by various other phones. So the Desire X is HTC’s re-introduction of the Desire, but this time in the mid-range segment.
The screen size of the HTC Desire X is good considering that it is a mid-range smartphone. Based on the Super LCD screen, this 4” screen has good resolution too.
If you are an Android lover, then you must know that this phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The user interface technology is driven by the HTC Sense UI. Featuring a mid-level screen running 4” across, this Super LCD screen has rich color reproduction and crystal clear image quality.
The HTC Desire X has impressive processor specifications. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon processor. The graphics capabilities are courtesy the Adreno 203 CPU.
There are plenty of useful inbuilt features. The Contacts book is one such feature. The interesting thing but this feature is that it integrates notifications. Be it SMSs, emails or social media updates, the Contacts Book is your go-to place to access all of this information. It is a useful way to get instant updates on a contact, be it a friend, family member, colleague, relative, or well-wisher.
The call quality of the Desire X is excellent. The volume and clarity aspects are remarkably precise as well. Moving away from the call quality, and to the camera; the Desire X features a 5 MP camera with LED flash. You can use this camera in any ambient light. It works very well in late night shoots.
One of the best features about the HTC Desire X is its music rendition capabilities courtesy the Beat Audio. This technology exemplifies your musical experience. When you listen to music, you are surrounded by music rather than the sound being one-dimensional. This 360 degrees musical experience is complemented by plenty of inbuilt features such as SoundHood and 7DigitalStreaming.
What’s not so great?
The screen size is good. But it should have been based on at least the IPS technology. The Super LCD screen technology is slightly outdated. You cannot expect the sharpness that an AMOLED screen has. The 480 X 800 resolution is slightly lower as well. Even an IPS screen would have been a better option.
Textual content on the screen looks fine at normal viewing angles. But when you zoom the browser in and out, the textual content loses clarity. At best, the textual matter is indecipherable. There is a problem of contrast shift as well. When viewing the screen at certain angles, a shadowy veil engulfs the screen. You have to reconcile to the fact that this screen is not high-end. If you are looking for a screen such as Retina Display, you have to consider the iPhone 5.
There is no contrast shift. At certain viewing angles, there is a shadowy distortion. Therefore, when compared to the likes of the Retina Display from iPhone 5, this screen is not just normal, but quite ordinary. But the phone’s screen is good for normal use if that’s all that you are looking for. A point for consolation is that this screen is better than the HTC Sensation. This screen has better backlight that the Sensation. Viewing angles and contrast has been improved as well. But the screen still has loads of improvement areas.
The HTC Desire X does not have the most updated specifications. For instance, the phone runs on Android 4.0. It misses the speed and performance of the 4.1 version. When you flick through the home screens you experience latency.
Although the Desire X does have a 1 GHz processor, and a good graphics CPU, there is just 768 GB of RAM. There are several limitations of this low RAM specification. There is no multitasking that is possible on the phone. High-resolution graphics and multimedia won’t render with the same sharpness and agility as expected. When you open apps you have to get used to the long pause before they finally open. But the saving grace has been that the performance of the Desire X is better than the HTC One V.
The call quality is good, but there is no noise cancellation feature. The camera cannot shoot high definition videos. The highest resolution you can shoot is 480p. But why is this in a dual-core phone with a 5 MP camera? Could not have HTC made the camera shoot videos at higher pixel resolution?
Vs. Samsung Galaxy S3
The Galaxy S 3 surprisingly does not have any advantages over the Desire X. And so does the Desire X. The only one thing going for the Desire X is that it has slightly smaller dimensions. Otherwise, both phones are neck to neck.
Vs. Samsung Galaxy S Advance
Again, there are no advantages of either phone over one another. The HTC Desire X is only a smaller phone. This could be an advantage if you perceive it that way.
Vs. Samsung Galaxy ACE 2
The ACE 2 has NFC support. The Desire X has a faster processor and is smaller. However, it has no front facing camera, which the ACE 2 has.
Vs. LG Optimus L9
The L9 does not have scratch resistant glass. The L9 has fewer inbuilt camera technologies. For instance there is no Panorama, Macro Mode, Night Mode, Back-illuminated Sensor, Face Detection and so on.
The HTC Desire X is in a price-bracket that has several other handsets from other manufacturers. Although it is a good mid-market phone, it has nothing special to distinguish it from other phones. However, the phone’s usability is enjoyable. The Sense 4.1 UI technology in combination with the Ice Cream Sandwich provides users an easy-going interface experience.
Then there’s the Beat’s technology that provides a powerful music experience. The 4” display is big-enough, but is not HD. But if you are willing to settle for less (resolutions), you can still watch movies on this screen.
The Desire X does have a unique design – stylish to say the least. Therefore, you can definitely consider the phone for its form factor, smaller dimensions, and music rendition.
Price and availability
The HTC Desire X costs Rs. 14489. This price is lower when you buy online. This phone is available at all leading online ecommerce stores and electronic outlets.