Mobile Phones HTC Desire X (2)

Published on January 24th, 2013 | by Abdullah Sulehri

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HTC Desire X

Un boxing

HTC Desire X is enclosed in an off-white box with rounded edges and a sliding paper cover displaying the picture of the phone, HTC Desire X is written on the left top corner of the cover. Phone specifications are printed on the back side of the paper cover .Its box is mode of 50% renewable eco-friendly material which is 99% recyclable which shows HTC’s environmental concerns.

The box contains standard contents, which are:

HTC Desire X

HTC Hands free

Data cable (which can be plugged in the charger)

Charger

User manuals

 

 

 

Build & Design

HTC Desire X shares its body with HTC Desire V which was the first dual-SIM smart phone introduced by HTC.

It easily fits in an average palm and its removable rubbery plastic back helps to grip it. It has a sleek and stylish body but both screen and plastic back a prone to finger prints. Its 9.3mm slim body weighs just 114grams which makes it easy to handle.

 

Starting from front it has 4.0 inches Super LCD capacitive touch screen with 233 ppi (pixel density). On top of the screen there is a thin line of small holes for speaker followed by a small silver HTC logo. LED indicator and sensors are on right side of the logo. At bottom of the screen there are three conventional touch-sensitive controls i.e. Back, Home & Recent Applications. Power button and MP3 jack are placed on top while volume rocker on right side and mini USB post is placed at left side.

 

 

HTC Desire X has removable battery and back cover. 5 Mega Pixel back camera with LED flash is surrounded by oval plastic base followed be an embossed vertical HTC logo. Beats audio logo can be found at bottom of the back cover with a small speaker. After removing back cover we can see SIM card slot under the back camera and Micro SD is on its right card. There is a single SIM card slot and SIM card can be removed or changed without disturbing the battery.

 

 

 

USER INTRFACE

HTC Desire X comes with HTC Sense UI v4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich. It has Dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon processor with contrast with Desire V which possessed a single core 1GHz processor.

When mobile turns on a screen with 4 customizable icons and a ring in the bottom appears, ring can be dragged to any part of the screen to unlock mobile. You can directly launch these shortcuts by dragging them to the ring; these shortcuts also appear on unlocked screen separated by an app drawer icon.

There are 5 default screens, you can’t increase or decrease the number of screens and even you can’t reposition them. These screens do not minimize on a pinch hence you can’t view them in helicopter view. HTC sense allows you to customize your home screen according to your choice, you can add, delete and edit widgets, you can change the theme, scene or the whole skin. Each skin changes several elements of user interface including menus, buttons, wallpapers and screens. When you long press the home screen minimized screens appear on top with widgets below them, widgets are available in different sizes for same function so you have to scroll to find the appropriate widget. You can drag the widgets to any of the minimized screen to place it on respective screen.

Main menu is has a grid lay out arranged alphabetically by default and can’t be rearranged manually. App drawer has 3 tabs available at bottom i.e. All, Frequent & Downloads. An application CAR make it easy to use cell while driving by displaying 4 large icons of i.e. Phone, Locations, Music, Internet Radio on two sides and Time date and weather in middle. Dropbox app allows storing data and taking backups online.

The task switcher button will enable you to view the recently used applications and to access them or removing them from the recent apps (not killing the app).Task manager is used to kill an app manually, you can also stop all the running apps using stop all button.

 

CAMERA

HTC Desire X comes with a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which can capture pictures up to 2592 x 1944 pixels and can record video @30fps. The auto focus function works well bet over all the image quality is not up to the mark, still image quality is good enough to use pictures on social media. You can also use camera in HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode. The user interface allows you to switch between camera and video recorder option. WVGA (800 x 480) is lower than expected video quality with a Smartphone with dual core processor, there is no HD video recording mode available. There is no dedicated shutter key for camera and no front camera in this phone.

 

 

 

CALLING

Call quality is fine but loud speaker is not loud enough hence may cause difficulty in hearing the call bell or to call using loudspeakers. The dialer is simple with recent calls displaying above the key pad, you can set the accelerometer functions which allow turning on loud speakers or mute ring volume and vibration, and pocket mode which increases ring volume in dark.

 

MISC

HTC Desire X is equipped with Stereo FM Radio with RDS. Audio quality is great with and without headphone attached. Beats audio sound enhancement can be turned on and off easily in music player, tracks can be paused and changed from the locked screen. Photo albums allow you to share pictures on social media (Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, Picasa or SkyDrive) with help of a drop down menu.

CONNECTIVITY

Following features are available for connectivity purpose GPRS ,EDGE, WLAN Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB v2.0

It has standard Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery which has stand-by time of approximately 830 hours and talk time of approximately 20 hours.

 

PROS

  • Dual-core 1 GHz processor
  • SLCD screen
  • 768 MB RAM
  • Sleek and stylish design

CONS

  • No front camera
  • No dedicated shutter key
  • No HD video recording
  • Limited internal memory
  • No gorilla glass protection
  • Back cover prone to finger prints

HTC Desire X Abdullah Sulehri
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Summary:

4.2


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is a Chartered Accountant by profession, loves gadgets, technology, movies and poetry. He is a tech-blogger on telecompk. He can be reached at abdullah (at) sulehri (dot) com



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