Expert Review of HTC Desire XDS
The Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphones and tablets, HTC, is very smartly and steadily capturing the smartphone market in India with its various products and HTC Desire X is another such product by this manufacturer. The company at its initial stage, manufactured smartphones based mostly on the Microsoft Windows Phone operating system, but, later in the year 2009, to capture the large segments of market, it shifted its focus from Windows Phone operating system to the widely used Android operating system. Most of the handsets by HTC are doing a good business in the market. HTC Desire X is also loaded with loads of amazing features and latest applications that will fill your boring life with complete entertainment and fun. The built-in Beats Audio delivers uncompromised, studio-quality sound for your music, videos and gameplay. This handset is a powerful all rounder that will give you tremendous power with its dual core processor and brilliant screen. The quality sound effect of this droid will not only allow you to listen to your favorite stuff but will make you feel it. With Beats Audio built in, you get a rich, authentic experience with any content, anywhere. By using the Music Hub all your favorites are just one click away and you will get all the adored multimedia sound files in one place. Not only the sound quality of this droid is perfect but the camera also delivers you a very peculiar and best service where you will stay on top with the outstanding performance of this 5 megapixels shooter. Along with the incredibly fast camera you can also enjoy the seamless multitasking with the high-speed, powerful 1GHz dual-core processor. Even the display is very responsive and allows you to read and use the screen under the bright sunlight.
HTC Desire X comes in a size of 118.5mm x 62.3mm x 9.3mm and holds a weight of 114 grams only, giving credit to its plastic body that plays a vital role in keeping the weight of this droid so low. Unlike HTC One X, this droid does not have unibody chassis and you can remove the back cover that hides slots for a normal-sized microSIM and a microSD card. This is a very palm friendly handset that looks cool in your hands. In front, it has three soft touch buttons at the bottom of the screen for Back, Home and Menu. There are Gravity, Proximity and Ambient light sensors in the front that will make the usage more effective and wonderful. The Proximity sensor emits out an electromagnetic field or electromagnetic radiations that detects the nearby POIs, towers, cafes, buildings, etc., without having any physical contact with them, and the Ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen according to the light conditions in the ambiance. G-Sensor is a kind of Accelerometer that measures the force and datalog lateral and longitudinal acceleration continuously. The left portion of this handset has the USB port only. The right side is the place for the long and thin volume rocker that also functions as a zoom button. Coming to the top part, there are power/unlock button along with the 3.5mm universal headphone jack. This jack also works as an A/V connector. The bottom has nothing more than a mouth piece. The back panel of this handset has the very powerful 5 megapixels camera along with LED flash. At the bottom of the rear cover you will also find the loudspeaker grill.
Overall HTC Desire X is a nicely featured handset that will give you intense satisfaction with its unique and special services. The user interface of this smartphone is also very amazing and will deliver you quality services.
User Interface and UI functionality
HTC Desire X comes with a 4 inches wide super LCD capacitive touchscreen that provides a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with various color effects given by the combination of 16 million colors. The pixel density of 233 ppi makes the screen more vibrant, rich, sharp and clear and gives wide angles view so that you can have unblurred display in front of you. The display has multi touch facility so that you can input various commands at one time. It is running on Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.4 operating system and is powered by Dual-core 1 GHz processor that makes the working of this droid pretty fast and allows the heavy applications to run smoothly and without any sluggishness. To boost up the power of this processor this smartphone has Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon chipset that not only increases the performance of the device but also powers up the Adreno 203 GPU that plays a vital role in increasing the performance of the various graphics of the phone.
On top of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system it has HTC Sense user interface of version 4.0 that brings new and unique features at your service. This interface has phone locator feature that helps in locating out the phone when it is stolen and you can even lock the device or erase all the data from it. There are plenty of widgets in the widgets section where both type of widgets are available – Custom HTC and stock Android, and these widgets are present on the same page. This UI also brings seven customizable homescreens where the users can drop, remove, drag or even add widgets as well as icons as per their needs and usage. The notification area features a wide list of applications that are opened recently. There is a tab for the notification area whereas the second tab has toggles for WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, cellular data or the Wi-Fi hotspot. You can cancel a single application from a hub of opened applications and can also terminate all the applications by using the kill all button that instantly close all the running applications. This Sense user interface of HTC Desire X makes it vibrate when you make a call and it is answered by the person whom you called, which is a very useful feature as now you do not have to hold the phone close to your ears in order to know if the call is being answered or not and this fast and amazing user interface allows you to personalize the widgets and icons according to your choice and preference. This interface also allows you to personalize your HTC Desire X with a different wallpaper, ringtone, and notification sound for events such as e-mail, calendar reminders and incoming text.
This HTC Sense user interface is so smart and intelligent that if you do not want to answer a call, you just need to put the phone with its front facing downward, and it will automatically mute the volume of the call so that you do not get disturbed in your work. This is not enough, as this user interface even makes your HTC Desire X to ring aloud when you are not answering a call and as soon as you will pick the phone in your hands the ringer will starts decreasing its volume automatically. With such a useful and interactive user interface and the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system your heart will jump out with happiness as you will not get such kind of services and features in any other handset available in the market.
HTC Desire X is full of multimedia features that will bring fun and entertainment at your doorstep and will make you feel special and privileged. The audio player supports multiple formats, such as .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, and .wma (Windows Media Audio 9), for music playback so that you can avail the facility of this wonderful player without taking the headache of converting the audio file into the supportable format. For recording it supports .amr format. The video player also gives back up to various video formats, such as .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), and .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), so that you never has to give up your entertainment just because of the format. For recording a video file the player supports .mp4 format. This phone does not have support for FM radio but with such a huge lot of applications you will never miss this feature in the phone. The Beats Audio system makes the sound effect of this droid wonderful and fantastic. The 3.5mm headphone jack allows you to connect speakers and woofers to the device so that you can enjoy the music along with your friends and family members. Swiping sideways will change the currently played song either in forward direction or in the backward depending upon the direction in which the user is swiping. Videos and images saved in numerous folders appear in various sub-galleries that automatically get the name of the folder, which provides an adequate file management solution. All these wonderful features are a gift from the user friendly HTC Sense user interface.
Pictures and Video quality
HTC Desire X comes with a 5 megapixels camera sensor that has features like auto focus, Geo-tagging, BSI sensor for better low-light captures, F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, WVGA video recording, dedicated HTC ImageChip, and Continuous shooting mode with Smart Flash that automatically sets five levels of flash according to the distance to the subject. With this amazing camera application you can shoot videos and captures images at the same time with one press continuous shooting mode so that you never miss even a single moment of your life. With one press, you can fire off 2.5 shots per second, so you can be sure to capture the perfect one. With a single touch you can shoot out multiple shots without indulging into any kind of extra formalities that other cameras offer you.
This 5 megapixels camera captures images with a resolution of 2592 х 1944 pixels and is supported by LED flash. This snapper can also record WVGA 480 pixels videos by taking 30 frames per second. There is no secondary camera option available so you cannot indulge into live video chats with your family and friends.
HTC Desire X provides various Internet connectivity options that will make it easy for you to travel in the bottomless world of Internet. This smartphone offers connections to Internet via EDGE, GPRS, 3G with HSPA+ speed, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot through WLAN support. You can also sync your HTC Desire X with the nearby devices via Bluetooth of v4.0 with A2DP and microUSB port of v.2.0 that transfers data at a lightening fast speed. For striking speed, this droid comes loaded with HTML5 browser that downloads web pages very fast and allows you to toggle between those pages easily.
Internal and External Memory
HTC Desire X holds an internal storage space of 4GB along with 768MB space for RAM. This space is sufficient to run heavy applications and to store your phone book entries along with call records. You can also expand the external memory of the device up to 32GB using a microSD card in the microSD memory card slot. This memory is more than enough to store your huge amount of data, multimedia files and lots of other things so that you are never away from what you need or want.
Applications and Gaming
HTC Desire X is full of various latest and unique applications and features that will fill entertainment in your life. The updated Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform brings more than 2,00,000 applications and games at your end so that you can select the best option out of the huge lot. The Beats Audio provides you the best quality sound that you will hear from your heart and feel from your soul. The various Hubs by HTC will enable you to have intense fun and enjoyment with this device where everything will be within your reach. This device comes loaded with lots of useful applications and games but you can also download more applications and games from the very own Android market.
HTC Desire X is blessed with a very powerful standard Li-Ion 1,650 mAh battery that delivers a talk time of up to 20 hours on 2G network and up to 10 hours on 3G network, which is really very high when compared to the other smartphones available in the market. This battery also provides a standby time of up to 833 hours for 2G network and 750 hours for 3G network. You can also play multimedia files for hours and can run heavy applications without having any battery drainage problem. You can do net surfing also for long time and that too without eating much of the battery.
HTC Desire X offers connectivity to GSM networks only at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G network and 900 / 2100 MHz and 850 / 2100 MHz for 3G network. This smartphone provides a very fast HSDPA downloading speed of 7.2 Mbps and a good uploading HSUPA speed of 5.76 Mbps on 3G network. The connectivity of this droid is very good and provides you the best result with quality service.
HTC Desire X is an Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that comes loaded with lots of amazing, wonderful, latest and unique applications that will not only fill your life with the latest technology but will also make you feel special. This droid has another astounding feature, that is, HTC Sense user interface, which brings lots of new and unique features in the droid. There are many smartphones available in the market that can give a close neck in neck competition to HTC Desire X and they are Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC One X, HTC One V, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation XL, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710, Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPad 3, Apple iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Sola, Sony Xperia P, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation XL, Nokia Lumia 610 NFC, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820 and many more.