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Dr. Gadget looks back: HTC One X+


In a season when it practically rained smartphones, the HTC One X+ stands apart for its gargantuan storage, latest Android OS, and a splendid camera.

In a season when it practically rained smartphones, the HTC One X+ stands apart for its gargantuan storage, latest Android OS, and a splendid camera.

HTC redesigned and refurbished its One X series of smartphones and came up with the smart One X+. Available for $199, the HTC One X+ has a mammoth 64GB memory, quad-core processor, 8MP camera, and the latest Android Jelly Bean Operating System.

Design
The HTC One X+ is made from a single sheet of polycarbonate plastic, just like its predecessor. It measures 5.3 x 2.75 x 0.36 inches, weighs 4.76 pounds and has a quite solid look and feel.

Features
The Super LCD 2 screen of HTC One X+ is massive at 4.7 inches, even bigger than that of an iPhone. It sports a 1.6MP front camera, buttons for recent apps, home and back, 3.5mm headphone jack and an 8MP rear camera. Although there is no SD card slot, you would hardly miss it for its 64GB internal storage capacity.

The HTC One X+ places its own Sense user interface on top of the latest Android Jelly Bean OS to create a custom look and feel. This essentially means that there is a lot that on your disposal besides standard Android features like Google Now and automatic alerts.

Unlocking the phone is fun; you can either flick a virtual ring or slide icons into it for launching major phone functions. Standard lock-screen shortcuts include phone dialer, messaging app, and mail. Moreover, you have a plethora of apps to access from the Google Play store, which is fast catching up to the app store of Apple.

The HTC One X+ makes use of ImageSense technology for a great camera performance. The 8-MP camera gives a spectacular image processing riding high on a dedicated image processor. The Beats audio processing is a feature worth mentioning. It lets you play with your song collection and activates a matching equalizer profile with certain Beats-branded headphones.

Overall Verdict
The HTC One X+ is a great value for your money; it is a complete package in itself. Absence of a SD card and an embedded battery should not stop you from buying this $199 masterpiece.