Thursday, December 20, 2012

My short but wonderful experience with HTC One X+

All thanks to Starhub and HTC, me and 49 people have the chance to try HTC One X+ for 2 weeks.

For me, I had never been a HTC or Android user. I had been always a BIG fan of the other brand and OS. I think that is enough information to let you guess which phone I am using now. Hee....

In a matter of days, I am convinced to use HTC One X+ as my primary phone!

I am not going to state all the specifications / details / reviews of this phone. You can click on the links below to read it yourself.

1. HTC One X+ Page

2. CNET Review on HTC One X and HTC One X+

I will give my own review of the phone and how come I would to love to own this phone so much!

When I first received the phone, I found the packaging interesting. The box is like an egg carton and the phone is set inside the box like a precious egg. The packaging, like the phone, neat and clean cut.

First look on the screen, I loved the big LCD display. The casing is clean cut. The battery in a internal one. However, the rear camera len is protruding out of the back casing, I would prefer it to flush level with the back casing instead.

Upon switching it on for the first time, I was impressed with the bright screen and the ability to bring out the colours to its true form. It feels like watching HD TV. It is good for watching HD videos on you tube now. Below is a screen capture when I was watching the new Superman trailer.

The setting up of the phone was simple and easy for all ages of people to follow. You can read it here.

The first function I tested for HTC One X+ was the camera. With such a good camera, it really took amazing pictures, similar to point and shoot or DSLR cameras. It is able to bring out the details and colours of the picture. With the available camera functions like HDR, Touch Screen to Capture and many more, there are no reason for you to take lousy pictures again. Below are some of the pictures that I took with the camera and the pictures are in their original form.

No worries about the phone running out space to keep all your pictures. With 64 GB internal memory and 25GB of drop box space, there is more than enough for everything that you want to keep in the phone.
The purpose of taking all these photos is so that I can share it online with all my friends via social media like FB and Twitter. Using all these apps at the same time is smooth going, all thanks to the super fast Quad processor, there is no lag in the phone speed when I am multi-tasking.
I always use the phone as my music player, with inbuilt BEATS Audio Amplifier, listening to music is never the same for me again. It just makes me feels like the singer is singing in front of me live!
Now, with so much things going on with the phone, I would tend to worry for the battery life. Usually I would get a portable battery charger whenever I go. With HTC One X+, I can say that the battery is able to last me for at least 1.5 to 2 days for my normal usage of the phone! This is really a bonus.
Of course no product is perfect. I do have a few grouses about this phone.
1. The screen is quite reflective especially when using outdoors, making it quite hard to see what is on the screen.
2. The battery tend to heat up rather quickly and hot when I am multi-tasking.
3. The BEATS Audio does not work when on speaker mode and no BEATS earphones as well to enjoy the full spectrum of music.
4. The local version does not come with LTE (4G).

Still, I totally loved this phone and what it is able to do! All my friends were also impressed when I showed them the phone and what it is capable of doing!

My Birthday (which is coming) and XMAS wish would be able to own one HTC One X+ very soon! Hee...

A "Wish I got a HTC One X+ phone for XMAS" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HTC One X+ New and Improved Front Camera

For those who always use their phone to take their self portrait pictures, would be happy to know that HTC One X+ has a new and improved 1.6 mega-pixel front camera. I have to say the front camera does take pretty decent self portraits pictures.

One of the functions that I liked is when you are ready to take the picture, just press anywhere on the screen (Touch and Capture Function) . There will be a 2 second countdown before the picture is capture. This will allow for some last minute adjustment or changes before the picture is taken.

There is a portrait mode that automatically detects faces, enhances skin tones and eyes as well.

Below shows 2 pictures taken using the front camera, 1 outdoor and 1 indoor.

Personally I still prefer to use the rear camera to take pictures, as it is able to take better quality pictures.

So what you think?

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HTC One X+ LCD Display

One of the first thing the attracted me to HTC One X+ is the Super Bright and Clear LCD display. It is able to bring out the brilliant colour and crisp images.I am impressed by the screen since I started using the phone.

Based on the official specifications, the screen is a 4.7 inch super LCD 2 touch screen with Gorilla® Glass. So what is so special about this Gorilla Glass? Just click on it to read more about it.

The picture below show how the screen display is like indoors. This is based on auto brightness set by the phone. What I loved is the brightness and the sharpness of the images on the screen.
Now for the outdoor test.
Under the sunlight, I have to say the screen is not as bright as I expected it to be at outdoors but still I am able to see the screen pretty clearly. One thing that I don't really like is the reflection on the screen. It does obstruct the screen at times. When the phones goes to sleep mode, the screen becomes a mirror.

I uses the phone to watch You Tube videos. I am pleasantly surprised to be able to watch the video full screen without borders. Below is a screen capture while watching the latest Superman movie trailer. It does feels like watching it on a TV screen!

Overall, I like the the screen display big, able to show bright colours and bring out the life in pictures and videos!

I feel that the above picture did not bring out the actual display on the screen. Why not just go and take a look at the phone and judge for yourself?

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Monday, December 17, 2012

It is easy to shoot a video and take a picture at the same time using HTC One X+

Do you ever wish to capture a certain frame when you are watching a video clip, especially from those self taken videos?

Well now you can, using HTC One X+! You no longer need to select or toggle between camera or video mode! It is that simple. The picture taken can be as clear as using the camera to take the picture.

There are 2 methods that you can capture a picture from a video.

First method: Start to take a video using the phone, and press the capture button to capture a screen shot.

Second method: Play the video and press the capture button to capture a screen shot.

Below is the picture that was captured. See how clear the picture is.

Below is the video of the clip of my dog performing a trick. Just for fun!

So can your current phone do all these? Hee....

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

HTC One X+ Camera's Continuous Shooting Function

Nowadays, it is common to have camera incorporated with a phone. I have to say the phone's camera is catching up with those point and shoot camera.

HTC One X+ has a 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures). It comes with F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens as well.

Almost all cameras now can take continuous shooting function (I think). However HTC One X+ has moved the notch higher by enabling the phone capable of capturing up to 99 shots continuously with 4 frames per seconds.

So how does it work? Simple. Just press and hold the capture button and let the camera take care of the rest. You will hear a series of clicks at the same time.

Above was taken as my dog is performing some tricks! Each picture was captured clearly. From the screen captures, I am able to choose the best shots. If not, I can put them in a folder, just press the next button fast, it will appears as a video-like shot!

This function is best used when you think some action will be going on and you would not want to miss a single shot, like taking a star jump photo for example.

I loved this function. Take first then decide later which pictures to keep. This way, I will never miss any magical moment.

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

HTC One X+ Battery Life

HTC ONe X+ has been fitted a 2100mAh rechargeable  Li-ion Polymer battery. It is supposed to last 35% longer for all day performance on a single charge as stated on their website.

Based on my current usage of HTC One X+ phone, the battery is able to last up to 2 days before I would need to charge the battery again. I am impressed by it as the current phone that I am using, I would need to charge on a daily basis!

There is a Power app in Setting where you can see the history of the battery in terms of a graph. It also shows when the power is being used when it is awake, wifi on, screen on or charging happens. You can able to see from the chart above, I am trying to use up the battery before I do a full charge again.

As the phone battery is in-built and I do not have a mobile charger for this phone, I charge it on a daily basis whenever I go to sleep. So that I will not have the phone die on my half way through the day.

I have been using the phone for the past week. Overall, I have to say that I am satisfied the battery life of HTC One X+ as it has performed beyond my expectations.

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Multitasking on HTC OneX+: How much can it handle?

With the latest 1.7GHz Quad Core processor, it makes HTC One X+ one of the fastest phone around. This meaning, it is supposed to do a lot of task at the same time (multitasking) seamlessly and yet each task perform as they are supposed to be, meaning no lag or pause. So does it perform to its expectation?

So what I did was to open the usual apps that I will open during the day. Below was what apps I opened (could be more):

1. You Tube
2. Twitter
3. Music Player
4. Google Map
5. Whatapps
6. Foursquare
7. Dropbox
8. Facebook
9. Instagram
10. Play Store
11. Camera

Guess what? All the apps still functioned properly without any lag or pauses. I am able to seamlessly move from one app to another almost instantly.

I am totally impressed by the processor!

I was using a older model of HTC phone and encountered while playing Angry Birds and listening to music, the birds did get stuck halfway, pauses before moving slowing again. This is what it would happen if the processor is slow and unable to multitask at the same time.

On the downside, opening so many apps at the same time, it tends to load on the battery. The battery heats up quite a lot quickly.

I usually would close the apps when I am not using them to save the battery life so I am satisfied with the speed for my daily use!

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

HTC OneX+ with Beats Audio built in

With the use of smartphone, I have ditched my mp3 player aside. Why need to bring so many gadgets when I only need to bring one. I always loaded a lot of music into my phone so that I can listen to it everywhere I go.

I used to think my current phone provided one of the best music player but HTC OneX+ proved me wrong.

With built in Beats audio and dedicated built-in amplifier, I felt like I am inside a concert environment whenever I am listening to my music. It provided the best sound experience like those in cinema when watching a movie.

The music that I hear is now crisper vocals, deeper bass. If I close my eyes, I would think that the singer is singing right in front of me. It separates the music into different layers and able to hear each layer clearly.

When I tried to listen to the same song with Beats Audio activated, the songs falls back into one dimensional. I am now totally spoiled by Beats Audio. I totally understand the fuss when Beats came out with their own earphones (and why they are so expensive!) and when HTC incorperated Beats Audio into their phone!

However the Beats Audio function does not function when the music is played over the speaker phone. I wonder why that cannot be done. Hmm....

It would be best if the phone comes with the Beats Earphone! Woohoo!

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

HTC One X+'s Camera: Touch-to-Capture Function

One thing that I alwasy look when I am shopping for a new phone, is for the phone to come with a good camera.

After using the phone for a few days,  I think I have found one of the best phone camera inside HTC One X+. It is a 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, BSI sensor (for better low-light captures) with F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens.

Why I say that? Just look at this picture. Guess which one is taken by HTC One X+ and which one is taken by another brand of handphone camera? Hmm.... I will let the pictures do the talking.

There is one camera function which I loved with this HTC One X+: Touch-to-Capture function. I was wondering how come the others did not thought of this earlier. I have seen people dropping their phone while trying to take pictures cos their fingers are trying to press the "Capture" button usually at the bottom or side of the screen.

Once it is activated, you just need to tap anywhere in the screen to take the picutre! No more searching for the "Capture" button. How cool is that?

Of cos, where there is good point, there is a bad point to this as well. As it is pretty sensitive to touch, I find myself taking a lot of unintentional picutres. This could be due to after taking the picture, it stays in camera mode and it will start taking pictures once the screen is touched.

Below are some of the pictures that I have taken with the phone's camera. Since I loved to eat, they are all food pictures. I loved how the picture came out clean and clear. Just a note that the picture are all unedited.

For the answer to the first two pictures, the top photo was taken with HTC One X+.

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Setting up HTC One X+

Getting a new phone is always exciting yet terrified.

Why terrified, cos it is like stepping into the unknown. This will set the trust between the user and the phone. Hence if the set up of the new phone is easy, the relationship between the phone and the user will be off to a good start.

I am glad to say that for HTC One X+, the set up was as easy as 1,2,3!

Upon receiving the phone, the packaging was nice. The phone is like an egg sitting nicely inside an egg cardboard box. The phone looks precious, sitting on top when the box is open. As usual, all the common accessories are hidden beneath the phone.

Next is the set up of the phone, usually this is a nightmare part for most of the people.

What is most important part? To me it is The Contacts! When transferring from one phone to another especially between different brands of phones, can be quite a chore.

For HTC, they made it simple. Just by a touch of a few buttons, the contacts, sms would be transferred to the new phone via Bluetooth! Wala!

It works with almost all brands and models of phones!

For me, the contacts got imported but not the sms. However, this does not bother me that much.

HTC had set up a website to make the phone set up on a website rather than on the phone. Instead of going through different screens on your phone to make selection for wallpaper/apps/email accounts etc, you can just set up the phone by doing the following steps:

1. Go to HTC Get Started
2. Create a HTC account
3. Select your phone model
4. Following the step by step instructions to set up the phone.
5. Log into via the phone and all the set up will be loaded into the phone

This makes the whole set up process so simple.

Once all these are done, your new HTC phone is all ready to be used! Just gone through the set up and I am already falling in love with this phone.

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

HTC One X Plus

It has been a long time since I came in and write something.

Well I am going to revive it to keep a diary of my HTC One X Plus experience for the next 2 weeks!

I am no expert in reviewing the phone but going to try my best to test the phone out during the my daily use and give my 3 cents worth.

Of cos along the way, I will be required to complete 10 tasks using the phone and hopefully I will do enough to win myself a new phone!

Today is Day 1, I would just let you see a pic of the phone package first. Hee...

Presenting "HTC One X Plus"

More details of my experience coming up!