HTC Desire X a sexy smartphone - review

2012-10-15 14:45

Cape Town - The HTC Desire X has a 10cm Super LCD capacitive touch screen and only weighs 114g: When I saw it for the first time I was a bit sceptical because I've never used a touch screen before.

With the touch screen being so sensitive I found it complicated at first to press the right buttons.  But although the Desire X looked difficult I soon figured it out the more I played with it.

The HTC Desire X is very light, easy to hold and fits in the palm of your hand. Some of the specifications are a 28mm wide-angle lens as well as an automatic adjustable flash.

Users can also take photos while shooting a video or take screenshots of a video playing back. Using the camera was a bit tricky because I am used to my Nokia E5 taking a few seconds to warm up before the picture actually gets taken.

But with the HTC it's almost as if you are competing with the speed of lightning. The picture is captured as soon as you press the button.


This is not the case with my Nokia and the greatest of it all is you can take a sequence of photographs with the quality of the picture that is outstanding, accurate and the colours bright. Something my Nokia will probably never achieve.

The phone also has a turn-by-turn navigation to get you where you need to go and a build-in beats audio.

The predecessor of the Desire X is the HTC One X. And as you will notice, the Desire carries the same design as the One series of the phones.

In comparison to the Desire X, the HTC One weighed 130g. The available storage on the HTC X is less due to the phone software.

Battery times of the HTC X, talk time and standby time, are subject to network and phone usage. Although I used the phone mostly to chat on WhatsApp and browse on Facebook, I still had to charge the battery twice. The built-in storage of the HTC Desire X is 4GB, small when compared to the HTC One X at 32GB, but the device supports a micro-SD card.

Users are also offered 25GB of Dropbox online storage with the smartphone.

After using the HTC Desire X for a few days I can see why some of my friends and colleagues are raving about smartphones. I must admit I'm not sure if I will ever look at my Nokia E5 the same as I did before.

The HTC Desire X is really a smartphone for people who have not used one before and is looking for a easy-to-use phone with a little bit of smart attached to it.

HTC Desire X is launching in November on MTN and Vodacom and is targeting the lower priced market segment.

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  • agosthino - 2012-10-15 14:57

    Your are comparing a 2year old nokia, with an os that has been discontinued to a phone with more than double the processing power, that seems fair(sarcasm).

  • tyron.j.botha - 2012-10-15 16:39

    This is the worst article I have ever read. Like writing a review on the new ferarri by someone who rides scooters! Seriously, WTF???

  • simon.botes - 2012-10-15 18:19

    Chantelle Nicholas, are you a professional journalist? It's totally pointless comparing Apples with pears. Next time why don't you review your Nokia E5 and compare it to the Nokia 3310. "This is not the case with my Nokia and the greatest of it all is you can take a sequence of photographs with the quality of the picture that is outstanding, accurate and the colours bright. Something my Nokia will probably never achieve." You should get your hands on the Nokia 808 Pureview. Your mind will be blown! Chantelle, it's best to compare apples with apples and if you were used to a junk handset and suddenly get a nice handset to review, its only fair to compare similar products with each other. I have to agree with everyone else commenting on this article. Don't compare Ferrari's with Scooters and if this is your style then, it would only be fair to in future review a high end Nokia and compare it to the "HTC Dream".

  • Jason - 2012-10-15 19:34

    Ja, maybe the Desire will freeze less than my One X. Anyone else with the same issue? Any solutions?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-16 08:36

      My One X never freeze. My old Desire Z done it till i deleted some (never used)apps. My battery is lasting for a 12hrs if I am constantly one and a full day and longer if I am not permanently on. I do most of my work via phone. My phone's camera is as fast as mentioned. I agree that some-one more technical/used to smartphones should hv wrote the article. The intent of my comment is only to compare my One X with yours for your benefit. Maybe there is another reason for the freeze.

      Jason - 2012-10-16 20:58

      My camera is quick and battery lasts as long as a few days (with medium use). BUT, sometimes the screen becomes unresponsive for no apparent reason. I Googled it and found alot of other similar complaints. Hence the question.

  • Jason - 2012-10-15 19:36

    Also, as far as I know, the Desire is NOT the successor to the One X.

  • jaco.swart.3382 - 2012-10-15 22:53

    How can you get someone who know nothing about smartphones to review a smartphone???? Clowns!!!

  • bogatsu.pilane - 2012-10-16 06:33

    Not sure why Chantelle was requested / allowed to write the article in the first place. This is some serious crap!!!

  • BadHeinrich - 2012-10-16 07:31

    Wow, a review by someone who has never used a touch screen before. Does her opinion count? I dont think so

  • rjaanika - 2012-12-10 09:21

    Love it! Thank You Santa!

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