HTC Desire X Review

By on October 1, 2012
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A fresh look at an HTC favorite.

Good: Great screen, beats audio is impressive, lag-free experience
Bad: Limited internal storage, back cover not easy to open
Price: AED 1,149
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

HTC have slowly and steadily been rising up the ranks to be one of the better mobile phone manufacturers out there. Their latest creation, the HTC Desire X is another mid-range phone aimed at users who might not feel the need to splurge for the flagship One X. The Desire X is a marked improvement from the original HTC Desire (which I used to own), so anyone who’s familiar with the original device will welcome the Desire X with open arms.

Build quality & design

The Desire X has a lovely smooth finish, albeit made of a plastic material to keep the price down. Despite this, it looks and feels quite sleek, and features a removable back cover that hides the SIM card and microSD slot. At the top of the phone you’ll find the headphone jack and a centered power button, while a volume rocker sits on the right side of the device, and the power connector on the left. While overall the build quality is acceptable, the volume rocker did raise a few concerns –it’s attached to the back cover by a very small piece of plastic, and I guarantee that if you’re not careful when snapping the cover back in place, you could potentially snap off the volume control altogether. The back cover itself is a bit cumbersome to remove, as you have to find the very small wedge on the top right of the phone to pry the cover open.

When held, the Desire X feels light and is easy to operate with one hand. The phone features a Super LCD screen that is very responsive and looks brilliant, which I’ll talk more about later. The back of the device features the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, resting in a shiny metal recess with a bright blue border. There will be a small selection of back covers that you can swap around with the phone, though we only received the white cover with our review unit.


Similar to some of the other HTC phones I’ve reviewed recently, the specifications on the HTC Desire X won’t blow you away, but they aren’t too shabby either. The dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor provides plenty of horsepower, so running through apps and swiping through screens for the most part is a lag-free experience.

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A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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  • Ravi

    Is 4 GB internal memory not sufficient for ICS?

    • Kieran M

      It’s not about how much is needed for the OS, it’s about how much of a limitation 4GB puts on how many apps you can install.

      I currently have 3.95GB taken by apps alone on my S3, with 804MB available space remaining on internal storage. And that’s all my music music, pictures, and video being on the external SD. Sure there’s ways around limited internal storage along the lines of apps like Apps 2 SD, but it doesn’t work in all situations (and why should you be forced to use workarounds anyway?)

      The kind of people who buy small screened, mid-tier phones are people who don’t keep up to date with the bleeding edge of technology. They’re not the kind of people who can easily troubleshoot when they get “Low on internal storage” warnings. They’re the kind of people who either blame it on the phone being “broken”, or they bug, pester, and generally annoy those who are tech-savvy to fix it.

      At the end of the day, would it have really have significantly increased the price of the handset to include 8GB (or even 16GB) of internal storage?

  • Gladius Primus

    I bought my Desire X two weeks ago, as I had to retire my old HTC Wildfire S. I love it to bits – everything I can possibly want in the way of apps and I still haven’t run out of space. My battery is good for about 12-14 hours even using the phone a few times for calls during the day – I’ve installed Advanced Task Manager Pro (which I originally purchased for the Wildfire), and that keeps the apps under control.

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