A fresh look at an HTC favorite.
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.