After playing with an HTC One X at the weekend and feeling inquisitive (Is it really that powerful? Am I being dumb in not getting Android's / Ice Cream Sandwich's odd UI scheme and buttons?), I began looking at broader reviews of it.
After the second one I read (which is about the 355th Android phone review I have read in the last few years), it struck me that, when it comes to an Android manufacturer's new flagship or 'hero' phone, you can almost predict the review's fundamentals without even reading it.
The screen is big. Enormous, in fact.
The screen is great, nearly (but not quite) as good as the iPhone 4/4S.
The design is amazing, but it gets grubby/is plasticky/feels a bit cheap. But it's still amazing. Best design ever.
[The gimmick] is, well, yeah I don't mind it, but Beats Audio / that clear plastic bit that doesn't do anything / the curved screen / the NFC that doesn't work anywhere is a bit of a gimmick. It's cool though. Really. It may be of use sometime in the future.
(YAY!) [The manufacturer] has [finally] simplified (toned down) their [awful] Android skin [now they've realised, five years in, that it limits their ability to update to new versions of Android quickly].
There are some usability issues with Android but, hey, it's a quantum leap on from the last version, which was great and all, but this one is so much better.
There's no expandable storage whaaaaaaaaaaa whingggggggee boooooooo.
It's lightning quick. That new latest mega-core processor is awesome.
But, oh, Android still isn't quite as responsive as iOS, it's still a bit laggy. But that's OK. It's better than the last version. It's nearly there. Honestly.
One caveat though, yeah, if you use it a lot, (like on the bus to work for 20 minutes) those 16 cores really ruin the battery life.
The battery is sealed whaaaaaaaaaaa whingggggggee boooooooo.
Buy it! Best phone out there!
But, also, wait for [other manufacturer's] new superfone which will be out next week too, and the the chip it has should be so much better. And it'll be 4G!
[Image source: dailyiphoneblog]