HTC Desire X review

Yet another mid-range HTC smartphone

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The HTC Desire X is a more than capable messaging machine, thanks in no small part to the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system housed within, which offers up a multitude of ways for you to keep in touch.

HTC Desire X review

First up you have the Gmail and Email apps, allowing you to manage your emails effectively on the 4-inch display.

HTC Desire X review

The Gmail offering only lets you control your Google account, while the Email client supports multiple addresses, giving you a universal inbox which you can filter by account if necessary.

Both apps are simple to use and adding email accounts is made easy with the Desire X doing all the leg work after you enter your address and password.

Of course there's the text messaging client built into the HTC Desire X, which offers up the familiar Android experience, with the addition of profile pictures on the message overview and HTC's custom Android keyboard.

The keyboard itself is one of the better ones which we find on Android handsets, with better travel and accuracy than the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and Sony Xperia P, and with the 4-inch screen it's less cramped than the one found on its smaller brother, the HTC Desire C.

HTC Desire X review

One annoying thing we did find with the Desire X keyboard was the location of the language button next to the comma key.

We found ourselves changing the language to French more often than not when attempting to hit the comma, and the only way to return to English is to cycle through the five default lingos until you get back to the start.

Turning the Desire X sideways does improve the spacing of the keyboard, and the diminutive size of the handset makes it easy to reach the middle of the screen with your thumbs, but you do sacrifice being able to see the message you are replying to.

We'd still recommend heading over to Google Play and picking up a third party alternative if you are planning on tapping out a lot of messages on the Desire X, with Swiftkey X our personal favourite.

HTC Desire X review

Social networking also gets a look in on the HTC Desire X, with the Facebook app coming pre-loaded on the device alongside HTC's social aggregator, Friend Stream.

HTC Desire X review

Unfortunately Twitter doesn't get the same treatment as Facebook, with no app pre-installed and the inability to sync it with your contacts or the Friend Stream application.

You can easily download the official Twitter client, or a third party alternative, from Google Play, but it's a little frustrating that we can't jump on straight out of the box and tell the world in no more than 140 characters all about our new Desire X.

HTC's Friend Stream app now seems a little pointless, as you're only able to add Facebook and Flickr accounts to it, and you're unlikely to have more than one of each, raising questions why you wouldn't just use the official applications.

While you can post new status updates from the Friend Steam, if you want to comment or like someone else's status then you're turfed into the Facebook application, which you could have been using from the off – saving you time flicking between the two.

If you're tired of the whole Facebook-Twitter scene the Google+ app is also pre-installed on the Desire X, along with a host of other Google centric applications, allowing you to delve into the search giant's own social network.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyDesire X
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time20 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)114 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height118.5 mm
Width62.3 mm
Depth9.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time833 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameDesire X Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineDesire X
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, G-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HSP003-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationHTC Desire X - Authentic Sound. Powerful Performance.
The HTC Desire X brings all the benefits of the Desire series to bear - offering stunning design, easy access to content and fast connectivity - making it the perfect all-round device, while keeping you productive and secure. With HTC Sense, including enhanced business functionality, as well as a best-in-class 1GHz, dual-core processor, the HTC Desire X is the perfect smartphone for your working life.

Authentic Sound with Beats Audio™
Immerse yourself in studio-quality sound with awesome Beats Audio™. Whether you're listening to music on your morning commute or catching up on your favourite sitcoms, you'll get crystal-clear, authentic sound across the Desire X. Beats Audio™ uses both hardware fine-tuning of the handset and software settings in the Beats Audio profile to automatically enhance any sound file; whether you're listening to a song, you're watching a movie or you're listening to a radio station. Boosted bass and vocals give your audio a wider dynamic range, without introducing noise or other distortions, delivering clean, resonant sound at any volume across the device. For the complete Beats Audio experience - Plug in a Beats by Dre headset (sold separately) - for an authentic audio experience whether you're at the gym or on the road.

Powerful Performance
When it comes to processing power, the HTC Desire X packs a dual-core punch. Its 1GHz processor is the fastest in its class, giving you super-smooth browsing and exceptional performance. Couple that with its 4-inch, WVGA display with 480x800 resolution, which displays text and images sharply and at wide viewing angles and the HTC Desire X makes for fast, easy browsing while you're on the move. Plus, with optical lamination, you'll enjoy wider viewing angles - perfect for catching up with videos and other media.

Best-in-class camera
The HTC Desire X's five megapixel camera is, simply put, the best in its class. Its f2.0 aperture lets you take amazing photos, whatever the lighting condition. With a start-up time of under one second, as well as 99 frame continuous shooting, you'll never miss a moment, whether something's caught your eye or you're just relaxing with some friends.Some of the exciting camera features include:

  • Quick Focus: Fast start-up and auto-focus mean that you won't miss those blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments
  • Industry leading lens: Take amazing photos, even in low lighting conditions with the f2.0 lens and BSI Sensor
  • Continuous Shooting: capture up to 99 pictures at two frames per second - just by holding your finger on the aperture. It's perfect for capturing every moment - from the big match to those even bigger nights out!
  • Great Group Photos: Intelligent group mode, coupled with face and smile recognition makes the Desire X ideal for photographing family and friends
  • Take photos, while shooting video:You'll never have to choose between shooting a video or a picture again - you can do both at the same time on the HTC Desire X.

Stay connected
With the Desire X, you'll always be connected to the people who matter. Sign into FriendStream to see your friends and family's photos and status updates from Facebook and Twitter as they happen, so you always know the latest news, wherever you are. Control what you see - and what you share - customisable features throughout the Desire X ensure you receive Facebook and Twitter updates from the people who matter. Check out the camera settings to instantly share your photos to Facebook and Twitter. Instantly back-up all your photos, videos and documents with 25 GB of Cloud storage - free for two years with the HTC Desire X.
Limited Warranty1 Year