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HTC One XL review

Tue Nov 13 2012, 17:26

Design and build
From the exterior, you'd be forgiven for mistaking the HTC One XL for the HTC One X, as both handsets sport a pretty much identical casing.

That's not something we're going to moan about, since we were and still are fans of the design of the HTC One X. Sure, it picks up grubby fingerprints easily, but its rubberised polycarbonate casing means it's easy to grip and gives the handset an overall high-end feel.

HTC One XL design

Just like its popular sibling, the One XL measures 134.8x69.9x8.9mm, making it comfortable to hold and easy to slip into a skinny jean pocket. Our only real gripe is the protruding camera lens on the rear of the handset, which adds a bit of girth to the top of the phone.

As well as sharing the same case design as the HTC One X, the One XL sports the same 4.7in 1280x720 S-LCD2 IPS touchscreen. 

HTC One XL screen

As we said in our HTC One X review, this screen is one of the best on the mobile market today, offering some stiff competition to the Iphone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. At 332ppi (pixels per inch), the sizeable screen delivers vibrant colours and rich detail, so watching video and browsing the web look great on the One XL. 

Our only real issue with the display on the One XL is that it struggles when used in bright sunlight, where text and images look barely legible. 

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