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HTC One XL review

Tue Nov 13 2012, 17:26

Like most things on this phone, the HTC One XL features the same 8MP camera with f/2.0 lens as found on the HTC One X.

It's just as good as we remember, too. Thanks to the onboard backside illuminated sensor, the camera produces vibrant, colourful images even when they are shot in dimly lit office surroundings, although it's not quite on a par with the camera on the Nokia Lumia 920. 

HTC One XL camera sample

HTC Imagesense, as previously mentioned, is also great. The custom camera interface brings Instagram-like filters to the camera application and offers the capabilities to shoot images in HDR and Panaroma mode and to capture stills while recording video.

Our only real gripe is the lack of dedicated camera key on the handset, which means we sometimes had to reach across the phone's 4.7in screen to be able to capture the perfect shot. 

Battery and storage
The poor battery life on the HTC One X is undoubtedly its worst feature, and the One XL doesn't fare much better.

Although it's dual-core CPU undoubtedly burns less power than the quad-core processor on the One X, we found that the One XL still struggled to last through a full day of average to heavy use. We watched an hour long show on the BBC Iplayer, which drained around 40 percent of the handset's battery.

Storage is a bit of a disappointment too, as HTC has downgraded the 32GB of storage found on the One X to 16GB on the One XL. While this is plenty for casual mobile users, we're not sure that mobile technology fans will be too happy about this.

In Short
We loved the HTC One X and were happy to see that the HTC One XL features the same gorgeous screen, great design and camera.

However, we're not sure that EE's 4G internet speeds are worth that extra £20 a month, especially given the handset's downgraded processor and equally poor battery life.

When we tested LTE on the HTC One XL at EE's 4G launch event, we were wowed with speeds of around 36Mbit/s. However, during our time using the One XL handset in our London offices we've struggled to reach speeds above 17Mbit/s - not even twice as fast as those we reached on our 3G Iphone 5.

Don't get us wrong, the HTC One XL is a great phone, but we're just not sure that it's worth the XL price. µ

The Good
Screen is excellent, great camera, nice design.

The Bad
EE's 4G speeds weren't as fast as we'd have hoped, poor battery life.

The Ugly
HTC's Sense user interface can be overwhelming.

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