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HTC Desire X review

Looks to repeat the success of the original Desire
Thu Jan 17 2013, 17:04

Product HTC Desire X
Website HTC
Specifications 4in 480x800 Super LCD touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera with HD 720p video, HSDPA 7.2Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76Mbit/s, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, DLNA, microSD expansion up to 32GB, 1,650mAh battery, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 118.5x62.3x9.3, 114g
Price £220 SIM free


THE ORIGINAL HTC Desire was one of HTC's most popular handsets, and it seems the firm is looking to repeat that success with the Desire X.

While the Desire X won't appeal to those after the latest top-of-the-line HTC smartphone, it might attract those looking for an affordable, easy to use handset.

Design
The design of the HTC Desire X is one of the handset's nicest features. We got our hands on the black model, which although not quite as nice to look at as the white and silver model, still looked classy and felt nice to hold.

HTC Desire X design

In fact, you barely notice you're holding the HTC Desire X at all, as at 119x62x9.3mm it's positively tiny. Still, when you are wielding the phone it's curved casing means it sits nicely in the palm of the hand, and its rubberised plastic backing makes the phone easy to grip.

Our only real gripe with the design of the phone is the casing's tendancy to pick up grease and fingerprints. The plastic backing proved a real nightmare for showing dirt, and we found ourselves constantly wiping and cleaning the handset. We also weren't too keen on losing our fingernails trying to prise the back off of the phone, but this isn't something you'll have to do often.

Display
The HTC Desire X might be a "cheap" phone, but it still features a reasonably sized 4in 480x800 Super LCD touchscreen. Although the screen resolution isn't quite on a par with its higher-priced rivals, the Super LCD screen technology ensures that everything looks vibrant and colourful enough. The HTC Desire X boasts decent viewing angles too, which is not bad for such an affordable Android handset.

The HTC Desire X has a 4in Super LCD screen

The only thing that bothered us about the screen was its size. Although it's the same size as the iPhone 5's 4in display, the screen on the Desire X felt much smaller and cramped. We had some difficulty when typing using the onscreen keybord, for example, and found we constantly had to zoom into web pages.

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