Tuesday, February 26, 2013

HTC One X Problems Roundup

HTC One X was one of the best smartphones of 2012 (at least from the features perspective). It has a clean and fashionable design, audio by Beats technology, a 4.7'' Super LCD2 display with a pixel density of 312 and a resolution of 720x1280. I've had this smartphone for a while and I must admit: if you go past the problems I will talk about in this article, it's an exceptional phone. The display produces amazing images, it features a sound technology like no other, I really loved the 8MP photo camera and the video recording was amazing. But...

The Display
The first thing you notice about a smartphone is its display. Although the One X features an amazing display on paper, it comes with many problems. First, you can experience discoloration of the screen if you press the digitizer too hard. Even more, the discoloration can appear even if you don't press the screen at all. My phone was dropped on the floor from 0.7 - 1 meter. Ever since, I noticed a yellow tint in the left bottom corner. It was not too big, but it was damn annoying, especially on white background. I've had many phones in my lifetime, and most of them got dropped on the floor sooner or later. But none reacted like this. And you don't want to know the biggest problem about the HTC One X display... If your device is out of warranty and you plan to change the display, you will never find a spare part that will match perfectly. Most of those spare displays are not even LCD2. So if you have a One X, take big care of it.

The Wifi
This problem does not appear on all HTC One X models, but when it does it's a mood breaker. You will never get full signal on your One X WiFi indicator, even if you stand at 1 meter from the router. Why? Well, the quad-core version has a problem with the WiFi antenna, making almost impossible to see any WiFi networks without pressing the backside of the phone. By pressing, you will make the antenna touch to the connector and rebuild the circuit. But this happens as long as you press the back of the phone. That's stupid, right? The fix for this is pretty simple, once you open the display (I strongly advice you not to try it by yourself, because you will damage the screen).

The Heat
If you own a HTC One X you know what I'm talking about. It heats like crazy once you use it for more than reading your mails. I was not able to find a fix for this problem, and I do think it's a hardware problem.

The 3G Signal
The One X automatically switch from HSDPA to 3G when the signal is low, making the battery drain faster. And if we are on this subject...

The Battery
I have not used the Samsung Galaxy S3, but the battery on HTC One X drains like crazy. I have never managed to use it via 3G for more than 2 hours. Maybe that's normal, but I got way better battery time on my N8, also on my iPhone 4.

The Sound
As I said in the beginning, the video quality when you record a video it's amazing. But the audio for that video is terrible. I have no words to describe the poor quality of audio recording. It's trash, just trash. I was really disappointed by this, because I really loved the camera on One X. Until now, there is no fix for it. The sound via headphones is great, but the speaker is not that great either. Although it features Beats Technology, my old iPhone 4 had better speaker sound than One X.

The charging time
You know what I hate more than a poor battery? A slow charging time. The first time I got my hands on One X, I got the battery down to zero in no time. I thought to myself: "I'll just plug it in my USB port and it will charge in no time while I'll play with it some more". After 20 minutes, my phone was still drained. The problem? The One X charges better when connected to electric socket, and not via USB. If you plan to charge it via USB, it will take a lot of time and you better forget it.

Other HTC One X problems
These problems were not encountered by me, but I've read about them on various forums. Sometimes, the screen acts crazy, showing random errors. Another problem encountered by users is not waking up when pressing the Power button. Other users experienced freezes when the phone was used for a long period of time.

18 comments:

Susan said...

So just woke up to realize that my phone was plugged in all night. Unfortunately the green "charged" indicator light did not go off when I disconnected it from the plug. Now the phone doesn't work. Light's still lit. Tried calling from my home phone and it goes to voicemail. Can't even get the damn thing open to take the battery out and put it back in. UGH!

Azka said...

All phones charge better when you use the electric socket. USB is just for convenience.

Eran Baruch said...

I'm glad to finally find this blog. I own a HOX that had been repaired two times. I think you can find a lot more problems and a lot more people that suffer from those issues. The customer service is horrible.

dickwod said...

Has your One X lost performance over time? I've found that over time my phone has been increasingly using resources on idle?

Julia Ramirez said...

My phone keeps saying loading and keeps kick me out of facebook

Rachel said...

My HTC One X has a problem with the screen rotation. Sometimes it work perfectly well to the extend that you will find it annoying but sometimes it just won't rotate. Can anyone please help me with this?

sober_starlet said...

I purchased my HTC One X less than a year ago and loved it. However since the update it is one of the worst experiences I've had to date. It constantly overheats... getting very hot near the camera lens. When it gets really hot everything freezes, and often won't let me even turn it off or access home screen. Google play frequently "stops working", and battery drains quickly. Many times the keyboard won't even appear when I try to text or email.... fed up to say the least

Jacob Jamison said...

Ringtone volume won't go up. When I try to turn it up with my finger, it goes back down and won't do anything, not even vibrate with the volume rocker. Help?

Jacob Jamison said...

Also, there will periodically be no service and an icon that ensumes there is no sim card

Bilal Karaneeb said...

so what's the best phone that has the least amount of problems people?

sakher tabassum said...

My one x is having many problems when i open the gallery it just give a flash and it comes back to homescreen so again and again i have to restart the phone

sakher tabassum said...

My one x is having many problems when i open the gallery it just give a flash and it comes back to homescreen so again and again i have to restart the phone

BIG STEW said...

The battery doesn't come out of the HTC One X. Try restarting the device or taking it to your AT&T store.

BIG STEW said...

You can't take the battery out of the ONE X. Try restarting the device or taking it to your local AT&T store.

BIG STEW said...

ADVANCED TASK MANAGER WILL RESOLVE THAT ISSUE. GO TO THE PLAY STORE AND DOWNLOAD THE TASK KILLER.

Sharon Tarnowski said...

Ok. By charging through electric socket, do you mean charging with the electric socket that has the USB connection/cable that comes with the phone? Coz mine ain't charging that way....grrr!

93Terranoii said...

Great post, I was originally looking to see why my WiFi kept disconnecting, even though it still said conected, only solution I found for this was to switch the Wi-Fi off then back on, happens usually every time the phone has been sleeping 'standby' not the end of the world but gets annoying Sometimes Apart from that ohh and the battery life, I think it's a great phone, not sure what everyone else's is as I'm in the UK, we have the European or 'euro spec' and not the international ones.

craig said...

My htc one x keeps acting like I am repeatedly pressing the 3 main buttons at the bottom