Last week I posted my first impressions of the HTC One X, which can be viewed here. Over the course of this week I’ll be taking a more detailed look at various aspects of the One X, starting with its performance.
Besides the screen on the HTC One X which is phenomenal, there is another aspect of this phone that jumps out at the user early on. It is the performance.
It would be easy to write about this phone and explain that it is the fastest I have used to date, but I can’t do that because I don’t really know what fast is any more. All of the high-end Android phones are incredibly fast and so are the iOS and Windows Phones. Slow-downs and freezes are not common at all and for most tasks, a high-end phone will have no performance issues at all. However, the One X would appear to be different and in a way that is far from easy to explain. I could say it is smoother than most phones, but it is beyond smooth. Just like the gap between the screen surface and the pixels, it is often impossible to see some things happening. You tap an icon and the app just appears, you swipe and it feels as though it moves before you even touch the screen. This sounds crazy I know, but there is something going on here that is hard to quantify.
Do you remember when the original iPhone was announced? Whether you love or hate Apple, it was a revelation and the industry followed suit. It offered something so completely different to what we had seen before and it was quite difficult to put into words what that was. The One X does a similar thing with the performance and in particular the way it works. Again I find it hard to put in to words, but it is different to the other phones I have reviewed in a very positive way. It feels more immediate than any other phone I have tested, iPhones included, and in some ways surpasses the smoothness of Windows Phone and iOS devices because it is quicker than smooth. If the smooth transitions of modern mobile operating systems do not feel like computers, the One X feels even less like one.
You need to use the phone to understand what I am talking about, but the performance in the One X is unbelievable. Unbelievable because I still can’t work out why it is so good. It just is and that is what makes modern technology so great.