The Sense 4.0 UI Is a Compelling Feature

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-05-01 Print this article Print

Also cool€”one can take a photo while taking a video, or take a photo while playing a video file. What I liked best about the camera, though, was the generally improved experience over older HTC Android models. Fewer taps are required for everything. One doesn't have to choose a tab and then choose video or photo, for example; both options are just always present. Taking, deleting and sharing photos also requires fewer steps. It's all just simpler and more of a pleasure to use.

Though one complaint: When sharing images, four options come up; the last is "Send." The first, and so the one that one's finger most quickly goes to, is "Save." I found it so irritating to hunt around for where I'd inadvertently saved the message to, that I'd just give up and start the process fresh.

File editors for video and photos are also intuitively designed, making them simple to use, and there are cool, Instagram-like options for tints and various exposures, helping to make fine-enough photos suddenly more compelling.

AT&T describes the audio experience on the One X as "good, better, best"€”good as is, better with Beats headphones and best of all when plugged into a Beats By Dr. Dre BeatBox. The Beats Audio experience is supposed to be one that's just as the artist intended. To my unrefined ear, it all sounded good€”or, better. I wasn't majorly wowed€”the AT&T folks turned up the BeatBox, but didn't sync it with a different type of phone, for comparison€”but I'm sure some more-music-inclined folks will be.

I found the most compelling aspect of the One X to be the Sense 4.0 user interface (UI). Paired with a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and maybe also the perks of Ice Cream Sandwich, the HTC Image Chip and AT&T's Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, the wheels in this phone feel greased; it's fast and responsive and glides about as you ask it to. As expected, there are lots of apps for lots of things€”one can even stream video to an HDTV, or play a game on the television using the One X as the controller€”and they all work well. Some things lag, some don't go perfectly, but mostly, the One X€”giving a feeling that it's well in control of all that's inside€”is a satisfying phone to use.

High praise, in my book.

The HTC One X goes on sale on the AT&T network May 6 for $199 with a new two-year contract.


Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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