Rogers HTC One X Hands-on (Video)


  • Dv

    Will this work on wind?

    • Cole

      It won’t be able to work on Wind or Mobilicity because the AWS band they use for HSPA is being used by Rogers for LTE.

    • Acco

      Cole derp’d. According to the specs posted here… It supports 1700/2100 3G.

      “3G: 850/AWS/1900/2100Mhz”

      So, go wild, buy the phone. It’ll obviously not have LTE support on Wind, but 3G? Sure. 🙂

  • JL

    Best phone on the market hands down. OMG that display (it’s as good or even better than the iPad display), I’ve seen it in person, the reviewers aren’t lying.

    The Galaxy S III has it’s work cut out for it.

    • Bri

      Is it better than the Super Amoled Plus HD display??

    • 4u2nv

      Do you find the screen better (video playback not text) than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’s HD AMOLED? I have personally been won over by AMOLED the blacks just look so dark. i.e. in the sun my black on screen are darker than the bezel around the screen and its jet black…

    • daveloft

      Yeah it’s better than the Galaxy Nexus Super Amoled display. I own the Galaxy Nexus and spent an hour comparing it with a One X.

  • KhensU

    Rogers is only releasing the white model? Say it ain’t so Joe.

  • Stu

    still waiting for MobileSyrups review of the Lumia 900 on Rogers – this phone was my second choice as an upgrade

    • Tom

      It is starting to sound like the Lumia 900 (etc.) are just warm up for Nokia. WP8 is the real deal, and the current phones are probably not upgradable (according to today’s news).

      If I wanted an Android I would get this phone (the HTC One X). If I wanted a WP, I would wait until the fall.

  • Cody

    I can not wait to get my hands on one! Amazing display, quality build and very fast. The recent leaks of the GS||| are FAR from keeping me from this one x purchase!

  • rd

    Why only 16gb? The specs for the One X everywhere else seem to be 32gb.

    Especially without expandable memory this is ridiculous. My Iphone from 4 years ago came with 16gb (and it is maxed out).

    Seriously, how much more would it cost to manufacture with the added 16gb… like $20? Is this Rogers trying to squeak out a little more cash?

  • Dv

    Rogers, Y U No get HTC ONE X quad-core?

  • rd

    Why only 16gb of memory? This is not really acceptable without expandable storage. My Iphone from 4 years ago has 16gb. (and please don’t tell me to use “the cloud”… I want to take my media with me)

    The specs for almost every One X every where else have 32gb listed. Seriously how much more could it cost to add the 16gb… like $20? Is this Rogers just trying to squeak out a bit more cash?

    • RP

      If they want us to use the cloud give us unlimited data …

    • Reggie Noble

      From what I heard, it was AT&T’s fault on offering only 16gb. They wanted the phone priced as low as possible. What ever AT&T dictates, we (Canadian carriers) have to follow.

    • Duw

      As soon as I saw the 16GB I stopped caring about this version.

      * The Telstra / Int’l version of the XL also has 16GB. Why? Who knows.

  • gogakhan

    Please don’t get me wrong, but for all new Android phone that hits the market, the reviewers get so flipped over it that they say everything else is just trash. I am not saying that this phone is in anyway worse than anything out there, for all I know it would be great. But don’t downplay other phones just so that you could prove this one to be the beast out there.

  • RP

    Looks like you had some difficulties with the size of the phone at times.. I’m wondering if 4.7 is just a little too big.. I’ve gotten used to the Arc’s 4.2 inch screen but I don’t think I can go any bigger..

    • Studystand

      Gonna be upgrading from a SGSII to a Galaxy Nexus next week, not looking forward to have a 4.65″ screen (compared the to the 4.3″ I currently have) but I’m going to Wind! Hopefully it won’t be too bad

    • daveloft

      The Galaxy Nexus is 67.9mm wide compared to 66.1mm wide Galaxy S II. Because it has a wider aspect ration, the extra size is more in height. Also since a chunk of the screen is taken by the menu buttons, the usable screen space barely bigger.

  • D Kupiec

    HTC needs to sell this phone directly to us outright, unlocked. I like this phone and there is no way I will ever go back to Rogers.

  • Robert

    A very impressive device and a great review, with the exception of “call quality” which you seem to have forgotten. Looks like it’s going to be an interesting summer in the mobile market.

    • Daniel Bader

      @Robert, this is just a quick preview. The full review is coming in a few days.

    • Robert

      Ya, I guess compared to your standard review, it is fairly short. 😉
      Thanks for the heads up, I’ll watch out for the full version.

  • Eric

    I can’t believe that they would put a non-removeable battery in this phone, it’s just as bad as the iphone. When I go out for the day I take an extra battery with me. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • street poet

    not bad but the atrix 3 is going to kill it when it comes out.

    • Azzo

      if the atrix too didnt kill anything, i highly doubt it will kill this phone….

      good phone, love the design and specs. but i think i’ll have to wait for the GSIII before i purchase.

  • zzZZzz

    @Daniel, it’s not more expensive than the iPhone 4S.
    625 One X, 650 4S

    3Yr price, it’s just Rogers trying to squeeze in more money. Can’t compare phone prices based on how providers price them on a contracts. By that logic – 4S will continue being 160 until the next iPhone comes out – prolly in late summer or fall, while this one (no pun intended) will fall to 50-100$ by that time.

    • Techie

      Your clearly an Idiot, Apple sets the price for the iPhone that is why it is the same price on all carriers.

  • Jay

    how is this only dual core? where’s the quad core? why even name it the ‘X’ without quad cores? so dumb, HTC/Rogers must think Canadians are stupid

  • Deli

    It’s dual-core using the highly-efficient Snapdragon S4 NOT S3 processor. In may CPU tests, it bests Tegra 3. And it’s compatible with LTE to boot. If u game LOTS, then the Tegra3 is for u.

    The phone looks great, not a fan of the big round perimeter around the camera, but overall, a beautiful device. Looking forward to GS3 and how it competes!

  • Eric

    I just pickup mine from Rogers and it’s absolutely impressive!!!


  • MrMarvelous

    My Galaxy Nexus is better.

  • John


    1) Did the X come with dr dre headphones or crappy white iphone like headphones?
    2) How long have you been using it? Can you give us a battery update?


  • jepoy

    does anybody knows when will they release the One S?

  • Tomatoes

    I got a chance to check this phone out today and I disagree with it being the best display period. It’s nice but basically a bigger version of the iPhone 4 display. Pretty much like the LG Optimus LTE display.

    • John

      Where did you see it?

    • Tomatoes

      Burnaby BC best buy.

  • theturtle

    I just picked one up to use with Bell. First off its not 12GB useable storage. Its 2 GB’s partitioned for apps and 9.93GB for storage. Also does not come with any headphones at all.

  • AhCup

    How’s the phone handle older apps that need to get use of the menu button?

  • WhoCares?

    Is that a tablet?

  • Gotta get the bestest soonest

    If I live outside an LTE hotspot, why bother with this one if I am stuck with 3G? Even if we had LTE, the data plans are still more expensive. Maybe the SGSIII will have HSPA+ 4G in addition to LTE to allow higher speeds outside major centers.

  • 4u2nv

    Love it but sadly I wont buy it because the back button is on the left and i’m use to it being on the right and its also easier to get to on the right unless your left handed…

  • Frank the Tank

    Will this work on Telus? Thinking of trading in the Galaxy nexus for this bad boy

  • RogersRep7

    I finally got my hands on this beauty today, and good lord, the display is absolutely stunning. This can not be overstated. Over the last year, I’ve either owned (Blackberry, all Androids) or had extensive experience with (iPhone) every device Rogers has carried, and this phone looks incredible. You have to see it for yourself.

    Still, many questions still remain to be answered with the One X. How will sense 4.0 hold up over time? Will the camera (amazing as it seems) glitch out like the Evo 3D? What tangible battery life will the device provide?

    I prefer to hold off final judgement on a device until it’s been out to the public for AT LEAST 3 months. That’s when I usually see phones coming back to me with issues if there are any. BUT, so far, this looks like the absolute benchmark for smartphones. Well, until the next best thing anyway.

  • RogersRep7

    And as a follow up, I forgot to mention a few things for the consumer:

    (1) The phone only includes a micro-usb cable with the attachment for wall outlet charging and the tool to open up access to insert the micro sim. No headphones. Dissapointing? Yes.

    (2) Side by side with the Galaxy Nexus, the One X looks prettier in my opinion. I’m splitting hairs here, and perhaps it’s the novelty, but the display on the One X just seemed much more impressive upon first glance.

    (3) 16 GB internal with no expansion capability is very dissapointing, but not a deal breaker for most people based on the average user’s utilization. 1/3 of my clientel are still asking for blackberrys for pete’s sake.

    (4) The Beats audio was a cool feature, and will be a tangible improvement if you use your phone as an MP3 player often. Tested with a few different headphones, and the difference was noticable.

    (5) Testing the phone in various locations in Ontario outside of LTE (Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, St. Catherines) the average download speed was 3.1 mbps. Up stream I didn’t have the opportunity to record significant data. Decent speed relative to other “3/4G” devices on the Rogers network.

    (6) The camera is the best I’ve used on a smartphone that I’ve actually had in my hands to date.

  • Marco

    Damn I want this phone so bad! I don’t really care about HTC Sense 4 skin, the things I can do on this device is really perfect for me!

  • Eluder

    Really nice phone and probably the best phone in Canada right now, but if the GS3 is out in the next couple of months, this phone will be old hat soon.

  • John

    What a HUGE letdown. No micro sd card slot, only 16gb, lousy battery and now NO FREKIN HEADPHONES!!!! I just watched the video review of the X on mobilesyrup and they said there’s 9.9gb of storage available, but ONLY 2GB AVAILABLE FOR APPS!!!! Is HTC crazy? Apps are utilizing better and better graphics, so the size of them is bigger anf bigger and they only allow 2gb for app storage. Friggin unbeleivable. I was considering the X, not anymore. Hello S3, you better meet my expectations!!!

    • AhCup

      I do agree with you that only 16GB is like a joke in year 2012. And the reason we got this is to lower the price after Rogers order the LTE chip in the phone just make me sad.

      But I believe 2GB app storage is not that bad. Since for most apps you can install/move to “ card” which is the 9.9GB partition. Only a small number of apps still force install to “app storage” partitions.

  • doit

    White only? Forget it then.

  • Al

    Well this work on Telus micro Sim????

    • theturtle

      Yes it will. I bought it and unlocked it. Am using it with Bell right now. Just unlock it and pop your Telus micro sim in. Don’t forget to add your Telus APN settings for data and mms.

    • Frank the Tank

      Hey bud, I appreciate the reply. Exactly how do I unlock it to work on Telus? And how do I enter my APN settings into the phone?

  • Al

    How do i unlock it? Also, how do i add in my Telus APN settings in the phone? Thanks a lot for your help 🙂

  • droidz

    16GB and not expandable is not good enough now I prefer to be able to put an external SD if I want more space for music etc… also a non removable battery is a bad idea since sometimes things happen and you need to pull the battery to reboot.

  • RogersRep7

    Yes, Samsung, you BETTER meet John’s expectations! Or else! He’ll…ummm.. maybe go and make his own phone! YEAH! That’ll show you chumps what’s up if he doesn’t deem your device to be to his lofty standards.

    Or wait, no, he won’t. Nevermind.

    • John


      Ha Ha, you’re so funny. What you fail to realize that as the consumer, I have the choice to spend my money on what I want. If the X doesn’t cut it, then Rogers and HTC doesn’t get my money. It’s as simple as that. The same goes for Samsung.

      I think maybe your namesake has clouded you brain and you’ve forgotten that the customer is always right.

    • d3v14n7


      No, the customer is NOT always right… In fact, the majority of the time, they’re wrong. That saying is completely absurd and should be buried along with the old corpses that started it.

    • Bob



  • Trek

    Switched from the Lumia 900 to this phone cannot be happier.

  • Sub-Joker

    the phone looks sexy …. I’m very disappointed to know it’s not the product for me (no replaceable battery is a big issue).

    other than that…. looks like a big hit for HTC

  • roja

    Why only 16gb of memory? This is not really acceptable without expandable storage. My Iphone from 4 years ago has 16gb. (and please don’t tell me to use “the cloud”… I want to take my media with me)

    The specs for almost every One X every where else have 32gb listed. Seriously how much more could it cost to add the 16gb… like $20? Is this Rogers just trying to squeak out a bit more cash?

  • roja

    Why only 16gb of memory?

  • Lani

    Boo! I ordered mine from Rogers and it’s back ordered! and they even charge me for it already! I am losing money as we speak.

  • DingleBerry

    Does the One X have poor call quality? That is the rumor I have been hearing at least not for the one x owner but for the person on the other end of the call. Apparently there is a bad microphone….

    I thought the One X is 32gb so dang only 16gb on a 3 year isn’t really future proof!

    No headphones out of the box is disappointing on a $625 phone to say the least. Especially one that is supposed to be optimized for dre beats

    Camera looks awesome but sticks out pretty bad

    So I will wait and see how this compares to the S3 when it hits although this phone definitely has a killer display.

    Would like to have seen quad core nvidia on lte but apparently there’s no way of squeezing both on a single chip right now so as mentioned regarding storage, we aren’t very future proof here.

    I will wait for S3, or android 5 / Bb 10 before investing in another phone although this is tempting me.

  • Mark Roberts

    Just got rid of my iPhone 4 and picked up this phone yesterday. Wow. Absolutely unreal. I had no idea just how fast LTE was. Incredible. The screen is gorgeous and ICS is WAY better than iOS.

    Anyways, everyone seems to be complaining about the 16gb of storage. People, just use Google Play for your music. It works flawlessly. Use the free 25gb of dropbox storage that comes with the phone for everything else. Storage is not as important as it used to be.

    Just my two cents.