With so many smartphones on the market, it can be hard to know when it is time for an upgrade to reap the benefits of new features and when to carry on with your old phone. Many disappointed buyers have bought an upgraded version of whichever phone they currently have with the expectation that they will get more for their money, only to discover that they had purchased virtually the same phone with a few negligible changes.
HTC has done a fantastic job of ensuring that users upgrading from the 1 X model to the 1 X+ will find no reason to feel that way. In fact, nearly every major feature of this phone offers significant upgrades from what its predecessor offered users. The design is sleek and light, and surprisingly sturdy for a phone that is only 8.9 mm wide and weighs a mere 135 g.
It has more storage than the old model, and when compared to competitors, one of its most impressive bragging rights lies in the fact that it offers a full three times more storage than one of its main competitors, the Samsung S3.
While many would-be buyers have expressed concern that the battery is not removable, so far most testers agree that this should cause little worry. It has an improved battery life from that in the 1 X model and at moderate levels of use can easily handle two days without charging.
For a smartphone of its class and price range, it offers all of the features one has come to expect, with a nicely sized screen and good video and sound quality. While these things might stand out as being highly superior to other phones on the market, they also don’t slack off.
There is no option to add widgets to the lock screen, which in this day and age should be a given for a smartphone. Users with autism may find this frustrating as there may be apps they need to be able to access quickly to help them function and improve their quality of life. It is possible that it could be more of an issue for caregivers who would like to allow their autistic charge access to certain apps while locking down the rest of the phone.
The other feature has to do with the camera function. If you hold down the camera button it takes a rapid fire series of pictures for however long you hold it. Although this is supposed to be a positive feature and could be, under certain circumstances, many users find it annoying. Users with small motor skills issues or slower reflexes may find it very frustrating.
One issue of possible concern with the phone is that after being in use for a while, it can grow hot to the touch. There is some concern that this could be a design flaw that will lead to shortened lifespan for the phone. Whether it is or isn’t remains to be seen, but it could be a problem who have sensory issues due to autism either way.
Individuals with autism may also not enjoy a couple of the phone’s features that are touted as bonuses. One of these is the Blink Feed. Every time you activate the phone over the course of about thirty seconds, Blink Feed will bombard you with an onslaught of tiles containing information you may or may not care about from all of your social and media feeds. The other is the set-up function. While slick and easy to use, it also pushes you through a series of processes which synch all of your social media and email accounts.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Network Band Quad Band
- Number of Screens 1
- Wi-Fi Yes
- USB Yes
- Contract Type SIM-free
- Built-in Flash Yes
- Main Screen Resolution 1280 x 720
- Main Screen Size 11.9 cm (4.7″)
While the phone certainly has a few drawbacks, it has enough advantages that you may want to consider finding ways to work around the less than ideal features. The HTC 1X+ is such a functional workhorse of a smartphone that it almost seems a shame to criticize it. These issues are relatively minor, and don’t do much to compromise the phone’s overall performance. In the grand scheme of things, they are minor, but definitely worth a mention.While not perfect, it is a wonderful phone with a wide variety of features that make it worth the money.