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HTC One X After Four Months: Weird Batteries And Wimpy Gorillas

We’ve been using the One X for four months and this is a truly awesome phone. But we’ve got a few gripes.

• It gets really hot. Yesterday I put the phone in my pants, took my pants off (don’t ask), then put my pants back on again, and noticed — not for the first time — how incredibly hot this phone gets even when it’s sitting idle. Play a game on this sucker, and forget about it: wear gloves or something. It’s not just me, right?

• It pocket dials all the wrong people. The screen is big; the screen is sensitive — two good things when slicing people in half in Samurai II: Vengeance. But I carry the One X in my front pocket of my jeans, and on more than one occasion, the phone has dialled 000 without my fingers ever touching it. The culprit is almost certainly that giant “emergency call” button on the lock screen. This happen to anyone else? (Note: If it does, please stay on the line and tell the 000 operator that you dialled in error.)

• Tough but a little chintzy. Yeah, I’ve dropped this thing a few times without it breaking — and kudos for that — but the consistent wear and tear is taking a toll. In one spot, a coat of that spiffy matte paint has worn off, presumably from moving it in and out of my pocket. And the once brilliant white exterior is definitely dulling a bit. What about you?

• The screen scratches pretty easy. I am pretty careful with my phone, but on two separate occasions scratches have appeared as if out of nowhere. Anyone else?

• HOLY BATTERY LIFE. I get about five solid hours. Yup: Five hours and I’m in the yellow. And no, my screen is not trying to imitate the sun: I’ve got the thing on half-brightness. According to the little built in powermeter app, there’s nothing taking an overlarge sip either. I’m mystified. This is a relatively new thing, too — it only started getting really bad when I updated to 4.0.3. Do I have a lemon? Is this happening to you?

On The Plus Side

• Still draws a lot of lustful glances and “what phone is that?” comments, if that’s something that matters to you. (It matters to me.)

OK, I’m done. How about you guys? Own a One X? What’s your experience with the phone? Let us know in the comments below.

HTC One X Specs

OS: Android 4.04
Screen: 4.7-inch Super LCD2
Processor and RAM: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 / 1GB RAM
Storage: 16GB (no SD slot)
Camera: Back: 8MP, Front: 1.3MP
Weight: 129g
Battery: 1800mAh Li-Po