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In a radical turn of events, from having an iPhone just some months ago, then a BlackBerry (that died yesterday) I took the plunge and got myself an Android, HTC ONE X. This reflects nicely with me having an iPad 3 just months ago and now I have a Nexus 7. Just dont tell me to replace my iMac and macbook air, I love them.

Let me start saying this: [b][u]THIS IS THE PHONE ANDROID NEEDED.[/u][/b]

Yeah, the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 might have better specs. But many dont understand that the public is shallow... and that is not a bad thing. Looks matter and the ONE X has them. The black/white polycarbonate matte finish looks and feels great (unlike the plasticy looks in most android flagship models). The front is minimal, elegant, understated.

Android always needed a phone with an iconic design that could rival the iPhone or the Lumnia. I think the ONE X is it.

Software wise it's awesome. The smoothest Android experience in a Phone I've ever had (BTW, never buy LG and Motorola phones).

Any tips to improve my experience? I tried to root it but it's hard on OS X and right now I have no time to install Windows )I want to get rid of all the crap my carrier bundles with it).
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If it ran a stock version of Android then I'd agree with the sentiment of this thread. However any skinned version of Android sucks.

I'd agree that the HTC One X is the prettiest Android handset out there but no way near as nice looking as the Lumia or iPhone.

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Fellow One X owner. I agree almost entirely. I love my One X to bits, I just miss having an SD card slot and removable battery.

Lookswise, I think it's the prettiest phone on the market at the minute. Very underrated by the reviewers I thought. The only thing I dislike is Sense now. I used to like Sense, but compared to the ICS/JB default theme, Sense looks dated in comparison. Of course that's just my opinion, I know others love it still.

Easiest way to improve your experience IMO is to get rid of FriendStream if you have it on your homescreen(s). It sucks up battery and doesn't really do much. If you want to get rid of the bundled stuff, you can 'disable' it in the "Apps" section of settings. You can't fully remove it without rooting (I hate Android for this), but you can disable it which basically uninstalls it. You just don't get the disk space back.

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Hated Android until the Galaxy S3, plus Andorid has the app I really need that is still not available for Windows Phone though it started on Windows Mobile. While the Lumia 920 shames the S3 IMO from a hardware standpoint and the performance of the OS, it is all about the apps at the end of the day.

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[quote name='Majesticmerc' timestamp='1354385809' post='595362064']
Fellow One X owner. I agree almost entirely. I love my One X to bits, I just miss having an SD card slot and removable battery.

Lookswise, I think it's the prettiest phone on the market at the minute. Very underrated by the reviewers I thought. The only thing I dislike is Sense now. I used to like Sense, but compared to the ICS/JB default theme, Sense looks dated in comparison. Of course that's just my opinion, I know others love it still.

Easiest way to improve your experience IMO is to get rid of FriendStream if you have it on your homescreen(s). It sucks up battery and doesn't really do much. If you want to get rid of the bundled stuff, you can 'disable' it in the "Apps" section of settings. You can't fully remove it without rooting (I hate Android for this), but you can disable it which basically uninstalls it. You just don't get the disk space back.
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Great! How can I disable the apps? I'm taking a look at the Apps section and I only see the normal options, forced stop and unsintall updates.

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Hmm odd, maybe it can be overridden? Google's How-to is [url=http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=172931]here[/url]. I did notice that I can't disable Flash, but everything else I was able to IIRC.

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[quote name='Majesticmerc' timestamp='1354386502' post='595362084']
Hmm odd, maybe it can be overridden? Google's How-to is [url="http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=172931"]here[/url]. I did notice that I can't disable Flash, but everything else I was able to IIRC.
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Done. I had to do it from the "All" tab. Now my app list feels sane.

I haven't used Android on a phone since 2.2.3 (I'm serious). So what's the best sms app, keyboard, launcher, phone calling app alternatives? I highly prefer minimalism.

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[url="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.adwfreak.launcher"][b]ADW Launcher Ex[/b][/url] has always been my favourite launcher in terms of speed and customisation ability
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[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354385438' post='595362060']
Let me start saying this: [b][u]THIS IS THE PHONE ANDROID NEEDED.[/u][/b]
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Not really; Maybe the one you needed

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354385438' post='595362060']
But many dont understand that the public is shallow... and that is not a bad thing.
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Since when is being shallow a good thing?

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354385438' post='595362060']
Looks matter and the ONE X has them.
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When dating yes. On technology no.

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354385438' post='595362060']
Android always needed a phone with an iconic design that could rival the iPhone or the Lumnia. I think the ONE X is it.
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The S3 is a lot more than that...

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354385438' post='595362060']
Any tips to improve my experience? I tried to root it but it's hard on OS X and right now I have no time to install Windows )I want to get rid of all the crap my carrier bundles with it).
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http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1644167

Gotta love these "apple people" that don't know what they are doing....

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[quote name='pes2013' timestamp='1354388182' post='595362122']
Not really; Maybe the one you needed


Since when is being shallow a good thing?


When dating yes. On technology no.


The S3 is a lot more than that...


[url="http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1644167"]http://forum.xda-dev...d.php?t=1644167[/url]

Gotta love these "apple people" that don't know what they are doing....
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I'm not the only one who thinks that. Take a look at the reviews.

You're moralizing shallowness. Read Zizek.

Not on technology? Dieter Rams would like a word with you.

I'm sure the S3 is a lot more. However it's not presented well. The medium is the message, read McLuhan.

Already tried the mac shell script. Repaired the line breaks myself, no dice.

So please, spare me the attitude, this is not a debate. I'm sure you're about to say that my references are 'pretentious' (there is no such thing as that in pragmatism), don't waste our times.
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[quote name='pes2013' timestamp='1354388182' post='595362122']
When dating yes. On technology no.
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The majority of people shop with their eyes. Would you buy a raw steak that was brown in its packaging and not red? Exactly the same principle applies, looks are what get a person interested in a product before they purchase it, that's why companies spend so much time with their design.

A good example is Microsoft's recently launched Outlook.com app for Android. Everyone hates it because of the poor design.

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[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354388529' post='595362128']
I'm not the only one who thinks that. Take a look at the reviews.
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Ive seen the reviews. Im not saying its a bad phone, Im just not saying its the phone Android needed. Sounds like a joke.

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354388529' post='595362128']
You're moralizing shallowness. Read Zizek.
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You talked about people. Moral....., also read criticism of Zizek.

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354388529' post='595362128']
Not on technology? Dieter Rams would like a word with you.
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Anyone that buys technology because of its look instead of its internal structure either has no idea about technology its self or loves and kisses the dirty toilet seats of people that work at or for Appl..oh wait. Never mind. You are right.

Also, Rams said that the only company that follows his guidelines are Apple. See the kissing part above ;)

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354388529' post='595362128']
I'm sure the S3 is a lot more. However it's not presented well. The medium is the message, read McLuhan.
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Its not presented well? Is that you TRYING to make a joke?

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354388529' post='595362128']
Already tried the mac shell script. Repaired the line breaks myself, no dice.
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Im sorry that you do not know how to root your phone when the instructions are pretty clear.
Maybe this is clearer: http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/HTC_One_X#Rooting_the_HTC_One_X
If not, just VM, install Windows and do it from there.

[quote name='sanctified' timestamp='1354388529' post='595362128']
So please, spare me the attitude, this is not a debate. I'm sure you're about to say that my references are 'pretentious' (there is no such thing as that in pragmatism), don't waste our times.
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Im giving you my opinion. I don't own a S3 or a HTC One X (I know a HTC). Ive played with both and there is without a doubt that the S3 is way better.

Im not saying its a bad phone either. In the top 5 without a doubt.

[quote name='Chasethebase' timestamp='1354389164' post='595362150']
The majority of people shop with their eyes. Would you buy a raw steak that was brown in its packaging and not red? Exactly the same principle applies, looks are what get a person interested in a product before they purchase it, that's why companies spend so much time with their design.
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Clothes yes; Its what you wear. Food yes, its what you eat.

Do you look at other peoples phones? Hell do you even have your phone out 24/7 like maybe the clothes you wear or a local shop that has a raw steak on display the whole day?

The examples you put are terrible sorry.


sanctified my intention was not to rain on your parade. Im sorry if you have taken it this way. I was just expressing my opinion.

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[quote name='pes2013' timestamp='1354389370' post='595362152']
Clothes yes; Its what you wear. Food yes, its what you eat.

Do you look at other peoples phones? Hell do you even have your phone out 24/7 like maybe the clothes you wear or a local shop that has a raw steak on display the whole day?

The examples you put are terrible sorry.
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You're missing my point, in general an item needs to look appealing to the consumer for them to be interested in buying it. There's no point trying to cram the specs of a Nexus 4/iPhone 5/8X into [url="http://www.slipperybrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/80-brick-phone.jpg"]one of these[/url]. It just won't sell.
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[quote name='pes2013' timestamp='1354389370' post='595362152']

Ive seen the reviews. Im not saying its a bad phone, Im just not saying its the phone Android needed. Sounds like a joke.


You talked about people. Moral....., also read criticism of Zizek.


Anyone that buys technology because of its look instead of its internal structure either has no idea about technology its self or loves and kisses the dirty toilet seats of people that work at or for Appl..oh wait. Never mind. You are right.

Also, Rams said that the only company that follows his guidelines are Apple. See the kissing part above ;)


Its not presented well? Is that you TRYING to make a joke?


Im sorry that you do not know how to root your phone when the instructions are pretty clear.
Maybe this is clearer: http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/HTC_One_X#Rooting_the_HTC_One_X
If not, just VM, install Windows and do it from there.


Im giving you my opinion. I don't own a S3 or a HTC One X (I know a HTC). Ive played with both and there is without a doubt that the S3 is way better.

Im not saying its a bad phone either. In the top 5 without a doubt.


Clothes yes; Its what you wear. Food yes, its what you eat.

Do you look at other peoples phones? Hell do you even have your phone out 24/7 like maybe the clothes you wear or a local shop that has a raw steak on display the whole day?

The examples you put are terrible sorry.


sanctified my intention was not to rain on your parade. Im sorry if you have taken it this way. I was just expressing my opinion.
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I dont know how to make myself any clearer. I will just say that you are confusing moral with ethics, underestaming the value of aesthetics in psyche and extrapolating my mention of Dieter Rams.
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[quote name='.fahim' timestamp='1354394729' post='595362284']
If it ran a stock version of Android then I'd agree with the sentiment of this thread. However any skinned version of Android sucks.

I'd agree that the HTC One X is the prettiest Android handset out there but no way near as nice looking as the Lumia or iPhone.
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My RAZRi begs to differ, besides, who in his 5 senses tries to define beauty as something objective? As far as I know... beauty is one of the most subjectives things out there. For example, Lumia is all great with colors and plain without them, same as the Iphone, however my phone has class, has angles, has no fear to express that is a nerdy device with the intel logo on the back (it would gain more points if it were AMD :D) and kevlar, because kevlar stops bullets (*only for illustration) crystal breaks.

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The looks of anything is highly subjective - one person may like it, while another may hate the same exact product. I personally like the One X, very underrated. I personally think all of Samsung's lineup is overrated, including the highly popular GS2/GS3 (I own a Galaxy Nexus). The build quality on Samsung phones just doesn't feel like a premium phone. At least HTC phones have a premium quality/feel. On top of that, the software experience on Samsung phones (aka Touchwiz) just doesn't do it for me, I much prefer Sense over it. However, now with ICS/JB, I'm all for the stock Android experience, and just dislike Sense/Touchwiz/Blur/etc. If I had to get a non-Nexus device, it would definitely by the HTC One X or Droid DNA.
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congrats to your phone. i always prefered htc over samsung anyway, starting with the better build quality and as you plan to root it, maybe unlocking the bootloader as well, on xda developers are MUCH more custom roms for HTC devices than for the samsung ones. (bigger community i guess)

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Completely agree with you OP. The SGS3 just has the marketing edge which has made it more popular. I find it inferior to the One X as well. I recall the day the SGS3 was launched. The One X had already been launched and was quite impressive, but my last two phones were Samsung phones, and I was sure the SGS3 was going to amaze. As I watched the unveiling live, my opinion entirely changed. The SGS3 is very gimmicky, feels cheap, and I cannot stand pentile screens. The One X is a far better built phone, it's screen is incredible and blows away the SGS3's. If you're talking international version, I'd take the Exynos over the Tegra, because I still think Samsung builds the best processors, but when you're talking the US version, they are simply the same. The 2GB of RAM in the SGS3 is mostly pointless on a current Android phone unless you plan on keeping it for a long time or are a VERY heavy multitasker. 1GB is plenty for Android right now, and I'll have upgraded before 2GB is actually needed, so that one slightly better spec isn't really a big deal.

That said, it of course comes down to what fits you best. For some people a removable battery and SD card are the most important thing in the world and a deal breaker without it. For me, the removable battery isn't necessary because the One X lasts 24 hours pretty easily, and I don't even really need that much battery since I'm rarely more than a couple of hours from a charger. As for the SD card, the majority of my space on my previous phones was used for music. Now that I use Spotify, I've never once had an issue with space on the phone. Sure, the One X+ with more memory is nice to make up for that lack of SD card, but that's never been a big deal to me.

So, the way I see it, the removable battery, SD card, and 2 GB of RAM are about all the SGS3 has over the One X, meanwhile the One X is far better built, has a better screen, better camera. In reality it's hard to find too much difference between the two, so it comes down to mostly opinion, but in my opinion the One X is better where it matters. The SGS3 is just overhyped as Samsung becomes the Apple of the Android world.
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I am a Galaxy S3 owner and have to agree with the OP that the One X is a GORGEOUS phone. Definitely the best looking Android device on the market. I REALLY wanted it, but as AJ pointed out, the S3 had more options that I wanted.

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I recently joined Android-land too. I started with the S3 but ended up with the Nexus 4 phone followed by the Nexus 7 tablet. The Google devices are attractive to me because of the unaltered Android OS plus always the latest Android. I loved my S3 but it still didn't have 4.2 when I gave it up. Still though, Android has come a long way and I think this coming year it will really take a big chunk out of iOS unless Apple has some huge secrets in store, like an overhaul of iOS.

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Is everyone moving to Android?

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[quote name='Growled' timestamp='1354491118' post='595364320']
Is everyone moving to Android?
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[img]http://i.qkme.me/3s0gmr.jpg[/img]
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HTC One X? The phone Android needed??? Seriously?

It is a great phone of course, but let's not blow this out of proportion.

And yes you can cherry pick reviews to support your view.

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Welcome to Android, I'm a new convert as well. The only thing i disagree on in your OP is this is the phone they needed. Google needed and was VERY smart in their pricing and marketing of their new Nexus line. So much so, that a long time iOS device user like me pretty much ditched iOS and fully bought into Android. I now have each flavor of Google Nexus device: The 4,7, and 10 all in the highest memory capacity available. The hardware is first rate and for the first time, the OS runs at a respectable speed and manufacturers are offering good hardware. I came really close to keeping the Samsung Galaxy S3 but liked the Nexus better because of the vanilla Android experience and latest version of Android.

I'm am not familiar with the HTC offerings but I am very glad to have switched and also very glad to see Google's OS taking a step in the right direction.

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