Excerpt: The HTC Sensation XE is essentially a sexed-up, turbo-charged version of the original HTC Sensation. The XE features big Beats Audio branding, an improved sound profile for compatible headphones, a faster processor and a bigger battery as well which ought to allow for an improved, refined...
Pros: Faster processor, Overall slicker experience than the original HTC Sensation, Huge 4.3-inch screen is great for web browsing, Powerful 8-megapixel camera
Conclusion: We say kudos to HTC for trying to diversify the Android lineup branching into specialized smartphones like the audio-oriented Sensation XE, an upgrade to one already excellent flagship. However, we are not impressed by the minor improvements.
Pros: Comes with a high quality set of headphones, Very good background noise cancellation for outgoing calls, Both processor and battery capacity are upped compared to the original Sensation, Cool red highlights set the Sensation XE design apart, Stereo audio recording during 1080p HD video capture
Cons: Beats Audio isn't much else than a sound profile, The microphones are set on too sensitive while recording video, No FLAC format support, The picture quality from the 8MP camera could be better
Conclusion: Of HTC's two Beats phones, the Sensation XE adds a better screen, faster processor and expandable memory to an 8-megapixel camera, plus it good sounds, all for more or less the same price. If you don't actually need a huge screen, this is the one to go for.
Pros: Good screen. Beats Audio technology. Fast processor. Good 8-megapixel camera
Summary: If you’re in the market for a music-oriented smartphone that bundles in some excellent audio technology and a decent set of headphones, look no further — the HTC Sensation XE is the one for you
Pros: iBeats headphones are great, Beats Audio makes a BIG difference, powerful processor, classic design, durable, premium-looking
Cons: It's heavy, Android Ice Cream Sandwich will out-date its software soon, expensive, limited internal storage
Conclusion: The HTC Sensation XE, the first Beats handset, perhaps should be something more than just an upgrade. But that's a position it can never really escape from. It feels like the Sensation released back in May 2011, but then that was a fantastic phone.
Pros: Powerful handset, great audio performance with great headphones in the box, good screen, responsive camera
Cons: wkward timing means it doesn't deliver the latest from Sense or Android, Beats isn't integrated throughout, sometimes Sense doesn't make sense