Summary: The HTC Sensation XL comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Sense UI, a 4.7-inch WVGA display, a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, and a front-facing camera.
Conclusion: The big screen and enhanced audio position the Sensation XL as a favourite for media monkeys and it delivers some great visuals and sound. It's a hefty pocketful however, and you could argue that other high-end phones can offer sharper screens and you could improve the audio of your existing handset by adding a better pair of headphones. Still, it's an impressively capable handset, and you're unlikely to be disappointed.
Pros: Huge screen. Great sound quality
Cons: Very large handset, screen not as sharp as it could be, no expandable memory
Summary: A lot of phones have naff sound and provide a naff set of cheap earbuds to allow you to suffer in private. Here the sound is better and they provide a set of Monster Beats by Dr Dre so listening to music can be a pleasure.
Excerpt: It may share a name with the HTC Sensation but with a different display and processor this isn't a simple update. Screen size is up from 4.3in to 4.7in and instead of a dual-core 1.2GHz processor the XL uses a single-core 1.5GHz chip. It's also marketed as having Beats Audio, and it comes with a pair of in-ear Beats headphones. The 'urBeats' headphones are a cut above the usual plastic headphones you get with a new handset, but they aren't anything special.
Excerpt: Music fans will enjoy the audio extras that make sound quality great – but it’s a shame the storage capacity is so limited Not really made for small hands, although the shiny white front and aluminium reverse look stylish. That big display suggests this is a power drainer – but battery life is okay and you’ll be charging each night as you would on most smartphones The XL proves speedy and accomplished even though it doesn’t have a dual-core chip onboard HTC once again...
Summary: Beats audio, a 1.5GHz CPU, 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities, the impressive specs of an impressive and XL Android handset At the sumptuous extravaganza that was the T3 2011 awards last night, we cornered the good people at HTC and told them we would squeem and squeem until we’re sick unless the coughed up the Beats audio Sensation XL we saw glistening in their pocket
Conclusion: There is a lot about the HTC Sensation XL that we like. Watching videos and listening to music is an absolute joy. In fact the Android experience is a joy, be it browsing the Internet, flicking through Twitter or a chasing stars on Angry Birds. Many of the day-to-day things just feel and look good on the Sensation XL because of the size it offers. But what it lacks are the elements that take this from being purely a big phone, to an exceptional phone.
Pros: It's difficult not to get excited about the screen size, HTC Sense 3.5 is more refined than ever before, videos look great, Beats Audio and urBeats headphones make for a great music experience
Cons: No microSD card slot, screen resolution should be higher, hardware specs limit the overall potential of the device