Summary: The HTC Sensation XL is a classy music phone but it struggles to stand out from the increasingly competitive Android pack, despite its huge screen. There's nothing horrible about it, but several areas have room for improvement.
Cons: Screen isn't particularly hi-res; average processing speed; too many apps pre-installed; styling won't appeal to everyone.
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.
Summary: The HTC Sensation XL is yet another iteration of HTC's high-end Sensation handset. This time, however, the processor is single-core only, and the screen resolution has dropped to WVGA, despite being larger in size than the regular Sensation's display. The XL comes with Beats Audio integration, as I imagine most of HTC's handsets in the future will going forward.
Pros: Large screen, attractive design, HTC Sense 3.0 user interface enhancements
Cons: Low pixel density, no expandable storage, very large, single-core CPU, mediocre camera
Conclusion: If you have larger hands, and are only looking at the hardware specs, you’ll think that you’ve finally found the fairly compact, slim and affordable Android handset with a huge screen you’ve been waiting for. Single-core chipset, average pixel density and lack of memory expansion slot should mean a 4.7” screen for the masses, but HTC doesn’t think so. It is priced as much as the high-ends with better (yet smaller) screens, and dual-core chipsets.
Pros: High-quality iBeats headphones, Large 4.7” screen, New HTC Sense 3.5 is more streamlined and runs great on the single-core chipset
Cons: Same or higher price as models with better features, Low-resolution screen, single-core processor and no memory card slot, Mediocre camera and camcorder, Power/lock and volume buttons are too flush with the surface, and with very shallow travel
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.
Conclusion: HTC Sensation XL’s keyboard actually comprises of the major portion of the screen with the square buttons placed quite scientifically for better user-experience. People who don’t like touchscreen keyboards doodling will definitely fall for this phone. Where it excels is the option for extra keyboards with features like Swiftkey and Swype and other smart keys.
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...