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HTC Sensation Review
8 February 2014
Conclusion: The HTC Sensation is a great handset, there's no doubt about that, and in my opinion it is the proper successor to the original HTC Desire. With a spec boost in almost every area it's a more convincing upgrade than the Desire S was and feels like a proper step forward both in terms of hardware and software. If I was looking for a new handset right now I'd seriously consider the HTC Sensation, along with the Samsung Galaxy S II that we also recently reviewed.
Pros: Speedy 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Large qHD display, New HTC Sense 3.0 UI, 8MP camera with 1080p HD video
Cons: No metal unibody, Only 1GB internal storage, Perhaps too large for some people
Conclusion: The Sensation is another hit in the making for HTC, bringing its reliably solid phone design alongside new developments and features. Technically, the screen isn’t as sharp as the iPhone 4, but it is bigger. Pitting the HTC Sensation against the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a difficult one to call- do you prefer a light phone with a slim profile, or something that feels a bit more rugged?
Excerpt: The HTC Sensation touch screen phone offers enough power to flip through apps in a blink of an eye. The HTC Sensation also has great high-definition resolution, allowing you to view on-demand television shows in HD. It even comes with stereo sound, so it's essentially an HDTV that fits in your pocket. This phone only comes with 1GB of internal storage, so you have to store most apps and media files.
Excerpt: One of the key aspects which separates Android from iOS is the number of devices that run the operating system. On the Apple side iOS 5 will support three iPhone models from the latest 4S back to the 3GS. On Android the majority of manufacturers offer far more than four handsets each, never mind across the entire platform where we have well over a hundred devices.
Excerpt: Next up in the mobile phone big league is the HTC Sensation. Making its debut into the Indian market only very recently, it’s the latest edition to the Dual Core enabled smartphones and is out to give LG’s Optimus 2X and the Galaxy S II a run for their Rupee. It hit our labs and after putting it through the wringer, here’s what I can tell you.
Summary: The T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G is a very good phone, and it not only is the best smartphone that you can get with T-Mobile today, it is also one of the best Android smartphones available with any carrier. The typical problem with smaller carriers is often that they don’t have the cool phones as they can’t compete with the bigger players when it comes to playing for exclusive rights/development. However, T-Mobile has managed to snatch one of HTC’s best designs.
Conclusion: First the HTC Sensation was launched in Europe exclusively via Vodafone that offered the phone for free with a £30 ($48) tariff with a two-year contract. Then the unlocked version of the device was sold for about £549.98 ($903). After several weeks, the Sensation made its steps to the U.S., and here T-Mobile introduced the Sensation 4G as its own version to play in the LTE network. The carrier priced it at $199.99 but users should sign a two-year contract.
Summary: The HTC Sensation 4G is the most beautiful Android phone out there, and rivals the Apple iPhone 4 in terms of build quality. But aesthetics are only half of the equation. It struggles at times in the call quality department, and signal strength fluctuates too much. Perhaps more troubling, it's laggy in comparison to other top Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is disappointing given its status as a dual-core powerhouse.
Pros: Beautifully designed; fast web speeds despite only supporting a maximum speed of 14.4 Mbps; decent battery life.
Cons: Sluggish at times; signal strength fluctuates despite being in the same spot; call quality could be better.