Conclusion: The Sensation 4G is HTC’s first Android Gingerbread phone, and the first with HTC Sense 3.0. Consider us impressed. Aside from a few small issues with the shape of its screen and the low amount of internal storage, the Sensation outpaces and outclasses almost every other Android phone.
Pros: 4.3-inch qHD (540x960px) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor packs power, HTC Sense 3.0 has a ton of useful new features, Good battery life
Cons: Only 1GB of free internal storage, Weak rear speaker, Rounded screen can reflect light oddly, New Sense 3.0 unlock screen is sometimes difficult to use
Summary: At Rs. 30,700, the Sensation is a good handset, but it's plagued with a few niggles that detract from the overall feel of using a flagship device. What we really love is the initiative from HTC to include a higher resolution display that many manufacturers have not done. However, this alone doesn't sell a phone and the Sensation has a very strong competitor in the Samsung Galaxy S2, that display resolution and interface aside, is a better overall product.
Pros: Good overall build quality, High resolution display is killer for text and browsing, Packed to the gills with features, Dual core processor makes it quite snappy while future proofing
Cons: Display should have had a better blackness level and contrast, Battery life is lower than we expected, The antenna is weak, and the Sensation tends to lose signal easily, It feels solid, but some parts of the build seem sloppy
Conclusion: I repeated the tests a couple of times but the results were pretty much the same- a bit unusual. The dual core 1.2GHz CPU on the HTC Sensation should provide faster results than what it is posting. Going by the benchmark numbers alone, the Samsung Galaxy S II would appear to be a lot faster than the Sensation, however, the Sensation is no slouch in any way and feels pretty zippy for everyday use so I’m not sure what is going on here.
Conclusion: The HTC Sensation is no doubt one of the top Android smartphones for 2011. With a very high resolution 4.3” touch screen, dual core CPU, 4G HSPA and 1080p video recording, it’s hard not to be tempted. Throw in HTC’s Sense software and services and an elegant and classy industrial design and we’re sold. The only thing that bothers us are the Sensation’s benchmark numbers, which should be higher given the phone’s 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 220 GPU.
Pros: Top specs on all counts, runs latest version of Android. HTC Sense still one of the best Android customizations, excellent battery life, lovely design.
Cons: Super LCD tech doesn't compare to IPS and Super AMOLED. Benchmark numbers aren't astounding.
Excerpt: The HTC Sensation is not a small phone. Carrying it around in an unusually uncluttered handbag this week, we were very conscious of its bulk. It’s crafted from slabs of metal and weighs an above-average but not unreasonable 148g. However, it’s broad as well as wide, at 126mm long and 65mm across (but only 5mm thick).