HTC has been producing some great Android smartphones, and their latest flagship model is the HTC Sensation, which comes with a range of impressive specifications, we recently showed you some hands on photos of the new HTC Sensation, and have been testing it out over the last 10 days, so its time to let you guys know what we thought about the HTC Sensation.
The first thing you notice about the HTC Sensation is the size of the device, it features a large 4.3 inch qHD display. so the handset has a similar size to the Samsung Galaxy S II we reviewed recently and also features very similar specifications.
Both HTC and Samsung have been leading the pack with their Android smartphones, and HTC’s latest offering will appeal to Android fans who want the latest hardware and features in a stylish design.
The HTC Sensation has a range of impressive hardware specifications, just what you would expect from the latest flagship Android device from HTC, it features a 4.3 inch 4HD display with a resolution of540 x 960 pixels, processing is provided by a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, it also comes with the latest version of Android Android 2.3.3 and HTC’s Sense 3.0.
The HTC Sensation comes with 768MB of ram, you also get 1GB of storage built in, plus a microSD card slot, plus 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, a G-sensor, gyro sensor, a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and a micro USB 2.0 connection.
The Sensation is equipped with dual camera’s, up front there is a VGA fixed focus camera for video chat, on the back you get an 8 megpaixel camera with a dual LED flash and auto-focus, the camera is capable or recording Full High Definition video in 1080p.
Other features on the HTC Sensation include, DNLA, WiFi and USB tethering, and it also comes with the latest version of HTC’s custom Android user interface, HTC Sense 3.0.
Design, Display, User Interface
The first thing you notice about the HTC Sensation is the size of the handset, it features a large 4.3 inc qHD display, which makes it feel slightly larger than your average smartphone, although it still feels slim and light, measuring 126.1mm long by 65.4mm wide by 11.33mm thick, and it weighs in at 148 grams.
The HTC Sensation takes many of its design cues from earlier HTC devices, it certainly feels very well made and it fits nicely in your hand, with all the buttons easily accessible, there are four buttons on the bottom of the display, which include, home, settings, back and search.
The display on the HTC Sensation is one of the latest qHD displays, it features a resolution of 540 x 860 pixels, everything looks clear and bight on the screen, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint, the display is great for games, and video and also surfing the web.
The UI on the HTC Sensation is the latest version of HTC’s Sense, and with previous HTC devices we have tested HTC’s Sense is a great user interface, one of the best available on the market, and it has a wide range of options which make customizing your UI a breeze.
Processor And Camera
The HTC Sensation features a dual core Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor, and it works exactly like you would expect, everything feels fast on the HTC Sensation, whether you are launching applications, playing games or watching a video, the HTC Sensation’s processor handles everything with ease.
HTC has stepped up their efforts with the camera on the HTC Sensation, providing an 8 megapixel camera with a dual LED flash and built in auto-focus, the camera is capable of recording full HD video in 1080p, and it is certainly an improvement on some of the cameras we have tested on previous HTC devices.
The HTC Sensations camera does a good job at snapping photos and recording video when the lighting is good, it isn’t as good in poor light, but you still get the sort of quality you would expect from a smartphone camera.
The HTC Sensation features a 1520mAh battery, and it works pretty well for every day tasks like surfing the web,checking your email, and playing games, its not quite as good as the battery on the Samsung Galaxy S II, and didn’t last as long when we tested it, but it is still adequate for every day use.
If you are a heavy user you can expect to have to charge your HTC Sensation on a daily basis, for average users, performing normal tasks like checking email, surfing the web etc, you would probably end up charging your sensation every one and a half to two days.
The HTC Sensation is an impressive smartphone, things that we liked about it were the bright, clear display and the fast processor that made everything feel snappy on the Sensation.
The Design is very nice, and the Sensation feels like a quality, well built smartphone, it fits nicely in your hand and considering its large 4.3 inch display it still feels light and thin.
The user interface (UI) is also very good on the Sensation, with a wide range of features that can be customized to suit your personal needs, we already liked HTC’s previous version of their Sense UI, and Sense 3.0 adds more features and is an improvement over the previous offering.
The HTC Sensation is definitely a smartphone that would be worth checking out, comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy S II, it is a hard choice between the two devices, we would recommend that you check out both devices to find out which one would be best suited for your needs.
Have a look at our HTC Sensation gallery below for lots more photos of the Sensation and also HTC’s Sense 3.0 user interface.
The HTC Sensation is available in the UK from a range of mobile carriers, and also available in the US from various carriers, the model tested in this review was a UK model from UK mobile carrier Three, you can find out more information about the HTC Sensation over at the Three website.