HTC One X specs review
Last, but not least, the interface matters. Sense 4.0 undoubtedly remains faithful to the presentation and design language of previous Sense versions, but from what we can gather so far, the improvements with it are found mostly in its functionality. Let’s start with the lock screen, which has been untouched - we’re greeted with the useful function for launching specific apps quickly, accomplished by dropping the specific icon into the ring.
The homescreen is laid in panels and again employs that neat 3D effect when navigating between them. Interestingly though, Sense 4.0 forgoes having the usual set of Android on-screen buttons integrated with the stock ICS interface, but rather, it seems as though devices will be sporting separate ones. Overall, there aren’t any dramatic changes found with the look of the homescreen, but we’re irked to find that the 3D carousel animation has been removed entirely – you know, the one that comes up when you swipe very quickly.
Regarding some of its core organizer apps, like the calendar and contacts, there isn’t a whole lot different with its appearance on the surface, but there is a new animation as we swipe between the tabs. Furthermore, with the calendar, there are pinch gestures in use that enable us to expand/minimize specific appointments.
There are numerous other features found with the new interface, so check out our video hands-on below to see it all in action. There’s plenty to like about HTC Sense 4.0 thus far, and we’ll surely check it out more in depth once devices are launched.