HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile Unboxing
Much like most of the previous 5 or so high-end Android smartphones for T-Mobile, like the T-Mobile G2x and Sidekick 4G, the retail packaging with the HTC Sensation 4G follows in the same path. Naturally, an image of the handset prominently graces the box with the T-Mobile and HTC Sensation 4G names all present throughout its sides. Moreover, we’re presented with some noteworthy specifications in the rear to get people drooling about this high-caliber smartphone. Inside though, there isn’t anything particularly exciting since it’s packed along with the usual set of items – like the micro USB cable, wall charger, stereo headphones with clip & ear buds, and an appropriate quick start guide.
Not deviating from the wonderful design and construction that we saw with the European model, T-Mobile’s version is absolutely identical except for the distinguishable T-Mobile branding found near its earpiece. Aside from that, everything else remains absolutely the same, which isn’t a bad thing at all considering it’s top-notch in many ways. With the 4G moniker on board for the ride, it’s enabled to work with Big Magenta’s acceptably fast HSPA+ network – so expect web surfing to be fun and swift.
Undeniably at the top of the ladder amongst the current crop, the HTC Sensation 4G features a 4.3” qHD Super LCD display, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, 768MB RAM, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash, full 1080p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 8GB microSD card, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, aGPS. In terms of software, it’s running the latest version of HTC’s popular Sense UI running on top of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Of course, we’ll be checking it out extensively to see how it handles, but in the meantime, you can watch our unboxing video below. In addition, if you’re curious about the European model, please check out our review – but expect our in-depth review of T-Mobile’s version soon!
1. Bill Hunt (unregistered)
Great review. After reading all I could find about both models, I opted for the HTC over the Galaxy S2.
Would be very interested to know how the HD recording at 1080p on the Sensation compares to that of the Samsung S2 and the LG Optimus 2x (and indeed the iPhone 4).
PS: You have readers in the UK too, so we're not all 'across the big pond' :)
2. timee (unregistered)
The screen looks like it has more whites with better angles. The European looked very blue...
3. oddmanout (Posts: 441; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Does anyone know if the sense 3.0 carousel scrolling effect for the home screens is a mandatory feature or can you change it to the regular static scrolling effect like old sense phones? Also I see the black bubbles behind the icon text is gone as well. Are there settings to make them show? I played with a ported sense 3.0 rom for the MyTouch 4G and wasn't really thrilled with sense 3.0 (except for the lock screen feature) but i like the stock look of HTC Sense version 2.1. I know its crazy that I prefer the outdated version but its just me being nit-picky. I might get the phone anyway just because I know I can root it and probably port an old desire or thunderbolt rom onto the sensation but if I can change the settings without rooting then I'll be picking one of these up at launch.
4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
more than likely you are going to have to break the locked bootloader, root it, and then find the sense 2.1 launcher.
6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Or you could just download a launcher off the market.
5. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
hey PA, was that the first time the phone was turned on? No sign in stuff at all? Or did you have it on before to set it up and just reboxed it for ease of video?
8. sammyxed (unregistered)
OH MY GOSH!!!!check this out. wellI guess we better wait for the galaxy S2 because sensation will cause us a lot of problem. check this out guys. its worst than iphone 4 antenna problem.http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_se
Galaxy S2 offers more except the metal casing. But who cares, its the feature and specs that matters.