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HTC Sensation 4G Review

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An 8MP camera with dual LED flash sits pretty on the rear side of the HTC Sensation 4G. The interface of the camera is HTC’s standard, with a few more special effects and tweaks under the hood.

Camera interface - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation 4G Review

Camera interface


Photos exhibit a good amount of detail in well-lit conditions, with quick touch to focus and very speedy picture taking. While not the best in terms of picture quality, it is one of the fastest, if not the fastest autofocus snappers to shoot. Both landscapes and macro shots deliver good detail, colors are well reproduced and photos taken on the device are comfortably printable at 6” x 4” or 7” x 5”. For occasions when the camera struggles with high contrast backlit shots, the ‘backlight’ scene mode is fantastic at evening out exposure, while the ability to switch off auto-focus enables easy re-framing of shots once focus is set by touch; great for macro shooting. Indoor shots naturally suffer from more noise, though the dual LED flash does a good job of countering this. You can also set exposure, contrast and saturation amongst other things, and there are a host of HTC's trademark special effects. A point to note, the default capture mode is 8MP wide, for pictures you will want to print, uncheck the "wide" toggle in settings to provide a more standard aspect ratio.

Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review

Samples shot with the HTC Sensation 4G


Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Sensation 4G Review

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3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Sensation 4G Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Sensation 4G Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Sensation 4G Review

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Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


The video camera records 1080p video and output sits among the top end of HD capture from a phone, especially outdoors. Unfortunately, there's no auto-focus once recording has started though. Sadly though, we’re not all too thrilled by the handset’s production since it’s littered with some muddy looking visuals that wash out any hint of fine detail. Moreover, it suffers from an extravagant amount of artifacting with low lighting recordings, which decreases the overall look even further. Luckily, we find audio recording to be pleasant since voices are more than audible and natural sounding. As with photos, the LEDs can be used to illuminate indoor scenarios and tend to do the job pretty well. Frame rates being for the most part smooth.

HTC Sensation 4G Sample Video:




Music
playback is through HTC's music app which delivers a very standard UI , though the overall music experience is great. The audio jack is in a convenient location and the microSD card slot gives you up to 32GB storage, with an 8GB card in the box. Sound quality though, is rather weak in tone and on the reserved side – but at least it doesn’t sound strained or distorted. There is an option that enables SRS enhancement, which produces slightly deeper tones with its output, but it’s still not powerful enough to echo through an entire room.

Music player - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Music player - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Music player - HTC Sensation 4G Review

Music player


As for video playback, with the 16:9 aspect ratio, video fits very well on the screen and HD video plays back without a hitch. It needs to be encoded in MP4 format to play on the native player, though 3rd party apps such as Rockplayer play back other formats smoothly. The device is also comfortable to hold in landscape for extended periods, so is easy to recommend as a PMP.

Watching video on the the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Watching video on the the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review

Watching video on the the HTC Sensation 4G


The gallery is HTC's standard gridded system, with some cool perks such as wireless network printing as well. Interaction with images is very predictable with pinch to zoom being silky smooth and images rendering instantly while looking great on the screen.

The gallery is HTC's standard gridded system - HTC Sensation 4G Review
The gallery is HTC's standard gridded system - HTC Sensation 4G Review
The gallery is HTC's standard gridded system - HTC Sensation 4G Review
The gallery is HTC's standard gridded system - HTC Sensation 4G Review

The gallery is HTC's standard gridded system



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posted on 07 Jun 2011, 08:06

1. rtimi26 (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


Okay I giv up, how does the htc beat the SGS II, I'm not following phonearena if their reviews are biased

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 04:59

11. yeahone (unregistered)


actually it doesn't SGS2 beats htc sensation in terms of everything. And HTC sensation even have 'death grip'!

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 23:30 2

12. INformant (unregistered)


DEATH GRIP MORONS!!!! Their is not death grip with the sensation if you watch the video he holds it in a way that is rediculous, you can do the same thing with a G2 and even some of the evo variants....and it did not even affect calls it was a wifi thing....no death grip just a jealous Ifanboy

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 12:37

16. medalaster1 (unregistered)


Not only sgs2 even the optimus 2x is more superior than the sensation i would say this is a biased review the phonearena is all about htc and apple

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 08:40

2. cyborg (unregistered)


It's funny how the cons of the Sensation have been addressed by SGS2 in a review last month and yet both have the same score. Oh, well phonearena.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 08:50 3

3. cyborg (unregistered)


Hands down to PA for not mentioning iphone at the end of this review. Good job. That wasn't so difficult was it?

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 08:52 3

4. lazarus101 (unregistered)


Sense UI and a better build quality and screen resolution have compensated these cons.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 13:06 1

7. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


except for the battery life one day is not acceptable

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 09:18 1

5. Jeff (unregistered)


This 5 page review left out 1 important detail, how does it perform as a phone???
I have been hearing about death grip issues, and I want to know about reception and call quality, after all, this is still a PHONE!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 03:39 2

8. lazarus101 (unregistered)


In-call quality on the HTC Sensation is very good indeed. With the length and shape of the phone, it feels comfortable and the speaker sits well against the ear, with sound emitted from it being clear and audible. When speaking on the device, the receiver on the other end reported clear, crisp audio quality and signal strength was average to good when compared with other handsets.

from the original HTC Sensation review (model sold in UK)
http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/HTC-Sensation-Re view_id2753/page/4

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 23:31 1

13. INformant (unregistered)


Their is not death grip with the sensation if you watch the video he holds it in a way that is rediculous, you can do the same thing with a G2 and even some of the evo variants....and it did not even affect calls it was a wifi thing....no death grip just a jealous Ifanboy

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:44

19. quesoesgrande (Posts: 214; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


it does effect calls cause i have the sensation and i have to barely hold the phone at the bottom to get wi-fi calling cause my work has no reception
last i checked, wi-fi calling is still calling thus it effects calling

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 10:12

6. paul22 (unregistered)


Why cant your reviews include some benchmarks of WiFi speed vs range ?

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:19 1

9. 1harim (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


Apple fans are under pressure :)

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 03:47 1

10. tombaker (unregistered)


The viewing angles on this phone are terrible, this must be a standard TN LCD, fast, high res, and poor off angle viewing. I will never use a TN monitor if given the choice.
Why bother, with so many AMOLED and IPS options to be had. I wish they did more analysis of how strong reception is between phones

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 13:05

14. Julian (unregistered)


I purchased my Sensation yesterday and have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. With the exception of the battery not being the best, and the screen's viewing angle, everything else seems to work great. I love the way it feels in your hand. You feel like you bought a expensive phone, not a cheap piece of plastic. I used to have the Atrix, which is a great phone, but between the Motoblur and the occasional "glitch", I thought I try a change and I'm happy I did.

There are plenty of choices out there, just got to find the one that meets YOUR needs.

posted on 19 Jun 2011, 12:53

15. toolie (unregistered)


I just bought the Sensation and so far love it. The only bad thing that I have noticed is the external speaker is horrible! Call quality is good and I got over 12 hours of battery life yesterday, which is great for a smart phone...at least for me. Keep in mind battery life fluctuates with usuage and heavy usage will have lower battery life. I just didn't want everyone to think 12 hours was an everyday occurrence. I used to have to charge my Galaxy S two times within an 8 hour period and call quality was horrible. So far no death grip issues either. This phone far outshines my last one, Samsung, and I have no regets. UI is also great. First HTC phone and have to say I am impressed with this smooth running phone with excellent speed.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 11:47

17. davonte (unregistered)


stop saying "just because," goddammit!

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 16:16

18. gain1998 (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


I find this phone pleasing to look at, I also find it to have many nice features and it really is a great phone. I don't understand why people would care about viewing angles, then again that's probably just me. Battery life isn't that much of a big deal for me (unless you're dead in between the hours of 7 to 2, then we have an issue). Basically it's a great phone, I'd get it but I want to hop on the Blackberry train, I know I must sound so idiotic for preferring a BB over an Android, but I want to have a firsthand experience.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 18:16

20. Sean1337 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)


I have owned both the G2X and now the Sensation. G2X was fast for sure, it benchmarked very high, but at least 2 of the games I wanted to play on it wouldnt even open( they both work flawlessly on the sensation). The camera app was stock android and buggy, on one occasion the phone froze entirely after taking a picture requiring a battery pull to get the phone working again. The phone was blocky and felt awful against my ear. A 300 point advantage in quadrant does not make the g2x a better device than the sensation, which in my opinion is the finest handset on tmobile by a decent margin as of right now.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 12:46

21. corleyman (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Here it is a yr & a half later and I still love this phone. Lack of internal memory is OK b/c of my add-on 16-Gb microSD card. It does slow some when I need to clear program cache (easily done from settings), but otherwise the processor is fast & all works great! Especially the 4G. With WiFi off I'm getting 10 Gbps on the TMo HSPA network. But instead of TMo I enjoy unlimited talk/txt/data on a mobile network that pays me back! Check it at PenniesOverDollars.com

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HTC Sensation 4G

HTC Sensation 4G

OS: Android 4.0.3 2.3.4 2.3
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.57 x 0.44 inches
(126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm)
5.22 oz  (148 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 8.25 hours talk time

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