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HTC Sensation Review

0. phoneArena 01 Jun 2011, 09:30 posted on

With arguably better handsets and tablets being offered by other manufacturers, HTC needed something better than good to ward off the competition, they needed something sensational. So here it is, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor with a qHD screen and HTC Sense 3.0 atop Gingerbread – the HTC Sensation...

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posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:32

45. jrocka01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


For me, it's more the scores that the Apple products keep getting and their shortcomings get overlooked. I rarely hear mention of the lack of SD slot on Apple products. How is the Sensation only a 9?

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 12:01

47. jrocka01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


No one said they're Apple fanboys. He's said they're getting paid to mention iPhone in EVERY SINGLE REVIEW(only slight exagerration.)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:32 1

53. TyDeL (unregistered)


I wasn't appalled that he mentioned an Apple device at the end of the review, but it did seem completely irrelevant. Just like when you're watching a movie and some really bad acting or effect pulls you out of the story, there's absolutely no reason to mention the Iphone at the end of this review.

I was excited when I realized he was making a comparison between the SGS2 at the end because these are two of the newest phones, which target the same market with nearly identical specs. That's a logical comparison to make between two, next-generation phones. To randomly bring up the Iphone4 after that, which is now horribly out dated and has been available for what feels like an eternity in the tech world is just completely unnecessary.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 10:15

61. jrocka01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Couldn't have said it better myself.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 10:51 6

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


So let me get this straight, its a little bulky, the screen angles could be better, and the battery life could be better? It only gets a 9 where the motorola atrix gets a 9.5.

Sorry to complain but this phone is way better than the iphone and atrix put together.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 16:57

30. KingK (unregistered)


Not really. Notice no benchmarks are posted.........

Nothing special about the Sensation.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 11:07

10. EA (unregistered)


i dont mind the 3d on the evo but it would have been better if it had a better camera. htc and sprint should have made a phone with a better camera,maybe 12meg instead of the 3d...tmobile and htc did a good job with the sensation by keeping the camera more relavent. unlike the evo3d which sacraficed a better photograph for a fun toy that wont be used often

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 12:46 1

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


i don't care about 3d and phones with 3d like evo and LG have poor viewing angles and for now i've never seen anybody talking about how exciting is 3d

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 15:53 1

28. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Here is a philosophical question for you: What good is a newborn baby?
My point is that glasses free 3D on a phone is such new tech that people may not be able to see and understand the value of it until it has had a chance to develop. If you give it some time it might end up being a necessity for those who grow accustomed to it.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 11:30 2

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The screen is way better than the thunderbolts, way better battery life, way better construction, thinner, has a dual core processor, runs the latest version of sense and has gingerbread, can shoot full 1080 hd videos, but yet it gets the same score.

This is why people complain about the review scores, they never make sense.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 12:52 2

17. sweetlou (unregistered)


if you read the whole review, it is much more positive than the thunderbolt's. If you've read both, its obvious that the Sensation is far ahead spec wise, so the scores shouldnt even matter. I know i never look at them.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 13:45 1

18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The scores shouldnt matter? So they should give it nothing but compliments and only minor complaints but give it the same score as a phone that had a lot of issues? People look at overall scores and take that into consideration.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:38

54. TyDeL (unregistered)


The problem with applying scores/rating to technical products is that the technology is always changing. Thunderbolt is a fairly new phone but even still it was released when there weren't really any dual core processor phones out. It may of been a "9" when it was reviewed several months ago, but it would be more of an "8" if it came out today. And that's really the only way you could make scores relevant, if you retro-actively went back and constantly updated ratings with the current technology.

You have to keep in mind the date of the review when you look at ratings.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 12:38 2

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


one of the best devices ... haha and at the end!! just can't miss to mention iphone

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 15:46 2

27. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Neither can you apparently.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 22:16 1

36. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Good point. Android fans can mention iPhone in almost every comment trying to defame it, but at the moment someone says anything positive about Apple anything, their automatically referred to as a sheep and a troll.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 01:46 1

39. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I agree with you Darko90. It doesn't upset me to see the ip4 mentioned in an Android review because at this point I expect from PA. I think when you are writing a review you should have a target audience in mind, and mentioning the ip4 on a review that will draw a huge amount of Android fans is kinda like going to Madison Square Garden, grabbing the announcer's mic and screaming "Miami rules"! You gotta expect a few people to say "WTF"! And seriously, at this point EVERYONE knows what an iPhone is. No one needs to be told...well there is also the iPhone! This mention of the ip4 was a shameless plug and you know it, iwebdroidberry7 (I like the name BTW, but you forgot about Symbian) If anyone is reading this article, it's more than likely they are looking for an alternative to iOS, not the other way around.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 12:46 1

14. cellphoneuser (unregistered)


Sick and tired of all the best devices coming out on not the best of networks. I'm on Verizon, I'm due for an upgrade, and they keep coming out with crap. Sick of it.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 12:46 1

15. sweetlou (unregistered)


great phone, would pick it up tomorrow if it were offered on a better carrier. Why good android phones cant be offered across different carriers bewilders me. Loving the "truly unlimited" plan at tmobile, aka throttled back lol.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 15:18

25. snowgator (Posts: 3600; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


The HTC Holiday may be the Sensation upcoming on AT&T, only with a 4.5" screen as opposed to a 4.3". Verizon not having a dual core HTC product does seem strange. They are going all in on the Bionic, I guess.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 15:58 3

29. Su-Rio (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 May 2011)


not everyone can afford to get an iphone, even less for the coverage of an iphone... i.e. no warranty, expensive hardware to replace, expensive plans, easy to break, and antenna issues that they decline to mention

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 22:17

37. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


I'm pretty sure this phone will either equal or costs more than iPhone.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 21:51 1

59. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol you can get an iphone for 50 dollars.

Most high end android phones are 200-300 dollars, which is the same if it not more expensive than the iphone.

People need to realize owning an iphone now does not mean you are rich, it means you own a phone.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 17:22 1

31. juiss (unregistered)


so basically this review said nothing, no benchmarks, no numbers, not even a full specification of the phone... all talk.. I hope it gets updated soon, but right now this is not a "review", more like a preview

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 18:02 1

32. hhaa (unregistered)


I really wanted to get this as i had the original Desire and absolutely love HTC Sense, but decided to go with the Galaxy S2 mainly due to the fact that the S2 has 16GB of internal memory and the Sensation? A mere 1GB, yet I don't even thinks this accounts for the inclusion of the OS.

Come on HTC! Give us more memory.......!

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:20

49. alien45 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


I'm a iphone 3gs 16gb user(not a fanboy though). I never own a htc but really like the beauty of sense and freedom of android. I was very excited about the sensation but after watching some review about the performance review and mainly the battery life and internal memory I went for sgs2(probably going to get it tomorrow!). htc's upcoming & rumoured phones r no different in this case. They just want customers to rely solely on memory cards and recharging the battery twice a day, and that really sucks!

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 21:06

58. hhaa (unregistered)


I'm with you on that one, perhaps it was still early back then but when I picked up my Desire it was stunning yet no reviewer really picked up on the memory issue; even now they hardly seem to mention it.
My Desire came with 512MB of ROM, yet after the Android OS is accounted for I'm only left with 136MB!
With apps coming in at 10MB+ each, I managed to fill my Desire up in the first week of getting it!
A majority of apps will by default install to ROM, some may use external memory such as games. Certains apps might not function correctly either if installed to SD card.

For a high end phone you shouldn't really expect much when it comes to battery life and for me as long as it lasts through the working day I'm fine and thankfully both the Desire and S2 seems to do just fine.
Still, I'm quite envious of my girlfriend's iPhone 4 as it lasts well into 2 days from full even though she's constantly playing 'Plants vs Zombies'!

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 11:58

46. Matthew Drouin (unregistered)


I really don't know how this works, let's say I buy one unlocked on ebay for example, will it work on canadian networks ? I don't want to buy one for nothing if it is not going to work, i know they are different but all these frequencies get me lost...

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:26

50. alien45 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


I think u mixed up bootloader lock with carrier lock. This phone's bootloader locked means u can't install custom firmwares/roms on this phone and that doesn't have anything to do with the carrier unlock. So if u buy a carrier unlock phone from anywhere its surely gonna work.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:38

55. exo128 (unregistered)


remixfa I've got an iPhone and found this review extremely helpful. I'll be getting this or the S2

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