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HTC Sensation Hands-on

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HTC Sensation Hands-on
HTC fans have been feeling left out of the dual-corathon that's been taking over the likes of Samsung, LG and Motorola in the past months. While MWC saw them up the ante to 1.5GHz in their Flyer tablet, their phones topped out at 1GHz. Queue the HTC Sensation - a 1.2GHz dual core goliath with a 4.3" screen with a resolution of 540x960. Throw an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording into the mix and our appetite is well and truly whet.

With its 16:9 aspect ratio, there really is no doubt where this handset excels. Bright and vibrant, the SLCD technology tantalizes, while the beautiful curved glass beveling adds a subtle sense of quality.

HTC Sensation Hands-on
HTC Sensation Hands-on
HTC Sensation Hands-on
HTC Sensation Hands-on

The styling of the handset is somewhere between an HTC Mozart and an EVO 4G. With the unibody chassis, the battery cover is the entire back and encroaching on the front - nesting the device snugly. Despite being an aluminum unibody, it doesn't feel as dense as the Desire S or Nokia E7 for example, and is indeed lighter than we anticipated it would be.

HTC Sensation Hands-on
HTC Sensation Hands-on
HTC Sensation Hands-on

Multimedia is an area the Sensation also titillates - the 8MP camera with instant capture (reducing shutter lag), Full HD video capture (with on-board trimming software) and a qHD screen are just the start. HTC also offers its Watch service so you can rent or buy top quality movies encoded to the phone's screen specs for the ultimate viewing experience.

Everything flew when we thumbed through the HTC Sensation, menus were quick, video playback didn't stutter and it certainly delivered a great first impression. The new lock screen is intuitive, allowing shortcuts straight to applications of your choosing. In addition, you can find a preloaded Swype/Slide It style on-screen keyboard, if you're into that kind of stuff.

Sense's homescreen pages
Watch service
The new lock screen

Sense's homescreen pages

Watch service

The new lock screen

We can't wait to get our hands on a working device, and with a May release (at least in Europe; the T-Mobile US version comes out in the summer), shouldn't have to wait too long. Our beady eye will be on battery life. If HTC has made this better than the Desire HD on that front, this handset may well be the Sensation HTC is hoping for.

HTC Sensation Hands-on
The rest of the HTC line

The rest of the HTC line

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posted on 12 Apr 2011, 11:28

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

Very nice lock screen functionality! I wonder if it has some sort of power control widget in the notification bar like in CM7? Can't wait for the Evo 3D!!!

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 20:41

9. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

and then they give is the thunderbolt when they have this in store? come on htc...

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 13:56

19. icho1212 (unregistered)

its not htc. its VERIZON who always gets the best hardware last

posted on 09 May 2011, 15:46

28. DronePro (unregistered)

This is actually a T-Mobile phone. Verizon has many great phones, however, i would not say they get the "best".

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 11:28 2

2. phbelov (Posts: 124; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)

Love the Sense UI 3.0. It's really cool.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 12:55 1

3. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

No wonder why AT&T wants T-Mobile- they have all the good phones!! Basically, an EVO3D without the 3D? Seems like it. Just a very nice phone, and for about the thousandth time, I really, really wish T-Mobile had service in my area. LOVE to get Grandfathered in on a T-Mobile plan on this bad boy, as future proof of a phone as is likely to come out this summer season.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 13:58 3

5. 3MTA3 (unregistered)

yeah but they don't have an iPhone so what good are they really?

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 18:49

21. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

lol /like on the account of sarcasm :D!

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 05:05

27. illiad (unregistered)

seriously, why is the iphone better??

Is it the bluetooth file transfer?

Is it the 1920 x 1080 video capture?

Is it the 768 M RAM? (not storage!)

Is it the removable 32Gb SD Card??

Is it easy to replace the battery with one twice the capacity??

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 09:56 1

15. uma fan (unregistered)

There's always Wifi Calling. T-Mobile extended it's network to anywhere there's a wifi connection. So if your phone supports it (all new t-mobile androids do) your phone will use Wifi connections for calls/texts and it works seamlessly.

This is great if you travel internationally as well since your phone thinks you are in the US when connected to wifi because it registers on the T-Mobile USA network. No international roaming charges when calling/texting the US back from another country using Wifi calling

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 14:45 2

6. dar (unregistered)

now if battery life is in the range of decent, this is the first phone that blews icrap completely and sistematically out of the water. (galaxy s II has a crappy looking touch wiz 4 and unsufficient resolution - i hate how pixels are easily visible on galaxy s phones)
and furthermore.. by the time iphone5 gets out(holiday season at best), this will probably run an icecream and have just as many apps available as an ios.
conclusion - iphone era is coming to an end :):):):)

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 18:58 1

16. PHONE_FREAK (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

I wish that I could agree with you. In reference to the galaxy S II, it greatly improved the pixel problems from the original galaxy s. You should Youtube " Galaxy S II" and see if it satisfies your needs. You are right about Sammy's garbage interface. Although thats simply personal. Even when Android catches up to iOS, the quality of the apps is so much higher on iOS than it is on Android. FACT. The "icrap" that you are referring to will soon meet its year anniversary. If something tries to compete with it and can't keep up, that is more than sad.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 15:04 2

7. green2u (unregistered)

Note to camera person: Never shoot a black phone against a black background! Get a clue from the woman who shows up in the background and selects a white background to take photos of the Sensation.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 17:38 1

8. jaydenrobins08 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)

Why couldn't this have been the first 4G phone on Verizon? It is so much better. I'm suprised that HTC would bring this out to such a small carrier when it would get more sales with either AT&T or Verizon.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 10:38 1

12. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Totally undebatable. The Inspire on AT&T and the Thunderbolt on Big Red are both fine phones, (connection problems aside on T-Bolt, new tech roll outs are hard), but this thing is a beast from a different world.

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 18:59

17. PHONE_FREAK (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

Hey, that probably means that HTC has something even more beautiful for both of the top carriers.

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 14:06

20. icho1212 (unregistered)

why are you blaming HTC? its not htc fault that us carriers what to limited phones to their needs!!

manufactures produce phones and then they show it to the carrier to see who wants to buy a large shipment or the exclusivity from one phone.. US was the only part of the world were the iphone had only one carrier becuz att wanted the exclusivity of the phone..

there are another times where carrier partner up with the manufacture to creat custome phones.. for example T-Mobile myTouch line or the new sidekick witch samsung is producing...

and excuse me on my bad english

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 00:01

10. Ace0011 (unregistered)

I wonder how come news articles or the hands ons for android phones don't talk about the quality of photos for the camera especially coming from HTC since its their lead phone and their track history. I mean they were in a low light room and they could see if HTC finally stepped their game up on top of how quick they were able to take a photo.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 09:35

11. required (unregistered)

Bootloader locked = No CyanogenMod, No MIUI :(

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 18:56

22. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

when did HTC start locking bootloaders?? there's already roms out for the Thunderbolt... the only company that locks bootloaders is Motorola isn't it? And even then haven't they begun negotiations to open them up or something?

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 18:19

23. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

HTC has some of the most locked down phones. They dont lock down all of them like Moto does, but they seem to randomly lock down a few of them. The G2 and Mytouch4g were both very locked down.

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 01:50

13. aliali (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Apr 2011)

htc u r great,,u r the best

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 07:43

14. giper54 (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 May 2010)

Anyone know what kind of screen technology HTC is using for their display? Is it Pentile like the Motorola Atrix. I hope not since it has the screen door effect.

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 20:46

18. baldilocks (Posts: 830; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

...and still it has the most hideous MMS interface of any phone on the market.

posted on 17 Apr 2011, 10:16

24. vishnu (unregistered)

htc phones are very smart

i like htc products


posted on 20 Apr 2011, 22:05

25. chadful33 (Posts: 43; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

1g internal memory= EPIC FAIL HTC..

posted on 25 Apr 2011, 06:29

26. captain2536 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Apr 2011)

When it will come to Singapore?

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