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HTC Sensation 4G Review

HTC Sensation 4G

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HTC Sense 3.0 isn’t anything revolutionary, instead offering multiple improvements, not least of all in the form of an entirely redrawn UI and an intelligent lock screen. We have to hand it to HTC: it’s only been a few months since its last UI update, and already we’re seeing another. This approach of incrementally updating coupled with HTC’s recent announcement that it will unlock its bootloaders in response to pressure from users has left their brand image looking pretty fantastic right about now.

The redrawn UI sits on top of Gingerbread and carries the premium feel from the construction across to the interface. From a design perspective, HTC Sense 3.0 is so considered, elegant and cohesive, that it’s on another level to any custom UI we’ve seen. Each widget now has a silky smooth 3D transition when swiping the homescreen, so the layers of the widget subtly separate. Widgets are pin sharp and there are some really attractive new ones, such as the photo grid (gallery) widget, a huge improvement over the static photo-frame. If you're liking the idea of renting movies on the fly, the Watch widget, gives you quick access to HTC’s movie rental service. The 7 homescreens are also now on a revolving carousel system, so the last leads straight back to the first, and all with some rather slick SPB like carousel visuals in the process.

The HTC Sensation 4G runs HTC Sense 3.0 on top of Gingerbread  - Customizing - HTC Sensation 4G Review
The HTC Sensation 4G runs HTC Sense 3.0 on top of Gingerbread  - Customizing - HTC Sensation 4G Review
The HTC Sensation 4G runs HTC Sense 3.0 on top of Gingerbread  - Customizing - HTC Sensation 4G Review
The HTC Sensation 4G runs HTC Sense 3.0 on top of Gingerbread  - Customizing - HTC Sensation 4G Review

The HTC Sensation 4G runs HTC Sense 3.0 on top of Gingerbread

Customizing - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Customizing - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Customizing - HTC Sensation 4G Review
Customizing - HTC Sensation 4G Review

The lock screen is also a definite improvement, with a ring in the bottom of the screen and four application icons just above. Drag a shortcut down into the ring and you will unlock your phone straight in that application, or just drag the ring up to unlock where you left off. There are also personalization’s you can apply to your lock screen, the most obvious being selecting your shortcut applications, or going further and selecting your lock screen background. Your options are:

  • standard wallpaper
  • photo album
  • friend stream (in which you can drag an update into the ring to open that up)
  • weather
  • stocks
  • clock

The lock screen - HTC Sensation 4G Review
The lock screen - HTC Sensation 4G Review
The lock screen - HTC Sensation 4G Review

Suffice to say, similar lock screens can be installed by 3rd party means, but that’s the beauty of HTC Sense, as it matures it aggregates a number of awesome features into one complete experience, fresh out of the box.

Aspects that were overhauled in HTC Sense 2.1 haven’t seen any real changes, but suffice to say, operate smoothly with a staggered app drawer and quick settings and recent application shortcuts in the pull-down notifications tab.

App drawer of the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
App drawer of the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review
App drawer of the HTC Sensation 4G - HTC Sensation 4G Review

The overall impression is one of seamless fluidity. Thanks to the 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon chipset, there isn’t slowdown or lag, and while loading times are occasionally found when widgets need to refresh, even these are minimal. The interface of the HTC Sensation 4G therefore offers more than just Android, expanding functionality and ease of use out of the box thanks to Sense 3.0.

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HTC Sensation 4G

HTC Sensation 4G

OS: Android 4.0.3 2.3.4 2.3
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.75 GB 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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