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HTC Sensation Review

HTC Sensation 4G

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Camera and Multimedia:

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

Camera interface - HTC Sensation Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation Review
Camera interface - HTC Sensation Review

Both photo and video exhibit good amounts 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, colours are well reproduced and photos taken on the device are comfortably printable at 6x4 or 7x5. 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 autofocus 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.

Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review

Off - Samples with Backlight mode - HTC Sensation Review
On - Samples with Backlight mode - HTC Sensation Review
Off - Samples with Backlight mode - HTC Sensation Review
On - Samples with Backlight mode - HTC Sensation Review

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Strong - Indoor samples - HTC Sensation Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC Sensation Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Sensation Review
Low light with flash - Indoor samples - HTC Sensation Review

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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. 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.

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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 is exceptionally good thanks to SRS on board.

The music player of the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
The music player of the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review
The music player of the HTC Sensation - HTC Sensation Review

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.

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.


Internet, Connectivity and Software:

Web browsing on the HTC Sensation is superb. Thanks to the screen resolution, text is legible and crisp from the page overview, and pinching to zoom is quick and smooth. Pages load up very fast and Flash video plays back smoothly. Text reflows to fit the display, which does stagger the process of zooming slightly. That said, it makes the reading experience more enjoyable.

As far as connectivity goes, you’ve got quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G along with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA functionality as well as an FM radio.

The GPS was extremely quick, finding our location almost instantaneously on first boot.

HDMI connectivity comes in the form of the MHL port, enabling HD content to be outputted via the microUSB port to a compatible HD TV. With compatible devices, this will simultaneously export visuals and charge your handset, while non-compatible devices will only export visuals.

HTC offers a mix of new and old applications in its Sensation, including:

  • Connected Media (DLNA)
  • Flashlight
  • Friend Stream (Aggregates Twitter and Facebook updates)
  • HTC Hub (Downloadable personalizations)
  • HTC Likes (Suggested applications)
  • Mirror
  • Music
  • News (RSS)
  • Peep (Twitter)
  • Polaris Office (free version)
  • Soundhound (free version)
  • Stocks
  • Teeter (game)
  • Watch
  • Weather

Preinstalled applications - HTC Sensation Review
Preinstalled applications - HTC Sensation Review
Preinstalled applications - HTC Sensation Review

The latest noteworthy addition to the HTC Sense app arsenal is Watch. This is a streaming video service that enables buying and renting of movies and episodes of your favourite TV shows. Movies cost £3.49 to rent or £9.99 to buy, while episodes are bought at £1.49 each.

The video streaming service Watch - HTC Sensation Review
The video streaming service Watch - HTC Sensation Review
The video streaming service Watch - HTC Sensation Review
The video streaming service Watch - HTC Sensation Review


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HTC Sensation 4G

HTC Sensation 4G

OS: Android 4.0.3 2.3.4 2.3
view full specs
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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