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HTC Sensation Review

HTC Sensation 4G

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HTC Sensation Review
This is the area we've noticed most concern recently. With reports that benchmarks don't live up to those set by the Samsung Galaxy S II, we're happy to rest your mind at ease - the HTC Sensation's plenty fast. We didn't experience slowdown throughout our time with the handset.

Of the 750MB of RAM, our unit had 558MB user available and benchmarks see scores tipping in the Samsung Galaxy S II’s favour. Thanks to the unlocked bootloader, Samsung’s offering would also be easier for enthusiasts to root and install custom ROMs. Having said that, the practical side by side experience of tasks such as web browsing, phone usage and movie watching results in no difference in terms of speed, but we do prefer the user experience offered by HTC Sense.

With the most demanding part of the handset therefore, 1080p video capture and playback being pretty flawless, the tangible results speak well for the HTC Sensation’s power.

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.

As far as battery goes, with an 8.25 hour talk time and 15 days standby, you can expect a day out of this handset with moderate usage. While this is an improvement over the HTC Desire HD, it’s definitely one of the handset’s weaker areas.


HTC strikes a fantastic balance in the HTC Sensation. It has the build quality design, the UI and the power under the hood to check all the boxes. The question everyone wants answered is: is it better than the Samsung Galaxy S II? To that we'd say, potentially, it could be better for you. With both being great bits of kit that really push the boat out in terms of power and usability, the HTC Sensation's Sense 3.0 UI feels more considered and complete than Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0. We also like the fact that the build feels considerably more solid, while the qHD screen manages to output sharper looking picture visuals. That said, many will still prefer the thinner form factor and punchier display of the Galaxy S II. It's safe to say that neither would be a disappoining choice, with these handsets being amongst the best on the market today.

Alternatively, if you want the wider aspect ratio of the HTC Sensation crossed with the sleekness of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc is another beautiful Android handset. If, however, Android isn't for you, the iPhone 4 presents an extremely polished experience as well, with a host of great apps to boot.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Baseband 10.42.9007.00U_10.11.9007.15_M
Build Number CL6633 release-keys

HTC Sensation Video Review:


  • Great aluminium construction
  • qHD Screen is very sharp
  • Sense 3.0 looks great


  • Could be bulky for some
  • Viewing angles could be better
  • Battery life could be longer
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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
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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