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HTC Sensation XE Review

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Nov 2011, 09:24

HTC entered into cooperation with Beats by Dr Dre, and decided to leverage the audio brand's know-how with the HTC Sensation XE, an upgrade to its flagship Android handset. We say upgrade since the HTC Sensation XE is the same phone with minor changes: new color scheme,the 3rd generation dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset is pumped to its maximum 1.5GHz, and a beefier battery compensates for that might...

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posted on 04 Nov 2011, 09:32 4

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


posted on 04 Nov 2011, 09:58 4

2. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Agreed! I love HTC's UI and fast processing speeds but HATE their screens. You can tell just from the pictures the colors don't come through very bright. I don't think I'd buy any of HTC's phones right now, I'm still waiting for a slimmer and brighter phone with their great UI and hardware.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 10:26 4

5. jacko (unregistered)

i have the sensation and the screen is very nice i find myself using the sensation more then i do my galaxy s II

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 19:44 2

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

can't agree super lcd is good enough and their displays look really good but when you campare them amoled it makes diff

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 10:14 8

3. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

What kind of a conclusion is that? The HTC Sensation XE comes with a more powerful processor, bigger battery, and better speakers, yet you say that the only difference is the high quality earphones? Come on!

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 13:17 1

8. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

overclocked processor, the bigger battery was put to compensate for the higher clock speeds which would give poor battery life on its previous capacity, better speakers; wouldn't know unless I tried them. Hence the only difference is high quality earphones and better sound quality assuming the speakers are better.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 19:42

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

i love my creative ep 630

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 04:07

40. htainlintha (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)

My friend please I use 2430mAH battery for this one plus 32Gb miniSD memory card my phone is totally perfect :). Can outlast any phone I think even driod razar Max LOL. You can get one here if you want to.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 10:17 2

4. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

Beats a total gimmick !!1!1

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 10:55 2

6. Epic09 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

I might not like the iproducts much but I'll agree on one thing..they're one of the top tier companies when it comes to sound quality.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:28 1

7. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Cons are stupid as hell. Phone on the other hands seems quite top notch.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 13:28 3

9. roscuthiii (Posts: 2246; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Couldn't they have put the 1730mAh battery in the Rezound too??

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 14:41 4

10. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Beats audio or whatever this gimmick can be called was ported to other phones.
HTC made a bad decision. It's all about stupid software..they didn't use any new hardware for sound.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 16:22 1

12. choupino (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 May 2011)

jackhammeR... Do some research. This is not simply a software upgrade. "Ported to other phones"???? We should have a mute button for those people that spout stuff they have no knowledge of on PA. I mean really.

HTC paid hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase the beats company. Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine(Interscope Record's CEO) made $351 Million off the deal alone...

So you basically think that all of this was for some software and earbuds???

You can't really be that slow... Can you???

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 18:07 2

15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

The only person who should read is YOU. dre dre beats was ported to HTC HD 2 and I think desire as well. And it's only software matter.
Yes, that was about software and earbuds...you know why? because dre dre is a trademark and is well known in music industry...which dosen't mean that is good or best.
You know what marketing is boy, do you?

The only slow dude here is you again.
Hug your precious htc and try convince yourself it's something more than a phone. Get a life dude!

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 15:54 3

11. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

Another medicore upgrade from HTC...

I have had a Thunderbolt. This is no different, besides Beats Audio, bigger battery, and faster processor and RAM. What makes this different from the HTC Rezound.

Too much redunancy for Andorid phones now...

If the Iphone 4 and Iphone 4S is no different, then the Thunderbolt is no different from the Rezound.

Can HTC come out with one or two phones, instead of 10 of the same phones on multiple carriers. They have increased profits for this quarter, but they could improve their cost drastically by staying with one or two designs on multiple carriers.

That is why Apple has the highest profitability of any smartphone manufacturer. They are using the KISS method.


posted on 04 Nov 2011, 16:35

14. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

Within 2009 to now...I have had BB Storm 9530, Droid 1, Thunderbolt, Bionic, and now iPhone 4 and not 4S. The top manufacturer's are only Samsung and Apple now. HTC is too gimmicky with their Sense 3.5 spin carousel OS. Too, too cheesy for me...The only phone that I want now is the Galaxy Nexus. The RAZR is nothing more than a Bionic. The Rezound is nothing more than an updated EVO3D without 3D and Beats Audio.

HTC is now becoming a joke...No comparison to Samsung Galaxy lineup in terms of performance, display, and features.


posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:10

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

you do have a point, but didn't samsung pass apple as the highest grossing smartphone manufacturer this year? and part of the reason Android is an amazing alternative (not nessisarily better i'll agree) is because of how open it is. Android gave options when Apple said no. different strokes for different folks i think. it all depends on what you're into. we can't praise google for something then 2 years later backhand them for the same thing.. your agument is all valid but when it comes down to it there hasn't been a real gamechanger in the industry since the first iphone/android came out in like 2002/3

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 21:16 3

18. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Phone arena suck! This reviewer is a iPhone fanboy

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 03:32 2

19. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

For God's sake!
Why the choosed 3gp as a contender in 1080p shooting??????????
This is nuts!

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 03:52

20. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

*they, sorry

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 07:33 1

21. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Agreed. The galaxy s 2 is the phone to beat.

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 07:37

22. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

In only interested in the phones to use them on my galaxy

posted on 05 Nov 2011, 13:43 1

23. andrej040 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2011)

the res. of gs2 is lower then sensations. so, how in the world can you say that the screen on galaxy s 2 is better then on sensations. its almost like to compare a dvd rip movie and x264 or 720p movie.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 04:04

24. nameless1521 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

Super Amoled Plus(SGS2) VS S-LCD(Sensation XE), my friend. Not about the resolution.
Technically Super Amoled Plus is better than S-LCD. That's just a fact. If you are happy with S-LCD, then it's fine, but don't be angry about the fact.

Besides, S-LCD is identical to Samsung's Super Clear LCD since S-LCD is a joint venture of sony&samsung and samsung uses this display for their low-end phones.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 14:22 1

25. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Well...SA in not a great deal for everyone.
I don't see anything spectacular is Super Amoleds. I remember that colors in Galaxy S were very annoying.
I got N8 with Amoled and I had for a while C6-01 with Amoled CBD.
One thing I can say for sure is that black color is amazingly..well, black.
And very readable under the sunlight.

I don't like too much oversaturated colors. The new gen of SA+ can be adjusted but still, I don't think it's far more superior than Nokias amoled cbd (compare them and you will see).

S II has lower resolution, despite of it's more than 4 inches.
Still, it has more than enough pixel density to use it comfy in day-to-day usage.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 06:19

27. nameless1521 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

There is no such Amoled CBD.

It's manufactured by Samsung which owns OLED market(90%), so yeah Amoled display is basically identical to Samsung Super Amoled.

Bad rumors about oversaturated colors? I can you my friend, most of recent high-tech TVs from any manufacturers have oversaturated colors. We should be glad that Sammy provides $1000 TV screens for small handsets. Besides, yet again it applies to so-called Amoled CBS, since they are same products from same manufacturer, Samsung.

SA+ is even better. Blowing away most of disadvantages of OLED and maximize the pros of OLED.

I don't think 800x480 is a problem. Since, there aren't many photos and apps availalbe for 960 x 540 comparing to 800x480, which is already used for many laptops and netbooks.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 14:23

26. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

too bad it doesn't support FLAC. it's a music phone dammit!!!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 15:22

28. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

It look like Samsung display 4.3 S-AMOLED.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 17:14

29. Pego71 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

What kind of a conclusion is that? More powerful battery, faster processor, improved audio and Technology Beats you say that the differences are minor whit sensation ...... tell lies!

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