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HTC Sensation XL Review

HTC Sensation XL

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Interface and Functionality:

Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 runs flawlessly on the single-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S2 chipset.

Around the interface we find many small touches that differentiate it from Sense 3.0, showing the streamlined nature that allows it to run smoothly with fewer resources, yet still offer plenty of personalization options. You can read more about the new touches in our article here

The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the newest HTC Sense 3.5 on top - HTC Sensation XL Review

The HTC Sensation XL was announced by HTC to be in the first batch for an ICS update in early 2012.

The phone has the generous 4GB of ROM for installing apps, and 8GB of internal memory, but… surprise, surprise - no microSD slot for expansion, and no other memory version. The 8GB are good for about 2000 tunes (if you don't store anything else there, like video clips and pictures for example), and if you want more, you are out of luck with the Sensation XL. HTC recently stroke a deal with Dropbox, so you will have additional 5GB of cloud storage (instead of the standard 2GB it offers) to ease the microSD pain.


Software:

Sense 3.5 on the Sensation XL comes chock-full of useful apps. Besides the mentioned Dropbox, we have Notes, which is integrated with another great web service, Evernote, and is one of the cleanest and easy to use note taking apps, yet with powerful feature set.

We also have Tango preinstalled, which is a pretty handy video call and IM app, allowing you to switch from video call to audio mid-talk, or stream live footage to your friends with the rear camera, while you are seeing their reactions on the screen, picture-in-picture style.

From the smaller stuff we have HTC's Reader, the e-book app, a separate Facebook chat app, and Usage Monitor, which keeps an eye on your minutes, messages and mobile data consumption. That’s what we like about HTC Sense – you don’t need to download six or seven apps just to start using your Android phone, since most basics are integrated, and with great visuals to boot.

Preloaded apps on the HTC Sensation XL - HTC Sensation XL Review
Preloaded apps on the HTC Sensation XL - HTC Sensation XL Review
Preloaded apps on the HTC Sensation XL - HTC Sensation XL Review
Preloaded apps on the HTC Sensation XL - HTC Sensation XL Review


Internet and Connectivity:

The browser is a joy to use on such a big screen, although not as fast-loading and fluid as what we have on HTC’s dual-core phones, of course. Adobe Flash support comes standard, too.

Browsing the web - HTC Sensation XL Review
Browsing the web - HTC Sensation XL Review
Browsing the web - HTC Sensation XL Review
Browsing the web - HTC Sensation XL Review

Typing on the giant display is also very fast, and the virtual keyboard is responsive, with well-spaced layout.

Virtual keyboard of the HTC Sensation XL - HTC Sensation XL Review
Virtual keyboard of the HTC Sensation XL - HTC Sensation XL Review

The Sensation XL sports 14.4Mbps HSDPA radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS with the Locations app, FM Radio and DLNA wireless media streaming with the Connected Media app. For wired connectivity to your TV the phone comes with an MHL port, nestled in the microUSB profile on the bottom left.

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HTC Sensation XL

HTC Sensation XL

OS: Android 2.3.5 2.3.4
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display4.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (199 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1500 MHz
0.75 GB RAM
Size5.20 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches
(132 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm)
5.73 oz  (162 g)
Battery1600 mAh, 11.83 hours talk time

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