HTC Sensation Overview
The first dual-core handset from HTC promises high speeds, an incredibly vivid display and a restructured Sense interface overlaying Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The HTC Sensation is armoured with an aluminum casing and rubberised plastic backing, with the four standard Android buttons affixed to a touch sensitive strip below the screen. The volume and microUSB ports are placed on the sides, with the power button and headphone jack positioned above.
Sporting a 540 x 960 qHD resolution, the display is noticeably better than the Galaxy S II and within a hair's breadth of the iPhone 4. The setup is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor and a 1520 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. The heavy machinery comes at a price, however, as the handset weighs approximately 5.2 ounces.
Initially available in the UK only through Vodafone, the Sensation will likely spread to competing networks later this year. Most providers are offering the handset free with a £35 per month tariff or £500 unlocked and SIM-free.
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A Guide to The HTC Sensation
Although similar in style to the HTC Desire S, the screen dips below the outer bezel, which serves partly as protection and mostly to keep user fingers from gliding off the touchscreen. Its unique countenance certainly sets the HTC Sensation apart from the ubiquity of flat, slate smartphones.
The narrow bezel also gives the appearance of a smaller handset while emphasising the display screen. At 4.3 inches and a 540 x 960 pixel resolution, the picture is decidedly sharper than most handsets on the market. Astonishingly bright, web page text and images look crisp even when zoomed in. The display is made possible by the handset's dual-core architecture. The 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor is capable of achieving benchmarks previously reserved for notebooks, easily outperforming single core handsets and trailing only the LG Optimus 2X, which runs on the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2.
The HTC Sense software skin adds to the efficiency, with a user interface that works well over the Android 2.3 operating system. Aesthetically pleasing and innovative, the HTC interface is buzzing with 3D animations and icons. A quick perusal of home screens reveals the intricate level of design and care given to its widgets, although they may appear small relative to the screen. If the cornucopia of icons feels more like debris, users can customise the home screens to their liking.
In addition to its artful touches, the HTC Sense 3.0 overlay weaves together your Facebook, Twitter, and Google contacts into a single social networking cloth. The menus scroll at a blazing fast pace, a testament to the power underneath the hood. As a complement to Google's wide array of apps on the Android Market, HTC also provides a selection of its own specialty stores and apps, including the popular weather service.
Connectivity and sharing are also key features in the HTC Sensation, as the handset allows you to stream a single video to five other devices to watch a movie or TV show simultaneously. Such applications are largely dependent on the available bandwidth, however, and are prone to lags. For those interested in creating their own films, the 8 MP camera can record video at 1080p, and a front-facing VGA camera provides access to video calling and self-portraits.
The HTC Sensation does suffer from a bit of a weight problem, as its metal frame is about an ounce heavier than Samsung's plastic based Galaxy S II. Although typically added weight coincides with a more powerful battery, the HTC Sensation only boasts a moderate 1520 mAh battery, just about standard for modern handsets.
Features and Specifications
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor
- Qualcomm Adreno 220 GPU
- 768 MB RAM
- 4 GB storage (1 GB accessible) plus 8 GB microSD with 32 GB optional expansion
- 1520 mAh Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
- Dimensions: 5 × 2.6 × 0.44 inches
- Weight: 5.2 oz
- 8 megapixel camera with Auto-focus and 1080p video recording
- 4.3 qHD display with capacitive S-LCD touch screen
- 540 x 960 resolution
The massive HTC Sensation offers a fast, innovative smartphone experience through a bedazzling 4.3 inch screen. If one can overlook the weight and the occasional bugs that come along with a new interface, the HTC Sensation ranks as one of the premier handsets on the market today.
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