Matthew J. Kellett

Website Architect and Developer

HTC Sensation Review

Well, it's been just under a week since I changed my phone from a HTC Magic to the HTC Sensation and to say it's been a slight change is an understatement.

This change came about becasue my contract has just expired and after 18 months using the HTC magic it has come as shock when the HTC Sensation arrived at my door. To try and compare these two phones would be like trying to compare my first PC to the laptop I write this article on at the moment; infact the HTC Sensation has three times the amount of processing power my first PC ever had (even with the turbo button).

Anyway a few people have asked me what the HTC Sensation is like so I thought I would write it up and put on here for all to read, if you have any questions please feel free to use the form at the bottom of the article or drop me an email.

Initial Look and Feel

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When I first got my hands on the HTC Sensation a question went through my head; has phone technology regressed to producing bricks again? It seems that the progression of phones has indeed taken a u-turn.

When I think back about all of the phones I have had, they have always tended to get smaller in size while at the same time improving the feature set and the processing capabilities of each device. Other than the Sony Ericsson P800 this one of the largest I have owned but after using the phone for the past week, this is indeed a welcome change.

The Features

The Cameras

Due to the enlarged screen and the capabilities of the processor the feature for this phone is phenominal. It comes with HTC Sense which is a set of features developed by HTC to make life even easier when on the move. The best way to see what HTC Sense consists of is to take a look at their website.

One thing that has come as a welcome suprise is the dual camera set up, one on the back and one on the front. The one on the front is more for video conferencing calls than the snapping of breath-taking photos (that's what the 8 megapixel rear camera is for).

Whilst I have not had the opportunity to test the ability for taking HD videos, rest assured I will be doing the next time I head down to the driving range and I will update this post once I do.

Social Media Integration

Yet another thing which has astounded me is how much of the phone is integrated with the social media networks that I frequent. Simply by entering the account information during set-up the phone started linking profiles and finding profiles I had missed. For example, I have a few friends on Facebook who also have Twitter accounts but I wasn't following them, the phone detected these and snced them all up.

Another example of how social media is integrated into the phone I noticed was during the first phone call I made. This was my sister who had also been added to my Facebook profile, when dialling her number I also got her recent status messages and a photo.

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Widgets and Programs

By default the phone comes with a pre-selected set of widgets across the 7 available desktops including weather, a huge clock, messages and social media widgets. These widgets are also available on the lock screen, which consists of a ring that you can drag to unlock, or a set of programs that you can drag into the ring which instantly launches that program (handy for taking quick photos).

The final feature I quite like is the ability to have active desktops, at the moment I have a plasma cloud which gently moves around in the background.

Overall Impression

Overall, I am beginning to find the HTC Sensation is a good addition to my technological profile but not quite there to replace some of my other pieces.

It is incredibly rapid due to the dual core processor, visually impressive because of the high definition screen and the sound quality is superb when making calls.

I can see this phone being with me for quite some time and look forward to some of the features and applications that are starting to be produced to take full advantage of the features this phone offers.

This review probably doesn't do justice to the phone but I found a decent video, albeit an advertising video by HTC, which shows off some of the fetures highlighted in this review. Feel free to have a look and then drop me a message telling me what you think

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Specification

  • Size: 4.96" x 2.57" x 0.44"
  • Weight:148 grams
  • Display: 4.3-inch touch screen
  • Screen: qHD (540 X 960) resolution
  • CPU: 1.2 GHz, dual core
  • OS: Android with HTC Sense
  • Camera: 8 megapixel color camera
  • Camera: VGA fixed focus color camera
  • Video: 1080p HD video recording
  • Internet: 3G, GPRS, EDGE, WI-FI