HTC Sensation Review

HTC has been a bit slow on the uptake with the new generation of smartphones. While Samsung and LG were demonstrating their cool new dual core devices at the beginning of 2011, HTC has been quietly sitting in the corner, having only announced the Thunderbolt, which is quite a good phone, just not what everyone expected of the much rumored Pyramid.

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HTC Sensation Review

But there’s a reason why HTC didn’t jump on the dual core bandwagon right away, and it’s because Qualcomm has been perfecting and doing some last minute tests on their 3rd generation Snapdragons. When they became ready for mass production, HTC finally came out with their first dual core smartphone – the HTC Sensation. And I can tell you that it really does not disappoint.

A fresh design and a beautiful Super LCD, qHD display

Not only is the Sensation’s design a breath of fresh air, but it also has a few practical points that will definitely be useful in day to day use. The build quality is excellent, with the housing being made of mostly metal, with plastic inserts here and there. The body feels solid as a rock. The screen has been sunk into the housing by a millimeter or so, allowing the frame to protect it from scratches and dirt when you lay it on a table or any other surface – and I can tell you from experience that this does a lot to keep it in pristine condition, as most of the times, you’ll be grabbing and sliding the phone across the table, which will undoubtedly lead to a few hairline scratches – almost invisible, but still annoying (the Gorilla glass cover, which is also present on this phone, doesn’t really help in these cases). The display itself is a 4.3 inch Super LCD unit with a nice 960×540 resolution that should be enough for any kind of applications.

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HTC Sensation Box

T third generation, dual core Snapdragon processor takes on anything

Hardware specs wise, there’s nothing to complain about in the HTC Sensation: it’s got everything you might think of and more. The processor is, as I said, a dual core Snapdragon running at 1.2 GHz, which is one of the most energy effective platforms out there, so the battery life shouldn’t be a problem either. There 768 MB of RAM to help it run any tasks at full speeds without any lags, and 1 GB of internal ROM for all your apps. Sadly, that leaves no room for anything else, but you can extend your memory using a micro SD card, and with the 32 GB cards being about $50 and the new 64 GB ones hitting the market in about half a year, you won’t have any problems with the lack of storage space in the near future.

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HTC Sensation Specs

The phone also has a 3.5 mm audio out jack and a universal micro USB port that can be used for data transfer, as well as outputting video through HDMI – Full HD is supported, as is mirroring, so you can watch movies or play games from your phone right on the big screen. The new DLNA support also lets you stream files wirelessly to your TV or computer – perfect if you hate cables.

One of the best cameras on smartphones and HTC’s new Sense 3.0 UI

There is a 8 megapixels camera on the back with dual LED flash that will provide an excellent picture quality and has support for 720p HD video filming (no 1080p confirmed, but it should be possible in theory). For video calls, you have a smaller VGA resolution camera on the front, which is barely visible.

The HTC Sensation comes with Android 2.3 pre-installed and the new Sense 3.0 user interface, which looks pretty nice – HTC has always been known for making great custom UIs, probably because of all the experience they got from completely replacing the old Windows Mobile 6 interface with something more modern and functional :-).

Its now available in Manila and it’s probably one of the best choices for those who want a beautiful, reliable smartphone that can accomplish any kind of tasks and will last for at least the next couple of years.

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