When the dual core phone bandwagons were being announced at that time HTC had announced about their dual core flagship HTC Sensation which was intended to be the rival of the hugely popular Galaxy S2.
HTC Sensation manages a league of its own and unlike other phones from HTC they have managed to fit a very efficient dual core processor and as a result a battle has started among the dual core contenders to grab the top seat of the king of the phones.
HTC Sensation is one of the most powerful dual core droid handset to be available in the market.
Looks And Feel:
HTC have always managed to produce one of the most attractive looking handsets in the market coming next to the Sony Ericsson’s phones. In order to update the design of their phone HTC have attempted an unibody design for their flagship phone.
The entire phone is designed out of a curved metal plate as a result holding the phone in your hands will give you a premium feeling and also it is built very solidly.
The back cover is very interesting because it is removable as a result the Sensation doesn’t have any unibody design. The curved metal plate encases the phone up to the edges of the screen.
The screen is a 4.3inch gorilla glass covered S-LCD unit which isn’t the perfect the display unit in the market so far. It has some issues with viewing angles and when viewed from certain angles there is loss of contrast and colors. Sunlight legibility isn’t that good of the screen maybe due to the reflective coating that the HTC have used on top of the screen.
Beneath the screen there are four capacitive keys and the interesting part about them is that they change their orientation when you rotate the phone as in when taking pictures and such.
The left side of the phone is taken up by the volume rocker keys and microUSB port. The top of the phone contains the power button key which is very easy to press but also ensures no accidental press will lead to switching off the phone.
At the bottom of the phone there is a latch that will enable the phone to come out of the back metal cover. The rear of the phone features an 8MP camera with dual LED flash.
All in all the phone is built quite solidly and when holding it you won’t mind the weight and also you will like the premium feel when holding the phone.
Hardware And Performance:
HTC Sensation comes with Android 2.3.3 preinstalled right out of the box with HTC Sense 3.0 on top of the android OS. With the customization you will barely recognize the android running beneath and also you get tons of eye candy which provides a good user interface.
HTC Sense 3.0 comes with six different lock screen preinstalled which aims at providing very good user experience. You also get proprietary scenes which are custom home screen which you can set up for different purpose.
HTC Sensation comes with a dual core 1.2 GHz snapdragon chipset with Adreno 220 graphics which ensures that you get same performance as that is found in the Galaxy S2.
But Sensation comes with only 768Mb of RAM as opposed to the 1GB of RAM in Galaxy S2 which might slow you down in some processes. In the 3D department the phone is right behind the popular Galaxy S2 thus ensuring that you get your money’s worth.
The camera on this device is 8MP which is able to record videos at 1080p. Camera and imaging department hasn’t been HTC’s strong points and this clearly shows.
The images produced by this device lack in detail and with too much noise. The colors are sometimes off although the contrast level is good but there is over sharpening of the images is present.
HTC have managed to produce a splendid droid that offer good processing power and performance but it has its advantages and disadvantages.
The build quality is good and with the eye candy provided by Sense 3.0 this phone is a joy to use. In the imaging and video capturing department the phone suffers quite a bit.
If your into performance rather than imaging then this is the phone for you.
- 4.3inch 16M-color capacitive S-LCD touchscreen of qHD resolution 540 x 960 pixels with Gorilla glass protection
- Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
- 1.2 GHz dual Scorpion CPUs, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset
- 768 MB RAM and 1 GB storage for apps
- 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash
- 1080p and 720p video recording @ 30fps
- Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
- Front facing camera with video calls
- microSD slot up to 32GB with 8GB card included in the box
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
- DivX/XviD video support
- Ultra-fast boot times