The recently released HTC Sensation, dubbed a ‘multimedia superphone’, is probably the biggest iPhone competitor on the market right now, with impressive specs which include a 4.3-inch HD display and dual core processor. Running Google’s latest version of Android with HTC Sense 3.0, it’s certainly a tempting choice for many people not wishing to buy an iOS device at the moment. But how does it stack up against other Android phones available to buy, including our old favourite the HTC Desire? Let’s find out!
HTC has gone all out on the Sensation to make it look absolutely perfect. Whereas most phones with large screens feel unnaturally big in your hand, HTC has done a great job of making the device feel sturdy yet comfortable to hold. The exterior is under 5 inches tall and less than half an inch thin, with buttons placed underneath the gorgeous, glass contoured display.
Everything inside the Sensation is powered by the 1.2GHz dual core processor and this, coupled with 768MB of RAM, makes it one of the fastest available phones on the market.
Above the display there is a speaker grille, placed next to the front facing VGA camera which can be used for video calling through applications such as Fring for Android. At the back you’ll find an 8 megapixel camera with a dual flash, situated next to the rear hi-fi speaker. I ran a number of tests on the 8 megapixel camera whilst I was out and about and the results, for a smartphone, were pretty impressive.
The Sensation is running HTC’s new Sense 3.0 software on top of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, and it carries a lot of changes over previous versions of the software which are noticeable from the moment you turn on your phone.
The screen can be unlocked by pulling a ring up from the bottom of the screen to the middle, but if you would rather just access your phone for one application, to quickly check your messages for example, you can drag one of four icons into the ring to unlock your phone into that application.
The lockscreen itself can also be customised with one of six options. You can set a wallpaper, choose to display a photo album, view your friend stream, show the weather, display stocks or show a clock. All of the icons at the bottom of the display have notification badges so that you immediately know if you have a new message, email or missed call.
Another new feature in Sense 3.0 is Scenes. Using Scenes, you can set up your various home screens with whatever you’d like and then save them as a scene. Using this, you can set up a number of different scenes for your phone and switch them for when you’re at work, home, or wherever else you’d like a scene. It’s a really useful feature and helps customise your experience depending on where you are and what you’re doing.
There’s no doubt that the HTC Sensation is one of the most powerful Android phones available. HTC’s software looks much better than the TouchWiz UI which runs on the Samsung Galaxy S II and provides users with more eye candy than they could dream of.
If you want to buy the HTC Sensation for yourself, it’s available on a pay monthly deal from Three for £37 a month on the One Plan, which offers all you can eat data, 5000 texts and 2000 any network minutes. Although you wouldn’t be able to beat that on any other network, if you’d like to buy the HTC Sensation on PAYG, you can grab it for £449.99.