Saturday, 2 July 2011

HTC SENSATION REVIEW


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INTRODUCTION

HTC has a style for giant names but Sensation certainly is something else. In this post you will come to know about the justice done with the name SENSASTION.
HTC exploded right on the dual-core scene with a mobile phone that's set to be an Android sensation. They have gone all out with the design Sensation - from screen, through camera to the influential chipset.
A passionately anticipated smartphone with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a super 4.3-inch screen, and a manufacturer customized version of Android 2.3. The HTC Sensation is the world's first 4.3-inch smartphone with qHD resolution (540 x 960). It is also serving as the debut phone for HTC's Watch movie streaming service and Sense3.0. So we have a lot to review about this phone. Before we let the pleasure of benchmarks blur our minds, let's see what the HTC Sensation has to offer.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 4.3" 16M-color capacitive LCD touchscreen of qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels); Gorilla glass
  • Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 1.2 GHz dual Scorpion CPUs, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset
  • 768 MB RAM and 1 GB storage for apps
  • 1080p and 720p video recording @ 30fps
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging
  • microSD slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • Office document editor
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • Front facing camera with video calls
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
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  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and an auto-brightness sensor
  • MHL TV-out (requires MHL-to-HDMI adapter)
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • HTC Locations app
  • HTCSense.com integration
  • HTC Portable Hotspot
  • Smart dialing, voice dialing
  • Ultra-fast boot times (if you don’t remove battery)

Main Cons

  1. No unibody construction as advertised
  2. Severe "death grip" issue with Wi-Fi radio
  3. Performance not quite as convincing as other dual-cores
  4. Less than impressed with the screen's outdoor performance
  5. No dedicated camera key
  6. microSD is under the battery cover
The Sensation is one of the most powerful droids around and it's on the shortlist if you're looking for the ultimate in smartphones.


Hardware

This handset is only 6mm taller, a single millimeter wider, and at 11.3mm -- slightly thinner than the 4-inch HTC Incredible S. That's been achieved with a shrinking of the top and bottom bezels framing the screen and few other changes. You'll still find an extra-large volume rocker on the Sensation's left side, as you would on the Incredible S, accompanied by a micro-USB input a little further down. The bottom of each phone is home to a microphone and a cut for opening up the back cover, the right sides are left empty, and the top attributes headphone jacks and power / lock buttons. Also functionally equal are the back layouts, with an 8 megapixel autofocus camera sat next to a dual LED flash and a single loudspeaker frame. All these design similarities are scarcely coincidental, HTC sees that display and styling as a winning combination and we have to agree.
The Sensation is a effortless and fresh joy in the hand. Its 148g weight is perfectly balanced, the bend that starts at the sides and rolls all the way through the back is spot on, and there are almost no issues of fit and finish.


Display

The Sensation gives us the extra flourish with a 960 x 540 resolution on a Super LCD screen. The user interface sticks to the standard 16 grid slots for your icons and widget, having them all in higher resolution lends an extra layer of visual polish.
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Video is where the big advantage of qHD emerges. 960 x 540 pixels provide a native 16:9 screen ratio and thereby sends those annoying black bars off into void. You'll be able to watch both content you've downloaded and recorded yourself in full screen.



Conclusion

As we said very early on, we were love-struck with the look and feel of the HTC Sensation. Its muscular metal case, huge screen, influential dual-core processor and smooth user interface make it feel like the alpha phone in the mobile pack. It’s certainly sporting more character than the Samsung competition, but carries more bulk. While the screen quality may not be as good, when it comes to design, the HTC Sensation definitely has more sparkle and feels more solid.

Well my next post will be on Samsung Galaxy S2 , then i will be posting a comparison between Sensation and S2 ….so do check out….

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