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HTC Sensation review

HTC Sensation - The Sensational Android

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Launch SRP S$838

Overall rating 9/10
Design:
8.5
Features:
9
User-Friendliness:
9
Performance:
8
Value:
9.5
THE GOOD
Improved HTC Sense 3.0 with enhanced lock screen
Smooth performance
Solid build quality
Affordable in its class
THE BAD
Low battery mileage
Lack of portability due to weight
Below average imaging quality
More Awards:
Best Valued for Money


Overview & Design

Creating an Android Sensation

Smartphones powered by multi-core processors are slowly but surely conquering the mobile industry as we move into the second half of 2011. In fact, as early as February, NVIDIA showcased its next generation Tegra processors which were named after superheroes well-known to comic book fans.

Regardless, let us bring you back to the present, where dual-core smartphones are becoming the norm in new high-end smartphones. Just a few months ago, we've featured two smartphones that have gone to market with NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processor. The first of which was the LG Optimus 2X. This was soon followed by the Motorola Atrix, which utilized the processing power of its Tegra 2 processor as the brains behind the lapdock accessory.

With both LG and Motorola offering up its dual-core smartphones, there's no doubt that its competitors such as HTC will up the ante from its lineup. True enough, the HTC Sensation is the Taiwanese company's answer to the growing dual-core smartphone portfolio.

Key Features of HTC Sensation

  • Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 220 GPU
  • 1GB ROM / 768MB RAM
  • Google Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0
  • 4.3-inch qHD S-LCD Gorilla Glass display / 960 x 540 pixels
  • 8-megapixel camera / Dual-LED flash
  • 1520mAh battery
  • Google Android 2.3 OS

Once we held the Sensation in our hands, we felt its solid build quality which oozed class. Weighing in at 148 grams, the Sensation's generous 4.3-inch display filled our palms easily, giving us a good and firm grip. Four well-spaceed touch buttons are located right below the display, with the usual physical buttons controlling the volume on the left, and a power button situated at the crown of the device. Ports are minimal, with a 3.5mm audio port on the top and a microUSB port parked further below the volume buttons.

Curves are prominently featured on the body of the Sensation, with a fine mixture of plastic and metal forming the chassis. From afar, the Sensation has a seemingly unibody design. This is technically true, given how the casing, which also includes the speaker grille and borders, can be separated from its display. Removing the body, however, was quite a challenge. We had to press onto the catch deeply, gripping the borders with our palms before we managed to pry the chassis away. Once that's done, a hot-swappable microSD card slot is immediately spotted, with the SIM card slot hidden underneath the battery.