Jun 16 AT 3:03 PM Nick Gray 70 Comments

HTC Sensation 4G Review

Over the past ten days, we’ve had the privilege of using the HTC Sensation 4G. Now that the phone is officially available at T-Mobile stores across the nation, we’re sharing our thoughts on the phone to give you a closer look at the handset’s hardware and software.

Hardware

The design of the HTC Sensation 4G is truly unique. The exterior body is comprised of a removable contoured aluminum and plastic shell that wraps around the back and sides with a curved glass screen on the front. The 4.3-inch qHD display (960 x 540 pixels) is covered in Gorilla Glass, but also features raised edges to reduce contact when the handset is placed face-down. Below the screen are the standard four capacitive buttons, while the Sensation’s front-facing VGA camera is located above the screen to the right of the speaker grill.

The volume rocker and microUSB port are located on the left side of the phone. The right side has been left completely bare. The top of the phone features the power button and 3.5mm headphone. Flipping the phone over reveals the 8 megapixel camera (capable of recording 1080p HD video) and dual-LED flash in the top left corner and the speaker phone directly to the right. Removing the shell reveals the battery (1520 mAh), microSD card (8 GB included) and the SIM card.

The remaining handset features include a Qualcomm 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage (1 GB user accessible), GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n all crammed inside a phone measuring 126.1mm x 65.4mm x 11.3mm and weighing only 148 grams.

Anyone who owns or has used the HTC EVO 4G or the HTC Inspire 4G will find that the Sensation 4G feels a lot smaller. The reason for this is the 16:9 aspect ratio of the 4.3-inch qHD display. This has allowed HTC to reduce the width of the HTC Sensation 4G by nearly 2.5mm compared to their older handsets with 4.3-inch displays.

Some of you may have heard about the HTC Sensation’s “death grip” issues over the past few weeks. I have experienced them myself, but it’s certainly not an issue users should worry about. The HTC Sensation 4G loses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signal strength when the two plastic panels on the back of the phone are touched by a single hand. The issue is quite easy to replicate. But in the ten days I’ve used the phone, I’ve only experienced the issue twice during regular use.

Software

The HTC Sensation 4G is the first phone to be released in North America with HTC Sense 3.0 running on Android 2.3.3. HTC Sense has been around for nearly two years, but the 3.0 iteration of HTC’s custom software has been packed with more eye candy than most people can handle.

At first glance, HTC Sense 3.0 looks nearly identical to the previous version. That all changes once you start interacting with the UI. The first change users will notice is the new unlock screen. Users are able to customize the unlock screen to display the weather, stock, pictures and Twitter and Facebook updates (through Friend Stream), but we found the most useful feature to be its direct application launching capability. Simply select four of your most used apps to display at the bottom of the unlock screen and drag the icon into the unlock circle to immediately launch the app. The concept sounds extremely simple, but it saves valuable seconds if you’re the type of person who checks email and Twitter a few hundred times a day.

Once you get past the lock screen, many of the widgets on the home screen may look the same, but HTC has added 3D layering on everything. Swipe from panel to panel and you’ll notice the flip clock has hinges on the side that hold it together or that the album art of the music widget is actually floating over the glass panel that’s behind it. The home screen still features seven panels, but now you can scroll through them in an endless loop or simply flick your finger to the left or right and watch them all rotate in a 3D caracole.

For years, HTC has been flaunting their weather animations. (I have to admit I’ve always been a huge fan of them). With HTC Sense 3.0, they’ve gone back to the drawing board to create more stunning animation and a more robust application. The new weather application give users more details about the upcoming forecast with projected hourly temperatures, humidity and rain.

We could spend another hour or so going over all the small UI improvements in HTC Sense 3.0, but my suggestion would be to spend some quality time with the phone and see them for yourself.

Performance

While the new lock screen and 3D graphics of HTC Sense 3.0 are exciting, it’s the 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor that really makes the HTC Sensation 4G a great phone. Benchmark numbers for the Sensation 4G typically come in at 10-15% lower than phones with NVIDIA’s 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chip. But we need to take into consideration the extra strain the qHD display adds to the equation, since most benchmarks test 3D rendering on native handset resolution.

That being said, the majority of my time with the Sensation was spent playing 3D games and watching HD video. Games like Gun Bros, Gorilla Bob, Pocket Legends, Dungeon Defenders and Nova HD played flawlessly.

One advantage the dual-core Qualcomm processor has over the NVIDIA Tegra 2 is its ability to selectively throttle or even completely turn off one of the cores. This feature plays a huge roll in power management, since one of the cores is typically turned off when you perform menial tasks like checking Twitter or email. The HTC Sensation 4G’s battery life was actually quite surprising. A typical day for me includes constantly checking email and Twitter, 15-30 minutes of web browsing, two hours of music (usually Pandora) and about an hour of gaming. My G2 typically craps out after 10-11 hours, but under the same usage scenario the HTC Sensation has been averaging right around 14 hours.

Camera

Anyone who’s used an HTC phone running Sense in the past 6 months is probably pretty familiar with the Sensation’s customized camera app. Users have the ability to tweak image exposure, saturation and ISO, or even choose between a handful of filters before taking their shots. But since the HTC Sensation 4G is equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, it has two new features not found on any other HTC handset.

Have you ever pulled out your Android phone to snap a picture, but by time the shutter releases you’re left with an image that wasn’t exactly what you wanted? The new Instant Capture feature on the HTC Sensation shoots to fix that problem. Instant Capture allows your phone to capture the image you wanted as soon as you press the shutter button on your screen. The problem is, Instant Capture doesn’t always work exactly as you want it to.

If you find yourself in a well lit area, the HTC Sensation captures your image in about one fifth of a second. Certainly impressive! But things aren’t so instant when you want to snap a shot in a low-light situation. The amount of time it takes for the Sensation to capture the image is directly affected by how dark your surroundings are. The slowest shutter response we’ve experienced was right around half a second. (Still a lot faster than most Android phones currently on the market).

If you truly want to take advantage of the Instant Capture feature on the HTC Sensation, you’ll need to change the way you typically capture your pictures. Tapping the screen to select what you want in focus before pressing the shutter button dramatically decreases the shutter lag, essentially giving you an Instant Capture experience.

The Sensation is also the first HTC phone capable of capturing HD video in 1080p. Media lovers will certainly appreciate the added resolution, but unless you’re planning to watch all your videos on a 40 inch TV, we’d recommend you set the Sensation to record in 720p. While the 1080p video looks great, things get pretty jumpy when you pan around–an issue that’s not present when recording at lower resolutions.

The camera on the HTC Sensation 4G is still not good enough to replace your point and shoot, but it does rank high among camera phones currently on the market. Check out the gallery of photos and the videos below for some samples directly from the Sensation camera.

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Conclusion

When it comes to high-end Android phones, it’s really hard to select a clear winner. The HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile is certainly one of the most exciting and powerful phones to hit the U.S. market in quite some time. The dual-core Snapdragon processor has enough muscle to satisfy most of your gaming needs, and the handset’s camera is one of the best we’ve ever seen. Combine those two features with the Sensation 4.3-inch qHD display, and you’ve got yourself an amazing piece of technology that should keep you happy for years (or until you decide you simply have to have a quad-core powered phone). T-Mobile customers looking for an upgrade should definitely consider the HTC Sensation 4G as their number one choice for their next purchase.

At Android and Me, we’ve never really given our phone reviews a point ranking. But if someone put a gun to my head and demanded a number, I’d probably give the HTC Sensation 4G an 8.5 out of 10. It’s a great phone, just not sensational.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • htowngtr

    Looks like an awesome phone, but unfortunate that it’s on t-mo. I looked at their coverage grid and if I even leave the city limits of Houston I don’t have even 3G coverage, just EDGE.

    Ewwww

    • http://Website Noriega713

      I live on the south west side of Houston and I get 7-8 Mbps on average…

      • Nicky

        Dear God! People are still struggling with kilobytes in Italy… If i get 100kbps that`s good!

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      • krazytrixxxsta

        then this would be the perfect phone for your mother :)

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    • Galen20K

      with the Sensation and myTouch 4G I get 7 to 11mbps regularly so apparently location will vary.

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    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I just don’t see how the Sensation is obsolete is any way.

    • http://Website sansenoy

      Well, that was retarded even for a stupid troll such as yourself…

    • http://Website emily

      Uneducated comments like these just puss me off. You should find another way to validate your existence.

  • http://Website Heldros

    That’s why I love Europe so much. You don’t have to wory about carriers. You pick up the phone you want and go to any carrier.

    • http://Website James

      I wish that it was that way here.

    • http://Website sansenoy

      Really??? Just for everyone concerned, the Sensation is available throughout Europe EXCLUSIVELY under a Vodafone contract… Up until next month, that is, but still pisses me off

    • Nicky

      Yes but cellphone prices are very high (example: iphone 4 is 800Euro… like 900$) and the internet speed is very low… ( be happy if you get 100kbps)…

  • http://Website Will H

    I’ve had my Sensation for about a week ($148 at Walmart) and it’s a terrific upgrade from the MT3G. Great size, fast , good call quality, excellent screen
    I’ve seen the death grip, also but not really an issue for me.
    My battery life stinks (barely a full day without recharge), but I work in a bunker and often loose signal, so it’s probably related to signal searching. I’ve yet to have a good day with full signal.
    I have noticed that the data signal only swaps between 2g and 4g…no 3g ever.

    My first time with Sense 3.0 and overall am pleased. The lock screen is terrific as are the 3D homescreen swipes.

    I liked the Contact List better on my MT3G Froyo edition better and I really would like a better search function for Contacts….it appears that there is only a number pad search feature instead of a keyboard. I’m sure there’s a workaround but just haven’t found it yet. Friend Stream seems pretty useless as it would never update even with correct settings.

    Was pleasantly surprised that there is tethering and WiFi hot spot capability.

    Pretty much a great upgrade for me…thanks T-Mobile.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      From the dialer app, you can only use the numeric pad to narrow down your contacts, but you can do more in-depth searched (with the keyboard) in the Contacts app. If you’re in the dialer app, just hit Menu > People and you should be all set or just launch the Contacts app from the app drawer or home screen.

    • http://Website sansenoy

      It’s nice to hear a mature, reserved opinion about a phone as overhyped as this one. Have you tried playing 720p mkv videos in Rockplayer, does it stutter? Also, what about the MHL cables, are they avaliable in the States, if not, how the hell do you use HDMI???

    • ike

      On the contacts there are three tabs on the lower right, one of them will let you search like the iPhone or any normal phone. I find the sense to be my best phone ever. Last 3 phones iPhone 3gs , infused and the LG thrill 4g

  • BiGMERF

    I picked one up a eek ago also at walmart.. paid off contract price.. I have been with the nexus line since the first one and although sense is a learning curve for me. I am still pleased. Have had fe troubles with the phone so far. I anticipate some issues however since being an early adopter usually means you will. But no issues with a deathgrip yet :0.

  • jian9007

    Mine will be delivered tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for also pointing out in the review what many of us have been saying about the power benefits of the asynchronous processors, the ability to power one down. Many reviewers, when doing the menial tasks, say “it doesn’t feel like a dual-core processor.” That’s because only one is running so of course it feels like single-core, because only one core is running during those tasks.

  • http://Website JD

    I’ve also had my Sensation since the 8th (off contract from walmart), and it’s exactly what I wanted after suffering through the G2X. I came from my trusty Nexuus One to the G2X for about a month, and now the Sensation. The Sensation is the spiritual successor to the N1 in terms of build. That in and of itself is enough for me, however having virtually zero problems with the phone is also an obvious plus coming from the bug ridden G2X.
    I love the phone…and can’t wait to root it. Sense is better than I thought it would be, however I prefer the zippier vanilla.

    • BiGMERF

      “The Sensation is the spiritual successor to the N1 in terms of build”

      SO TRUE !!!

      • http://Website sansenoy

        Well, here’s to having a true HTC Nexus succesor to the N1, I don’t believe LG can pull it off…

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    It’s really ashame if people on tmobile don’t flock to pick up this device. I spent 2hours in a tmobile store on delancey st in Manhattan New York playing with this phone and assisting some employees who where not aware of some features concerning the device. The phone was snappy and pretty fast htc sense was beautiful and simply something that offers so much more ability to customize your device. I love the overall device the phone felt pretty light in the hand. I was very impressed with internals of the device as well as the battery management feature that resides in the quick settings of the device. This smartphone is something very enjoyable and since it is the cousin of the Evo 3d I just had to spend sometime with the device so it will better allow me to get my Evo 3d of and runing come June 24th. Plus I helped a good friend of mines leave verizon to tmobile and he is happy with his Sensation…Htc without question is the best manufracturer.

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  • http://Website Miguel

    I’m a Nexus One user I was wary of Sense 3.0. I like it. I am in awe at the attentionto detail HTC puts into the effects. The homescreen 3D effect trips me out. I find my self swiping very slowly just to see how the widgets and icons look as the zoom up and over.

    hTC has really put some polish on Gingerbread. I live the copy and paste modifications. I really miss my trackball from the Nexus One but HTC has a nice zoomed cursor popup window.

    I too have noticed that my signal is either 2G or 4G. What’s up with that? And is there a way to have Favorites or a Speed Dial list? I haven’t figured that out yet.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Grad you like it! I think too many Android fans write of HTC Sense without even using it. Stock Android is nice, but Sense does deliver quite a few features that Google has omitted.

    • http://Website kazahani

      I think the missing 3g phenomenon is caused by the technology that T-mobile uses for their 4g network. HSPA+ is essentially just backhauled HSPA, which is what T-mobile uses for 3g. If your phone has 4g capability, and you are in a 4g area, then you should have 4g everywhere that you have 3g, so it just automatically skips from EDGE to HSPA+. My suspicion would be that if you visit an area in which T-mobile has not rolled out their 4g, then you would see your phone hop on 3g.

    • http://Website watbetch

      In order to prevent constant flipping between 3G and 4G (which our phones do often, but it’s covered up to avoid any confusion) they just labeled all 3G/4G as 4G.

      UMTS is 3G
      HSPA+ is 4G
      You can see if your phone is on UMTS under the Testing menu or with a signal widget from the market.

  • http://Website DM

    1GB user addressable internal ROM? Is this a joke? Are you planning on buying a new phone very soon after this one?

    • http://Website Emily S

      That just means users have 1GB or storage on board that they can use for whatever they want (music, movies, pictures and such). From what I know the ROM partition is right around 1 GB which leaves an additional 2 GB of memory that HTC can reassign if they ever need it.

    • http://Website kazahani

      Chill out! That’s why God made Micro-SD!

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The 1 GB of internal storage and the 8 GB microSD card gives users a total of 9 GB of storage out of the gate. When I usually test new phones I swap out the memroy card from my phone which has all my music on it, but with all my Music uploaded to Google Music I didn’t even bother while using the Sensation.

      If you do plan on using the phone to record 1080p video, I would recommend picking up a 32GB microSD card since the raw video clip take up about 1 MB for every second you record.

  • http://Website PGrGr

    I had a play with a Sensation in a shop to compare it to my Desire. Two of the things which frustrate me about the Desire are how long it takes to populate the apps list on the manage apps option, and how long it takes to display the Gallery pictures. The Sensation didn’t seem quicker on either of those fronts. The other thing is that the Desire has a paltry amount of internal memory. The Sensation has more, but it compares poorly on all of these fronts to the Samsung Galaxy 2, which I also had a play with. If they bring out the NFC enabled version of the Samsung here in the UK, then at the moment, that’s winning my heart over the Sensation.

  • http://Website DROID Sam

    Is battery life really that good? That’s amazing. I was thinking that the SGSII was going to be my next phone (if it ever makes it here to the U.S) but I may have to rethink that. I’m stopping by the tmo store on my way to work and will let you know if the Sensation can change my mind.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Everyone’s numbers will be a bit different, but it should be a little better than what most people are used to. If HTC would have included a 1700 or 1900 mAh battery, this thing could probably last most people two full days.

      • http://Website kazahani

        I wondered about that myself. The 1900 mAh battery on my friend’s Atrix is smaller than the 1500 mAh one on my Vibrant, so I don’t think it’s a question of size.

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        One or two to reembemr, that is.

  • http://Website me man

    Does the sensation have hdmi out like the evo 3D?

  • http://Website Amon

    The Sensation doesn’t have HDMI out, like the iPhone, HTC will sell adapters for this use. Also when referring back to memory specs its not all that bad. Movies rented or purchased through HTC Watch are saved under a cloud server meaning no memory is used up to have movies on the device. Plus mostly all phones are expandable up to 32GB of external memory like this phone. Overall I really like the device and ordered mine already which should arrive early next week.

  • http://Website Droid Sam

    I got about 30 minutes with the phone today and I can say I am definitely impressed! The home screen animations are sloppily smooth and the new weather app has some nice new features.

    I tried out the htc trace feature with the keyboard but was not really impressed. Swype does a much better job.

  • http://Website Raptor

    Not bad review

  • http://Website James

    How can you have a review of a smartphone without mentioning anything about call quality???

    Come on, focus on all aspect, not just software and camera

  • kwills88

    Reading all these comments is slowly making me wanna give up on the SGSII, idk when my g1 will just die on me and this phone looks so tempting idk if i should give up or not.

    • http://Website dani

      both phones are a great decision. the sgs2 has great benchmark results, the sensation has a great feel and a “sensational” ui. i’ve thought about getting the sensation myself but couldn’t decide between the two phones as the samsung has good memory… so for me the answer to that is to wait for the third nexus. :)

  • http://Website lccurtis

    I picked up my Sensation Thursday and have been impressed with the features. I’m upgraded from a G2 which is a great device but to me the stock Android is just boring and I hate that the keyboard slide out sometimes when you have it clipped to your belt. I also wanted something bigger but not “EVO BIG” they may have the same dimension in screen length but you can really tell the difference when holding the Sensation, it really feels great in your hand and although its light and thin, the build quality is one of the best. I would advice anyone on tmobile who were interested in upgrading to a larger device to take a look at the Sensation 4g. Now all tmobile has to do is open up the network for truly 4g speeds like Verizon’s LTE and they would be unstoppable.

  • http://Website Jack

    I am a new owner of an HTC Sensation, a beautiful phone. But it is stuck at 2G for data access and has poor signal reception, when compared to MyTouch 4G or the Galaxy. I just got off the phone with TMobile tech support. They acknowledged that this is a problem for most of the Sensations. The way you can tell problem units is by checking Mobile Network Settings / Network mode an see if it is “GSM only” mode. If it is, switch to “GSM / WCDMA auto” mode. Go back to the general “Wireless & Networks” screen, and check “Mobile Networks” agin. You will see that the network mode switched to “GSM only” by itself.

    TMobile already has a list of Sensation owners that have this problem. They are collecting data to inform HTC so the manufacturer can come up with a fix. TMobile does not know whether this will be a hardware change or a software update fix. They advised me to return the phone within the buyer’s remorse timeframe and get another phone that is not a Sensation.

    Too bad, Sensation is the best phone TMobile has. The hardware is gorgeous. But do not buy this phone until this problem is fixed as the majority of Sensations seem to have this problem.

    • http://Website allen

      I had this problem as well when I first got it last week. Htc tech support has me wipe the handset twice and it seems to have solved the problem. Whenever I have issues I always call htc instead of tmobile.

      Try doing the same thing if you’re stuck on 2G and see what happens.

    • http://Website watbetch

      Disable WiFi calling, it does put the phone in GSM only mode and could be causing issues.

  • http://Website Jessie Jackson

    Does anyone else have an issue with home screen lag? For example when I go to the home screen from the Web, I had to wait about 30 seconds for the screen to load..

    • http://Website keller

      No issues with lag at all. The onlt time things seem to slow down is when I played the Nova game and them went back to the home screen. Other than that its as silky smooth as can be.

  • http://Website gonan23

    I’ve player with the new EVO 3d and the sensation and have to say that I would gladly trade the 3d camera in for a slimmer and lighter handset. The EVO 3d is nice, but the sensation is gonna be the phone for me.

  • http://blog.whitesites.com Whitesites

    I just bought mine off ebay for $465. Current prices for these on ebay are ranging from $460 – $490. I am upgrading from an HTC HD2, and I look forward to the improved camera. Fortunately I live a little south of Houston and 3g / 4g coverage is decent.

    I was considering moving to verizon, as they provide 3g coverage to just about any community with flushing toilets, but their new data plans scare me.

    Once I get this phone, the first thing I am going to do is break out the sand paper, and metal polish to turn that aluminum frame into a work of art. See my blog for an example of what I did to my HD2

  • http://Website Darwin

    I really like this phone and want one. But;
    It’s laggy. A dual core proc and its laggy.
    The call quality is OK but only OK.
    What happens when T-Mobile and AT&T merge? They don’t currently use the same frequencies or “4G”.
    I get terrible T-Mobile reception here in Phoenix.

    If this phone was on Verizon it would be a no brainer but too hard to buy into T-Mobile at this date. Wi-fi calling is great though., not to save minutes but to get reception in my house.

  • http://Website bpear96

    should i get this or wait for the next nexus.. idk will the nexus 3 be that much better then this sensation

  • http://Website K0rS@N

    The HTC sensation is a great phone but has 2 issues the first is the battery life stinks but the fix will come with android 2.3.4 same happen to Samsung Galaxy SII. The second issue is the sound is low they can fix that with an update cause I remember that the Iphone has the same problem in the 2G and 3G and Cydia fix that for jailbroken Iphones. hopefully they will fix this bugs. the HTC has a plus with sense 3.0 hopefully will give an extra+ with new update to 3.2.

  • http://Website Abir Bhattacharjee

    Hi I too bought an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II mobile and I am using a T-Mobile SIM in Chicago. This is a good 4G coverage area but I am stuck on 2G Edge connection. HSPA connection is impossible to attain after so many trials and so much internet browsing… How is it supposed to get 4G connection?? Will it come with some software update of some sort??

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  • Cameron

    So I got this phone… It rocks but one silly thing bothers me.the photogallery labels pictures numerically which is fine, but if, for example, I have 10th pics, and delete picture10, the next pic is still labeled pic11. Just bugsme. Email me if you know how to fix this. Cameroncoxart@gmail.com

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  • marion

    I’ve had the tmobile htc sensation for I week love the phone but see no different in it from my touch 4g besides the screen the sensation ring volume strinks and the media volume too you can hardly head on it other than those issue great phone

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  • Chandu

    Hi,
    I’m using hTC sensation from last 6 months in India.
    I came across many problems.
    1) Cannot be able to cut the in coming calls. Always receives the call when we pull the ring up.
    2) If we get call when we listening to music via head phone call cannot answer the call properly.
    3) While receiving the call if you make mobile silent after you cant pull the ring and receive the call until call ends.
    4) Voice dialer application turns on while listening to music via head phone.
    Other than these problems phone data service is too good.
    I’m getting around 7-11Mbps in 3G connection.

    Thanks
    Chandru

  • Andy

    Here it is a yr & a half later and I still love this phone. Lack of internal memory is OK b/c of my add-on 16-Gb microSD card. It does slow some when I need to clear program cache (easily done from settings), but otherwise the processor is fast & all works great! Especially the 4G. With WiFi off I’m getting 10 Gbps on the TMo HSPA network. But instead of TMo I enjoy unlimited talk/txt/data on a mobile network that pays me back! Check it at http://www.PenniesOverDollars.com

  1. Looks like an awesome phone, but unfortunate that it’s on t-mo. I looked at their coverage grid and if I even leave the city limits of Houston I don’t have even 3G coverage, just EDGE.

    Ewwww

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  4. HeldrosGuest 4 years ago

    That’s why I love Europe so much. You don’t have to wory about carriers. You pick up the phone you want and go to any carrier.

    • JamesGuest 4 years ago

      I wish that it was that way here.

    • sansenoyGuest 4 years ago

      Really??? Just for everyone concerned, the Sensation is available throughout Europe EXCLUSIVELY under a Vodafone contract… Up until next month, that is, but still pisses me off

    • NickyGuest 3 years ago

      Yes but cellphone prices are very high (example: iphone 4 is 800Euro… like 900$) and the internet speed is very low… ( be happy if you get 100kbps)…

  5. Will HGuest 4 years ago

    I’ve had my Sensation for about a week ($148 at Walmart) and it’s a terrific upgrade from the MT3G. Great size, fast , good call quality, excellent screen
    I’ve seen the death grip, also but not really an issue for me.
    My battery life stinks (barely a full day without recharge), but I work in a bunker and often loose signal, so it’s probably related to signal searching. I’ve yet to have a good day with full signal.
    I have noticed that the data signal only swaps between 2g and 4g…no 3g ever.

    My first time with Sense 3.0 and overall am pleased. The lock screen is terrific as are the 3D homescreen swipes.

    I liked the Contact List better on my MT3G Froyo edition better and I really would like a better search function for Contacts….it appears that there is only a number pad search feature instead of a keyboard. I’m sure there’s a workaround but just haven’t found it yet. Friend Stream seems pretty useless as it would never update even with correct settings.

    Was pleasantly surprised that there is tethering and WiFi hot spot capability.

    Pretty much a great upgrade for me…thanks T-Mobile.

    • From the dialer app, you can only use the numeric pad to narrow down your contacts, but you can do more in-depth searched (with the keyboard) in the Contacts app. If you’re in the dialer app, just hit Menu > People and you should be all set or just launch the Contacts app from the app drawer or home screen.

    • sansenoyGuest 4 years ago

      It’s nice to hear a mature, reserved opinion about a phone as overhyped as this one. Have you tried playing 720p mkv videos in Rockplayer, does it stutter? Also, what about the MHL cables, are they avaliable in the States, if not, how the hell do you use HDMI???

    • ikeGuest 3 years ago

      On the contacts there are three tabs on the lower right, one of them will let you search like the iPhone or any normal phone. I find the sense to be my best phone ever. Last 3 phones iPhone 3gs , infused and the LG thrill 4g

  6. I picked one up a eek ago also at walmart.. paid off contract price.. I have been with the nexus line since the first one and although sense is a learning curve for me. I am still pleased. Have had fe troubles with the phone so far. I anticipate some issues however since being an early adopter usually means you will. But no issues with a deathgrip yet :0.

  7. Mine will be delivered tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for also pointing out in the review what many of us have been saying about the power benefits of the asynchronous processors, the ability to power one down. Many reviewers, when doing the menial tasks, say “it doesn’t feel like a dual-core processor.” That’s because only one is running so of course it feels like single-core, because only one core is running during those tasks.

  8. JDGuest 4 years ago

    I’ve also had my Sensation since the 8th (off contract from walmart), and it’s exactly what I wanted after suffering through the G2X. I came from my trusty Nexuus One to the G2X for about a month, and now the Sensation. The Sensation is the spiritual successor to the N1 in terms of build. That in and of itself is enough for me, however having virtually zero problems with the phone is also an obvious plus coming from the bug ridden G2X.
    I love the phone…and can’t wait to root it. Sense is better than I thought it would be, however I prefer the zippier vanilla.

  9. Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

    It’s really ashame if people on tmobile don’t flock to pick up this device. I spent 2hours in a tmobile store on delancey st in Manhattan New York playing with this phone and assisting some employees who where not aware of some features concerning the device. The phone was snappy and pretty fast htc sense was beautiful and simply something that offers so much more ability to customize your device. I love the overall device the phone felt pretty light in the hand. I was very impressed with internals of the device as well as the battery management feature that resides in the quick settings of the device. This smartphone is something very enjoyable and since it is the cousin of the Evo 3d I just had to spend sometime with the device so it will better allow me to get my Evo 3d of and runing come June 24th. Plus I helped a good friend of mines leave verizon to tmobile and he is happy with his Sensation…Htc without question is the best manufracturer.

  10. embrace your orgasmGuest 4 years ago

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  11. MiguelGuest 4 years ago

    I’m a Nexus One user I was wary of Sense 3.0. I like it. I am in awe at the attentionto detail HTC puts into the effects. The homescreen 3D effect trips me out. I find my self swiping very slowly just to see how the widgets and icons look as the zoom up and over.

    hTC has really put some polish on Gingerbread. I live the copy and paste modifications. I really miss my trackball from the Nexus One but HTC has a nice zoomed cursor popup window.

    I too have noticed that my signal is either 2G or 4G. What’s up with that? And is there a way to have Favorites or a Speed Dial list? I haven’t figured that out yet.

    • Grad you like it! I think too many Android fans write of HTC Sense without even using it. Stock Android is nice, but Sense does deliver quite a few features that Google has omitted.

    • kazahaniGuest 4 years ago

      I think the missing 3g phenomenon is caused by the technology that T-mobile uses for their 4g network. HSPA+ is essentially just backhauled HSPA, which is what T-mobile uses for 3g. If your phone has 4g capability, and you are in a 4g area, then you should have 4g everywhere that you have 3g, so it just automatically skips from EDGE to HSPA+. My suspicion would be that if you visit an area in which T-mobile has not rolled out their 4g, then you would see your phone hop on 3g.

    • watbetchGuest 4 years ago

      In order to prevent constant flipping between 3G and 4G (which our phones do often, but it’s covered up to avoid any confusion) they just labeled all 3G/4G as 4G.

      UMTS is 3G
      HSPA+ is 4G
      You can see if your phone is on UMTS under the Testing menu or with a signal widget from the market.

  12. DMGuest 4 years ago

    1GB user addressable internal ROM? Is this a joke? Are you planning on buying a new phone very soon after this one?

    • Emily SGuest 4 years ago

      That just means users have 1GB or storage on board that they can use for whatever they want (music, movies, pictures and such). From what I know the ROM partition is right around 1 GB which leaves an additional 2 GB of memory that HTC can reassign if they ever need it.

    • kazahaniGuest 4 years ago

      Chill out! That’s why God made Micro-SD!

    • The 1 GB of internal storage and the 8 GB microSD card gives users a total of 9 GB of storage out of the gate. When I usually test new phones I swap out the memroy card from my phone which has all my music on it, but with all my Music uploaded to Google Music I didn’t even bother while using the Sensation.

      If you do plan on using the phone to record 1080p video, I would recommend picking up a 32GB microSD card since the raw video clip take up about 1 MB for every second you record.

  13. PGrGrGuest 4 years ago

    I had a play with a Sensation in a shop to compare it to my Desire. Two of the things which frustrate me about the Desire are how long it takes to populate the apps list on the manage apps option, and how long it takes to display the Gallery pictures. The Sensation didn’t seem quicker on either of those fronts. The other thing is that the Desire has a paltry amount of internal memory. The Sensation has more, but it compares poorly on all of these fronts to the Samsung Galaxy 2, which I also had a play with. If they bring out the NFC enabled version of the Samsung here in the UK, then at the moment, that’s winning my heart over the Sensation.

  14. DROID SamGuest 4 years ago

    Is battery life really that good? That’s amazing. I was thinking that the SGSII was going to be my next phone (if it ever makes it here to the U.S) but I may have to rethink that. I’m stopping by the tmo store on my way to work and will let you know if the Sensation can change my mind.

    • Everyone’s numbers will be a bit different, but it should be a little better than what most people are used to. If HTC would have included a 1700 or 1900 mAh battery, this thing could probably last most people two full days.

      • kazahaniGuest 4 years ago

        I wondered about that myself. The 1900 mAh battery on my friend’s Atrix is smaller than the 1500 mAh one on my Vibrant, so I don’t think it’s a question of size.

      • JenibelleGuest 4 years ago

        One or two to reembemr, that is.

  15. me manGuest 4 years ago

    Does the sensation have hdmi out like the evo 3D?

  16. AmonGuest 4 years ago

    The Sensation doesn’t have HDMI out, like the iPhone, HTC will sell adapters for this use. Also when referring back to memory specs its not all that bad. Movies rented or purchased through HTC Watch are saved under a cloud server meaning no memory is used up to have movies on the device. Plus mostly all phones are expandable up to 32GB of external memory like this phone. Overall I really like the device and ordered mine already which should arrive early next week.

  17. Droid SamGuest 4 years ago

    I got about 30 minutes with the phone today and I can say I am definitely impressed! The home screen animations are sloppily smooth and the new weather app has some nice new features.

    I tried out the htc trace feature with the keyboard but was not really impressed. Swype does a much better job.

  18. RaptorGuest 4 years ago

    Not bad review

  19. JamesGuest 4 years ago

    How can you have a review of a smartphone without mentioning anything about call quality???

    Come on, focus on all aspect, not just software and camera

  20. Reading all these comments is slowly making me wanna give up on the SGSII, idk when my g1 will just die on me and this phone looks so tempting idk if i should give up or not.

    • daniGuest 4 years ago

      both phones are a great decision. the sgs2 has great benchmark results, the sensation has a great feel and a “sensational” ui. i’ve thought about getting the sensation myself but couldn’t decide between the two phones as the samsung has good memory… so for me the answer to that is to wait for the third nexus. :)

  21. lccurtisGuest 4 years ago

    I picked up my Sensation Thursday and have been impressed with the features. I’m upgraded from a G2 which is a great device but to me the stock Android is just boring and I hate that the keyboard slide out sometimes when you have it clipped to your belt. I also wanted something bigger but not “EVO BIG” they may have the same dimension in screen length but you can really tell the difference when holding the Sensation, it really feels great in your hand and although its light and thin, the build quality is one of the best. I would advice anyone on tmobile who were interested in upgrading to a larger device to take a look at the Sensation 4g. Now all tmobile has to do is open up the network for truly 4g speeds like Verizon’s LTE and they would be unstoppable.

  22. JackGuest 4 years ago

    I am a new owner of an HTC Sensation, a beautiful phone. But it is stuck at 2G for data access and has poor signal reception, when compared to MyTouch 4G or the Galaxy. I just got off the phone with TMobile tech support. They acknowledged that this is a problem for most of the Sensations. The way you can tell problem units is by checking Mobile Network Settings / Network mode an see if it is “GSM only” mode. If it is, switch to “GSM / WCDMA auto” mode. Go back to the general “Wireless & Networks” screen, and check “Mobile Networks” agin. You will see that the network mode switched to “GSM only” by itself.

    TMobile already has a list of Sensation owners that have this problem. They are collecting data to inform HTC so the manufacturer can come up with a fix. TMobile does not know whether this will be a hardware change or a software update fix. They advised me to return the phone within the buyer’s remorse timeframe and get another phone that is not a Sensation.

    Too bad, Sensation is the best phone TMobile has. The hardware is gorgeous. But do not buy this phone until this problem is fixed as the majority of Sensations seem to have this problem.

    • allenGuest 4 years ago

      I had this problem as well when I first got it last week. Htc tech support has me wipe the handset twice and it seems to have solved the problem. Whenever I have issues I always call htc instead of tmobile.

      Try doing the same thing if you’re stuck on 2G and see what happens.

    • watbetchGuest 4 years ago

      Disable WiFi calling, it does put the phone in GSM only mode and could be causing issues.

  23. Jessie JacksonGuest 4 years ago

    Does anyone else have an issue with home screen lag? For example when I go to the home screen from the Web, I had to wait about 30 seconds for the screen to load..

    • kellerGuest 4 years ago

      No issues with lag at all. The onlt time things seem to slow down is when I played the Nova game and them went back to the home screen. Other than that its as silky smooth as can be.

  24. gonan23Guest 4 years ago

    I’ve player with the new EVO 3d and the sensation and have to say that I would gladly trade the 3d camera in for a slimmer and lighter handset. The EVO 3d is nice, but the sensation is gonna be the phone for me.

  25. WhitesitesGuest 4 years ago

    I just bought mine off ebay for $465. Current prices for these on ebay are ranging from $460 – $490. I am upgrading from an HTC HD2, and I look forward to the improved camera. Fortunately I live a little south of Houston and 3g / 4g coverage is decent.

    I was considering moving to verizon, as they provide 3g coverage to just about any community with flushing toilets, but their new data plans scare me.

    Once I get this phone, the first thing I am going to do is break out the sand paper, and metal polish to turn that aluminum frame into a work of art. See my blog for an example of what I did to my HD2

  26. DarwinGuest 4 years ago

    I really like this phone and want one. But;
    It’s laggy. A dual core proc and its laggy.
    The call quality is OK but only OK.
    What happens when T-Mobile and AT&T merge? They don’t currently use the same frequencies or “4G”.
    I get terrible T-Mobile reception here in Phoenix.

    If this phone was on Verizon it would be a no brainer but too hard to buy into T-Mobile at this date. Wi-fi calling is great though., not to save minutes but to get reception in my house.

  27. bpear96Guest 4 years ago

    should i get this or wait for the next nexus.. idk will the nexus 3 be that much better then this sensation

  28. K0rS@NGuest 4 years ago

    The HTC sensation is a great phone but has 2 issues the first is the battery life stinks but the fix will come with android 2.3.4 same happen to Samsung Galaxy SII. The second issue is the sound is low they can fix that with an update cause I remember that the Iphone has the same problem in the 2G and 3G and Cydia fix that for jailbroken Iphones. hopefully they will fix this bugs. the HTC has a plus with sense 3.0 hopefully will give an extra+ with new update to 3.2.

  29. Abir BhattacharjeeGuest 4 years ago

    Hi I too bought an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II mobile and I am using a T-Mobile SIM in Chicago. This is a good 4G coverage area but I am stuck on 2G Edge connection. HSPA connection is impossible to attain after so many trials and so much internet browsing… How is it supposed to get 4G connection?? Will it come with some software update of some sort??

  30. CameronGuest 4 years ago

    So I got this phone… It rocks but one silly thing bothers me.the photogallery labels pictures numerically which is fine, but if, for example, I have 10th pics, and delete picture10, the next pic is still labeled pic11. Just bugsme. Email me if you know how to fix this. Cameroncoxart@gmail.com

  31. marionGuest 3 years ago

    I’ve had the tmobile htc sensation for I week love the phone but see no different in it from my touch 4g besides the screen the sensation ring volume strinks and the media volume too you can hardly head on it other than those issue great phone

  32. HTC Sensation 4GGuest 3 years ago

    Even though HTC introduce competitive mobile phones I think it is still in the costlier side in my country.

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  35. ChanduGuest 3 years ago

    Hi,
    I’m using hTC sensation from last 6 months in India.
    I came across many problems.
    1) Cannot be able to cut the in coming calls. Always receives the call when we pull the ring up.
    2) If we get call when we listening to music via head phone call cannot answer the call properly.
    3) While receiving the call if you make mobile silent after you cant pull the ring and receive the call until call ends.
    4) Voice dialer application turns on while listening to music via head phone.
    Other than these problems phone data service is too good.
    I’m getting around 7-11Mbps in 3G connection.

    Thanks
    Chandru

  36. AndyGuest 2 years ago

    Here it is a yr & a half later and I still love this phone. Lack of internal memory is OK b/c of my add-on 16-Gb microSD card. It does slow some when I need to clear program cache (easily done from settings), but otherwise the processor is fast & all works great! Especially the 4G. With WiFi off I’m getting 10 Gbps on the TMo HSPA network. But instead of TMo I enjoy unlimited talk/txt/data on a mobile network that pays me back! Check it at http://www.PenniesOverDollars.com