Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... but the main ones that come with the phone make life so much easier. Thanks to HTC Sense built in, customising your home screen is as eas... more
Member Name: VampirePrincess
Advantages: Ease of use, looks great, so much to do
Disadvantages: Battery Life
HTC Sensation Mobile Phone:
"If you want a high-performing Android phone that lets you record HD video and see it clearly on a huge 4.3" touch screen, choose the HTC Sensation"
What's in the Box?
Earphones (very good quality)
Charger - This turns into a multi functional charge
Instruction/How to Guide
First off I would like to talk about the visual aspect of the phone, as at first I thought "blimey that's big!" However, after handling the phone for a while, I have come to realise that the size of the phone is a necessity. It is entirely touchscreen (excluding the standby button and volume controls), and is not bulky or heavy in any way. I would personally recommend a screen protector as the chances of it eventually getting smudged is quite high. The screen itself I think is much better than most phones on the market, as it is a good size and you really do get a crystal clear viewing.
Setting this smart phone up really is simple and straight-forward as it basically tells you what to do as you go along. First off after getting the phone out the box the battery will be pretty much empty so a full charge is needed. You need to take the back off the phone by pressing in the button at the bottom of the phone then the back clips off. Secondly you need to insert your sim card. Remove the wrapper off the battery, then put the phone back together and plug in the charger.
While the phone is charging you can still turn the phone on by pressing the button at the top of the phone. Once the device is on it will automatically start off by going through the set up instructions, e.g. time, date ect. This feature was very simple and over in minutes. Once the basic set up is done then the phone is ready to play.
First thing I did was add credit to the phone. Then I began with the basics (text messages, calls, pictures).
Although the HTC Sensation is predominantly touch screen orientated, the four basic buttons at the bottom of the phone are the ones mostly used to navigate. These buttons are; Home, Menu, Back and Search, with the Back button being the most used.
Home screen layout:
The layout of the home screen is customisable in every way. Its default layout is a giant clock at the top of the screen, with icons for internet, e-mail, camera, messages, Marketplace and information. However, I have personally altered everything to suit my needs. I have removed the clock, littered the page with shortcuts to my favourite applications and changed the wallpaper. There are also pre-determined themes available for anyone looking to customise their home page with ease. That being said, all you need to do is change the layout is drag and drop items from the Apps screen to your home page. It is all very simple! The wallpaper is also fully customisable with your own pictures from your camera or pictures from the internet.
Making calls and sending messages:
Well nice and easy you just press phone on your screen then you're able to just type in the number you wish to call. I think when talking and listening on the phone (depending on the area) it all comes through very clear, you can also turn the volume up if you need it louder in anyway. One thing I think that tends to fail on a few phones is the hands-free speaker, as you can hear them but they tend to not be able to hear you. However so far this has not been a problem and on both sides been able to hear perfectly.
For when you want to send a message again on your home screen you just click the text message icon. Your keyboard pops up so you are able to compose your text, then you can just add a number or choose a person from your contacts. The same applies for when you want to send a photo/picture message all that is different is that you need to pick your photo from your library on the phone.
One thing I noticed as I have added my Facebook details to this phone when I want to call someone and go to phone contacts the people that have added their numbers to Facebook automatically pop up on my contact list.
Syncing email accounts:
You can sync your primary email account with the email function on the phone to receive real-time updates to your inbox. All of the main domains are available (hotmail, yahoo, gmail, AOL, etc) and this was very simple to set up. Just choose your domain name and enter your details.
The HTC is powered by something called Android. To put it in simple terms, Android is the name of the operating system for the phone. It's very similar to the operating systems for iPhones and Blackberries, in that Apps are available from a specific location and they can be downloaded to the phone immediately. Plus, when the software or any applications become outdated or a new version arrives, the phone will prompt you to install the upgrade. This is to ensure the operating system is always running at max potential.
The app store for the HTC Sensation is a feature called Marketplace. From here you can browse thousands of applications in every category (games, education, travel, productivity, etc). A lot of them are free, however the more advanced ones require small fees. Upon downloading them, they are sent straight to your App home screen within seconds.
After putting the HD screen of the HTC through some rigorous exercise, you really start to appreciate the picture quality it offers. It is crisp, clear picture, usually available in both portrait and landscape (just turn the phone to the side for the landscape option). The screen size itself is 4.3 inches which is known as QHD (quarter HD). The sound quality is also of a very high standard.
I love taking photographs, and it's often a chore to have to remember to pack the digital camera everywhere I go. However, the camera on the phone is 8 megapixels, which is about the same as a good digital camera. Therefore, this phone eliminates the need for a digital camera at all!
There's also a lot of fun to be had with photos on this phone. You can change the effect of how a photo is taken, such as in black and white, or with a distortion effect, or vintage effect, etc. It's when you view your photos on the computer, however, that you realise how good the camera is.
This phone also teams as a camcorder which gets captured in HD and if you wish you can upload anything that you recorded or a photo you have taken straight to the internet. Again just like taking a photo the quality you get for a phone is just amazing.
There are two cameras on this phone, one at the very front which can also be used as a mirror and the other on the back of the phone.
If I had to choose one major let down of this phone then it would definitely be the battery life. It's no secret that excessive usage of applications, browsing, viewing media, etc would use up the battery life quickly, however even without doing such things; you can still see the battery go from full to empty within a day. I would recommend doing everything possible to reduce power usage from the Settings screen. To save some power, I've reduced the brightness of the screen, turned off data roaming, turned off Wi-Fi when it's not needed, turned off vibrations, and turned on Power Saving Mode. Also, be sure to put the phone on charge at every possible moment!
The phone itself will go into sleep/lock if you haven't used your phone for a few minutes; all you need to do is press the button at the top of the phone to wake it up again.
Other items that I like on the phone:
One excellent little tool that was already on the phone was map and navigation which so far I have used a lot. The navigation mode can be set for a car or walking, which for me came in handy. I had to do some courses last week didn't have a clue where the buildings were I needed, so I in-putted the post code and it directed me there while walking.
Kind of like a sat nav you can also click attractions and it will find your location and tell you what is nearby like food and drink places, cinemas, petrol stations ect.
I do a lot of walking with my dog and most times I will take a torch with me, however this phone has the best light I have ever seen on a phone! It has three settings on the phone a picture of a torch pops up and you can press it up to three times each press makes it brighter. However this will also run the battery down.
Price and Availability:
Well as you can guess this phone certainly doesn't come cheap. To buy this phone on Pay As You Go prices start from £429.99. However, you can get this phone on contract which I personally think is the way forward. There are so many great deals you can get with contracts nowadays but it's necessary to do some shopping around before making your decision. Price per month starts from £35.00 a lot of offers from various places will also give you free gifts, vouchers, incentives, etc when taking out a contract.
Well I guess I've fallen in love with this smart phone. My poor Blackberry Curve has now lost all of its appeal. For me this is a phone that really does do everything. It does everything the Blackberry can do and does it better. You're able to keep on top of pretty much everything without having to exert too much effort. There are so many features that you could possibly never get bored. Also, the list of fun will just keep on growing.
Due to the complexity of this phone, I may have overlooked some features that people may want a description of. Any further info required, please comment or message me.
Five out of five stars from me
Thanks for reading :o)
If you would like more detail on the specs of this phone please see - http://www.htc.com/uk/smartphones/htc-sensation/sp ecs
Summary: One amazing phone, with excellent apps