Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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This Sensation is a marvel of a smartphone
Member Name: jillycat
Advantages: Good clear screen, quick easy access to the Internet, camera excellent for picture quality
Disadvantages: Manual lacks information battery life goes quickly
Some of the specifications and what you get in the box
* 4.3 inch touch screen- this I believe is one of the larger phone screens round and it does make for a very clear picture to see and use
*Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS- I didn't know what Gingerbread but a friend of mine told me that this is the latest bit of kit for android phones meaning it is pre-loaded with lots of bit of flashy kit. His words not mine!
*1.2 GHz dual core processor -I don't know much about speeds but what I do think this means is that dual makes it a lot faster than a single processor
*768MB RAM-I don't know what this really means but I have again been told the higher the RAM the better and that is a great amount to have on a phone
*126mm x 65mm x 11mm- the dimensions of the phone are nice and slim line and great to hold in your hand.
* 8MP Camera with HD video capabilities- I will talk more about this spec in the review
The box for the phone contains not only the phone but the instructions manual, warranty ear phones, a USB wire and a plug and combination of pieces to make the phone be chargeable from a plug socket or the USB point on a computer
How the phone looks
The phone weighs about 150g so whilst it is a bit heavier than my old Nokia it does not need weightlifting muscles to hold and use it. The phone is self is lovely and curvy and is nice to hold in the palm of your hands
On the front of the phone there are 4 buttons at the bottom of the handset - home, menu, back and search. At the top of the phone on the back there is a video camera lens, speaker and a notification light.
On the left hand side of the phone there is the micro USB slot used for charging and connecting up to the computer as well a large silver button for turning the volume up or down.
On the top of the phone there is the 3.5mm headphone jack slot and the sleep / power button.
The initially screen that HTC has on it lovely to look at I think it displays in a nice bold format the time date and weather for where you are with various of your favourite icons to touch or tap to access them. Once the phone has gone on to stand by it locks automatically and you have a sliver ring on the screen to drag up the screen to unlock it. This is quite a neat feature I find as it stops anything getting pressed by mistake in my handbag.
Setting up the phone
On taking it out of the packaging I was a bit overwhelmed by how to set it all up and indeed I thought I had all the attachments correctly put together for the plug to charge the phone only to find the next morning that I hadn't twisted the transformer section that transforms the USB lead into the plug correctly and it hadn't charged up over night. So make sure you twist and lock correctly if you get this phone.
Taking the back off the phone to put the sim card is very simple and a quickly click and slide is all you need to set it up. I had inserted the Vodaphone sim and this quickly let me make a call to put some credit on the phone.
The initial screens to help you set up the phone were straightforward and the phone seemed to automatically prompt me to do what was needed to charge the time and date and if I wanted to transfer all my contacts from my old phone to the new phone via blue tooth.
To call this a manual really is a bit of an over statement really the instructions are on a fold out bit of paper and are really minimalist and I haven't actually found them to be that helpful other than how to take the back of the phone. The other functions that it describes on the instructions are less than clear and I have found it has been a case of trail and error with trying various things with the phone rather than following the manual to help me learn how to use the phone. However HTC have a really good website that does actually give you a lot of information about the phone and how to use it with lots of idiot's guides which I found very useful so I would definitely recommend checking this out if you are unfamiliar with smart phones
Making a call
It is a phone so one of the first things I wanted to try was how easy it was use to make a phone call and what the sound quality was like. On the initially front screen of the phone there is an icon to press to take you to the phone section. A number keyboard appears for you to input the number. This is straight forward and the screen is very receptive to enter the data. If you have numbers stored on the phone it gradually starts editing these as you go so if you then spot a number you want you can stop entering it manually and just click on the person or number and enter it straight away with a touch of your fingers. I find this is really useful feature to help me get to numbers quickly. You can also scroll through your contacts to find the number as well. I have found the phone quality to be great for the sound with it being very clear even if I am contacting another mobile number. The phone also has a loudspeaker function which again is useful if you want to look through some papers or similar whilst on the phone which I found was a great the other week when contacting some one about some work. The volume can be adjusted as with most phones and this is straight forward to do with the volume button at the side of the phone.
I initially thought this was straight forward and that you typed in the message and press send but what I soon realised was I wasn't sure it if had sent or not because no icon came back to let me know it had gone unlike my old Nokia. So I would press send again and this resulted in me sending the same text several times. The correct way it works is for you to select compose for a new text message and enter the number or person via the contact list and then type your text. The phone is set up with predictive text and a QWERTY keyboard to use. The predictive text unlike my old Nokia gives you various choices as you go along in typing in the word and you can select the word as soon as it appears. This I find actually reduces the time I spend composing a text. You then click send just the once and it's gone. One of the features I like about the texting on the phone is the way it is stored. The texts are all stored like a conversation between you and whom you have texted so when you read the contacts back you can see both what you have sent and received like a dialogue which is quite fun to read. You can then deleted them one at a time as you wish again this is an easy to use process with you just taping the message you want to delete.
I have been very impressed with the quality of picture that this phone has taken. We have recently been on holiday and have used the camera feature to take a few close up of animals we have seen on holiday. Again it is a case of tapping the icon on the initial screen to call the camera feature up. This is initially set to take a picture from the what you are facing but if you want to take a picture of yourself it is easy to reveres this to do so by just a tap of the screen. The focus button at the top of the screen for zooming in and out is very sensitive and only takes a little push with your finger to move along and this took a bit of a while to get used to as often I would zoom in to quickly. Depending on if you hold the camera upright or on its side will mean it takes a landscape or a portrait picture. The pictures are automatically stored in a gallery for you so you don't need to fiddly around saving them which I like and means it is easy to operate like a camera would be. From this screen you can also tap the icons to take it to the camcorder aspect which I haven't fully tried out as yet so I can't comment on this. When you want to view the pictures back you have to into the app section of the phone and go to gallery you can either view them individually or you can set up a slide show which is quite a nice feature if you are showing the pictures to other people. As the phone contains a USB lead I had hoped you could automatically download these to my computer but you can't which I think is a shame really. You can either send them several ways via Bluetooth, straight to Facebook or to an email address as well as to another phone. This is simple to do with the share function within the folder. I have however found that 3 photos are about the maximum to send at one time really more than this and it seems to not send them.
Using the web access
Now this was the first for me a phone that could access the Internet. I initially opted for Vodaphone's freebee of download time and set my phone to also select my home broadband to access it. This was straight forward to do and the phone leads you through this selection process very well. The speed of the connection is something that has varied to be honest depending on where I have been. Where the Wi-Fi connectivity is good the phone is very fast and downloads pages with easy and at a great speed that I have been totally impressed by. However on our recent holiday in the Lake District the Wi-Fi in the area must been very poor so the download of pages was very slow and in fact often the phone would go to automatic sleep mode whilst the page downloaded. Whilst as a causal user this isn't a problem for me it would be if you were using this work I would imagine.
The typing in the web address is simple to do and use. One of the features I love about the web access is no matter which way you turn the phone the web-page will automatically turn for you to see it. Now this I found to be invaluable as it allowed me to view pages much more easily when the phone was turned to the side and with a quick tap to zoom the page in it was very easy to read and use. The back button on the bottom of the phone also comes into its own here if I have missed clicked something for example in a Google search it can quickly take me back as a normal PC would. The picture quality of the phone here is also very good and the Web-Pages are clear and crisp. Overall I think this phone makes it very easy to navigate around the web.
You can store an email address on the phone so you can constantly check your emails this is one of the 4 regular icons that is on my initial touch screen so it is easy for me to access and it automatically updates as the emails come in. I have both deleted and sent email from this function with no problems at all.
As with most smart phones I believe this does eat the battery life if you are accessing the Internet and I would say you definitely can't go away without your charger as the phone will die on you. I find that after about 4-5 hours of use that the battery has sunk to just under half. I have never gone below this because I haven't used the phone all day on the Internet at any point so I can't give a maximum amount of life that it gives.
Other things as standard
There is a calculator which is easy to use, and a flashlight for the phone this proved a handy function on our recently holiday when returning to the caravan in the dark as it enabled us to see where to put the key into the door
The phone can also be used to watch films, down load applications and listen to the radio none of which I have done as yet but can't wait to try out if I get the chance whilst the test is still on.
This phone has been an absolute joy to test and it has certainly awoken my interest in the smart phone revolution. The phone is simple to use with lots of good features the sound quality of calls is great and the way you can turn the screen to get a better view of the Web-Pages is a feature I love. The sped of the phone depends upon the WI-FI in your area and I can definitely notice the phone slowing down in areas of poor connection however this is definitely due to the WIFI not the phone as in areas of good connection this phone is very quick to load pages and generate the information you want say from a Google search. My only criticism is of the poor manual and the battery life I think if some of the idiots guide information from the web-page was included in the manual this phone would be perfect and ready to go. I am giving this phone 4 stars deducting a point for the battery life and the manual.
Summary: A great android phone with lots of great features just a shame about manual and battery life
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