Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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A sensational bit of kit
Member Name: wanstall99
Date: 13/04/13, updated on 13/04/13 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Big bright screen, lots of features, great camera, 8GB internal storage
Disadvantages: Battery life is not the best, can be uncomfortable when wearing tight clothes like jeans
At the time of writing this review i have owned the HTC Sensation for 20 months on contract with orange, so i have had a lot of time to 'test' the phone in depth.
To start off the phone looks slick, smooth and cool. The phone case is made of metal so it has that sturdy, tough feel that you want when handling an expensive bit of kit, not the flimsy plastic cases that some some mobile phones are made from but at the same time it is quite light, coming in at 148g. The large screen measures 4.3 inches, which is great for surfing the web, watching videos and playing games, but the downside is that it can be a bit uncomfortable in your pocket. The screen is also very bright and the colours are so clear and crisp, this was the first thing i noticed when i turned it on for the first time and to protect all this the glass is made of gorilla glass, this makes it very durable which i have found out myself after dropping the phone more than a few times. The touchscreen itself is very responsive and precise, this helps prevent you pressing the wrong things by mistake and the whole screen is easily accessible for all but child size hands.
The sensation has a vast range of apps, widgets and features that can be downloaded from the android market but it would take too long to list in a 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 easy as drag and drop what you want where you want. You can access simple tasks with just one touch or swipe from your lock screen so no need to even unlock your phone. The 8MP camera quality is excellent, with plenty of setting to play around with and the video recorder records in HD, which i have used plenty of times without being dissapointed, even at night with two bright LEDs next to the lense to light any room.
The battery life is the only main drawback for this phone, when i first used the phone it was going strong but after a few months it started to deteriorate and wouldn't even last a whole day, there are apps on the market for free that can help improve battery life a little but the best way is to buy a spare battery or buy a battery upgrade. It didnt ruin my experience with the phone, you cant expect much with a powerful phone running so many apps but sometimes my battery would always run out when i needed it and the phone can crash a few times when battery is below 4% and you try and open apps too fast.
Overall this is a great phone, you can get far superior phones now, but that also means the sensation is now very cheap and if you are looking for a phone that does everything you need superbly and for the fraction of the cost of an iphone then this is very good bet.
Summary: Great phone, highly recommend to anyone shopping on a budget
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