htc sensation xe review
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Just a mere look at HTC Sensation XE, you will say ‘wow.’ It really seems strange that a mobile phone company that used to develop products for niche crowd with Windows Mobile and stubborn touch screens, can bring a cool device like Sensation XE. With the devices like HTC Sensation XL or HTC Explorer, it seems that the company is serious about pulling in the crowd with some immaculate offerings. Let’s get back to the review of Sensation XE and check out some of its aspects.
HTC Sensation XE – The Build and Design
If you have seen HTC Sensation, then you will not find any drastic difference in the new model. Though, it is still very impressive with just a few tweaks beneath the bonnet. It brings the thick curved metal slab, which is same as the original, but definitely better than the plasticity Galaxy S 2. You will not find any dedicated shutter button for the camera because there is no change in the ports and buttons. In spite of that, you will not find anything that seems out of place.
The colour scheme is definitely new and attractive. Now, the buyers are not required to stick with that boring silver colour as they can feel the sting of red and black design, which looks quite attractive. Just under the display, there are four dedicated capacitive keys that glow red. The original Sensation used to have a uni-body, but XE is not exactly like that. To take out the battery, the entire back plate can be lifted out. However, it can be done easily.
HTC Sensation XE - Display
There is not much of a difference in the display screen of the new Sensation XE with that of the original one. However, there was not really any need to make changes in the display because it boasts quite impressive features. It comes with 4.3 inches Super LCD capacitive touch screen that boasts visibility of 16 million colours. 540x960 pixels resolution is impressive, while the wide viewing angles make a comfortable watch.
The most prominent thing is probably the screen ratio of 16:9 and because of this the entire device appears smaller. Similar diagonal design can be seen in the HTC Desire HD model, but it is quite awkward for those who finds it problematic to hold big devices. The LCD is good and there is no doubt about it. However, if you compare with the Super AMOLED display of the Samsung phones, then it may appear a bit pale.
HTC Sensation XE – Key Highlights
The handset is fast, very fast at times. The pace seems to be restless like the other high-end phones. HTC has worked in the improvement of the hardware features and thus its latest products seem to be quite fast. The users will definitely like the new experience. Sensation XE has been a good update to its predecessor and it boasts a faster processor as well. The business model of HTC is transforming more the model style of Apple, where the services count most rather than the specifications. This is the first device to load Beats Audio. You will get this system integrated on the phone and headphones. Beats is a renowned brand of earphones with which HTC acquired a stake.
HTC Sensation XE – Usability
The device runs on Android™ 2.3.4. But was expected to run Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 but unfortunately this has not happened, if it had then the users of the XE would have been able to use more apps and faster usability. HTC has made some modifications on the Android™ operating system to increase the manageability by using the custom Sense. Although the combination of Android™ and QWERTY is good, we have had enough of it and it does not make proper use of the big display. This phone is definitely good for the users who want great functionalities of Android™. Those who want some simplicity in the usage, they can opt for HTC Radar or HTC Titan.
HTC Sensation XE- Connectivity
There are certain radios and inputs that are needed by the Android™ handsets for meeting the strict norms of Google. Sensation XE includes the required aspects in this regard such as GPS, Wi-Fi® and 3G. You can share 3G connectivity as a mobile Wi-Fi® hotspot. Users can make use of Wi-Fi® for streaming media by using DNLA to the other devices that are connected on the network.
HTC Sensation XE – Multimedia
Multimedia features seem to be the most important aspects for any mobile phone. A device seems to be incomplete if it does not include a good camera or music features. Let’s see how things stand up with HTC Sensation XE.
The camera of the device is a 8 mega pixel snapper with 3264x2448 pixels resolutions, dual LED flash, image stabilization, geo tagging, face detection, etc. The camera can also capture videos at 1080@30fps, which is quite decent. Those who have used the camera say that the picture quality is quite decent if the lighting conditions are good. In the dimming lights, the impact is not great. However, no one expected it to be like the Xperia Arc S kind of quality.
Music lovers will love the experience of Beats Audio and Beats Headset. However, the media player is capable of playing diverse format of music files such as AAC, WAV, WMA and MP3. Video streaming is also possible with the availability of video payback that can play XviD/ MP4/ H.263/ H.264/ WMV files.
HTC Sensation XE is a likeable device and a decent update to its predecessor. However, it can be tricky to sell this device that has updated an older device, especially when the Ice Cream Sandwich is available in the market.
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