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Old June 27th, 2011, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would you recommend the HTC Sensation? Was thinking of leaving Verizon for t-moble and getting the Sensation. If I stay with Verizon I was thinking of getting the Iphone. Any advice for me.

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go with the sensation... i love mine i get mine when it 1st hit the t-mob stores
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I was waiting for the Sensation. but, then TMobile wouldn't give the combination of deals that I thought that I could get, and they give less of a discount than Verizon.

So, I went with the Thunderbolt on Verizon. now, I'm reading about a lot of problems with the Thunderbolt, and I get poor data reception and poor GPS.

That, plus no chance of Sense 3.0 and unknown Gingerbread compatibility, makes me wonder if I should return the Tbolt and get the Sensation after all.

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I would certainly recommend the Sensation, if one were going to TMobile. Be aware of a potentially significant loss of coverage though. It is for that very reason I just left and went to Sprint and the Evo 3D.
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I was waiting for the Sensation. but, then TMobile wouldn't give the combination of deals that I thought that I could get, and they give less of a discount than Verizon.

So, I went with the Thunderbolt on Verizon. now, I'm reading about a lot of problems with the Thunderbolt, and I get poor data reception and poor GPS.

That, plus no chance of Sense 3.0 and unknown Gingerbread compatibility, makes me wonder if I should return the Tbolt and get the Sensation after all.

Comments from those who have used both?
I've used the Sensation and my gf has the Thunderbolt. If its just hardware (and not network) I'd absolutely choose the Sensation. She doesn't really have any issues but the battery life is horrible, especially for an Android device. Other than that it has worked well for her. I just prefer the screen, construction and overall look of the Sensation. Once you've used an HTC with an aluminum case, its hard to accept 100% plastic.
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would definitely reccomend the sensation.take a look @ the htcsensation vs iphone video. the sensation pretty much beats the ip4 with every single aspect.
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Would you recommend the HTC Sensation? Was thinking of leaving Verizon for t-moble and getting the Sensation. If I stay with Verizon I was thinking of getting the Iphone. Any advice for me.

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It would help if you expressed you requirements. However FWIW, in respose to some the other concerns in the thread, I'm getting about 24 hours of "my" normal use out of the Sensation (5 email accts. and weather pollling every hour, Google Maps w/traffic ~1/2 hour, and about 1/2 hour or web browsing and calls). That said, if in an area of weak signal (actual dBm levels, not "bars"), then battery life is significantly reduced (at work). On weeekends at home, battery is good for up to 36hrs.

Coverage and reception are relative. I've always felt that HTC phones were a bit weak in regards to reception, based on my experience, on every carrier, in the Balt/DC corridor. I've had good/bad reception with different phones on various carriers, so its not always "the network". That said, I took back my LG G2x due to poor reception (about 10dBm weaker than my Moto Defy on average). The Sensation is a bit better @ at only 5dBm less (basically my Defy can stay @ about -53dBm at home and at loxal T-Mo store).

Regarding OS and hardware, no issues so far after 2 weeks of ownership. I miss a few things from MotoBlur, but have gained a few with Sense. For the most part, operating and navigating the phone is always fluid however I could have sworn that video playback thru my sling boxes was smoother w/my G2x.
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T-Mobile coverage is great in my area (Chicago and south suburbs). The price for unlimited talk, text and data is too.

In addition to the Sensation I also have Verizon and had the Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt is a great phone but (for me) after using it for a couple of weeks I decided it was larger and heavier than what I wanted and I was not able to deal with the battery life.

I currently have the Iphone 4 on Verizon. It is also a nice phone but I am not able to get reception inside some of the places that I often go to (grocery stores etc.). I have come to favor android over Apple's IOS. I love things like the widgets that can be placed on the screens (clock, weather etc.). This capability is not available for Iphone 4 (unjailbroken).

I had tried T-Mobile a few times over the years and the coverage was not good here. I have to say that it has improved tremendously over the past 2 years and I am very happy with the Sensation. I've had it for about two weeks and used it to make about 98% of my calls. The screen, call quality, 4g coverage, battery life, and size/weight of the phone are nice (for me). I have not had a dropped call yet. I use Slingplayer to stream video from my television at home to the phone and it works well for me. The one thing I noticed is bluetooth. My Motorola Droid Commandone bluetooth will not stay connected when it is more than about 20 feet away (might be the headset).

In summary, I've used both devices and if T-Mobile coverage is good in the areas that you will be using your phone I would highly recommend the Sensation over the Thunderbolt and Iphone 4. I've had so many devices that I can't even name them all so I will say that no device is perfect and in the end it will depend on individual preference...
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Get the iPhone. Droid sucks. It's like some 1980's PC that you have to screw around with for weeks to make work. instead of searching for and installing drivers though, its all about apps and rooting. Stupidest smartphone I've ever owned. If the bullies at Verizon were not such Nazi's, I would be back with iPhone.


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Just remember if you go to Tmobile, there's still the TMobile acquisition by AT&T that's still looming. I'm not sure if it's something you've taken into consideration if you switch to TMo and the acquisition was approved, would you be OK with AT&T?
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Just remember if you go to Tmobile, there's still the TMobile acquisition by AT&T that's still looming. I'm not sure if it's something you've taken into consideration if you switch to TMo and the acquisition was approved, would you be OK with AT&T?

I was thinking about taking my Sensation back because of this as well (bought outright, full retail). From what I understand, if deal passes, the T-Mo "4G" will be rendered obsolete on 1700 band ( and subsequently all the 4G on the newer phones) in favor of LTE roll-out for AT&T on 1700. Apparently there would be some sort of trade-in/trade-up program....but still.
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Assuming the buy-out is approved, it would be a few years until our current 3G/4G spectrum would be phased out. I figured that by the time that happened (if it happens) I would be in the market for a new quad-core 3GHz 5G phone with 40GB internal memory anyhow.
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I have both the Iphone4 by Verizon and the Sensation 4G by T-mobile. Honestly, the Sensation is a great phone FWIW but....... It's still an Android. Which means, you'll get hang ups, occasional reboots, and just not as reliable an OS as Apple.

Depending on where you live, T-mobile's coverage is not at good as Verizon in some states. On my recent travel, I brought both phones to Arizona, and was unable to get signal on T-mobile while my Iphone4 had 2 bars with Verizon so I was able to make an important call on. And to be very honest, Iphone has a more solid worryfree interface. Unlike apps on the HTC, it doesn't drain as much from your memory. In other words, consider the iphone as a military grade hardware whereas you can't brick it. I've had mines for close to a year without rebooting it and it still runs solid and stable whenever you need it.

The HTC Sensation 4G has a bigger screen and rivals the iphone in certain ways but its more a gadget then function. There are goods and bads on both phones but depending on your needs, you can't really beat an Iphone.

Iphone pros:
1. Speed is hardly an issue although the Sensaton has a dual-core (more of a marketing gimmick as you could hardly tell the difference.)
2. More reliable and much easier OS interface. (aka smartphone for dummies like me).
3. Apps are simple yet does what you expected. Can't say that about Android apps. (developers need to take heart).
Iphone cons:
1. Screen is not as big compared to Sensation 4G (so watching movies would be better on the Sensation 4G)
2. Battery won't last as long as the new Sensation 4G (maybe on the next gen but I highly doubt it.)
3. Can't open the back covers so no micro SD upgrades. (you get what you pay for only).
4. Still the suckiest contact, music, personal syncing interface on the planet via Itunes! (Google did an awesome job here!)

HTC Sensation 4G Pro:
1. Larger screen, higher resolution videos, latest so-called HIGH TECH phone! (this is one of the sellable features.)
2. Phone call clarity! (quite nice to be able to hear everything clearly)
3. Expandable memory options and better syncing via Google.
4. Way better looking interface when it works correctly. Additional widgets makes this phone feel like a tablet computer. (requires frequent app kills and monitoring).
5. Longer battery standby compared to the Iphone.

Cons:
1. If you mulitask, be prepare to kill apps upon apps or else you'll drain the battery and heat up the back of the phone.
2. still a little buggy as runs on underdeveloped Android 2.3 OS.
3. Be ready to experience random reboots if you kill the apps too quickly.
4. Be prepared for shitty signal receptions via T-mobile! (when it works, it works very well!)
5. Relearn the apps, and spend some more times reading and tweaking the apps.

So overall, if you want a worryfree smartphone, Iphone/Verizon would do you well. But if you want a So-called "State of the Arts" smartphone and get caught in the hype of dual-core, latest and greatest, try out the HTC Sensation 4G.. learn to use the kill apps and different methods of conserving your battery on the phone. Lastly, if I was givin an option to choose only 1 phone in a more remote area for both functionality and entertainment, I'd still stick with the Iphone TBH..
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Cons:
1. If you mulitask, be prepare to kill apps upon apps or else you'll drain the battery and heat up the back of the phone.
3. Be ready to experience random reboots if you kill the apps too quickly.

.. learn to use the kill apps
You might have the need to kill apps with the earlier model of Android (G1/Hero/Magic/MyTouch) but with the newer generations running on 2.2 and above, you are worst off killing apps. Especially if you don't know what you're killing. The Android OS is designed so that you don't need to be killing off processes.

Here's a good post with articles/threads to why you shouldn't be using a task killer:
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Welcome to the forum.

Some light reading for you.

FAQ: Why You Shouldn’t Be Using a Task Killer with Android
http://androidforums.com/sprint-htc-hero/26997-task-managers-your-hero.html
Droid Den - Android Guide: Should I Use a Task Killer - Droid Den
Android Developers Blog: Multitasking the Android Way
http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid/18334-task-killer-apps-truth.html#post113494
Android Task Killers Explained: What They Do and Why You Shouldn't Use Them
AndroidSPIN Why you don’t need a task killer app with Android.
Froyo update kills Android task killer apps | andrew | Androinica
Google and Cyanogen comments imply task killer/manager apps are pointless | andrew | Androinica
Task Killers... The Answer from Google & Developers.
Android OS Task Killers: Does killing background tasks and services actually help?
http://androidforums.com/htc-droid-eris/39801-task-killers-good-bad-ugly.html
Task Killers: Good or Bad? Android And Me Forums
ongoing:android_myths [CVPCS Android Wiki]
http://androidforums.com/htc-droid-eris/42114-yes-you-need-task-killer-app-eris-period.html
Another look at Android memory management, and why task killers are not bad - PPCGeeks
http://androidforums.com/htc-droid-eris/47545-memory-management-task-killing-another-view.html

If you prefer the CliffNotes version to all this - Some like them, but most don't need them.

When it comes to Android, the OS is really designed to handle memory itself. Yes, you will see your RAM on the low side soemtimes and if you look you will see a bunch of applications running in the background. This is all normal for the OS. Majority of the apps in the background are sitting idle and just waiting around to be launched. The RAM that they are "using" will become available to another application as soon as it is needed. All of this is done with very minimal battery usage as well.

For me the old saying, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it." comes to mind in discussions about task killers. The key question that you need to ask yourself is, "How is my phone working?" If the answer is good, then you already have your answer to the Great Task Killer Debate. If the answer is bad, then majority of the time the next question should be, "Why?"
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@Roze,

Thanks for the link. The problem is, I find that it also depends on the apps itself.. There are apps that don't require killing and will sit "idle" in the background but there are some doofus apps that are worthless and will continue to run I assume. I've found that during the time I let apps idle, the phone would heat up a few degrees but with killed, the phone stays cool. idk, maybe its just me..

I also don't trust the reviews on the apps anymore as most good marks were given by the same app developers just like Apple does.. LOL
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The Sensation is the best Android phone available in the US IMO. Its thinner and lighter than the Evo 3D, plus it has a superior camera that shoots full 1080p video. I would highly recommend it.
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The Sensation is the best Android phone available in the US IMO. Its thinner and lighter than the Evo 3D, plus it has a superior camera that shoots full 1080p video. I would highly recommend it.
this is my 1st android phone but i totally agree.best specs right now plus best design of the form factor.checked out a bunch of htcs nd some of them didnt look as well built as the sensation. i highly reccomend it
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I would say wait for the Hercules.
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I work for T-Mobile and would honestly recommend the g2x over the sensation unless HTC pushes an update that unlocks the bootloader like it did with the euro version. Also, I agree with preparing for worse coverage. But the sensation is good too.
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