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Old April 12th, 2011, 09:40 AM  
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Talking The HTC Sensation is finally here!! What do you all think? :D

(I originally posted this in the Pyramid forum) So the HTC Sensation is finally here!! First we all thought it was the Pyramid, now itís Sensation. I think this is what we have all been waiting for... When the Desire S and Incredible S were announced we were all a bit disappointed as they weren't much better than the Desire and Desire HD but we now know why HTC did that because this is the awesome Dual-core HTC we have been waiting for, they just announced the S phones at MWC to put us on! I have always said that the Incredible S and Desire S, even though they are cool, they are not significant enough to upgrade my Desire. But now I actually think this Sensation could be the phone to replace my Desire. After we have seen how good they really are and benchmarks of course. It has some really awesome specs and itís by HTC!! - Well enough of all that... What do all you guys think to it?

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Reckon I'm gonna get one SIM-free in June - gotta sell my AMOLED Desire first, though
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Beautiful phone, as well as Sense UI. Nice processor as well.
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I get an upgrade in Feb 2012 but I might sell my Desire, then get one of these SIM Free until I get my upgrade in 2012.. But i might not, i will have to wait and see what i feel like but it's very nice
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I want i want i want!!! does anybody know if this will be available on Orange UK? I'm due an upgrade in July....

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Apparently...

May on Vodafone, June SIM-Free so get it on Orange from somewhere like CPW (means you get it SIM-Free so not loaded with Orange junk)
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im on orange too. and yeah lol i always get phones from there cos they are unbranded :P
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A beast of a phone! I feel sorry for anyone who's recently purchased a Desire, Desire HD, Desire S, Incredible S or the like. Now....who's getting one?

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HTC Sensation comes with a whopping 4.3-inch 540 x 960 qHD S-LCD gorilla glass touchscreen, but still manages to fit it into the same footprint as the smaller HTC Incredible S. Powered by dual-core Snapdragon Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz CPUs (which support multi-threading for greater efficiency), the Sensation packs Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with 1080p HD video recording, a front-facing VGA camera, an 8MP camera with touch-autofocus and a dual LED flash, RAM 768MB with 1GB of internal memory and a microSD slot, and an HDMI output through the micro-USB port.

HTC Sense has been given a big overhaul on the Sensation. Sense 3.0 comes with a new 3D overlay when spinning through the home screens, a new lock display that allows you to drag applications to the bottom to open them instantly and a host of new visual widgets to play with.

Weighing in at 148g with battery capacity of 1520 mAh and packing that larger screen, rounded edges in a unibody aluminium chassis design (which sees the antennas packed inside the batter cover) the HTC Sensation is designed to fit more easily in the hand than the likes of the Desire HD. For multimedia, the HTC Watch platform will be included, a premium media delivery app thatíll let users buy and download movies and TV shows, so you can begin watching rented or bought content instantly while the rest potters down from the internet in the background.

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Vodafone has confirmed it will be the launch network for the phone with the HTC Sensation UK release date pegged for May, and be broadly available through Vodafone across major European markets. It will also be available in Asian markets in Q2 2011.
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Here's some vids:
Promo: YouTube - HTC Sensation - First Look
Hands on: YouTube - HTC Sensation First Hands-On! (look at those lock screens!)

*Warning to Desire owners" watching these will make your phone feel old
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i dislike the contoured glass on the phone. makes a pain for putting screen protectors on and i cant run a phone naked.
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WOW! that is nice. love the Specs and all.
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im not sure if i will be getting one but i will if i can, i really want one. i have had my desire about 8 months i think :P
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i dislike the contoured glass on the phone. makes a pain for putting screen protectors on and i cant run a phone naked.
why not? it has gorilla glass so you should have no issues there
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Tbh, I'd rather skip this generation and wait for icecream os and quad core processors possibly tegra 3.

A nice phone though, just wondering how much phone storage there is for apps though. I find it frustrating that that information always seems sketchy.

Bet it will sell very well though :-)
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A nice phone though, just wondering how much phone storage there is for apps though. I find it frustrating that that information always seems sketchy.
HTC - Products - HTC Sensation - Specification

Seems black and white to me. 1gb internal storage. Where is the 16gb?!

I'm on the fence with this or the LG g2x to replace my nexus.
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Why do you need 16GB for apps when 1GB is absolutely fine. I'd be more than happy with 1-2GB of internal storage and the SD card for everything else
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Looks nice, I was hoping for something more like this for the evo 3d on sprint.
 
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Waiting for it to arrive on at&t, one way or another...

Wish it has the Atrix's battery though.
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1gb storage, but does that figure in os, htc sense, apps, widgets. How much space left after this?

I ended up with 140ish mb on desire so quoted specs mean very little.

Phone storage for apps should be quoted after crap ware not before.

Im out of space on desire and don't want to root. Want quoted values to reflect real life space.
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seeing as my upgrade is in 2012 i may also wait for dual-core :P but this is really tempting
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Sexy as hell and will be my next upgrade.
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Was totally disappointed at MWC when HTC announced the Desire S and Incredible S. This is more like what I am talking about. However would love to see AMOLED screens on these HTC phones. When I compare my Desire to the SLCD screens of the Desire HD there is no competition for me. Does anyone know when Samsung and LG will be pumping up the AMOLED screen production to meets the demands of HTC and others?
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yeah i would like to see HTC phones like the Sensation with those awesome AMOLED or even Super AMOLED screens
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HTC will NEVER learn! Nice phone, with tiny battery. WHY CAN'T THEY PUT AT LEAST a 1900mAh battery IN A PHONE?!?!? I returned the TB because the battery life (and size) was not anywhere close to other 4.3 inch phones like the Droid X. I guess I will be getting the Bionic....
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HTC will NEVER learn! Nice phone, with tiny battery. WHY CAN'T THEY PUT AT LEAST a 1900mAh battery IN A PHONE?!?!? I returned the TB because the battery life (and size) was not anywhere close to other 4.3 inch phones like the Droid X. I guess I will be getting the Bionic....
i think a few in here are forgetting that CDMA networks hit the battery harder versus GSM networks. the phone is supposed to get about 8.25hrs of talk time so that's about right. that's more than what a stock Evo gets and about what smart phones average these days.

if you want a locked bootloader and motoblur, then Moto is the way to go, but i don't fancy either of those on my devices

the Sensation looks great though. i'm on the fence between it and a G2x as well. will wait for reviews to come out for both and then go to the store to check them out in person and make a decision on the fly. can't go wrong with either imo.

only other hot handset left to drop this year is basically the GalaxyS2 line. and of course Qualcomm will be releasing their ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor for phones way later this year
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If it was on Sprint I'd get it, but I'll have to get the Evo 3D, which is close enough
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It's very tempting but as I have only had my Desire under a year and my upgrade is in 2012 I might wait till my upgrade (Hopefully quad-core phones will be here by then). Unless I have money to butn then i might buy a SIM Free Sensation sometime this year, but only if i have the money (Which i dont at the moment)
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I was hoping the Evo 3D might have been announced too, but it wasn't. My next upgrade is currently split between the Evo 3D and the Sensation (I'm expecting a name change for the Evo in Europe though)
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The phone is going to be launched in May by Vodafone and then mid-June it will be available by everyone else sim-free. That sucks, a long wait till June!

Does anyone know if Vodafone phones come branded and with bloatware or do they come vanilla and sim-free? If it comes sim-free with no branding, i might try my luck on Ebay!
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I personally would prefer a 4.0 inch screen.

Also I'm waiting to see the quality of the 720p videos it can produce. The Samsung Galaxy SII does some pretty impressive videos so this should at least do better than the Incredible S which does some pretty jerky videos in my opinion
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I personally would prefer a 4.0 inch screen.

Also I'm waiting to see the quality of the 720p videos it can produce. The Samsung Galaxy SII does some pretty impressive videos so this should at least do better than the Incredible S which does some pretty jerky videos in my opinion
720p?
it does 1080p @ 30FPS, which one-ups the Evo 3D which does 1080p @ 24FPS

videos should be pretty good i'd expect. of course you can never be too sure
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The phone is going to be launched in May by Vodafone and then mid-June it will be available by everyone else sim-free. That sucks, a long wait till June!

Does anyone know if Vodafone phones come branded and with bloatware or do they come vanilla and sim-free? If it comes sim-free with no branding, i might try my luck on Ebay!
Vodafone are pretty good. I know that up to the Desire all their Android phones are unlocked and unbranded. I expect the same for the Sensation. They once tried a Desire update with some Vodafone 360 bloatware on it and people went nuts. They quickly stopped. The good signal coverage, unlocked phones and lack of bloatware is what keeps me with Vodafone.
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I always but from Carphone Warehouse to avoid bloatware. Its so pointless :@ why cant they just sell it as HTC made it lol :P
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Quick comparison between HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S2 supplied by Clove. Makes for interesting reading!

Samsung Galaxy S II vs. HTC Sensation:

Operating System:
HTC Sensation: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (HTC Sense 3.0 UI)
SGS2: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (TouchWiz 4.0)

Processor:
HTC Sensation: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core, Qualcomm chipset
SGS2: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core, Exynos or Tegra 2 Chipset

Display:
HTC Sensation: 4.3Ē, S-LCD, Gorilla Glass, qHD 540 x 960 resolution
SGS2: 4.3Ē Super-AMOLED plus, Gorilla Glass, 480 x 800 resolution

Internal Memory:
HTC Sensation: 4GB, but only 1GB user-accessible
SGS2: 16GB

RAM:
HTC Sensation: 768MB
SGS2: 1GB (1024MB)

Rear Camera:
HTC Sensation:8MP w/ autofocus & dual-LED Flash
SGS2: 8MP w/autofocus & LED flash

Front Camera:
HTC Sensation: 1.3MP Camera
SGS2: 2MP Camera

Weight:
HTC Sensation: 148g
SGS2: 116g

Dimensions:
HTC Sensation: 126.1mm x 65.4mm x 11.3mm
SGS2: 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm

Availability:
HTC Sensation: Available SIM-free mid-June
SGS2: Available SIM-free beginning of May

Verdict:
We havenít had a hands-on with either of these handsets yet, but going by the statistics on paper, the Samsung Galaxy S II edges the HTC Sensation. While thereís little difference in power, the SGS2 has much more Internal Memory and is lighter and thinner. The camera of the Sensation is marginally better, with a dual-LED flash as opposed to the single LED flash on the SGS2. HTC may also have an advantage in that its custom skin (Sense) for Android is one of the best out there and thereís also the dissatisfaction with the Samsung Kies software (for updates, etc.) that some have expressed previously. Letís not forget the SGS2 also comes with NFC capabilities. However, hopefully the Sensation will also come in at a lower price point to compensate for the lack of on-board memory as well.
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interesting post there although there is just something about HTC that I absolutely love
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The handset looks great, and is almost certainly going to be my next phone. I can't help but think this should've had 1GB RAM though, in line with the other 'top of the line' handsets coming out. Also the battery is significantly underpowered compared to the Atrix.
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Re. the comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S II, I think the areas where the Sensation bests it are more relevant to everyday use. The higher-res screen and Sense should already be enough to convince most people.
Also, the SGS II is much lighter because, as usual, it's a cheapo all-plastic Samsung.
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A more extensive comparison between HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S2 from GSMArena found here:

Clash of the titans - HTC Sensation vs. Samsung Galaxy S II [TABLE]

Like Clove, agree with the Samsung GS2 having the edge over HTC Sensation.
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I am also baffled as to why HTC didnt include a bigger battery and 1GB RAM :S
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Looks sensational
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Not sure I can justify it though.. would have to sell my Desire and pay the difference for a sim-free handset as I'm not out of contract for another year.

I really wish HTC could source some (super or not) AMOLED screens though. sLCD looks poor in comparison
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A more extensive comparison between HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S2 from GSMArena found here:

Clash of the titans - HTC Sensation vs. Samsung Galaxy S II [TABLE]

Like Clove, agree with the Samsung GS2 having the edge over HTC Sensation.
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Looks sensational
(sorry)

Not sure I can justify it though.. would have to sell my Desire and pay the difference for a sim-free handset as I'm not out of contract for another year.

I really wish HTC could source some (super or not) AMOLED screens though. sLCD looks poor in comparison
regardless of the qHD screen on the Sensation, the SGS2 is going to have a better screen. the SGS2 is going to be the better phone all around performance wise. the Sensation is going to feel more solid in the hand though due to the materials used to make the device.

so, it's going to really come down to preferences:
Sense 3.0 or TouchWiz 3.0?
Aluminum unibody or plastic?
Super slim or average size?

then you have to think about dev support. Sensation will have better dev support. Sensation will also get updates quicker from manufacturer/carriers. but the SGS2 is going to be the better performer.

there are negatives/postives for both. all boils down to user preference imo
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I would much prefer the Sensation over the SGS2 - I just like HTC better than samsung regardless of the phone
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regardless of the qHD screen on the Sensation, the SGS2 is going to have a better screen. the SGS2 is going to be the better phone all around performance wise. the Sensation is going to feel more solid in the hand though due to the materials used to make the device.

so, it's going to really come down to preferences:
Sense 3.0 or TouchWiz 3.0?
Aluminum unibody or plastic?
Super slim or average size?

then you have to think about dev support. Sensation will have better dev support. Sensation will also get updates quicker from manufacturer/carriers. but the SGS2 is going to be the better performer.

there are negatives/postives for both. all boils down to user preference imo
Good post and excellent points! On paper, Samsung Galaxy S2 is the better phone. At end of the day however it will come down to user preference and which one you prefer. I've never personally owned or used any Android phones, but i prefer HTC over Samsung and if it's cheaper than SGS2 i will opt for Sensation.
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regardless of the qHD screen on the Sensation, the SGS2 is going to have a better screen.
For me, there is no substitute for raw resolution. Whatever Super Duper AMOLED tech Samsung has now will offer amazing colour saturation that gives a great first impression, but I'd pick more pixels over that in the long run.
I used to think WVGA was all I could ever want, and day-to-day I have absolutely no complaints, but every time I play with someone else's iPhone 4 (and cringe smugly at the OS) I can instantly tell the difference in crispness and it does make a difference in the overall experience, albeit a subtle one.

That is why I will only consider a qHD phone to replace my Desire. To me, HTC's flagship succession goes like this: Hero, Desire, Sensation. Everything else in between has just been added for variety, to give consumers more choice.
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regardless of the qHD screen on the Sensation, the SGS2 is going to have a better screen. the SGS2 is going to be the better phone all around performance wise. the Sensation is going to feel more solid in the hand though due to the materials used to make the device.

so, it's going to really come down to preferences:
Sense 3.0 or TouchWiz 3.0?
Aluminum unibody or plastic?
Super slim or average size?

then you have to think about dev support. Sensation will have better dev support. Sensation will also get updates quicker from manufacturer/carriers. but the SGS2 is going to be the better performer.

there are negatives/postives for both. all boils down to user preference imo
Exactly.

I'm not a big smartphone gamer nor do I watch films on my phone, so the SuperAMOLED+ screen would really only be useful for day to day general use and looking at photos.

I would rather have the usability of HTC Sense than a better looking screen.
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This phone looks great, but a little on the hefty side. I'd really like to see this with a 3.7 inch screen. Basically all this squeezed into the desire s case, and with higher screen resolution.
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Looking at the specs it's simalar to the Desire/Nexus One vs Galaxy S discussions a year back, so many people went with the Desire and said the Galaxy S would never get updates.

Well they were wrong.

Galaxy S2 looks stronger in every department but one (screen resolution) so one year on we will see the same again, Galaxy S2 will be running the latest apps and games without breakng a sweat as the Galaxy S does now and HTC phones will probably be struggling a little.
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Looking at the specs it's simalar to the Desire/Nexus One vs Galaxy S discussions a year back, so many people went with the Desire and said the Galaxy S would never get updates.

Well they were wrong.

Galaxy S2 looks stronger in every department but one (screen resolution) so one year on we will see the same again, Galaxy S2 will be running the latest apps and games without breakng a sweat as the Galaxy S does now and HTC phones will probably be struggling a little.
Will the extra 256mb RAM really make that much of a difference? They both have 1.2 dual cores, and I can't imagine the internal storage would impact on performance.
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Will the extra 256mb RAM really make that much of a difference? They both have 1.2 dual cores, and I can't imagine the internal storage would impact on performance.
Right now of course it won't but who knows what games and apps will be released in the next year.

But it's not just about the memory, the Cortex A9 looks faster than the dual core Scorpion and Mali 400 MP looks faster than Adreno 220.

At the end of the day you guys will buy whatever you want, nobody listened to me a year ago and that's unlikely to change.
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