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Review: HTC Sensation 4G

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The Sensation 4G ships with the newest Sense 3.0 software from HTC on top of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. With a dual-core 1.2GHz processor spinning this Sensation 4G's engines, performance of the system software was top notch. Here's what's new/different:

Sense 3.0 adds a truly useful feature to the lock screen. When the display is woken from sleep, there are four (customizable) app shortcuts at the bottom of the screen. Out of the box, they are the phone, email, camera, and text message apps. Pick the one you want and slide it down to a circle you'll see on the screen and the phone will go straight to that app. Awesome. If you want to go to the home screen, grab the circle from the bottom of the lock screen and drag it up.

 

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The Sense home panels are mostly unchanged compared to previous versions, though if you swipe left/right fast enough, you can make all seven panels spin like a merry-go-round. There's no practical reason for this, but I guess some might think it’s fun. The panels are stuffed with HTC's typical widgets as well new music and video widgets.

Sense 3.0 offers amazing flexibility for adjusting the look and behavior of the home screen and menus thanks to its scenes, skins, lock screen adjustments and on and on.

The main app menu uses the new Gingerbread-style set up with some added HTC flair. The apps are listed in grid fashion with 20 apps visible at a time. Swipe up and the entire screen slides up until there are 20 new apps to show. There are HTC-made controls at the bottom for marking favorites and looking at recently downloaded apps. The main app menu can be customized heavily depending on user preferences. This includes the addition of folders and other tools to organize applications.

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