Review: HTC Sensation 4G
The Sensation 4G follows the path set by most Sense phones that have preceded it as far as message capabilities go.
It offers the stock Gmail, Google Talk, SMS, and email apps, as well as a third, T-Mobile email application (is this really necessary?). There's no other instant messaging software on board. The stock apps all work well, as they do on other Android devices.
Rather than install the native Twitter and Facebook applications, HTC thinks you'll prefer its own software. Some of you might; I don't. Its Peep Twitter client is on board, as is HTC's FriendStream. Peep is acceptable as a Twitter app stand-in, but I prefer the official Twitter app. FriendStream performs better on the Sensation 4G than I've seen in behave on earlier HTC devices. It updates more reliably and much faster. It amalgamates all your Facebook, Twitter and other feeds into one place. But it still doesn't replace all the functionality available in the full Facebook application.
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The Sensation 4G has Qik's video chat application on board. This software works, but I find it to be frustrating and limiting. It will connect via 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi, but only works with other Qik users. I am getting tired of silo'd video chat software.
Google's Latitude app is on board; Foursquare isn't.
Hands-On: HTC Sensation 4G
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Sensation XE First HTC Handset with Beats Integration
HTC today announced the Sensation XE, its first handset to include audio technology from its new partnership with Beats Audio. The Sensation XE is essentially the same Sensation announced earlier this year (sold by T-Mobile as the Sensation 4G), but with a few changes.
T-Mobile Announces HTC Sensation 4G Availability
T-Mobile announced today via its Facebook page that the HTC Sensation will become available by June 15, with early availability at WalMart by June 12. Pricing wasn't announced.
HTC's Sense 3.0 Destined Only for Newer Hardware
HTC has confirmed via one of its official Twitter accounts that its new Sense 3.0 user interface overlay will not be made available to devices that are already in the market. It will debut on the EVO 3D, Sensation 4G, and View 3D (Flyer) tablet, but will not work on older HTC phones.
HTC Confirms Android 4.0 Headed to 16 Smartphones
HTC today published in a blog post a list of 16 smartphones that will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, Raider, Rezound, Rhyme, Thunderbolt, and Vivid.