Review: HTC Sensation 4G
The Sensation 4G can access all of the apps in the Android Market and more. Support for Android is not lacking. If you want apps, they are out there. The Sensation 4G also has the HTC Hub on board, which is a small app store that lets users peruse HTC-developed applications. The one thing that stinks is that HTC forces you to sign up for an HTC Sense account in order to access and use the HTC Hub. While I understand HTC's desire to make its customers invest themselves in its services, users of HTC's Windows Phone 7 devices, for example, don't have to go through the hassle of signing up for an HTC account to use the HTC Hub.
For the vain, there is a Mirror application on the Sensation 4G. It uses the front-facing video camera to capture your image so you can adjust your makeup, comb your hair, or just gaze into your own eyes.
The Sensation 4G can connect with mono and stereo headsets with no problems. I didn't encounter any issues when pairing different devices, and sound quality through both mono and stereo headsets was about as noisy as standard phone calls were. The Sensation 4G can also be used to push pictures (and other files) between devices, such as PCs or other phones. This feature also worked just fine.
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HTC has knocked the clock out of the park with Sense 3.0. Awesome, awesome, awesome. The lock screen has a completely customizable clock that is large, bright, and readable in most circumstances. There is a full clock application in the main menu that lets you choose between a dozen or so different clock faces and styles. There are enough in there to suit most tastes. Some of the clock faces are really, really cool.
Once unlocked, the Sensation 4G has the standard HTC digital clock plus weather report on the home screen. Good stuff.
Both TeleNav and Google Maps are installed on the Sensation 4G out of the box. Both offer voice-guided turn-by-turn directions between points, and can re-route you if you get lost. Google Maps 5 is particularly impressive because it now offers offline use (in case you roam out of network coverage) as well as 3D maps for a limited number of cities. The TeleNav software is very good, but it costs $10 per month to use.
The Sensation 4G includes Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, allowing up to five other Wi-Fi devices to connect to the internet via T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. The software is fairly intuitive and I had no trouble setting up a hotspot and connecting several devices.
Hands-On: HTC Sensation 4G
Phone Scoop got to spend a few moments playing with HTC's new Sensation 4G smartphone. Here are our first impressions of the latest in innovation from HTC.
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.