HTC Sensation 4 Stars

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Look and feel

This is HTC’s slickest handset ever; it features a 4.3in SLCD display sitting in a slim, smooth chassis. User-friendliness comes in the shape of the Sense 3.0 UI.

Ease of use

The Android Gingerbread OS is simple to get to grips with, particularly as it has a really handy startup menu included. A good choice of widgets let you see the latest information and events on any one of the home screens.


One of the most powerful devices on the market, because of its dual-core 1Ghz chip and Adreno 220 GPU. It’s just a shame that, despite its ability to access the video streaming service HTC Watch, and the cloud gaming offering OnLive, along with Kobe books, the software doesn’t make the most of the hardware. HTC’s Sense 3.0 only features some small tweaks from its predecessor.


The screen is very responsive, but we did experience some lag when inputting on the virtual keyboard and the video player did freeze occasionally. It’s a shame that there is no NFC support for contactless payments on the device.

Battery life

That dual-core processor is a real power drain – you’ll need to recharge the battery after just 12 hours.

Good-sized HD screen; new unlock screen works well; simple to use; great email and web functions; excellent touch-display; new 3D look.
Mediocre camera; backup disappoints; small changes in Sense 3.0; 3D effects may not please all.
  • Look and Feel 4 Stars
  • Ease of use 4 Stars
  • Features 5 Stars
  • Performance 4 Stars
  • Battery life 4 Stars

Final verdict: 4 Stars

Like many HTC phones, the Sensation is a delight to use but it doesn’t make the most of all that power under its bonnet as it has the same features as its less powerful siblings.

Review by Mobile Choice