Best T-Mobile Android Phone – HTC Sensation 4G

T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G

T-Mobile’s new Android smartphone the HTC Sensation 4G is among the high-end smartphones out there and is set to launch on June 15 at the carrier’s retail stores for $199 outside commitment. The Sensation 4G is the first in T-Mobile’s phones to sport a dual-core Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm and a 960 x 540 high-res. display. The Phone will moreover support 4G, runs Android Gingerbread firmware 2.3.3 with the smart HTC Sense 3.0 UI plastered on top.

To cut a long story short I will dedicate a brief review on the handset. The Sensation is a larger and improved version of the Nexus One. The overall tray shape and curved edge design makes it easier to use in calls, camera mode and allows one to utilize the bottom function buttons without any fear of the phone falling.

The phone hence remains balanced in hand despite its generous 4.3” size. The display is of Super LCD technology and is bright and vivid in qHD resolution. Angling views, outdoor and a slightly lower resolution all contribute to a premium display that is not a strain on the battery.

A frontal VGA camera that supports video chatting and an 8Mp rear camera come in the phone’s photography department. The rear camera has double LED flash, 1080p video recording capabilities, and apart from the side volume buttons, the micro USB port on the left, the power button and 3.5mm headphone jack on the top is all that adorns the phone under hardware.

The battery is replaceable, an internal SIM and MicroSD card slot slide out from under the back aluminum casing. With gripping plastic above and below, (adds to stability in handling) and aluminum the phone is light yet solid. The internal memory is of 1 GB capacity but can be extended up to 32GB of memory.

Qualcomm’s trusty 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip is the Sensation’s CPU heart. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 14.4 Mbps radio functioning on T-Mobile’s radio network, GPS, ambient light sensor and accelerometer. The radio bandwidth is low in T-Mobile’s case which can reach normally 21 Mbps and rise till 42 Mbps on various handsets.

The app store and software is stable enough for Android these days we can remain put to the UI and OS. The Sensation 4G will be the first smartphone running under HTC’s Sense vol. 3.0. Previously HTC’s Flyer Tablet was the only gadget to run the integrated UI. The Flyer tablet will debut on Sprint as the HTC Evo View 4G and was released at Best Buy on 22nd of May. HTC’s production line is among the top ranked of Android and the new UI has a changeable custom options, a set of widgets, a better Swype enabled keyboard and is more pleasing and intuitive. The active lockscreen is a welcome addition where information from social network apps, email app, shortcuts and other onscreen apps are displayed all the time. The interactive unlock screen technology is also a cool feature. A ring icon is dragged upwards to unlock the screen. Dragging any one of the four app shortcuts on the active lockscreen unlocks it and opens that specific app.

HTC Sensation 4G with HTC Sense UI 3.0

The new UI has moreover seven home screens, with customizable widgets, shortcuts, folders and more, swiping left and right in 3D effects, and an enhanced HTC Weather widget. A couple of other widgets exist such as HTC’s  Watch and Listen and MusicStation. Even more personalization is allowed through Sense with skins, screensavers, wallpapers, effects, notification sounds and so on.

Performance is really impressive on this smartphone and phone functions, multitasking and apps run smoothly. Whilst browsing 4G speeds can easily reach the full 21 Mbps capability with 1.7 Mbps download and upload speed. The battery lasts a healthy 20-24 hour period despite the heavy processor and media support.

Signals are received pretty strong and Phone calls have noise cancellation while hands-free callong is more powerful due to the numerous microphones fixed in the phone.

Little or no setbacks and shortcomings on the phone matches the phone up to its namesake as king of T-Mobile’s bunch. The handset will be available at T-Mobile today for $199 with a contract and it is worth it. I don’t see any other phone coming near it except for the Samsung’s Galaxy S 2.

HTC Sensation screens

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