HTC Sensation XL
HTC America Inc.
CNET Editors' Rating: 0.0 / 5
Design, Features & Performance (out of 10)
Average User Rating: 0.0 / 5
User Rating Breakdown
5 Star: 2
4 Star: 0
3 Star: 0
2 Star: 0
1 Star: 0
Its a great phone. Working perfectly fine for me.
Rating: 5 / 5
on November 30, 2011
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Audio Head Phones
Cons: Speaker Phone is weak...not good
Summary: Its a great phone. Working perfectly fine for me. Predecessor to my new XL was iPhone 4 and i rate it slightly higher than my iOS device. Loving the ginger bread 2.3.5 with HTC sense, its ferociously fast on a 1.5 ghz single core processor. Nicely done by HTC by making this Monster screen through saving on power from a useless additional core, which in my opinion has no use except for battery drainage. 07 home screens makes you pollute as much as you can for your single click app & widgets. Ahh...how can i forget this....AUDIO...Beats Audio headphones makes you listen to the music you never wanted to listen to earlier. Crispy Bass Sound. With this big screen size battery time is quiet impressive. Furthermore, 08 MP Camera works fine with a 28mm lens and fast shutter speed.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
on November 14, 2011
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Pros: Beats Headphones in the box (UrBeats Costing £100 on their own, the limited edition Solo bundle around £150) screen quality and size, speed and reliability, the design and overall performance
Cons: On paper the specs doesn't seem that good.
A little bit expensive
No physical camera button
Memory is internal and is limited to 16GB (Only around 12GB is available to the user, the other 4GB is used up by the operating system)
Summary: On paper compared to say the iPhone 4s or Samsung Galaxy S 2 it's out classed. In real terms, not so much. The screen quality is astonishing even with a mere 199 pixel density. The screen quality is just as good as a Galaxy S 2 which is a 4+ inch Super-AMOLED screen which offers more than 300+ pixel density.
The screen, being 4.7" S-LCD, you'd think it would drain the battery and with the battery only being 1600mAh on top of running Gingerbread version 2.3.5 right? Wrong. Because it's a single-core and it's runs extra smoothly with the osperating system (Andriod) it lasts just as long as other phones packed with more mAh if not longer!
Beats Audio is obviously a big selling point in this phone, much like the Sensation XE and Rezound which means it's second to none when it comes to audio quality. Plug the in-box UrBeats (or if you're lucky enough to have the limited edition Solo Beats like I was) play a song and an icon in the top left of the screen will show a Beats logo which means it's activated a sound enhancement software created by Beats which weeves magic, adjusts the settings and adds deeper bass, crisper sound and overall is stunning. The headphones, UrBeats and Solo, are both incredibly comfertable so you can listen without even noticing you're wearing headphones!
The OS (operating system) being Andriod Gingerbread version 2.3.5 is really good, colourful, easy and the most used OS used in phones these days. Maybe overall the iOS used in iPhones are better but, Google (who created Andriod) are catching up and have made arrangements already for this phone (Sensation XL) to upgrade to the latest version of Andriod - Ice Cream Sandwich or Andriod 4.0 which is an improvement on an already established OS.
The camera quality is again at high-end. They used a unique camera lens (28mm f/2.2) which enhances picture quality in the night due to the wider lens. The day pictures are of course up there with the best of the phone world. Video capture has been spec'd at 720p@30fps but according to CNET, it's 1080p. Either way, you're getting HD quality video's everytime.
The design is above even HTC standards. A nice white body with the back being silver with a Beats logo on the lower back of the phone. Volume controls located on the right upper side and the mini USB located on the lower left side. No camera button though strangely. The power button is located on the top which is also used for turning off the screen and highighting the screen. Pretty standard stuff.
In a nutshell, it's has an amazing screen, the best audio quality available, good battery life, good OS, fast, repliable, amazing design, very good camera and has all your daily needs such as Facebook, Twitter apps etc. Only real problem is the memory isn't expandable but 16GB is usually the same amount of memory a phone comes packed with in a micro-SD so it's only a export issue.
Had this phone now for about 2weeks and I've never looked back!