HTC Sensation: Here we go!

, posted: 13-Jul-2011 12:52

HTC Sensation on Telecom XTWhen something new comes along I try to forget it's new and just live it like it's the normal. Following the unboxing, the HTC Sensation rapidly became my new normal smartphone. 

It has a Telecom XT pre-pay SIM in it at this point, so I went to "Your Telecom" and added a swag of data and (later) the TXT2500 package. I make very few voice calls and the ones i do make tend to be very short. A five minute phone call on my mobile would be an enormously long call. But I use data all the time, usually between 2GB and 3G a month. 

As for the smartphone, you may know the HTC Sensation's specs, but it's one thing to read them and another to have the item in the palm of your hand doing your stuff. The dual-core 1.2 GHz (Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon) processor allows the user of the HTC Sensation - me! - to feel like this handset won't be slowing down when you put some pressure on. The 768MB of RAM is easily adequate to run all the apps I have ever used...and many of them. 

My taste tends to the minimalist end of the scale. Eye candy is fun for a day or two, but I'm always mindful that the smartphone can be made faster and more responsive by turning animations off. My usual launcher is ADW Launcher EX or Launcher Pro. My HTC Magic and Nexus One came with bare-bones Android. My Acer Liquid had some add-ons from Acer that I found mostly superfluous. My Samsung Galaxy S had the TouchWiz launcher which, to be honest, annoyed the pants off me. 

With that in mind, I would have thought I'd be among the last people to actually like HTC's Sense 3.0 UI. Past versions of Sense didn't appeal to me. All the eye candy and lushness just reeked of wasted resources on phones that had adequate specs, but it wasn't hard to push them too hard if you enabled all the bells and whistles Sense provides. 

But the HTC Sensation isn't one of those smartphones and Sense 3.0 is a big improvement on previous versions. It's loaded with polished widgets that are in many cases beautiful to behold. I have found myself going back to Sense UI for some feature it has that I want. I did it again today. That's a good sign. Sense is justifying its existence on functional grounds and I'm letting it make its case. 

I won't review Sense UI in detail at this point. There is so much in it (81 HTC Sense widgets!) you could write a book, not a blog post. The bottom line for me is the Sensation looks good and it feels good. There is more than enough power and resources to do anything i want to do and do it quickly. 

About the author:

Steve Withers (LinuxLuver) has worked in IT in New Zealand (National Bank, Caltex, NZ Dairy Board, IBM, AT&T, Software of Excellence) for most of 30 years, moving from mainframes to mobile as technology has evolved and networks have become faster, cheaper and more accessible to everyone. An enthusiastic supporter of Open Source software and tools, in 2009 Steve embraced Linux-based Android as the way to go in personal tech for freedom loving peoples everywhere. Steve loves cool new stuff that makes him feel like he's living in the future.



Other related posts:
HTC Watch on HTC Sensation in New Zealand
HTC Sensation: The Story So Far
Testing mobile data speeds with HTC Sensation






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