HTC Watch on HTC Sensation in New Zealand

, posted: 6-Sep-2011 13:00

It would be fair to say I've been savouring the HTC Sensation these past weeks. My previous blog posts reported the best things (many: fast network, fast reliable phone, great software) and the worst (a couple - like the volume rocker falling out of the phone and getting lost) from my point of view.   

Many more things haven't been mentioned (I think). Like the pocket mode that sees the phone ring louder if it's in a pocket or bag. Or the pick-up mode which sees the ring tone drop volume if you pick up the ringing phone. Or the fastboot mode that sees the phone go from dark to usable in barely 9 seconds. 

One of the most interesting features promoted on the release of the HTC Sensation is "HTC Watch". This is a service that lets the user rent or buy movies from a good selection of current films. It didn't appear to be available at first, but a week or so ago I was able login and actually buy and download a movie to my phone and watch it. It was fairly easy to do. I set up my account through the Watch app and stepped through a few screens...and then downloaded a movie.



You can watch a streaming trailer of any movie you're interested in before you commit to rent or buy. You can have up to five devices associated with your HTC Watch account to access/download your purchased content. You have the opportunity every 30 days to remove devices. Prices appear to range from $6.99 for a rental to $24.99 to buy, with the majority of movies being $12.99 or $19.99. 

 

The movies look great on the Sensation. The 1.3GB of "The Ugly Truth" downloaded in a reasonable amount of time over wifi. It won't download over 3G, so no worries about accidentally blowing your data cap....unless you've tethered yourself to someone else's phone, of course. 

Would I recommend the HTC Sensation to my best friend? Yes....if it met their needs. The great 8mp camera, fast processor, big screen, great 'feel' and rich Sense 3.0 user interface make it a very good chance this phone is a good fit for a lot of people. Right now it is one of a small, select group of phones at the top of the Android heap. 

One of the interesting outcomes for me in this experience has been my own decision to sign up for a Smartphone 100 plan with Telecom. I did that yesterday and they gave me a free Samsung Galaxy S II. I felt a bit awkward, having been a loyal Vodafone customer for about 15 years. But I found Vodafone's new smartphone plans somewhat underwhelming when they were announced last week and the data complements on each step remained more or less where they were two years ago. The Telecom XT plan gives me four times as much data for the same money. We'll see how that goes. 

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 Sensation: The Story So Far
Testing mobile data speeds with HTC Sensation
Travelling with the HTC Sensation






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