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  Reply # 488962 3-Jul-2011 23:03 Send private message

more review videos please :-)




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  Reply # 489008 4-Jul-2011 08:09 Send private message

Linuxluver: Battery life on the HTC Sensation is interesting. 

Today I unplugged the mains at about 7:30am. By 17:54 my battery was on 85%. I had looked at a couple of web sites briefly and sent / received a few txts. But otherwise it was just riding in my pocket.

The only other Android phone I've seen last that long in a similar way is the Vodafone 845...which yesterday went 24 hours and was still on 92%. Again, usage very light. Perhaps 4-5 mins in the 24 hours.

I should make it clear I usually kill a smartphone battery by 5pm, so having one still on 85% feels like a miracle.  


I'm not sure what magic HTC has done, but the standby time when the phone is idle and doing just background sync stuff is truly remarkable. Active use unfortunately drains the battery quite quickly for me, seems worse than the SGSII in that regards (making them roughly equal for my use probably).

EDIT: Oh, worth mentioning that with some effort truly stellar standby time can be achieved with the SGSII also - Brigg's at samsunggalaxysforums is getting 5 days of use when using it "just as a phone".




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  Reply # 489016 4-Jul-2011 08:30 Send private message

NZtechfreak:
I'm not sure what magic HTC has done, but the standby time when the phone is idle and doing just background sync stuff is truly remarkable. Active use unfortunately drains the battery quite quickly for me, seems worse than the SGSII in that regards (making them roughly equal for my use probably).

EDIT: Oh, worth mentioning that with some effort truly stellar standby time can be achieved with the SGSII also - Brigg's at samsunggalaxysforums is getting 5 days of use when using it "just as a phone".


Yesterday's power consumption was 31hrs 36minutes at 4% remaining with what I'd say is average weekend use. My weekday use is higher with more calls and emails so 18 hours is what I'd consider good. In fact, I charge every night when I'm not trying to drain the battery, so anything more than 15 hours is a bonus.

Not to say I woudn't like 24hrs plus for just for the bragging rights, but that's all that it would be I think.

There are signs that 2.3.3 has some processes that don't know when to quit though - looking at the trace, I see evidence of steep drops in capacity where lack of phone activity suggests that drain should be very light. It'll be interesting to compare the results once 2.3.4 (or whatever version is finally released) gets onto the Sensation.




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  Reply # 489026 4-Jul-2011 08:48 Send private message

Keep up the excellent reporting on this phone! Really helpful and interesting.

From memory, battery life tends to improve and stabilise after a few weeks. I know I also got a boost when moving from Eclair to Froyo on my HTC Desire

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  Reply # 489031 4-Jul-2011 08:57 Send private message

Foo: Keep up the excellent reporting on this phone! Really helpful and interesting.

From memory, battery life tends to improve and stabilise after a few weeks. I know I also got a boost when moving from Eclair to Froyo on my HTC Desire


2.3.4 on my SGS is outstanding, so hopefully the Sensation will benefit from the new firmware to the same extent. When we see it...




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  Reply # 489051 4-Jul-2011 09:44 Send private message

Here's hoping we might see something coming soon

http://bit.ly/jJKQtx

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  Reply # 489062 4-Jul-2011 10:14 Send private message

NzBeagle: Here's hoping we might see something coming soon

http://bit.ly/jJKQtx


That got my attention. We XT users will be updating at Telecom's pleasure I suspect though. So the test firmware is a good sign but I think "soon" is doubtful.

If I'm wrong, I'll be positively gleeful. Laughing (For a change)

Edit: typos (as usual)




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  Reply # 489067 4-Jul-2011 10:28 Send private message

Been giving the video capabilities for the Sensation a tyre-kicking and I'm pleased. Actually I'm better than pleased, as it performs really well with online video (no, not those online videos) and especially over 3G which I expected to be poor.

I haven't figured out how to illustrate that though as I'd need to video the video, so to speak, which doesn't do the Sensation's performance justice since it's limited by the quality of my SGS, then its translation to YouTube which means transcoding and another loss of fidelity.

Maybe I need to borrow a high quality handycam to shoot the Sensation playing back, and upload the HD file to a download site for those who want a look. I'll see what I can do.

Meantime, my opinion is that you're unlikely to be disappointed with the Sensation's video capability over WiFi, 3G or playback from a downloaded HD file.

Flash played via the browser is the best I have experienced so far.




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  Reply # 489090 4-Jul-2011 11:18 Send private message

16:9 is definitely very nice




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  Reply # 489107 4-Jul-2011 12:11 Send private message

Hi All
so ive read through all these pages and other threads, im weighing up selling the iphone4 and getting a sensation. i have a recently renewed contract with Vodafone so im keen to buy the handset only.
the idea of importing another phone (prev HTC Desire) doesnt appeal to me too much as the last one with riddled with chinese keyboards etc.
Buying from an XT store to retain a NZ warrenty is a definate bonus for me,

What are your thoughts? I live in Hamilton North so coverage is good, and have wifi at home / work etc.
is the 3g drop only noticable in rural type situations?

Cheers
Mark

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  Reply # 489111 4-Jul-2011 12:15 Send private message

If you wanted to stay with Vodafone, you could just purchase a Vodafone version from a local importer, and have the warranty through them (they would be the ones that would have to send it away to the original). Electron World is where I got mine, but there are several others.

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  Reply # 489118 4-Jul-2011 12:27 Send private message

I've been finding Telecom XT coverage great in Lower Hutt.




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  Reply # 489155 4-Jul-2011 13:23 Send private message

ArtooDetoo: Been giving the video capabilities for the Sensation a tyre-kicking and I'm pleased. Actually I'm better than pleased, as it performs really well with online video (no, not those online videos) and especially over 3G which I expected to be poor.

I haven't figured out how to illustrate that though as I'd need to video the video, so to speak, which doesn't do the Sensation's performance justice since it's limited by the quality of my SGS, then its translation to YouTube which means transcoding and another loss of fidelity.

Maybe I need to borrow a high quality handycam to shoot the Sensation playing back, and upload the HD file to a download site for those who want a look. I'll see what I can do.

Meantime, my opinion is that you're unlikely to be disappointed with the Sensation's video capability over WiFi, 3G or playback from a downloaded HD file.

Flash played via the browser is the best I have experienced so far.


Try Dice Player for even better video playback.

Honestly I find the video playback a bit disappointing, but thats only because I'm coming from the SGSII, which has the best video playback yet seen in a mobile.

I will be uploading a video with various test videos being shown to illustrate. Presently debating whether to do it via MHL or on phone screen...




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  Reply # 489188 4-Jul-2011 14:31 Send private message

markenderwick: Hi All
so ive read through all these pages and other threads, im weighing up selling the iphone4 and getting a sensation. i have a recently renewed contract with Vodafone so im keen to buy the handset only.
the idea of importing another phone (prev HTC Desire) doesnt appeal to me too much as the last one with riddled with chinese keyboards etc.
Buying from an?XT store to retain a NZ warrenty is a definate bonus for me,

What are your thoughts? I live in Hamilton North so coverage is good, and have wifi at home / work etc.
is the 3g drop only noticable in rural type situations?

Cheers
Mark


Have you considered galaxy s2 from vodafone?

My 2 cent, I strongly advise you not to get the phone from telecom if you are planning to use it with vodafone. Some areas only have 3g/wcdma 900mhz coverage but no GSM at all.

If sensation is your first choice, buy one from local parallel importers.





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  Reply # 489189 4-Jul-2011 14:33 Send private message

I'm very keen to hear a blow by blow account of the Sensation versus the SGS II.

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