I just picked the phone up form fedex depot in chch. yippeee....
I was going to order from www.clove.co.uk, as I've had excellent service and quick delivery times, plus I had ££ in the UK still. However I came across a sensation from a well reported EBAY sella. Ordinarily I do not buy this type of kit from EBAY but the cost difference was just enough to tip the scales... it took only a few day to arrive here (fedex priority International mail). Make sure you use either a credit card or Paypal to complete the transaction !! ( protection for both parties especially with paypal- cc info is not revealed !).
Interesting to note that it takes less time to get kit from the US than it takes to get it locally! I ordered a blu ray drive at the same time and it is still in transit from the democratic replublic of the North Island. sheesh!!!
Anyhow the phone is what I expected, as I've had a string of HTC phones (Desire, Desire HD that was rooted running coredroid rom (excellent rom btw!) and now my sensation, screen really is great with the added resolution.
The camera is better than the DHD and the responsiveness of the take picture action is almost DSLR fast which is of course the bane of the small point and shoot cameras... press the shutter button .. have a cup of coffee and then finally the picture is taken. with the HTC Sensation (HTCS )press the shutter button and wham! the picture is taken.
The camera app in video mode is pretty damn good at the 1080p setting, though the app died the first time I tried it corrupting the vid stream ... humpf little annoyances with super new tech
Sense 3.0 has been talked about to death and is a significant step up from the previous versions, nothing too spectacular just lot of little additions and changes help to make the phone that bit more polished.
The phone is certainly responsive with the dual (NOT DUEL, arg why do reviewers keep getting that wrong!!!!) core processor on board. Though Android still has a long way to catch up with the slickness of the 60FPS experience of the iphone/ipad interface. its really not a hardware issue but an Android architecture issue
The screen is curved and is a nice addition to the overall feel of the unit, it shipped with a 8 GB micro sd card, but is already replaced with my Class 10 32GB card ... ( its for sale btw! 8gb that is ;)
Not tried the front facing camera... though skype does not seem to support it yet ?
Overall a solid experience so far... just gotta wait for the next phone KAL-EL anyone! Damn I really am turning into a phone w£0re !! :)
I guess the only thing that was less than stella was the locked bootloader, but turns out that HTC have updated their official feed to say that they will be removing that ...yeay!!! and double yeay, but this will be the first time that I will probably stay within the Sense Environment no more ADW for me now... well maybe ;)
I got the phone from:-
I've got nothing to do with the seller just had a good experience. Phone was shipped via fedex and the box was HTC sealed :) , though it looks to be branded vodafone uk model ( good for us in NZ) HTC box was very well packed in a fedex bubble bag and then in a fedex approved box too!
Just waiting for my Asus Eee PAD transformer now .. should be here in the next couple of days!
shipped form Amazon including taxes and DHL international priority NZD$656 though you can only order one at a time so had to pay twice for the shipping (wife wanted one too)...grrrr
for some reason its gone up in price.. I paid USD$399 for the 16gb model
There are some links on geekzone that may yield better results
any Q's on the sensation, feel free to yell out...