Since I'm in Wellington I missed out on being the first in the group to get my HTC Sensation. Both Andy and Steve got theirs two whole days before me (that's like a year in geek time). This meant I was anxiously waiting and tweeting about my lack of HTC Sensation while they were off having fun with a new toy.
To top it off I was expecting to receive the package on Friday, but the courier decided to come after my fiance had left for work (at 4pm). This was fine in of itself; I was slightly disappointed but committed to waking up early Saturday to retrieve it from the depot. Upon arriving at the depot early Saturday morning I was to find that the courier still had it in his van! So back off home to anxiously wait. Suffice to say when I heard a knock at the door I was on my feet in two shakes of a tail feather and had my precious within a scant few seconds. The anti-climax here is that after unboxing as the photos show I had to charge the HTC Sensation before playing with it.
Now my real first impression was like this:
Man this smartphone looks premium and feels nice in my hand. The SGS looks and feels flimsy and cheap like a plastic toy next to it. The build quality is superb and the slightly concave screen looks very stylish and apparently provides extra protection.
The box I was sent came with the following contents:
. HTC Sensation Handset
. USB Cable
. Wall Charger with USB Connection
. Wired Headset with shirt clip and music controls
. Telecom XT prepay SIM card
. 8 GB Micro SDHC Class 4
I expect the retail package will be similar but with a box that isn't plain white and contains a manual.
The HTC Sensation has been my first foray into the Sense UI so after booting up the phone it was quite interesting to find things quite different from my SGS. For example you can change the 4 icons on the lock screen that open applications, but it took me a few minutes to figure it out how. I also definitely noticed the increased resolution, the display is sharp and crisp and you definitely get a lot more real estate.
I was also a little lost when it comes to Telecom New Zealand's mobile plans. I was given a large amount of credit on a prepay SIM but wasn't sure how to spend it. Fortunately one of the guys told me to dial *333 and then just go through the prompts. I ended up getting myself a 2GB Broadband pack and 2500 Texts which should suit me just fine. I can easily check my balance using the preinstalled Your Telecom link on the application menu as well.
My first outing was pretty low key (a garden centre) but I did get a few decent pictures of my favourite ninja turtles among other things, so I've provided them as an example of picture quality:
That sums up my initial experience with the HTC Sensation. I hope to provide some more in depth posts in the future.
About the author:
Nick Gough (Lokhor) is a Lower Hutt born and bred geek. He works at Environmental Science and Research and is on his way towards becoming a Business Analyst. He lives with his fiance who gracefully puts up with his geeky hobbies. He loves gadgets; playing with them, hacking them, breaking and fixing them - he loves it all. Ever since he was young he enjoyed building computers and over clocking them. His first real Smartphone was the i9000 Galaxy S which he has thoroughly enjoyed despite any apparent flaws. Nick also enjoys gaming on PC, console and Android device. You can follow Nick via his twitter account @lokhor or his blog: http://ndmgough.blogspot.com.
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