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Topic # 84857 9-Jun-2011 13:10
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I just picked the phone up form fedex depot in chch. yippeee.... Cool

I was going to order from,  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!!!Yell

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...

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  Reply # 479444 9-Jun-2011 18:30
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Thanks for the review!

Is the "HTC Watch" any use in NZ?

Remember to post some links here to any public photos and movies you might upload Cool

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  Reply # 479458 9-Jun-2011 19:25
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Thanks for the review of the Sensation. Currently I use the Desire HD and the two things that bug me are the blurry photos (suspect due to the slow camera) and poor visibility of the screen outdoors.

Can you tell me whether the screen is better in sunlight? Thanks.


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  Reply # 479548 9-Jun-2011 23:17
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+1 to the above posters. I aswell want to know what they have asked about aswell. I might get this instead of Sgs2, not really sure.

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  Reply # 481939 16-Jun-2011 16:34
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So here it is a week since your first post.  How have you found the Sensation now that you have had a chance for the 'Christmas Morning' affect to have worn off?
Certainly the videos on Youtube make it look just that bit better than the DesireHD running GB with Sense2.1. 
How is the battery life? With a 1520mAh battery powering a dual core processor, now that you have had a few recharge cycles.
Does the new Sense Weather Widget work as advertised here in NZ? I.e. as a live background?

Your original post didn't cover the landed cost of the Sensation.  Unless it is a secret......

Any other points of interest you have come across?

Mods:  Wouldn't this thread be more appropriate in the Android Forum?  That's where most of the fanboys Undecided of the little green robot would look for it.

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