HTC Sensation XE review

The HTC Sensation XE is an up to date version of the HTC Sensation (first launched in April 2011). A number of points have been given a makeover, however the headliner is the addition of Beats by Dre expertise, which HTC suggests makes this the go-to smartphone if music playback is a priority.

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Paired With Ibeats

Not solely is there Beats audio processing inside, but you’ll also find a pair of iBeats headphones, worth about £80 alone, stuffed inside the box. Is this sufficient to make it into our listing of the most effective smartphones around? HTC Sensation XE: Construct Bar the snazzy new purple and black colour scheme, the HTC Sensation XE looks a lot the identical as the unique Sensation. Not that that’s a nasty factor: it is a solidly-built, slim smartphone that feels good, if perhaps a bit heavy, in your hand; the rubberised texture on the backplate is a nice contact (and nice to the touch).

There are micro USB and 3.5mm headphone sockets on the outside, plus a volume rocker on the left hand facet panel. HTC Sensation XE: Features

The HTC Sensation XE comes with all the accoutrements you’d count on from a excessive end smartphone, including a superb digital camera that captures 8MP stills and 1080p HD video, Bluetooth 3.zero and DLNA. The OS is the all the time-succesful Android 2.three Gingerbread, over which HTC has spread its Sense 3.0 person interface – and very nice to make use of it’s too.

There’s a handful of HTC-unique apps like Watch (which lets you obtain HD movies), and naturally you also have entry to Android Market and the hundreds of apps therein.

Impressive Sound

The Beats Audio expertise is actually a really effective bass booster, and when paired with the excellent quality iBeats headphones it means you get an impressively huge sound out of this phone. Bass is HUGE with out being distorted, and when listening to hip hop and the like, this pays off nicely.

If your ‘bag’ swings extra in the course of the acoustic end of the musical spectrum, nonetheless, it can lead to tunes sounding greater and murkier than you may expect.

You’ll be able to flip off Beats for such stuff, however this leaves the entire lot barely cold and anaemic. We’d additionally wish to see Beats enabled for apps exterior the main music player, like Spotify. HTC Sensation XE: Display screen

Tremendous Display

While the Sensation XE’s 4.3-inch Tremendous LCD screen lacks the retina-punching, colour-rich loveliness of AMOLED, it’s not a bad show at all, regardless that it’s not fairly as bit because the 4.7-inch show found on the HTC Sensation XL. It’s sharp, with a resolution of 960 x 540 (that’s a pixel density of 256ppi), and colours pop out brightly.

Movies and video games look eminently watchable on the screen, and it’s large and detailed sufficient that internet browsing proves to be a pleasure rather than a chore. HTC Sensation XE: Efficiency

The Sensation XE is a mid-powered smartphone, and its 768MB of memory and 1.5GHz processor run most apps in a slick, acceptable fashion. We benchmarked it utilizing AnTuTu and located it scored 5678 general: slightly less than the Samsung Galaxy S2, and barely greater than the LG Optimus 2X. It’s not a raging speed demon, however neither will it allow you to down.

It’s a peach on the usability front. HTC Sense is doubtless one in all the greatest non-standard Android UIs, and the multi-contact controls work as they should. You possibly can flick between house screens with minimal lag, and customise them to your requirements with ease.

The battery life is fairly commonplace for a smartphone, and you will greater than doubtless have to cost the Sensation XE up as quickly as a day. HTC Sensation XE: Verdict Despite being a revamped Sensation, the Sensation XE’s extra energy and the addition of Beats Audio (plus fairly probably one of the best headphones ever to be packaged with a telephone) mean it’s no mere ‘special edition’.

The effectiveness of Beats does depend to some extent on what sort of music you take heed to, nevertheless it’s always better than the muddy dross served up by a lot of packaged smartphone headphones. Audio aside, this can be a strong all-rounder, and another stylish Android option.

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