HTC Sensation XL review

HTC's created a big Sensation with this 4.7-inch beast

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Contacts in the HTC Sensation XL are stored in the People app, and they're a lot like what you'd expect from a smartphone these days. You've got social network integration, including Facebook and Twitter, and you can bring in your contacts from Google or, if you're an HTC regular.

The contacts list is a clear, if simple list of names, though it does bring through the latest update from a contact's social network if you've got them linked. It'll also pull through their profile photo and other relevant information.

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Aside from the People app, you can also get to your contacts quickly using the Phone app and tapping on the tab at the bottom, or you can use the smart dialling feature – start typing a person's name on the dialpad and they'll appear on the screen.

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In a contact, you can add all the usual information, including multiple phone numbers, email addresses and so on, as well as adding them a group or adding notes or a nickname. There's no birthday field, though you can pull birthdays in from Facebook.

When looking at a contact, you've got several views apart from their information. You can view your contact history with someone in the Thread tab, view their recent social network activity in Updates, or see their Facebook photos in Gallery.

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We found the HTC Sensation XL picked up signal quite well when we used it, although call quality was a little hit and miss. In low-signal areas, we found that calls distorted quite a bit – more so than many other handsets we've used – but with a good clear signal, audio quality was fine.

In fact, to HTC's credit, the ear speaker can go really quite loud, so it does fairly well in traffic compared to some of the competition.

The loudspeaker is fairly clear, but it didn't impress in the same way the ear speaker did when it comes to volume. It'll suffice in a quiet room, but it wasn't hard for it to be drowned out.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS, EDGE
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilySensation XL
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time11.80 Hour
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)162.5 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density199 ppi
Height132.5 mm
Width70.7 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameSensation XL Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineSensation XL
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HPJ001-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationFeel every single beat

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Package Contents
  • Sensation XL Smartphone
  • Beats Headphones
  • Battery
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year