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HTC Sensation review

HTC's dual-core wonder finally arrives - let battle commence!

HTC sensation review

The camera on the HTC Sensation is an 8MP effort with dual-LED flash and autofocus - pretty much ticking all the boxes on offer aside from a Xenon flash, but then again some comprimises have to be made to keep the width down.

The autofocus is a good feature though, and one we've seen from the likes of the Desire HD and Desire S in the past, where tapping the screen will alter the focus of the photo. This extends to exposure values as well, meaning that if you're trying snap something in a darker area, the Sensation will work out the optimum light levels needed.

The shutter speed is pretty nifty on the Sensation too, with the camera loading very quickly from the lock screen if you choose it as one of the 'ring options' we mentioned in the interface section, with photos taken in around three seconds after pulling the phone out of our pocket.

There are the usual plethora of shooting options on offer - from the pointless negative/grayscale/sepia range to more useful ISO, white balance and exposure sliders, the HTC Sensation is a camera phone that offers more than enough functionality to take some decent snaps.

HTC sensation review

The standard settings show a decent amount of contrast and a good level of sharpness for a well-lit shot

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HTC sensation review

With a bright background, the object being photographed quickly gets lost as the camera looks to focus on the clouds

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HTC sensation review

Forcing the camera to focus on the tower doesn't really seem to help the exposure, which is odd considering it's so adept at doing so for video recording

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HTC sensation review

The HTC Sensation doesn't have a macro mode, instead choosing to automatically work out the focal length, with some surprisingly good shots

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HTC sensation review

The VGA front facing camera is perfectly acceptable for self shots if you happen to meet a famous lion

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HTC sensation review

This is a standard photo in a darker corner of London

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HTC sensation review

But with the exposure turned up, you can see a signifcant difference in detail without much penalty on the shutter speed

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HTC sensation review

This poncey cocktail is shot in fairly dark conditions but still maintains a decent level of detail

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HTC sensation review

This shot was taken at speed using the quick unlock function - the Sensation does not appear to be adept at fast moving photos

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HTC sensation review

The Sensation is good at capturing changeable conditions, although the lighter section of the photo is quite over-exposed

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HTC sensation review

This photo is taken indoors with the auto focus turned on

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HTC sensation review

With the auto focus turned off, you can see the white balance is quite heavily skewed, showing how good the automatic mode is

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HTC sensation review

The dual LED flash is quite poor given its brightness - the throw of the light is minimal

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time8.25 Hour
Product ModelSensation
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)148 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
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
Height126.1 mm
Width65.4 mm
Depth11.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time350 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameSensation Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyro Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HNA033-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

A multimedia superphone in the palm of your hand

Want to be entertained like never before? On-demand movies look great with a stunning qHD display, and they sound crystal clear with Hi-Fi audio technology. The HTC Sensation also includes an immersive HTC Sense experience making this phone easy-to-use and a top entertainer. The premium design, complete with contoured glass edging, feels great in your hand. The HTC Sensation is a multimedia superphone.

Package Contents
  • Sensation Smartphone
  • Battery
  • microSD Card
  • USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year