HTC Sensation XE review

HTC handset gets rebooted with Ice Cream Sandwich

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We have already mentioned that we feel the HTC Sensation XE feels quicker under finger since its upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and this is reflected when it comes to web browsing.

The stock Android internet browser gets a lick of Sense paint giving it a sleek and smart appearance and it speedily opens pages whether on Wi-Fi or 3G.

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The TechRadar homepage was fully loaded in less than 15 seconds with full 3G signal – down from 18 seconds pre-Ice Cream Sandwich, showing the noticeable speed improvement with the new operating system.

Adobe Flash is supported on the Sensation XE, but you will need to download the free Adobe Flash Player from the Android Market (now called Google Play) first.

We would like to see HTC have this pre-installed on the phone, saving people time and eradicating the error message displayed online if you don't have the player.

The slick operating system, speedy dual-core processor and crisp qHD screen means web browsing is a pleasure and the Sensation XE will happily scoot you round even the most media heavy sites with ease, reflowing text as you pinch-to-zoom.

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Hit the menu button below the screen and you will be able to access the bookmarks menu, flip between multiple windows and various other options including history and downloads.

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Bookmarks are displayed as large thumbnails and a widget can be popped onto a home screen, allowing you to jump direct to your favourite sites with one touch.

Before the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 3.6, Google suggested search options were not available when you typed in the URL bar. The good news is this has been reinstated, so you can now streamline your searching experience.

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 Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, 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
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time9.16 Hour
Product ModelSensation XE
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)151 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
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height126.1 mm
Width65.4 mm
Depth11.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time310 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameSensation XE Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Gyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HNA118-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Designed to impress

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio comes inbox with custom made Beats headsets, engineered to deliver extraordinary sound. The specially tuned software and user interface delivers the ultimate mobile audio experience we know you'll appreciate. Featuring an aluminum unibody construction and designed with touches of red, the phone feels premium and looks beautiful inside and out.

Limited Warranty1 Year