HTC Sensation XE review

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HTC Sensation XE
The definitive HTC Sensation XE review

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Battery Life

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Take the back cover off the HTC Sensation XE and you will find a 1730mAh battery inside.

While running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Sensation XE users complained that the battery life was still poor, even though it packed a bigger battery than the original Sensation.

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There is some good news though, as the update to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 3.6 looks to have optimised the Sensation XE, giving you more power from the same battery.

Now don't expect record breaking performance, but we were comfortably able to get a full day's use out of the Sensation XE, which included web browsing over Wi-Fi and 3G, calls, texts, games and some classic YouTube action.

We would still strongly recommend a nightly charge for the HTC Sensation XE, but the software updates seem to have made a marked improvement and will reduce panic on a daily basis.


As you may expect from high-end smartphones these days the Sensation XE provides you with numerous connectivity options included Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB. The only main omission here is NFC technology.

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The microUSB slot is found towards the bottom on the left hand side of the handset and its placement means the Sensation XE is difficult to hold in the hand while charging or connected to a computer, as the wire sticks out and gets in the way.

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You can also use the Sensation XE as a Wi-Fi hotspot if you need to share some web love with your laptop and it can be easily set up via the Settings menu - although this drains the battery like crazy.

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The Sensation XE also provides DLNA with its Connected Media app allowing you to easily stream music, videos and pictures to compatible TVs, computers and game consoles, which competes strongly with Samsung's AllShare and Apple's AirPlay solutions.

If you fancy hooking up the old fashioned way via USB, the HTC Sensation XE allows you to simple drag and drop files on and off the phone – although you will need to be careful as its pitiful 1GB of internal memory will fill up fast.

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