CNET First Look
HTC Sensation 4GIts excellent design and user experience, coupled with its solid performance, make the HTC Sensation 4G one of the best Android phones yet and a top pick for T-Mobile customers.
Hey, everyone! I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at cnet.com and I'm here to bring you a first look at the HTC Sensation 4G. This is T-Mobile's latest Android smartphone and I've really been looking forward to getting my hands on this device ever since I got a sneak peek at it back in spring and the smartphone definitely does know at this point. What really grabbed my attention first was the design. The smartphone features a 4.3-inch display but unlike a lot of other 4.3-inch touch devices out there, such as the Thunderbolt and the Samsung Droid Charge, the Sensation is pretty slim and not too bulky. It has tapered edges, so it's really comfortable to hold and it has a high quality feel to it which is something I expected from paying 200 dollars for it. The display is also gorgeous. It's a quarter-HD Super LCD, so not quite the caliber of the iPhone's Retina Display or Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus screen, but text and images still look sharp and vibrant on the Sensation screen. There's more to this smartphone than just a good design though. It's running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread along with the new version of HTC Sense. Sense is HTC's custom-user experience for Android and they've added some really great features to it. The biggest thing is the new lock screen and now offers applications shor-- shortcuts. So, instead of having to unlock the phone, find the app and then launch it, you can just drag the icon to the ring at the bottom and the Sensation automatically goes to the app. You can also feature more content on the lock screen, such as photos and [unk]. Once you unlock the phone, you'll find even more enhancements like this 3D Carousel for your home screens and then improved mail app and widget that provides you with the preview of your messages. Apparent to all this goodness is what comes dual-core 1.2GHz processor, which has kept the phone running smoothly so far. Say, T-Mobile G2X which chooses NVIDIA dual-core chipset is slightly faster but the Sensation 4G is still very responsive and it also offers good qual-- quality and battery life. The only real downside to the Sensation 4G is the internal memory. There's 4 GB of internal storage but only 1 GB of that is available to the user. T-mobile [unk] the phone with the pre-installed 8 GB microSD card but if you plan on taking a lot of pictures or playing a lot of music or videos, it's worth upgrading to a 32-gigabyte card. All things considered, we think the HTC Sensation 4G is one of the best to Android phones out there and worthy of our Editor's Choice Award. T-Mobile has two great Android devices, LG G2X and now this. If you like Stock Android and want a little more of power, go with the G2X but I think the Sensation 4G is better for the general consumer because of the design and great user experience. The HTC Sensation 4G will be available starting June 15th for 199.99 on-contract. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the HTC Sensation 4G.