HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: SENSATION4GTMB
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CNET editors' review
price range: $159.95
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 06/08/2011
- Released on: 06/15/2011
The good: The HTC Sensation 4G boasts a sleek, high-quality design with a gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD display. The Android smartphone also features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 8-megapixel camera, and the HTC Sense user interface brings some thoughtful and useful new features.
The bad: The smartphone doesn't offer much internal memory, and the phone's speakers are pretty weak.
The bottom line: Its 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.
In the worldly smartphones, this one is an idiot.
by Zaurike on August 31, 2012
Pros: 3rd party navigation
Cons: Voicemal that doesn't sync automatically, horrible call quality, freezing, bugs...
Summary: This is the worst phone imaginable. I'm OT sure where the positive ratings are coming from. Do people just open the box, see a cool-looking phone and write a ...
Summary: This is the worst phone imaginable. I'm OT sure where the positive ratings are coming from. Do people just open the box, see a cool-looking phone and write a positive review? I've been struggling with this garbage for nearly a year and the only thing that works is the 3-rd party navigation app. The default one is a joke and even though I change the settings, I am prompted to select the app to use - every time. But that's minor, comparing to the real issues. As a telephone, this is a complete failure. I can barely hear people, calls don't go throug, calls get dropped, all the time. Visual Voicemail does not sync automatically. I have to go into the voicemail app, select sync now and get voicemail.
Great Phone! One of the BEST phones EVER!
by PWNER292 on July 11, 2012
Pros: Sense is Amazing.
Fits very well in hand.
Love the Lock Screen.
Android Gingerbread is very good.
Cons: The phone lagged a few times.
I can't get the phone to update.
Summary: I love this phone, it is absolutely GREAT! I would choose this over any iPhone or any other android phone for that matter. Sense from HTC makes a huge difference ...
Summary: I love this phone, it is absolutely GREAT! I would choose this over any iPhone or any other android phone for that matter. Sense from HTC makes a huge difference because it makes the phone SO much more better. Specs on this phone are good and is satisfying my needs. If you want to get a great phone this is the way to go!
The Sensation is a worthy purchase with a few quirks.
by DrHyde25 on July 9, 2012
Pros: Excellent qHD screen, premium construction, excellent signal strength, great specs, loads of eye candy
Cons: Limited app storage, no onboard user storage, Sense gets bogged down quite often, antennas attached to case creates high risk of being damaged
Summary: A note to start with, I root all of my Android phones so I will make notations as necessary.
My review comes a bit late considering the Sensation is now ...
Summary: A note to start with, I root all of my Android phones so I will make notations as necessary.
My review comes a bit late considering the Sensation is now hitting its end of life, it's still worthy to review considering there is still a good secondary market for the phone.
First off, the construction of the phone is excellent. HTC never disappoints and the Sensation is top quality. The unibody aluminium gives the phone a sense of weight and durability. However, I have many misgivings about the antennas being placed in the case cover. This seems like a very dangerous design. Carelessly removing and inserting the cover or doing it too often could lead to problems like signal degradation later on.
Still, much about the design is very reminiscent of the Nexus One. You can see touches of it here and there such as the color of the aluminium and the speaker grill. Overall, I'm pleased with the design.
The specs for the phone are in some ways a bit outdated. Don't judge that too quickly however, as much of the phone still runs strong with the newer models. The 1.2 GHz dual core processor is still solid today, along with the 8 megapixel camera. However, the 768 MB RAM is a bit under most new phones. You can really see the issues when using Sense (either 3.0 or 3.6 depending on your Android version). You'll sometimes get lag or Sense will reload the homescreens after exiting a program.
Much of the other specs are pretty standard fare. You get your USB port that also includes MHL, Bluetooth 3.0, Wifi covering all the variants, GPS, and finally, tethering and hotspot. However, there are a few things lacking. No NFC is a strange one since the Amaze released some months later includes it and most people seem to think it will be the future of payments. There's also only 1 GB of app space and no user storage on the phone so you're going to have to get a SD card. The Sensation does accept cards as high as 64 GB.
Data speeds and signal strength are pretty good. I found the Sensation maintains consistent signal strength wherever I was in my town, even in buildings that would kill my Nexus S signal. The 14.4 Mbits data speed is outdated considering most HSPA phones are doing 21-42, but it still gets the job done. Hardware acceleration in the browser makes web browsing very fast in spite of my city running at about 3-9 Mbits.
The phone ships with Gingerbread running Sense 3.0, but most people should be on Android 4.0.3 with Sense 3.6. Either way, Sense is filled with eye candy to behold. This is part of the reason RAM is inconsistent at times as Sense takes a large chunk of it. The 3D-like homescreens are great to flip through and the HTC widgets have a very premium feel to them. Overall, performance is very strong all over. Even more so on my rooted version that runs the CPU at 1.5 GHz (the actual chipset speed, reduced by the manufacturer) and an overclocked GPU.
Battery life is fair. Running the system stock, you'll find battery life to be just barely passable. Heavy users will find the phone inadequate, but light and medium users should be able to make it through an entire without the need to charge. Beyond that, you're going to have to carry some form of charger with you. I managed with a custom kernel, overclocked and undervolted, to get around 30 hours up time consistently with highs as great as 50 hours. However, I'm a light to medium user and your mileage may vary.
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the phone. Like many Android phones (or smartphones in general) there's always a couple of things that make you question what was going through the manufacturers heads when they made it, but the Sensation has more positives than negatives so if you're interested in high end Android phone and can get it cheap, it's worth picking up. If you're looking for something more then look towards the Amaze or the new One series.
by flwrz26 on May 31, 2012
Pros: Nice Camera, Screen, Android 4.0
Cons: Battery and speakerphone
I love HTC!!!
by greatschotts on May 23, 2012
Pros: Great screen
Love the Sense UI
Summary: I got this phone about 6 months ago, and I am loving it. It's speedy, has a great screen, and even has 4G speeds, though they're not LTE. ...
Summary: I got this phone about 6 months ago, and I am loving it. It's speedy, has a great screen, and even has 4G speeds, though they're not LTE. Additionally, the phone is truly beautifully designed. Also, the Wifi calling feature is really great for when you're in the middle of nowhere on vacation, but want to use your phone.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this phone to anyone who's interested in rocking android, or just having a phone that you love.
Everything you want in a smartphone sensation has it !
by realsis on March 26, 2012
Pros: This device is amazing!! Lightening fast processor, blazing internet speed, streaming video quality is clear,crisp,no buffering, seamless! This device has it all! Everything you want in a smart phone in one package! It's mind blowing!
Cons: The ONLY con I can think of it battery life , however, this is easily fixed with a car charger. It's compares with most smart phones today
Summary: This device is worth every cent you pay for it! You really Need to see it to believe it! Even simple things like the weather come to life in a ...
Summary: This device is worth every cent you pay for it! You really Need to see it to believe it! Even simple things like the weather come to life in a amazing display! I would not trade my HTC Sensation! It's proven to be a excellant device! Blazing fast in all it does, no annoying buffering with videos! All that's in the part with the sensation . If you have the skill level there are many more things you can do with rooting! You can truly make the Sensation your own! The display is incredible! So clear and crisp! You should see the videos on this device, beautiful! I highly recommend the HTC Sensation, you will be amazed! In my opinion, one of the best phones on the market today!
by spsimplicity-24317837913438866 on January 19, 2012
Pros: testing test
Cons: testing test
Battery sucks, RAM is insufficient for HTC sense.
by swairshah on January 15, 2012
Pros: good touch screen, good HTC sense response
Cons: horrible battery performance. Really low memory to use with HTC sense (thats is the default)
Summary: I have been using it for 3 months now. There always was an issue of the phone getting switched off when the battery goes below 15% or so. Now its ...
Summary: I have been using it for 3 months now. There always was an issue of the phone getting switched off when the battery goes below 15% or so. Now its switches off at about 25% and takes about 50 seconds (or more) to turn on again. Full charge is taking over 5 hours and once done the battery drops below 25%(thats when it switches off) in about 3-4 hours of use. Memory doesn't seem sufficient to run reasonable applications (twitter app, gmail, settings etc) along with the HTC Sense (the software which is responsible for all thos fancy animations and other stuff). Frankly no matter how good the touch or the screen etc are, without good battery AND memory the phone is crappy. DO NOT BUY IT.How is the battery life? mine just gave up after 3 months of use. Really horrible battery life.
Updated on Jan 15, 2012
Updated on Jan 16, 2012I think i acted in a haste, After 2-3 bad incidents (after the latest upgrade) I thought its battery's fault. I think its not the case. May be the battery monitor module or something is malfunctioning. After trying to switch off and on again. And charging a couple of times, battery works normally. Still i'll keep the phone "under observation" for a week and post again. CNET does not allow me to EDIT my review!, or even change the rating!
Buggiest phone I've ever owned
by mikel1049 on December 21, 2011
Pros: 1. Gorilla glass screen
2. HSPA+ 21 speed
3. Quick launch icons from lock screen
Cons: 1. Buggy
2. Not compatible with HSPA+ 42 network
3. T-Mobile customer service is a shadow of its former self
4. Battery life
Summary: The first disappointment was when I learned the phone wasn't capable of HSPA+ 42 speeds after the sales associate told me it would be capable of the fastest speeds ...
Summary: The first disappointment was when I learned the phone wasn't capable of HSPA+ 42 speeds after the sales associate told me it would be capable of the fastest speeds available on the T-Mobile network. But HSPA+ 21 speeds are ok (typically 2 - 3 Mbps in my area), so I could live with it. But then HTC and T-Mobile pushed out an update in August that crashed the phone. It regularly became too hot to carry in my pocket. The phone would take screenshots most of the time when I was trying to turn the screen off. And the update didn't fix the only bug I had ever noticed: the screen lock display would occasionally move about 1/2 way up the screen, leaving the bottom 1/2 of the screen blank. Battery life was never good, but it's a "4G" Android phone so battery life met my low expectations. Though the August update made battery life noticeably worse too.
The final straw that motivated me to break contract to leave T-Mobile was how they handled the problem. HTC and T-Mobile broke what was an imperfect, but acceptable phone with their half-baked update. They then charged me $5 to replace it (not a lot of money, but it's the principle) and they replaced it with a (dirty) refurbished phone when I had paid the full price for a new phone 2 months earlier.
However, the screen is great. I loved the gorilla glass. There was never any reason to use a screen protector. I loved the concave design too. The quick launch icons from the lock screen are also great. I only wished there were 5 instead of just 4. Though as much as I liked the quick launch icons that were part of the Sense UI on the Sensation, my next Android phone will definitely be a pure Android experience. I'm not dealing with another buggy UI.
by GunnerGSP on December 5, 2011
Pros: Nice screen.
Relatively well built.
Cons: Not as fast as it should be.
Lightly pressing the screen in the corners or sides causes an annoying creaking sound.
Summary: Dual core processor? Yyyyep! Dual core processor fast? Nnnnope! This thing stutters more than Porky Pig. This may be due in large part to all the wizbang HTC Sense animations. ...
Summary: Dual core processor? Yyyyep! Dual core processor fast? Nnnnope! This thing stutters more than Porky Pig. This may be due in large part to all the wizbang HTC Sense animations. Perhaps I can speed things along after rooting and installing a custom ROM.
Not a bad smartphone. Not a great one either.
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: SENSATION4GTMB
- Description: The HTC Sensation is a multimedia superphone. 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. Remember that time you pressed the shutter button and had to wait while your camera phone finished taking the picture? With the instant capture camera, the moment you press the button is the same moment the photo is captured. Never let a great shot slip away. Surf the web in style with multi-window browsing, a quick lookup tool for jumping to Wikipedia or YouTube and the latest Flash support for smooth video playback. HTC has transformed the lockscreen into a window to the good stuff on your phone - you can check up on your portfolio, view your friend's status, and more. Have you ever held a thunderstorm in your hand? When checking the weather - feel the sun's rays or wipe away the droplets of water.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone (Android OS)
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Width 2.6 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 5 in
- Weight 5.2 oz
- Body Material Aluminum
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider Not specified
- Operating System Google Android
- User Interface HTC Sense
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yes
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Twitter,
- Messaging & Data Features Adobe Flash support
- Mobile Services YouTube,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 3.0,
- Bluetooth Profiles Serial Port Profile (SPP),
Object Push Profile (OPP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
File Transfer Profile (FTP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Human Interface Device Profile (HID),
Generic Access Profile (GAP),
Message Access Profile (MAP),
Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP),
Generic Object Exchange Profile (GOEP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor,
- Additional Features Video editor,
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards M4A,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Type QUALCOMM Snapdragon
- Clock Speed 1.2 GHz
- RAM 768 MB
- User Memory 1 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Digital Video Formats 3gp
- Features Video recording
- GPS Navigation GPS receiver
- Type Color
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in
- Display Resolution 960 x 540 pixels
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1520 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk ( GSM ) - up to 495 min,
Talk ( WCDMA ) - up to 400 min,
Standby ( GSM ) - up to 350 hour(s),
Standby ( WCDMA ) - up to 400 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter