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Released into the UK market in May 2011 the HTC Sensation was the world’s fastest phone and also premiered the latest iteration of HTC’s unique UI, HTC Sense 3.0. It runs Gingerbread, however HTC have announced that the phone will be getting an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich, this update has already began for many users.
Hardware wise the once mighty beast of the mobile world boasts a dual-core 1.2Ghz CPU with dedicated GPU which competes with high end phones being released today. At 4.3” the screen is huge and the 8MP camera with LED flash is capable of filming at 1080p whilst a secondary camera is available for users to ‘Facetime’ with their friends (Android alternatives are Tango, Skype, Fringe, etc). One area of concern is the internal memory, at 1GB it doesn’t stand up to its competitors but the Sensation does offer external memory slots allowing microSD cards of upto 32GB to be used, this brings the phone back up to spec.
Noting the addition of HTC Sense 3.0 it is worth pointing out the major feature that Sense is praised for. The Friend Stream integrates Facebook and Twitter with your contacts, which is incredibly useful as it keeps you updated on your friends in virtual real-time. Android itself used to allow this integration, however this was a lower quality service and as of recently Android no longer allows it, possibly due to the ongoing dispute between Facebook and Google. Friend Stream is arguably the only good integration option available and it’s only available on HTC phones.
Also of worthy note is the fact that this phone can be officially rooted. If you have read my article on ‘whether rooting was right for you’ you would know that rooting your phone will void your warranty and you have to use hacks and software from people you can’t always trust. Due to demand HTC released software allowing users to safely root their Sensations without voiding their warranty. It’s not for everyone but it’s an option that most companies would never offer.