HTC Sensation Hands-On Reviews: Roundup of Verdicts

We’ve been bringing you all the news about the HTC Sensation 4G, previously known as the HTC Pyramid, both before and after its official launch on Tuesday. Since launch we’ve given release details for the US and also for the UK, along with specs and a video. At the HTC event on Tuesday many tech sites managed to get a hands-on look at the Sensation and we want to give you a quick roundup of verdicts.

The Android handset coming first to the UK and the rest of Europe and then to T-Mobile in the summer has impressed a lot of people before its launch so what are the first impressions? We’ll start off with a hands-on by Bonnie Cha over on Cnet who was pretty impressed and said “by the end of the meeting, I was trying to think of ways to distract HTC so I could run off with the smartphone.” That’s a pretty good endorsement. Cha talks of the slimness of the phone and how compact it is, despite its large 4.3-inch display and reckons this phone will heat up T-Mobile’s summer nicely. Meanwhile Chris Davies over on Slash Gear calls the HTC Sensation, “a beast of a smartphone,” and says, “there’s a lot to like.” Davies also says the Sensation ticks all the boxes regarding specs and although reserving judgement until a full review, notes just how appealing this phone is.

Chris Hall over on Pocket-Lint calls the HTC Sensation “a meaty beast.” Beast is a word that seems to be cropping up a lot in hands-on experiences, although Hall also notes that despite its display size the Sensation is not bulky or bloated and feels like a good solid handset. Ginny Miles over on PC World had an exclusive hands-on look when HTC took the phone to the PCWorld office last week. This is a pretty ringing endorsement for the phone as Miles states that as far as specs and design goes, the HTC Sensation blows the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon, “out of the water.” Miles calls the sensation a “beautiful dual-core beast,” there’s that word again, but did point out that T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network didn’t do as well in its multicity 4G tests as the Verizon 4G LTE network.

Finally we looked at a hands-on experience from Sascha Segan over at PC Mag, who spent an hour with the phone and came away impressed with the “sharp screen,” and “fast performance,” among other things, but also spoke of the T-Mobile HSPA+ network saying that it doesn’t offer true 4G and shouldn’t be “claiming a status that the phone can’t achieve.” All in all though the initial impressions seem to be very positive for the HTC Sensation, despite some misgivings about it being on the T-Mobile network for the US.

What are your thoughts on the HTC Sensation? Are you waiting for this ‘beast’ of a phone and what for you singles it out above other upcoming smartphones such as the Motorola Droid Bionic? Let us know with your comments.

  • Dominick

    Damn they need to port this to verzion, i would by this in a hardbeat