HTC Sensation review

HTC's latest dual-core smartphone is here, but is it a true Sensation or a damp squib? Julian Prokaza casts a discerning eye in our review.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has raised the bar for Android smartphones by a considerable amount and it's difficult to see how other manufacturers might compete with that slimline sensation and its dual-core 1.2GHz processor. HTC clearly has an idea though, and its new dual-core processor-equipped Sensation smartphone seems purposefully designed to take on Samsung's latest effort.

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The anodised aluminium body with part-rubberised coating gives it a substantial, premium feel that the plasticky Galaxy S II sorely lacked.

Fresh from the box, the HTC Sensation makes a very positive first impression. It's almost the same size as the Galaxy II S, but it's a few millimetres thicker and its curvier shape rests nicely in the hand. It's also 30-odd grams heavier than the Samsung smartphone and this, together with the anodised aluminium body with part-rubberised coating, gives it a substantial, premium feel that the plasticky Galaxy S II sorely lacked.

HTC has also taken a different tack with the Sensation's buttons and there are four touch-sensitive areas below its screen rather than the two on the Galaxy S II. This makes little practical difference, but we rather liked the Galaxy S II's clickable Home' button as a convenient alternative way to wake it from standby, but it's the power button on the top edge or nothing on the Sensation.

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The 4.3in Corning Gorilla glass screen is the same size as the Galaxy S II's and its rounded shape follows the curved perimeter of the case quite nicely. The glass butts up against the surrounding aluminium rim very precisely too, and the screen also has a curved lip around its edge that acts as a tactile barrier for a swiping fingertip this is the kind of close attention to design detail that we like to see on a high-end smartphone like this.

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