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HTC Sensation XE Review

HTC Sensation XEThe Sensation XE isn't exactly a new phone, it's identical in design to the original HTC Sensation, with the exception of some colour changes, including red highlights and red backlit controls across the bottom of the screen. On the back there's a red ring around the camera and the Beats logo. It's a neat design and the way the handset is put together makes it look like a one piece design with no joins. It is certainly an attractive phone which looks similar to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S and measures a fairly hefty 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm and 151g.

There is one area where the HTC Sensation XE does offer some significant improvements over the HTC Sensation, the HTC Sensation XE boasts a dual-core 1.5GHz processor compared to the Sensation's 1.2GHz. But in practical terms its hard to detect any real difference in speed, you also get 768MB RAM, 1GB of available internal storage and a microSD card slot to expand memory, with most retail packs having an 8GB card bundled in the box.

The screen on the Sensation XE is large and very sharp, with a resolution of 960 x 540 and 256ppi this is considerably bigger than you find on the average Android smartphone. It lacks the awesomeness of the Samsung Super AMOLED displays, but it is bright and vibrant in use and you certainly wont feel short-changed in terms of screen performance. The battery is a 1730mAh cell which isn't the highest capacity battery around so getting through a day of heavy use with the Sensation XE can be a struggle, however this is a criticism that can be levelled at many smartphones currently on sale.

The HTC Sensation XE ships with Android 2.3.4 and HTC Sense 3.0. This is slightly odd when you consider that other HTC devices such as the HTC Sensation XL ship with Sense 3.5? However in reality it is unlikely you will notice the difference and the good news is that the HTC Sensation XE is on the list of devices eligible to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich incorporating some of the nicer feature upgrades of Google's latest mobile operating system. But, even with this version of HTC sense you will have access to the widest array of widgets that you'll find anywhere.

HTC has acquired Beats, up one of the hottest names in headphones and as a result you get a fantastic set of red-cabled iBeats headphones in the box along with a range of silicone tips to get the perfect fit complete with inline remote functions including play/pause/redial and track skip. The camera on the Sensation XE is the same as the one in the Sensation handset, in other words, its really good!

The HTC Sensation XE may just be an upgraded version of the 2011 HTC Sensation. But the HTC Sensation was a fantastic phone!

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