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HTC Sensation XE white Review

HTC Sensation XE white

The HTC Sensation XE is the first HTC mobile device to have Dr. Dre’s Beats Audio technology onboard. The music experience on smartphones has been steadily improving over the past few years but with beats Audio HTC have upped the ante and revolutionised the audio performance. This is not just some marketing hype, you really can tell the difference in sound quality when the Beats audio is activated. The new Sensation XE may look just like the old HTC Sensation, but underneath the skin this handset offers a huge improvement in terms of audio experience. This latest model looks good with its grey and gun-metal aluminium unibody, but offers no major changes in the looks department over the old model (in fact the addition of the Beats logo with some splashes of red is about it), despite this, it still looks the business. The front of the phone is dominated by a 4.3-inch qHD display which offers impressive performance with 540 × 960 resolution although it can occasionally be difficult to see in direct sunlight.

The XE features much of the same technology as the outgoing model in other respects, however the XE does benefit from an Android upgrade and now features all the benefits of the very latest version 4.0 Android Ice Cream Sandwich which means you get get up to seven home screens, simpler and cleaner interface, recent apps list for easier multitasking, Face unlock, Beam using NFC technology, much better social networking and email integration and a whole host of other improvements. It looks like Google have been watching Apple and Windows phone operating systems closely and delivered a massive upgrade to Android offering all the best of those systems.

The processor on the Sensation XE is a 1.5GHz dual-core type which means this handset is faster and more powerful than the majority of smartphones. Multitasking is a cinch and switching between running apps takes just a fraction of a second and you can run a staggering number of apps simultaneously before things start to slow down. The 8-megapixel camera is great with dual-LED flash, autofocus, face detection, instant capture and the capability to record HD 1080p video at 30fps. The front facing camera is a basic 1.3 megapixels VGA unit but perfectly adequate for video calling. The XE supports microSD card up to 32GB and comes with a decent 8GB card in the UK retail pack.

When compared to the other HTC handset featuring Beats Audio, the Sensation XL, the Sensation XE has a better though smaller screen, more powerful processor and expandable memory for around the same price. So, if you don't actually need the huge screen of the XL, the XE is the handset to go for.

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