Lived upto its name, well almost!
12 April, 2013
I got this phone as a replacement for my lost iPhone, as soon as it was released in the EU. I was in love with the huge screen that this phone had to offer. The 4.3" screen was the biggest in the market at that point of time. Reading, browsing, gaming, everything that i wanted from a phone, Sensation either did well or exceeded my expectations. For a phone of this size, the battery life was pretty good. The processor was super fast (at this point the processor on my phone was better than the HP notebook that i was using). I will try to review the product in 4 main categories
As subjective as the category is, there are some phones which get a perfect 10 and the sensation is a case in point. After being used to the iphone's beauty, it was difficult to get a better looking phone, and believe me i did. The sensation looks stunning from all angles. The curvy yet thin walls, classy rubber back and the typical HTC metal coat all give it a very 'built well' to last.
Not going in to the high sounding techie terms, the phone's performance has been brilliant. The HTC sense UI works seamlessly with the phone. All the well known apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype, Twitter, VOIP run without a problem. Games like Ashphalt, Templerun, Streetracer, Fruit Ninja all run seamlessly as well.
Although the phone runs well most times, it used to get stuck sometimes and the sounds goes mute, this is more of a software bug which actually got fixed in the later Android upgrades. But HTC should have done sufficient levels of testing before releasing this phone's SW.
Last a full day with medium level of utilization. However observed that Whatsapp consumes a lot of battery life (surprising). I could actually see the battery level go down a few notches (~10% when i did a continuous Whatsapp chat for a few (~10%) minutes. But apart from that, when on 3G throughout, it lasted around a day.
Value for money:
Best phone for the price. I paid 149 EUR for the phone through an SFR contract, it was available for 500 EUR ~ 34000 INR. Probably the best phone for its price at the time it was released. Now its a lot cheaper.
All in all...very very happy with the phone till date. After multiple updates the phone feels a little slower now, but my 2 year old phone still has quite a lot of juice left in it.
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