HTC Sensation XE Android phone
HTC Sensation XE review: The original HTC Sensation gets a splash of red paint and an endorsement from Dr.Dre
- Black and red colour is attractive
- Included urBeats in-ear headphones
- Unibody aluminium design
- Not as snappy as we'd have liked
- Very little improvements over original
- Exclusive to Vodafone
The HTC Sensation XE is by no means a bad Android phone, but none of its features blew us away. We love the red and black design and the urBeats headphones are a nice inclusion, but average battery life and less than stellar performance detract from its appeal. Ultimately, the HTC Sensation XE is a very good smartphone but not a great one.
HTC Sensation XE: Software and performance
The HTC Sensation XE runs the 2.3 or "Gingerbread" version of Google's Android operating system, with the company's Sense UI overlay sits on top. Sense 3.0 gives the Sensation XE a new lock screen, which comes with four customisable shortcuts that can be dragged into the 'unlock ring' to unlock straight into an assigned app. The lock screen can also display photo albums, a friend stream, weather, stocks or the clock, along with missed call, e-mail, and SMS notifications (and album art when you are playing music). Annoyingly, you can't directly unlock straight into these apps unless you have them set as a lock screen shortcut. It's also rather off that the Sensation XE doesn't come with the latest 3.5 version of Sense.
With that being said, Sense UI's slick animations and flashy menus do give the Sensation XE an edge over other Android phones. We think Sense is particularly good for first-time Android users or people who haven't used a smartphone before. More advanced users, however, may find the eye candy a bit over-the-top and unneccessary.
The HTC Sensation has the same dual-core processor as the original Sensation but it's been overclocked to 1.5GHz (up from 1.2GHz). This results in slightly faster performance during day to day use, but there are still times when the Sense software seems like a resource hog. The Sensation XE is not a slow phone by any means, but it occasionally stutters when swiping through home screens or swiping to unlock the lock screen. Thankfully, the camera app now opens noticeably faster than the original Sensation — it takes just two seconds to start-up from the lock screen.
HTC Sensation XE: Battery life and availability
The HTC Sensation XE has a bigger battery than the original Sensation — 1730mAh compared with the 1520mAh. However, we didn't notice too much of a difference: the Sensation XE should get you through a full day with moderate use, but may drain before the end of the day if you use it excessively. The Sensation XE has 4GB of internal memory compared to the original's 1GB — however, only 1GB of it is user accessible.
The HTC Sensation XE is sold in Australia exclusively through Vodafone. It is available for $0 on Vodafone's $59 cap over 24 months.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
HP Pavilion x360 13”
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Apple smartphones outsold Samsung's in Q4
- Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, charging up iPhone 8 rumor
- Now you can control your smart devices from your Pixel, no Google Home required
- Everything we think we know about the LG G6
- Report: Snapdragon 835 will launch first in Galaxy S8, others have to wait
GGG Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPProject ManagerOther
- CCTest ManagerWA
- CCLevel 2 IT Service DeskQLD
- CCNetwork ArchitectWA
- CCSenior Solution ArchitectQLD
- FTBusiness Development Manager - IT SolutionsNSW
- FTSenior Software EngineerVIC
- TPFront End DeveloperWA
- CCInfrastructure EngineerACT
- CCSME in Openstack, AWSNSW
- FTStorage Solution ArchitectVIC
- CCIT Business AnalystNSW
- TPProduct Owner - Cloud SolutionsQLD
- CCCloud Solution Architect - Financial Services - Continuous IntegrationNSW
- TPProject OfficerQLD
- FTEnterprise Architect l Practice Manager - Archimate 3.0, eTOMNSW
- FT.Net Azure DeveloperSA
- TPBusiness AnalystVIC
- CCData Migration Consultant - LeadNSW
- TPImplementation Business Partner - Business ModernisationNSW
- CCWPF .NET EngineerNSW
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTTechnology Testing Co-ordinatorVIC
- FTService Desk AnalystNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW