A great handset
The HTC Sensation is a great handset, there's no doubt about that, and in my opinion it is the proper successor to the original HTC Desire. With a spec boost in almost every area it's a more convincing upgrade than the Desire S was and feels like a proper step forward both in terms of hardware and software.
Great aluminium construction
HTC strikes a fantastic balance in the HTC Sensation. It has the build quality design, the UI and the power under the hood to check all the boxes. The question everyone wants answered is: is it better than the Samsung Galaxy S II? To that we'd say, potentially, it could be better for you. With both being great bits of kit that really push the boat out in terms of power and usability, the HTC Sensation's Sense 3.0 UI feels more considered and complete than Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0.
A pretty-darn-bright dual LED flash
Whether it's just that we're getting spoilt by the quality of the HTC range or that the brand simply can't innovate at the electric pace it managed when it made Android smartphones good enough for the masses, the HTC Sensation doesn't get our pulses racing like other models in its range have.
colours look superb, making watching video a real pleasure, especially as the display has a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The HTC Sensation is a frustrating device. Why? Because it comes so close to perfection but doesn't quite manage it. The high resolution screen is great but the quality of it lets it down a tad, some of the software tweaks are great but yet video support is poor, and while the performance is amazing, battery life isn't so much.
A speed demon, thanks to its advanced processing guts
The Sensation 4G is, in fact, a sensational phone for a few reasons. First off, it's a speed demon, thanks to its advanced processing guts. It also rocks one of the sexiest screens on the market, and its unconventional style is unmatched by any other model out there. Let's not forget about the award-winning HTC Sense and Android 2.3 Gingerbread tag-team of awesomeness.
bright and sharp qHD resolution
Of all the monster 4.3-inch phones, the HTC Sensation 4G is the best designed and the most attractive. In other words, it's great because it's not a monster at all. This smartphone also has plenty of power, thanks to its dual-core Snapdragon CPU. While it's not as fast as the T-Mobile G2x and doesn't offer the same pure Android experience, the Sensation has a more intuitive interface in Sense and more battery life than the G2x (as well as most 4G phones).
excellent software keyboard
HTC calls the Sensation a "multimedia superphone" and given its razor-sharp screen, generally decent video playback (excepting Adobe Flash) and great audio, we can see why. If you can handle its sheer size, this is both an excellent phone and a superior entertainment player.
Top specs on all counts
The HTC Sensation is no doubt one of the top Android smartphones for 2011. With a very high resolution 4.3" touch screen, dual core CPU, 4G HSPA and 1080p video recording, it's hard not to be tempted. Throw in HTC's Sense software and services and an elegant and classy industrial design and we're sold. The only thing that bothers us are the Sensation's benchmark numbers, which should be higher given the phone's 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU and Adreno 220 GPU.
Screen is ideal for movies on the go
The HTC Desire HD is more of an exciting phone than it is a perfect phone. We're as excited about how HTC are evolving Sense UI, as we are about the hardware. As it happens though, the hardware and software are married into a wonderful mix, so well done, HTC. You're not really getting the best of anything. The Nokia N8 has a much better camera, the Samsung Galaxy S has a richer screen of a similar size and the iPhone 4 has a way better app support.
Build quality and design puts it ahead of the Android competition.
All of which brings us to our conclusion. What's clear about the Desire HD is that it isn't perfect. We feel its screen is unnecessarily large and though very good isn't the best quality on the market, its battery life isn't the best either, its still not quite as slick as the iPhone and there are a few other small tweaks we'd like. However, none of these issues is enough to change the fact that as an overall package this is the best smartphone we've tested.
speedy processing chip
So what to make of the Desire HD? It's undeniably hampered by some design flaws and poor battery life, but the sheer volume of good things it brings to the table can't be ignored. Froyo is the most polished and accomplished version of Android by a good margin, HTC's latest Sense enhancements add legitimate value to the proposition, and the aluminum unibody construction, upgraded internals, and jumbo screen are unignorably appealing.
The HTC Desire HD is understandable going to be a desirable handset. If you thought the first Desire couldn't be bettered, then think again. The size may be an issue for some, but with the general trend drifting towards larger devices, we can see it being amazingly popular. Fortunately we've already been told it is coming to all networks in the UK, with the exception of O2 in the short-term (we don't know why, we suspect some sort of other deal is being done with O2).
HTC Sense is intuitive
HTCâ?? s chosen to refine rather than make any drastic changes to the Desire HD. Tweaks to the build, an excellent browser and 720p movie made make it enjoyable to use, while HTC Sense continues to be one of the best UIâ?? s on the market. However, the Desire HD is a BIG phone and although itâ?? s far more usable than we initially thought, it will still be too big for many. And while the 4.3-inch screen is certainly good for browsing and video playback, itâ??
With a 4.3-inch screen, the Desire HD is ideal for playing video, and the smartphone’s internal speaker does a reasonable job with audio.
HTC has become synonymous with Android smartphones over the past three years, and with good reason. The company's Sense interface remains the most comprehensive reworking of the core OS to-date, and in this latest iteration has gone from being a simple social network aggregator and redesign, to a real value-add for HTC users. The bundled Sense-online experience not only works to the user's benefit, but is a clever move by HTC to promote brand loyalty.
The colours appear rich and bright and close up the photos were just as good.
If you are a currently an Android user and looking to upgrade to a touch screen only device then you cant really get a better option than the HTC Desire HD. If you are moving to Android for the first time the same applies but bare in mind the phone is huge and some may find it a little too big, including me.
The Desire HD will offer you pretty much everything you could wish for in a phone and with the build quality to match the specs the handset is without doubt an Android users dream device.
Great HTC Sense UI
Overall, the HTC Desire thoroughly impressed us. After recently reviewing the Windows Mobile-powered HTC HD2, we'd been crying out for a HTC handset with a Snapdragon processor that runs the Android operating system. Now it's here, and just as good as we'd expected, if not better. The Desire easily ticks all the boxes for a high end smartphone and will be just the ticket for anyone looking for a new phone that's just oozing with the latest tech.
The phone is very slim indeed, with dimensions of 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm, and weighs in at just 133g.
In short, this is a phenomenal phone - one of the best we've ever had on TechRadar. Usually when we like a phone on the first use, we end up horribly disappointed after a little time with it, but the HTC Desire kept on performing and achieving when we thought it wouldn't.
The screen is lovely, the design is slick and processor makes everything happen in a flash - all you'd want from a smartphone.
handy regular headphone jack
In terms of usability, it feels as though the HTC Desire phone knows what you want at all times. There are a lot of similarities with the G1 and this is certainly down to the Android OS. Team this with HTC's excellent build quality and you have a world-class smartphone. In conclusion, the HTC Desire is a wonderful phone - by far the best this reviewer has used. It combines the best features from the competition with true innovation.
Daytime photos were slightly under-exposed but reasonably sharp, while nighttime shots looked great but also marked with a bunch of noise lines.
The Desire is yet another fine piece of work from HTC build quality is top notch as usual, and there's little to complain about the software except for the Flash performance. Some may argue that the Desire lacks freshness since the Nexus One's already shown it all, but we'd disagree, at the end of the day it's mainly about the software and service, plus the Desire is available from more carriers to begin with (outside the US, anyway).
At 3.7 inches across diagonal corners and offering 480x800 pixels it is great for viewing video, looking at pix, visiting YouTube, using Google Maps and viewing Web pages.
Overall the HTC Desire is a top-notch piece of kit and its big screen and fast processor are huge plus points. If you don't need these and want to save some money, the less expensive HTC Legend might be a better choice. But the Legend doesn't have quite the wow factor.
This smartphone is a strong candidate for the best mobile phone on the market today.
This is a smartphone with the same broad appeal as the iPhone. It is attractive, packed with features and highly enjoyable to play around with. Android Market is fast catching up to the Apple App Store in terms of choice and the HTC Desire is well placed to capitalize. Great value for money, top quality performance -- this is the mobile phone youâ??ve been waiting for.
The HTC Desire is much closer to stealing me away from the clutches of Apple.
I ended my Nexus One review by saying that I wont be giving up my iPhone in preference. The HTC Desire is much closer to stealing me away from the clutches of Apple. As I've mentioned in the past the appeal of the iPhone is in no small part down to how well the device integrates and syncs with iTunes and once you have all your stuff in iTunes it's hard to get away.
excellent call quality
Despite some design issues and a couple of missing features, the Motorola Droid is the most powerful and fastest Google Android device to date. It fully embraces the openness of the Android platform and offers Verizon customers a smartphone that certainly rivals the other touch-screen devices on the market.
With its glossy, DVD-quality
screen, YouTube -- and video games -- never looked so good.
The Motorola Droid for Verizon is a stunning smartphone. Loaded with free Google apps and a nimble browser that it displays Web pages and video on a large, colorful screen, the phone thrills and delights much as the iPhone does.
Call quality was very good, too, with voices on both sides coming through loud and clear.
The Droid offers a gorgeous display, a top-notch GPS application, and excellent call quality. Alas, I can't rave about its camera, keyboard, and Web browser. I'm not sold on the Droid as an iPhone killer, but it is an iPhone alternative that will appeal to those who like Verizon's network.
the phone is smart about adding new possibilities to these.
The Motorola Droid is a fascinating device, and a great addition to Verizon Wireless' lineup. It's the exact opposite of the While the CLIQ provides an innovative and deeply integrated social networking platform on top of a shoddy piece of hardware, the Motorola Droid is one of the most solid phones we've used, but it adds little to Google's own innovation.
The straightforward music player supports playlist building, album art, and shuffle and loop playback modes.
The Motorola Droid certainly stands out among the growing Android army due to its superior hardware and enhanced 2.0 software. But will the Android Marketplace catch up to the iPhone's App Store? Therein lies the key to success for the Droid. The Droid certainly lives up to its promises and does a lot of things the iPhone doesn't. The iPhone will probably keep its smartphone throne for now, but it will have to deal with a powerful new competitor.
modern minimalist phone
It's hard not to like Moto's new robot. The Droid is a smashing smartphone that gives Verizon's lineup a serious lift. The hardware's look might be polarizing-- folks seem to either love it or hate it, but it's got a clean, modern and slim design. It's well made with one of the nicer slider mechanisms on a phone and that huge display makes you feel like you've got a mini computer disguised as a phone. Reception is excellent and data speeds and web page load times are likewise tops.
easily the best Android phone
It will be difficult for casual observers not to see the DROID as a kind of anti-iPhone in Verizon's arsenal. Certainly the company has played up the comparison with its "DROID does" ad campaign, and it's no secret that Verizon and Apple have previously had some friction -- the V famously passed on the first-generation iPhone, after all.
At .54 inches thick, the Droid is one of the thinnest slider phones around, thinner even than the .61 thick Cliq.
Each new Android smartphone seems to improve on its predecessors. But Motorola’s latest, the Droid from Verizon Wireless, is a veritable quantum leap well beyond recent peers such as the Samsung Moment and the HTC Hero , both from Sprint – and even the Motorola Cliq (available on T-Mobile).
Easy to use
The LG Optimus One is quite simply some phone. As a budget smartphone, it more than gets the job done and if you can find it on a good deal, there's no reason for you to avoid it. However, equally there's little to really make us recommend it. Frankly, the Orange San Francisco still stands out as the bargain choice at the moment.
Smartphone features at an affordable price
The LG Optimus One feels like a better device than LGâ??s GT-540 Optimus. We prefer the design and we like that the buttons are to the point, unlike the Huawei Ideos, which goes a little overboard on controls. The offering of Android 2.2 means you get some nice high-end features, even if getting Flash videos means moving to a new browser.
In terms of looks, mid-range phones are getting rather nice, as the 6600 Slide shows. The external hardware design is neat and pocket-friendly and battery life is good. However, Nokia could have offered more built-in memory and repositioned the microSD slot so that it doesn't lie under the battery. The camera is a bit of a let-down
A few blue details, such as the blue navigation key, add a little flare to the already stylish phone.
If you're not bothered with having every feature under the sun and want a phone that's small and easy to use, the Nokia 6600 Slide is it. While it's not going to wow your friends with its amazing features, it does fit in your pocket easily and will text and make calls with no hassle whatsoever
Sure, the Nokia 6600 Slide is a neat looking, smooth and well-built piece, packing in the essentials for a 3G mid-level mobile. It delivers a good music performance, and has a reasonable if unspectacular camera. But under the surface it's a standard Nokia S40 handset with little to excite upmarket phone buyers. Still, if you're after an attractively designed compact sliderphone, the 6600 Slide's worth a look.
very good phone
The BL40 has its problems, but has enough stand out features to hide these issues. The screen is obviously, and rightly its most impressive feature, whether using core phone functionality with the dual screen mode, or watching a film on the move. Just make sure you have an AC adaptor or spare battery!
Even the headphones bundled with the player were very good.
The LG BL40 New Chocolate is currently available in India for Rs. 26,000. Its looks, features and price make it a premium phone but it is let down by a sluggish UI and bad camera. The LG BL40 New Chocolate is currently available in India for Rs. 26,000. Its looks, features and price make it a premium phone but it is let down by a sluggish UI and bad camera.
There are those who may remain enthusiastic thanks to the phone's slick visual appeal, and designer good-looks.
There are those who may remain enthusiastic thanks to the phone's slick visual appeal, and designer good-looks. But strip away the varnish and I found I was left with less to excite me than I expected.
superb, polished phone
The Nokia N97 wouldn't be such a disappointing device if it weren't supposed to be the flagship multimedia smartphone for the largest handset manufacturer in the world. It has some great specs, including that impressive 32GB of storage (expandable to 48GB), a solid, smart design, and hefty battery power. However, the touchscreen interface seems more like a few touch controls laid atop a standard Symbian S60 interface. When the Nokia N97 gets things right, they are right indeed.
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