There’s a lot that I like about the HTC Sensation XL. I’m a big fan of good audio so listening to music was a pleasure on it. I’m a big fan of large screens, so watching videos and browsing the internet, or even playing a game of Angry Birds or checking my Twitter (on the official Android app),... More
There’s a lot that I like about the HTC Sensation XL. I’m a big fan of good audio so listening to music was a pleasure on it. I’m a big fan of large screens, so watching videos and browsing the internet, or even playing a game of Angry Birds or checking my Twitter (on the official Android app), it was all a joy to use thanks to the Android experience on the HTC Sensation XL and the size it offers. Day-to-day tasks will be a lot easier, if anything else.
Unfortunately though there are key elements that prevent this good phone, from being an exceptionally good phone. The specs list means this high-price-tag Android smartphone is already outdated by today’s standard of the platform, and is definitely not as future proof as other premium Android phones in it’s price range. The screen resolution and technology (S-LCD) means it’s not as visually rich an experience as it’s rivals like the Motorola RAZR and Samsung Galaxy S II, or even the Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Note, all of which blow the Sensation XL out of the arena in terms of pure specs.
Then we have the missing microSD card slot, which might be the biggest drawback since that’s basically one of the main reasons people get an Android smartphone.
Dont get me wrong, Beats Audio is great and all, but as I mentioned in the Music section of this review, it’s the headphones that really make the difference here, and you could always just buy a better spec’ed smartphone and a separate pair of good headphones.
In the end, the HTC Sensation XL is a phone that I really wanted to like, but couldnt. Initially I thought the screen might be too larger but I got used to it quickly. But when you compare it to other smartphones in the same price range, the list of cons makes me feel like if I bought the XL today, I’d end up eyeing other smartphones in another month or two. And when you’re buying an Android smartphone, that’s not something you’d really want to feel like. Eeehh, not for 6 months atleast.
If you’re not a fan of super hardware intense mobile games, but like large screens, and want something that you can browse the internet, listen to music (in good quality) or just generally enjoy the simple things about Android, by all means go for the HTC Sensation XL. But if you’re a hardened Android fan, this isnt the phone for you.
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