HTC Sensation 4G Hands-on: Smarter Sense, Dual-Core Snapdragon, Video Store

Usually an Android phone’s lock screen just slows you down. This one can actually save you time. The HTC Sensation 4G is coming to T-Mobile this summer, and it’s bringing an enhanced Sense experience along for the ride along with a new video download service called HTC Watch. Like the upcoming EVO 3D for Sprint, the Sensation 4G sports a 4.3-inch display display with qHD resolution (960 x 540 pixels), minus the 3D effect. However, the Sensation 4G is lighter than the EVO 3D (5.2 vs 6 ounces), making you almost forget that a big-screen phone is in your hand . We also like the sturdy aluminum unibody design and slightly contoured screen. A 1.2-GHz Snapdragon processor provides the power.

The software is the real story here, though. HTC has re-invented the lock screen on Android phones with Sense. For example, you can launch the camera just by dragging an application shortcut into a circle. You can choose up to four app shortcuts for this lock screen, and it’s easy to customize. There’s also a lock screen option that displays social networking updates and another that shows pics from your photo gallery floating in the background. HTC Watch is a new video download store lets you rent or buy movies and TV shows. Like Samsung’s Media Hub, a progressive download feature lets you start enjoying the show almost immediately.

Other key features of this Gingerbread phone include an 8-MP camera with 1080p video recording, HDMI and DLNA output, and a 1520mAh battery. We can’t wait to see how the Sensation 4G stacks up against the likes of the T-Mobile G2x and EVO 3D. Check out some hands-on shots below.

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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