Feeds
80%
HTC Sensation XE Android smartphone

HTC Sensation XE

Android smartphone with Beats Audio bass booster

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Snap Happy

The XE's 8Mp camera is almost the same as the one in the previous Sensation, with a dual LED flash, autofocus and face detection, as well as the "instant capture" feature which allows you to take snaps quickly. It’s the best camera I’ve yet seen on an HTC phone, which might sound like damning with faint praise, since the company's cameras have often been a bit rubbish, but this one is actually not bad.

HTC Sensation XE Android smartphone HTC Sensation XE Android smartphone
HTC Sensation XE Android smartphone

Click any sample image for the full-size version

Among the unique features HTC brings to Android is HTC Watch, which lets you download and watch films on the go, including a few big name recent titles, such as The Social Network and Green Lantern. Rentals cost £3.49, download £9.99.

HTC Locations allows you to search for local shops and restaurants, and you can pay to upgrade to its turn-by-turn navigation capability - for £3.99 a month, or £26.98 for unlimited usage - though why you’d want to when Google Navigation already offers this is a mystery.

HTC Sensation XE Android smartphone

The Sensation's battery has been beefed up from 1520mAh in the vanilla version to 1720mAh in the XE, which is always welcome, though you won’t notice that it’s extended the phone's runtime by much. In practice, it delivered a little over a day of heavy use, so par for the course, really.

Verdict

The HTC Sensation XE is a terrifically high powered handset with a speedy processor, lush screen, HTC’s best camera and now it’s best ever sound too. ®

Thanks to Clove for the review sample.

More Smartphone Reviews

Samsung
Galaxy
Nexus
Motorola
Razr
Nokia
Lumia 800
Ten… Androids
to outshine
the iPhone 4S
Apple
iPhone 4S

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

80%
HTC Sensation XE Android smartphone

HTC Sensation XE

HTC’s Sensation high-end Android phone gets a music makeover with Beats Audio.
Price: Free with contract, £450 SIM-free RRP

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing
Only another three days of pooing and I can have a ride!
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.