The Beats Audio technology is integrated in the same way as the XE, with a pair of good quality metal-cased earphones at the end of their distinctive red cable. The noise-isolating grommets allow for a comfy fit when pressed into the ear.
The 8Mp snapper is among the better Android offerings from HTC
The overall sound is crisp, clear and full of detail. Unsurprisingly for the Beats brand, the output does lean heavily on the bass. I wouldn't say that it sounds muddy, but it does tend to favour low-end heavy dance music, giving the rhythm plenty of punch.
Orchestral and acoustic music, by contrast, lacks some of the wide-spanning definition you’ll get from other quality headphones. That said, they still do a better all-round job than any other headphones you’ll find supplied with a handset.
Meagre EQ options and e-reader
But while the sound’s certainly good, it’s a shame that HTC’s equaliser has been replaced with a simple on or off control for Beats – it would have been nice to have bit more control in the audio playback.
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Having checked the specifications, it has EXACTLY the same Chipset/Processor as the DHD's MSM8255; same RAM amount -768MB and the same Camera - probably the same sensor (but I can't find the part no. anywhere).
Sensation XL, nope its a Desire HD XL with a factory overclocked processor; Front facing Camera... oh and a beastier screen. All available (with the exception of the latter two) with a nice looking optimised custom Sense 3.5 ROM (or better yet vanilla CyanogenMod 7 if that's your thing.)
HTC should have done better and loaded this thing with a bit more power.
Why so large
I'm looking to replace my HTC Desire in a couple of months and have been looking around - however all the phones I see with a decent bit of oomph (the official measure of a phone's power!) are huge.
When I got the Desire I thought it was a bit big and I prefer the size of my mother-in-law's Wildfire. Most of the phones I see now are 0.5 - 1 cm wider and/or taller.
Looks like I'll have to put up with the wife's "I told you so's" and get a bloody iPhone!
Thanks for nothing HTC/Samsung/Motorola.
Ditch HTC-nonsense, supply an open bootloader, and start to publish the source to device-specific code on release-day and I'll consider the product.
I don't like Sense either
I have an HTC desire and there is a lot of crapware on there. My own opinion is that if I absolutely wanted Facebook or some crappy Twitter client then I could install it from the market. The phone should restrain itself to the basic apps and no further. Or at least refrain from baking crapware into the firmware so it wastes storage and cannot be removed. Even Sense should be optional, as in if I don't use it then don't waste space holding it.
The sense UI in general is okay but I cannot stand the phone app. It's far too easy to dial numbers by accident, or hang up by accident. Simple example - I hit hangup, slide the phone back in my shirt pocket and discover I've gone and rung someone by accident because the app reverts to show a list of recent numbers which it calls with one tap. Or I'm fiddling with the phone and mid-tap the incoming call screen replaces what I was on and my tap ends up hanging up on the call. It's very annoying.
"Solution, hit once and actually wait for it to complete the call teardown rather than repeatedly poking the screen."
That's more of a workaround. The correct solution would be to redesign the UI so that undesirable actions can't occur as the result of double-tapping the screen during a UI state change.