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Unboxing, Quick Look, First Thoughts Of The HTC Sensation 4G On T-Mobile



It seems like I can’t write this up as fast as everyone would like. The HTC Sensation 4G (HTC Pyramid) is one of the most talked about and anticipated phones of the year. This is HTC’s first dual core phone and of course it’s an Android.

Let’s preface this by saying the phone goes on sale June 12th and 15th at Walmart and T-Mobile stores respectively.  We know there is a lot of hype about the pending sale of T-Mobile to AT&T. We’ve checked, double checked and re-checked the following information:

If you want the HTC Sensation 4G go get it.  If you enter into a new two year contract with T-Mobile and they do end up being purchased by AT&T you will be grandfathered into the terms and conditions of your T-Mobile agreement until the end of the agreement period (2 years) at which time you may not say it now but you will want a brand new phone. At the time your contract ends it’s your choice (as it would be if you stayed with T-Mobile) to re-up under AT&T’s new terms and conditions or change carriers, that’s on you and it’s your decision no matter what carrier you are with. There is no risk to you if you enter into a new agreement with T-Mobile.  Having said all that let’s go…

Continue to the review, photo gallery and video after the break

The first thing I noticed about the HTC Sensation 4G is that it feels like a Nexus One. To answer the questions on Twitter, that’s a good thing. It has a beautiful, unibody design, it’s lightweight but still feels like it’s worth the money you are putting into it.  To get to the battery and microsd card the entire back comes apart from the front and than it fits neatly back into place.

The HTC Sensation 4G has a dual core 1.2ghz Qualcomm SnapDragon Asyncronous <sp> processor, which in a nutshell means the cores off-set each other. For more information on this type of dual core processor see the video here.  With only 768 megs of ram we were worried about the caching of two cores with less than 1gb of RAM, according to HTC and Qualcomm the way this processor runs (again in this video) that won’t be a factor.  Aside from that concern this phone is fast, it changes screens, and apps fast, it plays and renders videos fast, it takes and processes pictures fast, it does everything faster than any other HTC device we’ve seen.

Next, Sense 3.0, yes as you can see from the picture it is running Sense 3.0. We actually took a look at the Inspire which runs the previous version of Sense and there are still refinements from that version to this version like HTC Watch.  HTC Watch is on the HTC Sensation along with the HTC Flyer and of course the upcoming HTC Evo 3D and the HTC Evo (don’t call me flyer) View 4G on Sprint.  It is HTC’s video store in the cloud.  We were under the impression from our briefing at CTIA that watch did rentals and sales however we couldn’t figure out how to rent the movies on Watch we only saw the sale prices.  We have an email into HTC on that.

The HTC Sensation 4G is on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ (21 mbps) and T-Mobile’s HSPA++ (42mbps) in the market we tested it in we had full 4G coverage of the 21mbps variety and achieved around 10 mbps as the fastest on an Ookla Speed Test (actually 10 speed tests) that’s still faster than AT&T’s HSPA+ and Sprint’s WiMax depending on where you are standing.

The 8mp camera takes great pictures, the front facing camera does Fring and some other things very well.  We’d love to see the update to 2.3.4 so we can use Gtalk with Video as we do on Honeycomb.

The official pricing has yet to be announced but if it’s under $299 on a two year it’s worth every penny. So far this is one of the best of the dual core devices we’ve seen this year. It’s also one of the best HTC phones ever.  If we do start seeing lag from the cores vs Ram we will report on it.  Check out the video below and stand in line on the 12th at Walmart and get this phone, it’s sensational.

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