It isn't an easy choice.
HTC has just unveiled a new high-end Android smartphone, and gadget-heads everywhere are starting to debate dropping $200 big ones on it. The HTC Sensation has been showing up in rumors and leaks for a while now, and soon it will launch exclusively with T-Mobile USA. It's an attractive, 4.3" touchscreen handset with an aluminum unibody frame.
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And did I mention that display is qHD? That means it'll be capable of a resolution of 960x540. By comparison, the iPhone 4 has a resolution of 960x640 with its near-retinal display. So you could say the Sensation will have a near-near-retinal display.
The Sensation also has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and an 8 MP camera. That shooter has the new instant capture feature to let you snap shots without "missing the action". There's an active lock screen that allows you to jump into frequently used apps using the same gesture you'd use to unlock the phone. And the Sensation can shoot full 1080p HD video at 30fps, which isn't bad either.
Highlighted on this new phone is HTC Watch, an app service that gives you access to a library of movies and TV shows via progressive download technology. You'll be able to rent or buy videos. Any purchased media can be viewed on as many as five HTC handsets.
So, that's the Sensation. If you're considering that purchase right now, you're probably also eyeing the Evo 3D, Atrix and Optimus 2X. So which is a better buy?
I'd stay away from the Atrix. It feels flimsy in your hand and the anemic sales its seen should be a sign to stay away. The Evo 3D and Optimus 2X are both very enticing buys, though. The new Evo will give you access to Sprint's unlimited 4G data plan, which is ideal for a media phone. Plus, y'know, 3D, if that's a big deal for you. If it isn't though, I'd seriously consider the Optimus 2X.
I spent some time playing with this smartphone at CES and walked away extremely impressed. The build quality is simply stellar and the hardware is exceptional to match. You've got your 4" display, 1080p recording, a dual-core 1 GHz processor and- most enticingly- an unaltered version of the Android OS. If you want a phone without bloatware, the 2X is your best choice.
But the Sensation has more speed and a better screen. There's no denying it- this is a tough choice to make. You can't really go wrong with any dual-core Android smartphone on the market right now.