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HTC Sensation XL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 473 reviews of HTC Sensation XL. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the size and design are overall positive. The performance and screen are also appreciated, but the GPS navigation and reception get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Sensation XL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HTC Sensation XL

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of HTC Sensation XL from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and screen. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive views about the price. There are some mixed comments about the durability.

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70% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio Sim Free SmartphoneHTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio Sim Free Smartphone

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HTC Sensation XL

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of HTC Sensation XL from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and performance. The screen and design are also appreciated.

design, screen, performance, size

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Sensation XL X315E with Beats Audio Unlocked QuadBand GPS WiFi HSDPA Cellular Phone WhiteHTC Sensation XL X315E with Beats Audio Unlocked QuadBand GPS WiFi HSDPA Cellular Phone White

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Libby Plummer (t3.com)

HTC Sensation XL with Beats audio review

 

Is the inclusion of Beats audio reason enough to buy the HTC's Sensation XL?

Beats Audio ; Sleek Design ; Strong Camera

Charging Port ; Inbuilt Speaker ; Macro Mode

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

HTC Sensation XL - Pocket-lint

 

A phone we really wanted to love, but that just couldn't deliver enough. There's nothing drastically wrong here, it's just not all that inspiring.

It's difficult not to get excited about the screen size, HTC Sense 3.5 is more refined than ever before, videos look great, Beats Audio and urBeats headphones make for a great music experience

No microSD card slot, screen resolution should be higher, hardware specs limit the overall potential of the device

There is a lot about the HTC Sensation XL that we like. Watching videos and listening to music is an absolute joy. In fact the Android experience is a joy, be it browsing the Internet, flicking through Twitter or a chasing stars on Angry Birds. Many of...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Matthew Bolton (techradar.com)

HTC Sensation XL review

 

HTC's created a big Sensation with this 4.7-inch beast

Bright, clear screen ; Good stills camera ; HTC Sense 3.5 ; Great audio quality with Beats ; Comfortable to use despite its size

Some performance issues ; Lower-specced than its brothers ; More expensive than its brothers ; No microSD card slot ; Terrible video quality

When the HTC Sensation arrived, HTC made it clear that it considered it a high-end flagship product. It packed specs to make the Samsung Galaxy S2 look nervously over its shoulder at number one in our list of the best mobile phones, mixed with that ol'...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

HTC Sensation XL

 

Beats branded, big and brash. Is this the ultimate music phone?

Stylish design, Slim and well built handset, Nice Android interface

Very large but lowish resolution screen, Beats headphones just aren't very good

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (expertreviews.co.uk)

HTC Sensation XL review

 

We like the Sensation XL, but there are better phones available for the same price and we missed having a microSDHC card slot

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Thomas Newton (recombu.com)

HTC Sensation XL Review: In Depth

 

The HTC Sensation XL is the latest addition to HTC's Sensation line of Android phones. It's the second fruit of HTC's partnership with Beats Audio, in the UK at least. The emphasis here is most…

Great camera. ; Good amount of internal storage. ; High end audio performance. ; Beats Audio urBeats headphones included.

No micro SD card slot. ; Not the highest resolution screen. ; Perhaps too big for some.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: littlegreenrobot.co.uk (littlegreenrobot.co.uk)

Expert Review

 

In the past HTC had definitive handsets like the Desire or the Hero that were strong enough to hold their own in the marketplace. Over the last year it has taken to diluting its brands: three Sensations in one year is at least one Sensation too many.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: GadgetSpeak (gadgetspeak.com)

HTC Sensation XL Phone from Three

 

A lot of phones have naff sound and provide a naff set of cheap earbuds to allow you to suffer in private. Here the sound is better and they provide a set of Monster Beats by Dr Dre so listening to music can be a pleasure.

Apr, 2012

Recommended!

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

HTC Sensation XL

 

HTC's Sensation XL sports a big, bright 4.7in screen and comes with Beats headphones. We find out how it stacks up

Chunkier than the best top-end handsets, but the camera is reasonable, battery life is good, the headphones are great and the screen is glorious

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: What Mobile (whatmobile.net)

HTC Sensation XL review

 

HTC's design language is pretty distinctive. The company has said it would like you to know it's an HTC even if the label fell off. The Sensation XL is the latest handset in the Sensation series, and the second to feature the Beats Audio logo on the...

It’s big, beautiful and the HTC Sensation XL sounds as good as it looks thanks to the Beats Audio enhancements. The limited storage for your tracks is disappointing but this is an undeniably cool phone.

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1600
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):360
Standby time (3G):460
Talk time (2G):11.8 / 11.83 / 12
Talk time (3G):6.8 / 6.83 / 7.5

Call management

Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Geotagging: Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.3
Sensor Type:BSI
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Grey, White / Silver, White / White
Form factor:Bar

Display

Display diagonal:11.9
Display Resolution:480 x 800
Orientation sensor: Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:0.75 / 768

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / M4A, MID, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
FM radio: Yes
RSS reader: Yes
Video compression formats:3GP, MP4
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, M4V, MP4, VC-1, WMV / 3GP, M4V, MP4, WMV / 3GP, M4V, WMV / 3GP, MP4, VC-1, WMV
Voice codecs:AMR

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
GPS antenna: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA, WCDMA / HSPA, WCDMA
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, PBAP
Bluetooth version:3.0
Data network:3G
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
Video Playback: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Connection: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor family:QUALCOMM
Processor frequency:1.5
Processor Model:MSM 8255

Software

Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:768
Internal storage capacity:16
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.2 / 9.9
Height :13.2 / 7.07 / 9.9
Weight:119 / 162.5
Width:13.2 / 7.07