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HTC Sensation XL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 513 reviews of HTC Sensation XL. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and performance. The design and screen are also mentioned favorably, but the GPS navigation and reception get critical views. Comments are divided on the price.

usability, screen, design, performance, size

battery, reception, GPS navigation

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. Comments about the portability and screen are on the whole positive. The design and performance also get good opinions, but opinions are divided on the durability. Some have doubts about the price.

usability, performance, design, screen, portability

price

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

Oct, 2017

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. Opinions about the size and performance are generally positive. The screen and design also get good feedback.

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

Oct, 2017

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

 

If you like inches, you'll love the HTC Sensation XL. Picking up the form factor of the HTC Titan - effectively the same handset running Windows Phone 7 - the HTC Sensation XL sits on the top edge of what we'd call a phone. Any bigger and it steps in...

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: Sam Kieldsen (cnet.co.uk)

HTC Sensation XL review

 

The HTC Sensation XL is the manufacturer's second Android phone, after the Sensation XE , to come equipped with Beats Audio and a matching set of headphones . It's pitched firmly at the tune-obsessed crowd who want more from their mobile than merely...

Beats Audio sound profile and quality headphones; friendly HTC Sense user interface; large screen; solid build quality.

Screen isn't particularly hi-res; average processing speed; too many apps pre-installed; styling won't appeal to everyone.

The HTC Sensation XL is a classy music phone but it struggles to stand out from the increasingly competitive Android pack, despite its huge screen. There's nothing horrible about it, but several areas have room for improvement.

Nov, 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

Expert review by: Dave Oliver (reghardware.co.uk)

HTC Sensation XL

 

Review Following on the Sensation XE [1], HTC's other Beats Audio-enabled handset is certainly bigger, but it comes out looking the weaker of the two in almost every criteria except size.

The HTC Sensation XL has a mammoth screen, and it has the best of Android and HTC’s Sense UI, but in terms of display resolution, processing speed, video recording and memory expansion, its Beats-packing cousin the XE [6] is the better handset. ®

Jan, 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
Front camera type:Single camera
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
Position location:Y
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:N / 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
RAM capacity:0.75
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