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HTC Sensation XL Review – Technology – Cell Phones
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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 certainly on the tunes, man.
Beats Audio’s sound enhancer software comes pre-installed, allowing you to enable a sound profile that’s been tweaked specifically for the bundled urBeats in-ear headphones. These neat little custom cans come with a set of interchangeable rubber buds for ears of all sizes and a remote control unit. You get a decent 16GB of internal storage for your playlists too.
There’s a powerful 8-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a back-lit sensor for low-light pics. There’s a dual LED flash and it records HD video at up to 720p as well. The perfect gig goer’s phone for capturing concert footage? Perhaps.
Recently announced by HTC to get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich early next year, the Sensation XL is ready for the future of Android as well.
But what else does it have to offer though besides music credentials and how does it differ from the recently reviewed HTC Sensation XE? If music be the food of love, read on
HTC Sensation XL Design and build
The HTC Sensation XL has a quality and premium look and feel. This is largely down to both the smooth metal jacket with matt plastic accents and the super-large 4.7-inch screen. At 9.9mm thin, it’s pretty easy going on the pockets. It’s no brick despite that big screen.
Keeping in line with the current HTC school of design, the outer jacket of the Sensation XL is actually one piece; you don’t just take the back off to get at the battery, you take the sides off as well, lifting the front/screen section of the phone out of its shell.
Such is the quality of the build and the niceness of the design you do worry about dropping it and it developing little nicks and scratches; thankfully a variety of skins, cases and covers for the XL have already started to hit the web.
On the front there’s four Android command keys (home, menu, back, search) and the 1.3-megapixel front camera lens up top, next to a light sensor. A slim, one piece volume rocker occupies the right hand side while there’s a mirco USB connection down and on the left.
Spec-obsessives can’t have failed to note that the vital stats of the Sensation XL are very similar to those of the Windows Phone-running HTC Titan.
The screen size and resolution are the same – 4.7-inches, 800 x 480/WVGA – the main camera is the same – 8-megapixels, dual LED, HD video at 720p, back-lit sensor – and ditto the internal memory – 16GB, 12.64 GB of which is available to you.
All good stuff, but we were a little baffled (frustrated even) by HTC not including a microSD slot here. So while yes, there’s a good amount of space, there’s no way to take this further.
12GB-odd ought to give most people enough room for their music and pictures. But for those who want to carry around large music collections with them soon might start feeling starved for space.
There’s plenty of cloud-based options available to you such as Dropbox (which handily comes pre-installed) and let’s not forget that Google Music (which comes built in to Ice Cream Sandwich) will allow you to sling 20,000 songs into the cloud. However this won’t necessarily help you if you’re underground or somewhere sans signal and you’ve no way of reaching all of your beloved Supertramp b-sides. Until Ice Cream Sandwich arrives of course, this is something of a moot point.
Finally, there’s no HDMI-out, but if you want to stream media to your TV set, there’s a separate converter available from HTC. For ?100, this will allow you to sling content via DLNA (if your TV isn’t already DLNA-certified) and the Connected Media app on the Sensation XL.
HTC Sensation XL user interface
The Sensation XL currently runs on Android 2.3.5 and comes with HTC Sense 3.5. This is a bit of a step up from how things currently are on the original Sensation and the Sensation XE in terms of aesthetics. The huge clock which used to take place front and centre has been trimmed down a bit and the launcher at the bottom has a transparent look and feel.
As with Sense on the HTC Rhyme, we appreciate the small changes. It makes for a less busy, less cluttered experience; mobile phone feng shui if you will.
Still, the main things about HTC Sense 3.X remain – the rotating widgets still impress and delight and the ultra-useful custom lock screen widget returns.
This allows you to unlock the Sensation XL from a dormant state and jump straight to the camera, the phone dialler, text messages or emails, instead of just unlocking and going to the main homescreen. You can customise these four shortcuts anytime if you need to create a jump to Angry Birds, the music player or practically anywhere/anything on the Sensation XL.
Other pre-installed apps and widgets include FriendStream (aggregates social network feeds) HTC Watch (movies-on demand) and a Favourite Contacts shortcut widget.
Finally, you’ve got the ability to take screengrabs out of the box by holding in the power button for a second and tapping the home key. This is a feature that’ll be part and parcel of all Android phones eventually, but it’s good to have it now all the same.
HTC Sensation XL browser
The browser of the Sensation XL is the same stock HTC one that’s on the Sensation and Sensation XE. Of course, this being an Android phone, you’re welcome to disregard it and use Dolphin HD or Opera Mini or any browser of your choice.
All the same the stock browser is pretty decent; you get a host of useful settings like the option to turn off plug-ins or enable an on-demand option – perfect for browsing Flash-heavy sites. You might want to be able to watch a cool Flash video on your phone but who really wants to use up data allowance (and drain battery) downloading an annoying banner advert on their phone? There’s image and pop-up disablers (for the same purpose) and text on web pages automatically resizes when you zoom.
Again, you’re limited to only having four windows open at any one time, something which could frustrate if you’re used to having more tabs open at once. Despite this, skipping between the windows is a cinch – pinching to zoom all the way out will automatically take you to a leap mode style view of all the tabs you’ve got open, allowing you to easily close, jump to and open new tabs without having to necessarily use the menu > windows > add window option.
HTC Sensation XL multimedia
Beats Audio functionality is front and centre here with the Sensation XL. Sound quality through the supplied headphones is commendably good, loud, (really loud) all the way up with no noticable clipping on most songs. We noticed distortion on some songs, but only on ultra-compressed MP3′s of songs that have been ‘mixed loud’ anyway – i.e. they’d sound distorted through any speakers.
The enhanced sound profile option can also be used with other headphones, though this is a generic third party profile and not the same hardware-specific Beats one.
It’s a shame that the option to toggle Beats Audio/HTC enhancer doesn’t pop up when you’re using a third party music player app or streaming audio from Spotify. Given the ability to cache Spotify lists for offline play, we’d have
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According to a recent study conducted by Geekaphone, an online resource that researches the mobile gaming industry, the mobile gaming industry is predicted to reach $ 54 Billion by 2015, but a local entrepreneur named Chris Luck says he plans to take the app world by storm through innovative apps that are totally different from anything that has been created.
I have been a hardcore gamer ever since the first release of Atari, said Luck, the creator of a new app development company called Appiteks.
Luck explained that although he has a love, passion, and drive for apps and games, what he really wants is for potential customers and users of his games to know exactly who he is.
I want everyone who downloads my app to know who I am, he said, before adding, That is very important to me. As a child growing up, my parents always had the latest game consoles in our household, and the best bonding experience I had in my youth with my father, was completing my homework and chores around the house so that I could play games with him at night before bed. He would always beat me and still does to this day.
Lucks decision to enter the app world could prove to have perfect timing. More than 84 percent of tablet owners play games.
Along with being a gamer, comes the dream I’ve always carried along with me of
building my own game company, Luck said. Of course, I never really had the capital to do such a thing, nor the time.
Fast forward to today, Luck said, And I have been an extremely successful full-time entrepreneur on the Internet and finally have the budget and the window of opportunity with the boom of the app store and mobile devices to dive into the gaming industry.
But before Lucks success came a set of trials, tribulations, and hard work.
I went to college for computer science in 1999, Luck noted. During my enrollment, I discovered the world of affiliate marketing, and being able to make money by discovering crappy websites on the Internet, and approaching site owners to let them know I can build a much better looking site and optimized website for the search engines. With that knowledge, I dropped out of college during my junior year to start my own business by leveraging the Internet.