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HTC Sensation XL

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The Sensation XL does plenty right, with an impressive screen and a strong web browsing performance. But, marketed as an audio champion, less than 13GB of storage is a joke.

Pros
  • Web browsing on the 4.7-inch screen is a joyThe Beats headphones are substantial step above typical in-the-box fare
Cons
  • Limited built-in storage with no option to expandUnderwhelming video qualityShort battery life
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80
bmd8790
I have 2 Major problems with the phone .. 1. it doesnt work with T-Mobile 3g/4g/HSPDA...read more
80
getused2it
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
Faltányi Csaba
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.722
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g (up to11.83 hours) (up to6.83 hours)
Standby time (max)
460 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1600 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Opp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4, Wmv)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Js, Flash)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
No

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, Oceania

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
Other (800x480)
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
RAM
768 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
Yes
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
No
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
No
TV-out
No