Apple and Samsung are at the top of the charts for the best smartphones on the market but HTC have released the new Sensation XE, which is set to split the two mobile phone giants down the middle. The XE boasts the latest HTC Sense interface which is Smart, sensible and well-laid out so you can zoom through the pages easily. Not only is the XE very appealing to look at it backs up its pretty looks with some serious technology.
Using the irrepressible Android OS and being blessed with a custom interface, the XE stands head and shoulders above other, lesser models with an exclusive facia that lifts the user-friendliness to the next level. Many smartphone manufacturers simply tweak existing models to be slightly better than the last, but the HTC has gone all-out and tried to take the top mantel from Samsung with this specific model. The Sense UI allows you to have multiple homescreens that lets you personalise your phone to your exact configuration so you’re not hunting around through screen after screen looking for the app you need. This is very handy for when you’re on the fly and need instant access to your emails or the FriendStream widget.
The ultra-responsive touchscreen is very quick and that is mostly down to the super-fast processor which is a 1.5GHz dual core item. Swipe through your personalised homescreens with just the briefest touch of your finger and you are at your destination in a flash. You can even pinch-and-zoom into certain areas of the homescreen so you don’t have a myriad of tiles getting in your way, which is very handy for when you don’t want to load up Draw Something when you’re trying to get on Twitter!
The homescreen tiles hide a wealth of other apps and programs behind them so you can group and categorise your favourites into seven homescreens. This means that you can have different tiles for business, social, audio and games just a touch away. If you simple use your HTC Sensation XE for gaming, then you can fill the homescreens with your favourite games and widgets. As Google has just changed the Android Market to Google Play, this is integrated nicely now into your Gmail and Google web browsing homepage, for even easier access to free and paid games.
Onto the camera, then, and you will see that HTC has not scrimped here. With the Sony Xperia Sola boasting a 12.1 megapixel camera, the 8-megapixel unit in the HTC is not far behind in terms of quality. Thanks to the stunning 1080p HD video capture and super-clear screen to watch your clips back on, you won’t feel disappointed. This then is genuinely the best smartphone that HTC make right now, and there is a feeling that it will only get better and start to steal back some of the customers from Apple and Samsung.