Android being Android, the HTC Sensation can be bolstered with as many or few apps as you please and they can be plastered all over the phone's seven homescreens or kept neatly in little folders or even confined just to the app launcher menu – for those that really want to be able to see the picture they've chosen for their wallpaper.
However, we're growing more and more concerned, as the smartphone market continues to mature, that despite a huge volume of apps in the Android marketplace, the quality still pales in comparison to the Apple app store. Moreover, those that are good are difficult to find. The vast majority of basics are accounted for but a quick browse for some online banking apps, and several of the most popular games came up with nothing – there's still no paid for version of Angry Birds for instance.
Nonetheless, despite what many people would have you believe, apps are not the be all and end all and as such the Sensation is still a stonkingly feature-packed and capable smartphone.
Unfortunately, because of this, its 1520mAh battery does dwindle rather rapidly. With everything on and with a not overly hefty dose of mobile browsing and gaming, you'll run it dry well within a day. As ever, you can temper things considerably by turning 3G on only when needed, reducing the frequency of notifications, and keeping the screen brightness down. With an average usage pattern, though, we found that an overnight charge was needed every night.
On the plus side, thanks to those noise cancelling microphones, call quality is better than average so while your phone does still have juice, you'll enjoy using it.
The HTC Sensation is a frustrating device. Why? Because it comes so close to perfection but doesn't quite manage it. The high resolution screen is great but the quality of it lets it down a tad, some of the software tweaks are great but yet video support is poor, and while the performance is amazing, battery life isn't so much. Nonetheless, if battery life proves to be better once usage has settled down then the screen quality issue is certainly something we can overlook as the rest of the device is so delightful. It's beautifully made and styled, it's incredibly fast, the camera's good, and call quality isn't half bad either. All told, despite a few niggles, it's definitely up there with the best dual-core smartphones.