by Guest Author Peter Howorth
It still amazes me how far we’ve come technologically over the past decade or so. Especially when it comes to mobile phones, when I was a child I remember the phone to be quite a huge thing. The only thing that was mobile about it was that they weren’t attached to a wall but damn if it wasn’t like carrying around a house brick with you.
When I was in my teens I was introduced to the concept of text messaging, I thought it was great being able to send a message to someone in text form for just 12 pence. Or like being able to play “Snake” whenever you wanted to.
I remember when my friends got their first colour screen phone, man was I jealous, I wanted to throw my Nokia 3210 straight in the bin and don’t get me started when the first built-in camera phone came out!
Only a few short years ago there were two main competitors for “greatest manufacturer of phones in the world” and they were Nokia and Sony Ericsson and it’s only been in the last few years that they’ve both been overtaken by Apple.
When Steve Jobs sets out to be the man, you know eventually, he’ll become the man. The iPhone really kicked off the whole “app” craze and quickly left its competitors in the dust, the only thing I hate about the iPhone is really just how expensive it is.
Last year I purchased a HTC Desire from eBay and in under a year I can guarantee I will never use anything else other than a HTC Android phone. I remember every Sony Ericsson phone I ever had breaking at some point, the software just failed to last more than a year in most cases. Android is much more stable than anything I’ve used before and the general design of HTC phone’s is just a perfect combination.
Recently I renewed my contract and upgraded to a HTC Sensation XE and after using it for just over a month now I can say it’s not been a disappointment. It’s much faster than Desire, the camera is improved and the internal (and external) storage space is extended.
The main difference between the Sensation XE and the normal Sensation is really an upgraded speaker system, Dr. Dre’s Beats Technology (whatever the hell that means) just makes the music coming out of your phone sound so much crisper than anything I’ve heard before. Plus there are some tweaks to the internal workings of the device; bringing the specs up to the level of their rivals.
The user interface still as user-friendly as its ever been, allowing you to have seven screens of apps and widgets seamlessly. Battery life is improved as with my Desire I was charging it up every day, now I only have to charge it up every other day (three days if you’re not killing it with those apps you’ve just downloaded and you have the internet turned off).
Not to mention the updated processor allows the phone to process information much quicker than anything they’ve created previously, before if you had two or three apps running at the same time it could cause your phone to lag, a problem I have yet to experience with Sensation XE!
And it’s not just the internal workings of the phone that I love, the actual design of the phone is just beautiful to look at, oh how far we’ve come over the past couple of decades.
With the 4.3 inch screen it displays web-pages so well while not being an overly bulky handset. Of course if it’s a bigger screen you’re wanting, they do the Sensation XL with the 4.7 inch screen.
So if you’re wanting a cheaper but ultimately superior alternative to an iPhone and you’re not a sheep, definitely go for Sensation XE, it’s quite possibly the best phone on the market right now. (Visit Peter’s blog Evolution of Insanity)
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