HTC EVO 3D vs. HTC Sensation – Review

by Jerry D on July 17, 2011

Just how much of a ‘sensation’ is the HTC Sensation? The dictionary defines the word as “a general feeling or awareness” or “a state of widespread public excitement”. That’s a lot to live up to and there’s no shortage of smartphones waiting to knock the Sensation down on its plastic ass. Next up, the beefy HTC EVO 3D…

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Stat-fight: HTC EVO 3D vs. HTC Sensation

How chunky are these two handsets? The Sensation is slightly skinnier than the EVO 3D with a chassis that’s only 11.3mm thick. The Sensation is wider, although not so you’d notice without a magnifying glass and a ruler. It measures 65.4mm to the EVO 3D’s 65.0mm. If weight is an issue, then here’s the biggest difference between the two – the EVO 3D is a heavyweight 170g, while the Sensation is weighs in at 148g.

Next, let’s take a quick look at processing power. It’s a feature that always ranks highly in our top 3 smartphone features poll. The EVO 3D is built around a brand-spanking new 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 chip. The Sensation, meanwhile, relies on a Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core Snapdragon, rated at 1.2GHz. The difference? The MSM8660 features 1GB of RAM, the MSM8260 has 768MB.

Read the full smartphone comparison below…

HTC EVO 3D VS HTC Sensation
Display 4.3-inch 3D LCD 4.3-inch S-LCD
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels 540 x 960 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core Snapdragon
Software Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with the HTC Sense UI Android 2.3 with HTC Sense (v3.0)
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 33GB
Rear camera 5.0 Megapixels with Dual 5MP cameras for 3D photo (2MP) and video capture (720p), dual LED flash, geotagging and 1080p 2D video recording. 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, dual LED flash, geotagging, face and smile detection, 1080p video capture
Front camera Yes Yes
3G 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) or CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A. 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP/EDR 3.0 with A2DP
Size 65.0 x 126.0 x 12.1mm 65.4 x 126.1 x 11.3mm
Weight 170g 148g
Talktime 7.75 hours 8.3 hours
Standby 420 hours 350 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, stereo FM radio with RDS, TV/HDMI-out, digital compass, g-sensor and DLNA content sharing GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, g-sensor, Gorilla Glass display, TV-out, DLNA content streaming and a stereo FM radio

Analysis: HTC EVO 3D vs. HTC Sensation


Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)
Best Size/Weight: Sensation (1-2)
Best Camera/Video: Sensation (1-3)
Best Display: Draw (2-4)
Best Processor: Draw (3-5)
Best Software: Draw (4-6)
Best Storage: Sensation (4-7)
Best Battery life: Sensation (4-8)
Best Extras: Draw (5-9)

BPF Verdict: The HTC Sensation wins!

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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