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Engadget: Not So Crazy About the Sensation

Steven Blum


I have to say I'm surprised by Engadget's tepid review of the Sensation. Compared to their glowing report on the Samsung G2, this review almost makes the Sensation look like a stinker. 

For those who don't want to wade through the nonfiction novel the site has penned about the device (seriously, Engadget: the minutia!) here are their main complaints:

  1. The Sensation's UI hasn't materially changed from the days of the Hero. Precise text selection and input prediction algorithms haven't been improved, leading to a user experience worse than default Android Gingerbread.
  2. The weather app might look pretty but it doesn't actually work; it's pretty much a matter of luck whether the app sends you to the right city's weather.
  3. The front-facing camera creates blurry images.

Other than that, the phone is great. But this is the big leagues we're talking about: it's the Sensation versus the Galaxy S2, and for their failure to adequately update Sense 3.0, the S2 gets the recommendation.

Given the choice between the two, we'd opt for the Galaxy S II for its brilliant display and snappier performance, but that's just a matter of preference. Ultimately, you'll have to decide what it is you value most in your Android superphone and pick the one that fits those needs best.

Yes, we will. But we're thinking many will agree with Engadget's on this one and go with the G2. 

What do you think?

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  • Alan Peery Feb 17, 2012 Link

    Very interesting that Engadget says that text selection is UI specific as I thought was a base-level Android feature. That could explain my dissatisfaction with text selection.

    I'll have to borrow a friend's Galaxy SII and see if I like the text selection better. If I do I may go with a stock Ice Cream Sandwich after rooting the phone, rather than waiting until HTC delivers at the end of March.

  • Niels Christiansen Jun 3, 2011 Link

    Well, I sense (pun not intended) some expectations here. People can't seem to live in the now, and just see what is. Is the Sensation a phone for you or not? Quite possibly. Does it matter how innovative Sense 3 is? No, not really. Either the phone fits your needs or it doesn't. Give the rest a slip.

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    Lars S. Jun 1, 2011 Link

    I own the SGS2 and every mornig i'm freakin' out while turning on the gorgeous screen =)