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HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio™ on O2 for £18.58 (£21.50 without £70 redemption) at Dial-a-Phone

theonlytazmantheonlytazman

After the recent major let-down by Apple and the inferior 4S at £699+ - which is a tad better than my current iPhone 4) I've decided I may finally jump the boat & look around for an Android based phone.

Looking around & found this deal for a smartphone that is MORE powerful than anything in the market at the moment, it beats the Samsung S2 and is far superior to the iPhone 4s. Here's hoping some of you agree - would be useful to get some decent comments about the pro's/con's etc... I just felt this was an exceedingly high spec phone for an overall cost of just over £445 less than the cheapest iPhone 4s AND you get it on contract.

Here's the info on the deal:

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio™ - O2

Features

8 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash
Facebook and Twitter Application
SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Longer life battery with 1730mAh battery
1.5Ghz dual core processor
GPS with A-GPS support
Digital compass (magnetometer)
4.3" qHD screen with contoured glass
Beats Audio Tecnology
Android Operating System
Micro USB connector and charging
HTML
HTC Watch service
Java enabled
Google Search, Maps, Gmail
YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration
Organiser
Document Viewer

Contract is with O2 (O2 100 DATA ), you get the following:

100 minutes per month
500 texts per month
24 Month Contract
500mb Mobile Internet - With this great deal you will also be entitled to 500MB* mobile Internet absolutely free! subject to a fair usage policy of 500MB data allowance per month (not brilliant but due to the next item it shouldn't really matter)
Unlimited Wi-fi Access - With this great deal you will also be entitled to Unlimited* Wi-Fi browsing absolutely free! (Unlimited Wi-Fi in O2’s Cloud Network is subject to a fair usage policy)
Line rental is £21.50 but there is £70 cashback by redemption (3 installments only - so not as bad as some plus Dial-A-Phone are pretty good at paying cashback) so effective rate is £18.58pm

Overall cost is £454.92, a sim-free version is around £499. You're also getting the £100+ headphones plus TopCashBack of £45.45

So the effective cost of this contract is £400.47 which works out at £100 less than the Sim-Free/PAYG model or £16.68pm contract. Seems like a good deal to me.

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    theonlytazman
    Here are some reviews:

    http://recombu.com/news/apple-iphone-4s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s2-vs-htc-sensation-xe_M15396.html
    Apple iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S2 vs HTC Sensation XE

    http://pictures.recombu.com/news/M15396/1317814423_w630_h390.jpg

    So, Apple's latest iPhone has been revealed, and we're afraid our fears were confirmed: no iPhone 5, just an updated iPhone 4S. With it we receive a new and upgraded 8MP camera, the nippier A5 chip and the Siri personal assistant, it looks like a great phone and is certainly the best iPhone out there. But is it the best phone money can buy? We put the iPhone 4S' two main challengers, the HTC Sensation XE and the Samsung Galaxy S2, head to head with Apple's latest smartphone in a spec comparison to see how things stack up at the top of the smartphone market.

    Design and build

    The build on the iPhone 4S is exactly the same as that of the iPhone 4, so there's nothing new to report on that front - if you've played with or owned an iPhone 4, you won't be in for any surprises. It's a stunning phone. If you haven't, then here's the rundown: a Gorilla Glass front, a sleek glass back and an aluminium antenna band that runs along each side. It's got that typical Apple cool, but be warned: that glass back takes violent issue with being dropped.

    The Galaxy S2 is not a phone for fashionistas. It's a solid workhorse, and might be the most powerful phone of the three, but someone in a boardroom at Samsung went a bit overboard on the slim-and-light front. As a result, the Galaxy S2 is the thinnest and the lightest phone on test, but the trade-off is that it feels plasticky and fragile.

    The Sensation XE, on the other hand, offers the best of both worlds, with the big-screen media capabilities of the Galaxy S2 and the smooth, aluminium unibody design so typical of HTC. In fact it feels exactly like the Sensation in the hand. There's a pleasant heft to the Sensation XE that makes it feel solid, engineered, and for the XE edition HTC have spruced up the already excellent Sensation with a daub of red paint on the speaker grill and red Android touch buttons on the front.

    Features

    The HTC Sensation XE is marketing itself as an audiophile's phone, hence all that Beats By Dr. Dre branding on the phone. It's not just celebrity-endorsed hot air, though; the Sensation XE comes with new sound-boosting technology that adjusts things like EQ on the fly to beef up audio, and the handset comes with a pair of proper Beats By Dr. Dre earphones - earphones that won't immediately be dumped in the bin for something better. Of course, it will be interesting to see how the XE compares as a music phone next to the iPhone 4S.

    The iPhone 4S' most interesting feature so far is the new Siri personal assistant. A bit like Google Voice crossed with Wolfram Alpha, Siri is Apple's whack at a first proper, 2001 A Space Odyssey-style voice control. So, instead of tapping through menus and clocks, now if you want to set an alarm you just say something like "Siri, wake me up at 8am tomorrow" and bam, Siri's on the case.

    The Samsung Galaxy S2's main pull is, again, that 4.2-inch Super AMOLED display - it's one of the best smartphone screens we've seen. Samsung's had a stranglehold on the technology that other companies are only just starting to wriggle free from.

    Screen

    All three phones on test boast great displays with their own selling points. The iPhone 4S comes with the same Retina Display technology as the iPhone 4, which offers the greatest pixel density of the three (meaning a crisper looking picture). The Galaxy S2, however, offers a mega-rich Super AMOLED Plus display, which offers bright whites and the darkest blacks of any phone around at the moment. The Galaxy S2's screen is also bigger than the iPhone 4S' at 4.3 inches to the iPhone's 3.5.

    The HTC Sensation XE is a middle ground between the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S2. It's not got the same pixel density as the iPhone 4S, so video won't be quite as pin sharp, but is far bigger. At the same time, while the Super LCD screen on the HTC is very good, it doesn't have the richness that the Galaxy S2's Super AMOLED Plus display brings to watching video.

    Price

    The Galaxy S2 will set you back £500 SIM free, or around £30+ per month on a two year contract. The Sensation XE is slightly cheaper at around £490, while the iPhone 4S continues the traditional £499 price point for the 16GB iPhone, with 32GB and 64GB models available for correspondingly higher amounts.

    Verdict

    The Samsung Galaxy S2 would come out on top if we were judging the contenders purely on specs, if only because of that amazing screen. It's also a true featherweight, comfortably beating the iPhone 4S and the Sensation XE in both slimness and weight (or lack thereof). Our only beef is that this will go to far for some people - all those bids to save weight and size mean that the Galaxy S2 feels flimsy compared to the solid, premium builds of the iPhone 4S and the Sensation XE.

    The iPhone 4 is an awesome phone, and the 4S looks like more of the same, with a new processor and a beefed up camera to bring it in line with the top-end Android handsets that have been released in the last couple of months. We're particularly excited by the sensor, to see how it compares in low light. The screen is seems a little small, 3.5-inches is going to be a dealbreaker for many people now that 4.3-inchers are becoming the norm for web browsing and watching video. Apart from Siri, which until we've tried for ourselves we're not coming down for or against, the iPhone 4S doesn't feel like much of an advancement on the iPhone 4. Although iCloud could be a game changer and is available on the iPhone 4 too.

    The Sensation XE has had the battery niggles of the original Sensation fixed, from what we've seen, and we like the new focus on music that's come with HTC's partnership with Beats By Dr. Dre. It's also a great looking phone; HTC really are the Android phones to go for if you're looking for an Apple alternative that doesn't skimp on strong build. The processor's also had a bit of a boost, so HTC's beautiful Sense UI runs all the smoother.
    Monkey nuts 2
    Might want to put by redemption in the title.
    theonlytazman
    exdos
    Sensation all the way, had one for a month now after choosing it over a s2
    theonlytazman
    Monkey nuts 2
    Might want to put by redemption in the title.


    Thanks just adjusted, just want to know which phone (if any) to go for. The iPhone 4s with its stock issues (if that's true) and the low spec means that the S3 or the XE are the only 2 real smartphone choices now, people's thoughts ...
    roadrunner1
    So £21.50 then?
    roadrunner1
    The screen resolution is terrible is your coming from an iPhone 4.
    theonlytazman
    roadrunner1
    So £21.50 then?


    As the cashback with dial-a-phone isn't likely to be taken back then it'd be £18.58pm. The iPhone 4 has a good screen but its just too small 3.5" compared to 4.3"+. I just feel Apple just feels they can release any old crap and apple users are just sheep & will follow their messiah (RIP) wherever they want to take them. Unfortunately I do not think that is the case. The iPhone 4s is a lame excuse for a phone in the current climate where we have 1.5ghz dual core processors, where screens are bigger than 4", where amoled screens are far superior (in some cases than retina).

    I need a replacement for my work phone which current is a 3gs (my personal phone is the 4) and I need to upgrade my old 3gs with something decent. the 4s just seems too much financially for not much more than a standard 4, so why pay such a premium???
    Alecogden
    roadrunner1
    The screen resolution is terrible is your coming from an iPhone 4.


    I reviewed it, it isn't. The qHD resolution is great.
    clarence47a
    Got the Desire HD atm. This is gonna be my next phone unless HTC do a newer top end phone before my contract ends in March.

    Edited By: clarence47a on Oct 09, 2011 14:56
    roadrunner1
    Alecogden
    roadrunner1
    The screen resolution is terrible is your coming from an iPhone 4.


    I reviewed it, it isn't. The qHD resolution is great.


    Well it is simply not as good as the iPhone 4 screen is it?
    Less pixels over a bigger screen and all reviews point to the same thing- HTC are lagging behind with their screen resolution.
    segaste
    Was looking all day at this yesterday. Couldn't decide whether to go for this or the normal Sensation. The only thing thing is the lack of minutes. 100 might not be enough. Do O2 do free O2 to O2 calls?
    bigdarlodave
    correct me if i am wrong but you can lower the monthly cost by lower the data , especialy like me who is getting it for the phone alone(not the contract)
    TypicalAsianFindingDeals
    roadrunner1
    Alecogden
    roadrunner1
    The screen resolution is terrible is your coming from an iPhone 4.


    I reviewed it, it isn't. The qHD resolution is great.


    Well it is simply not as good as the iPhone 4 screen is it?
    Less pixels over a bigger screen and all reviews point to the same thing- HTC are lagging behind with their screen resolution.

    HTC are lagging with 256ppi?
    SGS2 has 216ppi. That's terrible.
    theonlytazman
    Screen displays:

    HTC Sensation XE - qHD (540 x 960) - 4.3-inch S-LCD (nearly as good as iPhone)
    Samsung Galaxy S II - 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus (best screen overall)
    Apple iPhone 4S - 3.5-inch IPS TFT 960 x 640 (retina display only decent element - size too small)

    TypicalAsianFindingDeals & roadrunner1 - yes the screen may not be as good as the iPhone 4s's BUT the overall package IS far superior. That is what the debate is about.

    I've been a long-time user of iPhone devices but this current iteration has left a nasty taste in my mouth. Apple just feel they can throw anything at us & we will follow our master, that is no longer the case. If they had priced the new iPhone 4s at a lower price band then I wouldn't have even considered ditching AppleOS & moving to the dark side (ie Android).

    The SGS2 screen is AMOLED and most reviewers feel it is as good or better than the retina display purely due to the clarity. So you cannot compare exact stats like for like
    sharon6553
    Very tempted, thanks OP!! Voted HOT!!
    PacmanUK
    exdos
    Sensation all the way, had one for a month now after choosing it over a s2


    have to admit, i think overall they are a similarly spec'd phone, i weighed it up like this:

    Sensation XE: higher pixels per inch, slightly better resolution, faster processor and faster gprs.

    Galaxy s2: uses gorilla glass, 8.5mm thick (vs 11.3mm of the xe), 35 grams lighter, 16gb or 32gb storage and 1gb of ram (vs the xe's 4gb storage and 768mb ram) , faster hsdpa and 70 hours more stoandby battery time.

    i weighed it up and decided on the galaxy s2, the extra battery life and thinner phone swung it for me. samsung does an official 2000mah battery kit which adds a few mm's thickness to the phone which i liked.
    roadrunner1
    theonlytazman
    Screen displays:

    HTC Sensation XE - qHD (540 x 960) - 4.3-inch S-LCD (nearly as good as iPhone)
    Samsung Galaxy S II - 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus (best screen overall)
    Apple iPhone 4S - 3.5-inch IPS TFT 960 x 640 (retina display only decent element - size too small)

    TypicalAsianFindingDeals & roadrunner1 - yes the screen may not be as good as the iPhone 4s's BUT the overall package IS far superior. That is what the debate is about.

    I've been a long-time user of iPhone devices but this current iteration has left a nasty taste in my mouth. Apple just feel they can throw anything at us & we will follow our master, that is no longer the case. If they had priced the new iPhone 4s at a lower price band then I wouldn't have even considered ditching AppleOS & moving to the dark side (ie Android).

    The SGS2 screen is AMOLED and most reviewers feel it is as good or better than the retina display purely due to the clarity. So you cannot compare exact stats like for like


    this deal is not for an SGS2 so pointless comparing that to an iPhone here.
    rodman
    bigdarlodave
    correct me if i am wrong but you can lower the monthly cost by lower the data , especialy like me who is getting it for the phone alone(not the contract)

    I think so too, if you remove DATA you will be paying £15.50 a month So HTC Sensation XE comes even cheaper.
    Jaspal989
    Going to get this. How does topcashback work?

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