Upgrading to an HTC Sensation 4G
Posted on Jun 26, 2011 by Paul White
My Current Cell Phone is an HTC HD2
that I ported to Android 2.3. There hasn't been much reason to upgrade, as most phones had the same screen size, or the same resolution. Finally the HTC Sensation has arrived. In my opinion its the logical upgrade from my HD2. Same 4.3" LCD, higher Resolution, and 8 MP camera with 1080P video recording, along with 1.2 Ghz Dual Core snap dragon CPU.
HTC HD2 specs
1 Ghz Snapdragon CPU ( Single Core )
5 MP camera with 480P video
4.3" 800 x 480 lcd
1300 mAh Battery
Windows Mobile 6.5 ( Ported to Nandroid 2.3 )
HTC Sensation specs
1.2 Ghz Snapdragon CPU ( Dual Core )
8 MP camera with 1080P video
4.3" 960 x 540 lcd
1520 mAh Battery
Market Prices of HTC Sensation 4G
If you were to buy it off T-Mobile's website it would cost $549.99, If you signed your life away for 2 years to T-Mobile then they would discount it to $199.99. However you can also get the phone off ebay. I was able to get mine for $465 with no contract and free UPS shipping. Over time the market prices for this phone will slowly go down. Especially as other phones come to market like the droid 3. However I predict the prices won't go much below $450 in the next 3 months. I spent quite a while on ebay hunting for the right deal. During this time I saw phones sell for as high as $525, and as low as $460.
Planned Modifications to my HTC Sensation 4G
The first thing I did was buy some extra batteries via ebay. For $14.95 I was able to get 3 x 1800 mAh batteries with wall charger. Only negative is they are coming direct from China and it will take 2-3 weeks for them to arrive. Its hard to really believe that these will hold 1800 mAh of power, but the last batteries I bought for my HD2 have held up great with no problems, so even if they store the same 1520 mAh as the stock batteries I am happy. Once I get the phone in hand the first thing I am going to do is root it then install a custom rom to it that does not have the HTC sense 3.0. I like my phones to be clean and fast with no additional garbage. Then I plan to take the phone apart. The rear battery cover is made of both plastic and Aluminum. I will remove all the plastic pieces, and hand polish the aluminum using some sand paper and polishing cream until its a perfect mirrored finished. I did the same thing with my HD2. I will be documenting this entire process in a future blog entry.