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While it won't be available in retail T-Mobile storefronts until June 15 (and at participating Walmart locations on June 12, for $200), GigaOm's Kevin Tofel got his hands on an early review unit of the HTC Sensation 4G. "The 960 x 540 display isn't quite as bright as the Super AMOLED Plus screens used in Samsung devices, but it's a noticeable step up from prior HTC smartphones. So is Qualcomm's 1.2 GHz dual-core processor which keeps the device moving along quickly," he wrote on the site. "Surprisingly, the Android 2.3 handset isn't too large or heavy, even with the 4.3-inch display, mainly because it's reasonably thin as compared to other high-end smartphones."

This phone -- and its enormous, clear screen, with "good viewing angles" -- will be a welcome addition to anybody currently using T-Mobile as a carrier, which has been ignored by Apple. That's for the time being, anyway; rumors suggest that a future improvement on the iPhone 4 -- or the iPhone 5 -- could be available on all four major carriers in the United States.

As you'll see in the video, Tofel is most impressed by the camera's cover, which acts much like a standard case would in that the bulk of the phone must slide out of the back plate in order to gain access to the battery and other components. Tofel wonders if the cover could be reused so that new iterations of the phone could be swapped with the existing unit. This easy access allows consumers to hot-swap the memory card, which is critical as the phone only has 1 GB of internal storage that's user accessible.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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