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Samsung Galaxy S II vs HTC Sensation

|July 4 2011 |Android Phones, Editorial

For quite some time, LG Optimus 2X was the only dual-core smartphone in the market. Then came along two more smartphones that changed the equation in a big way. The blockbuster phone Samsung Galaxy S II and the SuperPhone HTC Sensation. Both Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation are really good phones in the same price range. Lot of our readers have been asking about which of these two phones to buy. So, we decided to do a comparison for you. Let’s begin.

Features common between HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S II include Android Gingerbread OS, 8 mp camera, dual-core processors,full-HD Video recording. There are some differences though, let’s look at them.

Let us look at the difference in technical specifications and features.

Features HTC Sensation Samsung Galaxy S II
Weight 148g 116g
Thickness 11.3mm 8.49mm
3G Specs 14.4mbps download speed 21mbps download speed
HSDPA Freq 900/2100 Mhz 850/900/1900/2100 Mhz
Display 4.3 inch, S-LCD 4.3 inch S-AMOLED
Display Resolution 540x960 pixels 480x800 pixels
Camera 8 Mega pixels 8 Mega pixels
Front-facing cam 1.2 Mega pixels 2.0 Mega pixels
Wi-Fi Direct No Yes
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP v3.0+ Hs
Internal Storage 1GB 16/32 GB
RAM 768 MB 1 GB
UI HTC Sense v3.0 TouchWiz v4.0
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual-core snapdragon 1.2 GHz Dual-core Orion
GPU Adreno 220 Mali-400MP
Battery 1520 mAH 1650 mAH
Price Rs. 29,899 Rs. 28,399

Compare Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Sensation

HTC Sensation Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Premium and classy Design Slightly heavier @ 148g
Excellent Build quality Just 1GB Internal memory
Good call Quality Weak Speakers
Excellent Display resolution Bulky @ 11.3 mm
Easy-to-use HTC Sense UI Viewing angles could be better
Good call Quality Battery life could be longer
Better Graphical Processor No Wi-Fi Direct
  Average VGA camera for video-calling


Samsung Galaxy S II Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Super Slim body. No Dedicated hardware camera button
Amazing display quality with S-AMOLED Have to remove battery to access microSD slot
Wi-Fi Direct Call Quality can be better
Good Battery life Not so great Screen resolution
Excellent 4G speed @ 21mbps. Average Design and average build quality
Amazing Picture quality  
Good 2.0mp camera for video calling  

When we look at the comparison, pros and cons, Samsung Galaxy S II seems to be ahead with future-proof connectivity features, brilliant display, light-weight form factor and excellent camera quality. HTC Sensation is no doubt a good phone, but loses out marginally to Samsung Galaxy S II. And there is one factor that we should all think about which might be a break or make for many people. Future Android upgrades. From our past research, HTC is not known for providing quick OS upgrades. We recently saw how HTC struggled to provide Gingerbread upgrade for HTC Desire handsets even though the underlying hardware qualified for that. Samsung though not spectacular has been regular with Android updates. It’s advantage Samsung again.

Videos comparing HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S II

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