HTC Amaze 4G vs Samsung Galaxy S II
At their cores the Galaxy S II and Amaze 4G both run Gingerbread, with the former running the slightly newer 2.3.5 over 2.3.4 on the HTC. As 2.3.5 is simply a maintenance release its unlikely anyone would notice a difference if both devices were pure Google. They’re not, however, and there is a huge difference between them
The Galaxy S II features TouchWiz 4.0, the best version yet. The T-Mobile variant has the most widgets of any of the three Stateside Galaxy S IIs and they are big, bold and some can even be resized. Samsung has made it easier for the average user to customize their homescreens and users have the ability to rearrange the 7 homescreens as they see fit. The overlay is fast and fluid and getting better with each iteration. All of that said, scrap the whole darn thing and just go vanilla. Android is good enough to stand on its own at this point, and as notoriously bad as Samsung’s update track record has been there is little doubt that TouchWiz plays a role in users being left with outdated versions of the OS.
HTC Sense 3.0 is familiar, but new features keep this king of Android overlays fresh and worthwhile. The lock screen is awesome, widgets are better and speed is improved all around. HTC is the only manufacturer who has managed to improve on many of the core apps, such as the dialer, web browser and phonebook. When we first saw it Sense brought together and beautified a pretty ugly Android OS, but this has moved to the background as Android has gotten prettier and more cohesive. Sense is still relevant because HTC has made sure it also improves functionality, and they dig deep into the heart of the OS to do it. Any other Android overlay is usually pretty transparent once you get away from the homescreen, but Sense goes down to the core of Android. The story might be different on Android 4.0, but for now we have 2.3 and Sense very much has its place. On the Amaze 4G Sense 3.0 flies, and HTC has had a pretty good track record at updating phones quickly despite such an extensive overlay.
Hardware, Internet and Connectivity:
Both devices run essentially the same dual core, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with an Adreno 220 GPU. Both offer 1GB of RAM and 16GB of total internal memory with microSD expansion. Both phones feature 8 megapixel cameras with 1080p recording with 2MP cameras up front for video chat. Both devices support T-Mobile’s 42Mbps network. Both have NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and GPS. Both have loads of T-Mobile bloatware preinstalled. We have a feeling you get the point by now. Benchmarks aren’t the be all and end all, but when the two devices are so similar inside they can help separate the two. Average Quadrant Standard scores for the Galaxy S II were in the neighborhood of 3300, whereas the Amaze 4G consistently put up scores in the 2600-2800 range. So why the difference? We’re really not sure, and to be honest the HTC feels a little faster in everyday use so maybe it means nothing, but we thought we’d point that out for you.
HTC uses a more customized browser than does the Galaxy S II and, much like Sense itself, we appreciated some of the finer touches like easier to navigate and more extensive settings and better bookmark handling. In terms of performance it was a wash, with load times virtually identical. Pinch zooming was incredibly smooth on both, but double tapping was markedly more consistent on the HTC. At times the Galaxy S II would zoom in about 40% when double tapped, and other times it would bring the text or picture right into the foreground as we would expect.
1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
These smartphones are no longer stealing the spotlight.
I just can't wait for
Google Galaxy Nexus Review
Motorola DROID RAZR Review
Galaxy Nexus vs Droid Razr!
3. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 809; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Damn that Razr I'm basically drooling by just merely looking at it. still it pains to live in the Philippines for I wont be seeing it being sold there.
5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I think Motorola abandoned the Phil already. Very little moto phones.
The Droid Razr with ICS will destroy any phone anytime.
13. SGS2FTW (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
REALLY?? I doubt the RAZR can beat the SGS2 running ICS... and a qhd WTF??? It's a new age and it bring HD 720 not qhd
14. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
the razr and nexus aren't they only decent phones available
2. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
surprisingly htc camera is better than samsung but still behind nokia and SE
9. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
actually, they said the opposite, the samsung camera was better over all as it was more consistant and worked properly. if you have to take 3 shots of everything to get one right, the camera sucks.
4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
yeah...and that's quite strange, what Despite of dual cores and gigs of ram, they still cannot compare to what Nokia and SE have done in camera department.
10. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
it has nothing to do with dual core, and everything to do with the fact that the N8 uses superior Karl Ziess camera optics over the pinholes that 99% of phones come with, including these 2.
6. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Ok HTC you fixed the screen and maybe the camera, now you just have to knuckle down on this battery issue.
11. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
in order for them to do that, they would have to drop those crappy S3 snapdragon chips off at the curb. They would also have to make Sense more battery friendly.
This is the only galaxy2 that uses that crapdragon chip, and amazingly its the only one that gets crap battery life. thats not a coincidence.
7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Samsung just needs to work on more original designs.
8. Packer29 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Another week another high spec Android Super Phone i am so glad i went back to IOS!
16. choupino (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 May 2011)
That is because you're an idiot. It is people like yourself that are scared of choice and options. You believe that having more than one option is something negative and you scurry away from it like a scared child running from the Boogeyman...
You seem somewhat annoyed that each of the device that have been released at least 8 months ago have better and newer texh than your devie released 17 days ago??? Lol
15. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
i just got the sensation 4g in june and i almost fell cheated... the amaze 4g and the gs2 look great!
17. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
I own the EVO 3D and it PIMP SLAPS THE SENSATION SILLY and destroyed the IPHONE 4S. I applaud HTC on the AMAZE 4G IT'S ANOTHER EVO 3D NO DOUBT. The best device that hasn't made it to market yet is going to be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with ice cream sandwich it will clearly blow away any device. Why try having an optimization of the entire operating system for dualcore devices that has never been done with gingerbread that's for sure... PURE GOOGLE ANDROID OPTIMIZED ON THE GALAXY NEXUS WILL BE BETTER THAN ANY OTHER HANDSET WITH ICE CREAM SANDWICH PLAIN AND SIMPLE. I WILL HAVE ICE BOTH THE EVO 3D AND GALAXY NEXUS NOTHING BUT THE BEST
19. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)
What I don't get is the review for the Amaze was a 9 and the GS2 was an 8.5.