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HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

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Interface and Functionality:

Unlike HTC Sense 4.0, which is made from the onset with Android Ice Cream Sandwich in mind, Samsung’s TouchWiz looks slapped over ICS almost unchanged, and not taking enough advantage of Google’s newest mobile OS UI design changes. Case in point - HTC has left the stock ICS context menu button up right only a thumb move away throughout the default apps in HTC Sense, whereas in TouchWiz you still have to do the contortionist move to press a capacitive context menu key underneath the display.

Samsung Galaxy S II with TouchWiz UI over ICS - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S II with TouchWiz UI over ICS - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S II with TouchWiz UI over ICS - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S II with TouchWiz UI over ICS - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy S II with TouchWiz UI over ICS


The HTC 
One S has HTC Sense 4.0 over Android Ice Cream Sandwich - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The HTC 
One S has HTC Sense 4.0 over Android Ice Cream Sandwich - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The HTC 
One S has HTC Sense 4.0 over Android Ice Cream Sandwich - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The HTC 
One S has HTC Sense 4.0 over Android Ice Cream Sandwich - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The HTC One S has HTC Sense 4.0 over Android Ice Cream Sandwich


HTC Sense is also much more polished and uniform than the ragtag TouchWiz that looks and feels like Samsung just pieced together different functionalities with their own color schemes, and called it a day, which, however, can be said for most Android overlays. Moreover, despite the more complex integrated and complex nature of the HTC Sense overlay, it flows as smooth as TouchWiz, powered by the latest 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4.

Both Samsung and HTC have dolled the Android 4.0 on-screen keyboard in the style of their respective UI overlays. The virtual keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S II is more ergonomic, thanks to the larger space between keys, than the more cramped version on the HTC One S. The difference is akin to typing on a laptop with an island-style keyboard, and on one before the chiclet style came into fashion. The keyboard on the One S is a bit more functional, though, with an arrow keys row on by default, and a one-touch access to changing the input language.

On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S II - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S II - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

On-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S II


On-screen keyboard of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
On-screen keyboard of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

On-screen keyboard of the HTC One S



Processors:

Samsung’s own 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor that handles the Galaxy S II operation is slightly less powerful than the 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, especially in the graphics department, but overall both phones won’t give you trouble running anything Android can throw at them. We got 4039 on Quadrant from the Galaxy S II, versus 5136 from the One S; 6115 vs 7015 on AnTuTu and 50.4fps versus 60.3fps on NenaMark 2 crunched by the One S. Overall, not a large difference, which can actually be attributed to the higher processor clock speeds of the One S.


Internet and Connectivity:

The browser of the HTC One S is also more functional than on Samsung’s phone, thanks to some interface touches in Sense 4.0. The Taiwanese have added a bottom navigational strip, which appears when you try to scroll up. It allows you to quickly save the page for reviewing later or access the browser tabs.  You can also turn Adobe Flash on and off directly from the context menu button in the HTC One S in the browser. When you scroll down, both browsers behave the ICS way, and hide any of their UI elements, leaving you with a full screen view.

The browser of the Samsung Galaxy S II - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy S II - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy S II - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The browser of the Samsung Galaxy S II - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The browser of the Samsung Galaxy S II


The browser of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The browser of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The browser of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The browser of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The browser of the HTC One S


The One S has a text reflow that kicks in automatically at every zoom level, unlike the one on the Samsung's handset, but it slows down rendering significantly compared to the smoother experience on the Galaxy S II.

The phones are almost neck and neck in connectivity options, since they both have the full suite but NFC, with HTC One S slightly ahead with 42Mbps HSDPA download speeds versus the 21Mbps radio on the SGS II.

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posted on 18 Apr 2012, 05:33 1

1. OmarF82 (Posts: 17; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


How about a video between both devices HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 00:33 1

26. jonahleq (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


htc one s is better

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 06:00 6

2. redmd (Posts: 868; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


How about a comparison between HTC one x vs Samsung galaxy note.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 06:20 6

3. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


vote for S II. I just don't like HTC. Something is not right...not polished enough. S II is a more balanced phone.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 05:56

21. wendygarett (unregistered)


Both of them sucks!!! Iphone4s all the way :D

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 06:24 17

4. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


There's no way on earth that i'll buy a smartphone that doesn't have sd slot, no matter how good is it.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 06:43 11

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


This isn't even a comparison. The One S wins easily. Not that the SII could ever be called bad, it's just aging. Newer almost always wins and this is no exception.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:20 1

33. 99n100 (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Don't agree that One S won the race over SG2, don't forget that was one year old technology and HTC have not learn to improve their design with what most people want in their wish list.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 10:27

34. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I thought the two devices pretty much tied?

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 06:43 4

6. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Sd card is a must 4 me.... I have 1 sd card which has all my media and I use it o,every new one o get... Only time sd card didn't hold me back was when I got the iPhone and how I hated that... Now every time I get an android phone it needs to have a sd card slot.. Design wise no argument, but I much rather prefer tw over sense because it is much less bloated and less ram hungry than sense...

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 21:49

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3957; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The new Sense 4 is actually a lot better than Sense 3.x when it comes to being bloated, so performance should be equal or greater than Touchwiz on the S2. Especially now since the Tegra 3 and S4 are running it on the One X and One S, it's absolutely no problem

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 07:36

7. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


finally wishes do come true a comparison of SG2 and ONE S! :)
hmmm... impressive i like one s for its built and interface but its sad that it only has 16gb and a dropbox that is good for only 2 years :( i have to think though im still enjoying my WP for now i just want to try the new ICS built phones :) how i hope ther next match wil;l be galaxy note vs one s
and xperia s vs one s please...

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 07:56 6

8. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I still prefer the galaxy s2 because of the non-pentile super amoled, exynos, and sd card.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 15:02 1

13. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


You still prefer it even though it has a slower processor, worse display

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 09:43 1

24. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


better camera, my 1.8ghz dual core exynos is plenty fast, and i don't need an insanely high resolution display on a phone, sure its nice to have but its not needed, im waiting on the sgs3 before i get a new phone, hoping it will have expandable memory and if not multiple storage options

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 08:32 3

9. kunzj646 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


I still love my galaxy s2...! One s may b a grt phone..bt just imangine..it is being compared with Gs2 which is almost a year older.!

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 21:52

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3957; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Well, it's only natural to compare it to the GS2. The GS2 was basically crowned the king of the android phones, so it should be a necessity that every high end phone being released be compared to it. But it seems now that the One X is king ;) well, the GS3 might de-throne the One X lol

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 05:23

39. ricky0702 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


I would prefer the smausng S3 because its features like the
S-Voice and S-Beam, with the bigger screen and a better feel towards it software as well as having a MORE user friendly interface. The S3 also has expandable memory and better audio visual abilities. I would think the Samsung S3 as a HTC one x but with more features and a better design therefore there is no reason why I wouldn't go for the Samsung S3.read another briefed comparison of the One X and Galaxy S III
http://www.careace.net/2012/05/16/superphone-showdown-samsung-galaxy-s-iii-vs-htc-one-x/

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 09:34

10. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


duh if you have a phusical/capacitive menu button already then of course you are still going to use it...it would be silly to disable the menu button on the s2..

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 09:51 7

11. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 810; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


The GS2 seems to hold its own very well for a phone that's a year old.
In summary i'd say GS2 for us smartphone enthusiast who want SD slot, and mem expansion and One S for the average user, either way you're getting an excellent smartphone.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 10:45 3

12. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Sorry HTC...you lost again:)

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 16:02 2

16. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


The one s won...

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 17:39

17. pegasso (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


they're comparing a new phone versus a year old phone.
guess who win the battle, and who win the war?

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 20:09

18. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


it doesnt matter how old the phone is. it was still the best phone out there. A lot of people who like samsung are starting to become like apple fanboys

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 02:56 2

20. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


They won because they provided a product which cost the same, and was better in most regards. You compare things by price, not age.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 15:19 2

14. 1701nino (Posts: 252; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I just don't get it!!! Please help me understand, how can anyone buy a samsung phone over htc one???Samsung has an uuuugggglllyyyy UI the worst in the techworld. And the ICS upgrade for the SGII,is that a joke??? It looks and feels the same as gingerbread.
Personaly I would never buy a samsung phone except maybe galaxy nexus.
I know you got custom ROMs and this and that but an regular user should not know about that stuff. And one more last thing,samsung you better amaze us with GS III, not just the hardware the UI must look awesome;)

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 17:36

32. jan25 (Posts: 386; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


i agree with you, but dev support + removable battery + SD card makes the GSII a winner for me, and on par with One S to many. if those three aren't a biggy for you then the One S is a better option.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 15:23 2

15. khanmhsn (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


GS2 is too amazing........because after a year it is still standing upto current phones.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 18:25

25. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Don't compare the phones by how long they've been in the market, just simply compare the specs and see which is better at the moment.

GS2 as a high end phone at the time of it's release should be able to stand up to current mid level phones and that's nothing to be surprised about. I think that the One S itself is pretty amazing that it has the capability to do better than One X.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 02:55 1

19. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Stop complaining about how it is unfair to compare the 2. He even said they cost around the same, and if they both cost the same, then the One S wins because it has more value for money and is better in most aspects.

Again, this is assuming thy both cost the same

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 06:01 1

22. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


HTC developed a great device. I'm still enjoying my gs2 and galaxy note.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 06:20 1

23. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Gs3 is my next alternative

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 21:21

27. abcdefucker (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


HTC's screen made by Samsung.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 06:59

30. jonahleq (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


The brand of Samsung can't be trust.http://www.ce.cn/cysc/mobile/xw/201204/18/t20120418_21150100.shtml

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 08:32

31. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


Boring, please phone vendors, Bring us something new, not retread of the same old tired UI from 3 years ago........... yuck.!!!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 15:40

35. JamesVURV (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


You miss a big point here when comparing screens. The SGSII has a "Super AMOLED Plus" screen which has sub-pixels that make the screen amazing and its brightness and outdoor view-ability on the SGSII are amazing because of this!

posted on 02 May 2012, 00:32

37. JamesVURV (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


Another note on this is the photos clearly show the "Auto" screen brightness feature enabled on the SGSII and this will automatically dim the screen indoors to save battery life. This would be a more fair comparison is the SGSII had the screen brightness turned all the way up! I think the this review needs some editing done to make this a more accurate comparison.

posted on 26 May 2012, 16:37

38. BrettNDodds (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I purchased the GalaxyS2, it's brilliant for phone photography. HTC doesn't compare!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 13:43

40. rahuliyer1996 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


I think ONE S has a better performance clocking at 1.7 GHz Krait Dual-core processor! Is'int it?

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 09:21

41. janiro (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I had both of them.Both of them are good

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 17:39

42. Foilies (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


can anyone post a video of the notification Led for the htc i wanna see if its bright like the s2 blue light

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