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HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II

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HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Both handsets sport very good call quality, despite that nothing extraordinary strong or clean is coming from their earpieces. Still, the quality is above average on both, and the receiving end could hear us loud and clear, especially from the Galaxy S II, which has a dedicated noise-canceling microphone.

The 1650mAh battery on the Samsung Galaxy S II is rated for 8 hours and 40 minutes of talk time in 3G mode, whereas the HTC Sensation’s 1520mAh power pack is rated for two hours less than that. We got 62 hours of light usage with the stock Galaxy S II (no KE7 update), before it turned off, but the HTC Sensation clocked about two days with light usage, with 1080p video recording taking a particularly heavy toll on the battery. And that with the Exynos chipset with Mali-400 GPU clocking a larger score in synthetic benchmarks than the Snapdragon with Adreno 220 GPU by almost a third.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has another advantage over the HTC Sensation – Samsung is officially blessing the development of custom ROMs like CyanogenMod for it, whereas the HTC Sensation comes with a locked bootloader, at least for now. It is also the handset with less storage – an 8GB microSD card comes with the phone, whereas the Galaxy S II comes with 16GB of internal memory.

So, which one is right for you? If you do a lot of reading and browsing on your smartphone, you will certainly appreciate the bigger resolution on the HTC Sensation, despite that browsing on the Galaxy S II is smooth as silk. If you are somewhat of a performance buff, or use the smartphone mainly for watching videos, then the Samsung Galaxy S II will grace your day with many hours of high-definition movie playback, in any format, and with subtitles, if you need to understand what Dr Gregory House is talking about. Oh, and that Super AMOLED Plus display has simply gorgeous colors when displaying video, and is power-sipping then, too.

Thus, if you are a function-before-form type of person, you’d appreciate the simple and easy-going, yet extremely powerful and future-proof Galaxy S II. If you are into classier design looks plus a richer software feel with the Sense UI and its goodies like offline navigation through Locations, but willing to sacrifice some battery life and internal storage for them, you are likely to walk out of the store with an HTC Sensation in your hands.

In short, if the Samsung Galaxy S II is the light and fast coupe, driven by the concepts for simplicity and raw power under the hood, the HTC Sensation is the more refined and distinctive luxury ride, which is less capable in certain core aspects, but carries with it additional perks that make for a more sophisticated experience. Frankly, in the land of the little green robots, you can’t go wrong with any of these two.


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posted on 16 Jun 2011, 06:04 2

1. kae (unregistered)


Both of them are very good phones but what about the SAR levels. Which one is lower?

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 06:15 5

2. Cyborg (unregistered)


alas! no mention of iPhone 4. lol

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 08:03 4

6. Sevule (unregistered)


Alas Cyborg you are wrong.
"and you can swipe to the respective app in charge directly from the lock screen itself, similar to what Apple will offer in its fall iOS 5 collection." Now I see why there are allegations that Phonearena is paid by Apple to promote their products. Pray tell what the relationship is between a feature available now in android and what would be available in ios 4/5 months from now? And what is the relevance of mentioning this unavailable ios feature in an article comparing the 2 top android phones(that have the feature)???

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 08:27 5

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


LOL i know its like they cant write an article without the word apple in it...they will mention apple regardless if its relevant in which this case its not. also iphonearena did not make a big fuss about accessing notifications such as messages and miss calls directly from the lockscreen on the galaxy s2 but now that iphone will get it in like 4/5 months time its all of a sudden a big deal..would not be surprised if there job is to promote apple and its products.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 11:24 3

17. medalaster1 (unregistered)


Guys guys know something the original apple iphone in 2007 was a revolution that everyone on earth wanted to get their hands on, back then android didn't even exist,its a legend and phone arena is really fans of what had happened in 2007 and android only matches ios from froyo or eclair may be, before that android had no chance and hundreds of android devices come out every year both Samsung, htc and others release hundreds of android mobiles before you are proud of your android device their will be an another android device with better specs and great benchmark scores, but iphone comes only onse a year and still the comparators try to keep up with hundreds of models

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 13:03 2

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


yes it was revolution back in 2007 and cant argue with you there and yes android probz would not exist in the way it is now but would have existed in some form but this is 2011 and apple is no longer and has not been for a while ''revolutionary'' as you like to say. have you seen ios5 lol you call the a revolution or is it kust catching up to android who has had most of those features for a AGES. yes android has plenty of hardware, it gives people CHOICE. with apple you have no choice, if you want ios and the latest hardware you have to get iphone 4 whether you like the design or not. but to be honest the iphone is one of the best looking handset if not the best lol thats why i got the iphone 4 for its look. you cannot say giving consumers a choice is a negative.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 12:11

38. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and just for reference, there has been an app on the market for months now that adds shortcuts to your lock screen.

Also, beautiful widgets has had the weather changing background for like what.. a year or 2 now.

:)

give me power, battery life, viewing beauty, and extra connectivity over some use of tin and a highly animated overlay.
SGS2 :)

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 07:10 1

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


glad to see this kinds of comparisons between phones, its really nice for a change... keep it up :D

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 07:38 1

4. Winny (unregistered)


Amazing comparison... Really cool..
Thanks to phonearena !!!

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 07:56

5. uzair (unregistered)


hey i wanted to ask you guys that if i download some other offline maps on galaxy s 2 would i be able to use as we can use it on sensation

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 08:34 1

8. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Great article that will be very helpful for many. I wish writers would pay more attention to storage read/write speeds. I want to know what class microsd card the Sensation ships with? I would imagine it would have to have a 6 in order to do 1080p video.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:38 4

9. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Phonearena needs more of these Arena Versus comparisons.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 10:00 1

10. Johnabis (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


where is your Evo 3D review? about 6 other sites has there review up already.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 10:17

11. RushFan2112 (unregistered)


Will both phones have Swype capability? The current Galaxy S does and I imagine the Galaxy S II also does (can you confirm?)

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 10:59 3

15. ph00ny (Posts: 1263; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I can confirm that swype is included in GS II

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 10:44

12. MIP (unregistered)


This comparison, though extensive, overcomplicates the matter; I think the choice is easier than that:

http://www.mobileinfoplanet.com/2011/06/08/samsung -galaxy-s2-vs-htc-sensation-an-easy-decision/

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 10:52

13. Piotrek007 (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


GSM Arena also put new comparing between those two ! Its awesome !

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 10:58 1

14. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


2 days of light use is nice for the Sensation.....it will get overshadowed by the 62 hours of light use in the GS2 tho.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 11:03 1

16. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Like I mentioned in another article, the rated talk times give a good indication of overall battery life.

The Sensation having 2 hours less talk time than the GS2...for some reason battery life isnt one of HTC's strong points.

And I'm a function over form guy.....thats why I would pick Android again any day over other phones in the market...

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 11:30 2

18. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Nice comparison i like!! i may get the sensation for a bit untill the sgs2 comes out then move up!!

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 11:41 1

19. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)


i cudnt choose the winner until he said hat galaxy s2 was like a bmw z4 and sensation was more of merc e-class......im going for the sportier one..

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 13:56

20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I can see phonearena start having to do what phonedog does in all their videos. Instead of promoting best buy phonearena will promote apple.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 13:59

21. T-imm (unregistered)


The text reflow can be adjusted in the browser's settings...

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 21:56

31. Junior in Jamaica (unregistered)


I wondered because the text on the Samsung looked way too small to be useful.

But it is worth noting the Sensation does it out the box without need for tweaking so it still has the upper hand there. But good to note.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 12:50

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


well i would not call it tweaking if its part of the phone. its the same as changing screen brightness but i know what you mean, that not everyone will know but once you go in the setting you cannot miss it to be honest. hopefully they bring automatic text reflow in an update.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 14:21 1

22. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Give it time and Motorola photon will slam the sgs2

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:04

24. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Motorola phones are s**tty and laggy. Trust me i know I have one.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 16:15

27. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yea the best android phones i have used are htc and samsung.. motorolas tend to be slow and glichy alot

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 17:24 2

28. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Change the launcher and lock screen and my Droid X before GB would disagree. My Droid X with GB definitely disagrees, even with stock launcher and lock screen.

My Droid 1 with Froyo would disagree also, also after changing the stock launcher.

That said, I think the GS2 will be the phone to beat. With some Motorola phone being a close 2nd, just like last year.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 21:24 2

30. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


None of you havent even tried its new and improved UI so why all the hate and Bull sh_t

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