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HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Jun 2011, 05:09

When you dig deeper, the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S II are rather different - the design philosophy is polarizing, screen technology and resolution don't match, the dual-core chipsets are not from the same mother, and the user interface concepts are opposites. Which one will be right for you? Read on, while we jump in to solve this dilemma...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 12:56 1

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

@luis_lopez_351 agree with you but thats the idea motorola have given people with motoblur., you cant really fault there hardware. its the same with samsung and how people say they never update there when infact they release update quicker than others in the UK. galaxy s or already has gingerbread where as phones such as desire still dont. they have already released 3 updates for the s2 but just like moto have given the impression of being laggy, samsung have the same problem with people thinking they dont support new updates. i think its a problem with the US carriers to be honest.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 14:49 1

45. bucky (Posts: 3138; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I sold my atrix and it wasnt that bad if you are coming from an iphone. I come from nexus 1/desire/desire z/hd2 and the locked bootloader coupled with motoblur brutal. Its almost like they want it suck.

Using the GS2 now and it has no faults-not even battery.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:01

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

What a crappy review.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:16 3

25. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

If you're going to make such a useless comment, at least post your reasoning so that you don't look like a complete tool.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:53 1

26. root (unregistered)

Been owning both,sgs2 is the one to get.
I cashed the sensation though so in 6 months time its bye bye and hello new nexus ( I hope) . And 6 months after that time to chose from sgs3 and newest HTC hehe.
The cycle of androids continues ;)

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 19:39

29. LXH (unregistered)

the biggest difference between sensation and galaxySII is the resolution

qHD vs WVGA :D

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 14:50 1

46. bucky (Posts: 3138; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

qhd isnt that great...super amoled is a definite improvement.

posted on 19 Jun 2011, 22:01

47. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Even tho I do like Moto phones the best and all the new ones seem to have qHD...if I had to choose a screen right now it would be Super Amoled +.

Samsung learned from complaints last year about their Amoled screens and made adjustments to the new ones this year.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 23:01 1

32. ahmedra2ol (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Mar 2011)

Sure SGS2 yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh :D :D

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 23:27

33. don (unregistered)

i know that the OS can be upgraded in htc & samsung phones. BUt can the UI also be upgraded? is it usually free?

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 23:33

34. pranavmrane (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)

i know that OS is upgradeable on Samsung & HTC phones. is UI also upgradeable? does it cost some amount?

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:23 1

36. oddmanout (Posts: 443; Member since: 22 May 2009)

Don't worry bro. Updates never cost money. Aside from android being free and open source, the main reason for updates is to improve the functionality/performance of a phone. A good carrier and manufacturer will do there best to keep their products up to date with the latest version of software to please there buyers and attract more customers.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 09:14

35. oddmanout (Posts: 443; Member since: 22 May 2009)

You mentioned in the video that HTC Sense couldn't aggregate facebook functions without jumping in the map but you can. All you had to do was scroll to the different icons on the bottom of the contacts page and you can see wall posts, pictures, and other information just as you can on the SGS II.

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 10:57

37. Funmap (unregistered)

I was always wondering where you are best, and now are finally know it :-)

Great comparison!!!

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 17:15 1

42. hellopeople (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 May 2011)

iphone blows these 2 away

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 17:21

43. TyDeL (unregistered)

I've been beating myself up over this decision for weeks now. This comparison hasn't helped much. ;)

I much rather prefer the heavier, aluminum form factor and higher res screen of the Sensation. HTC also has a better track record as a cell phone company. But seems like the SGS2 is better where it really counts with faster download speeds, faster processor, noise canceling microphone and better battery life.

If HTC doesn't hurry up with an unlocking bootloader solution, this will make my decision really easy though.

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 06:37

44. Pissed (unregistered)

Why the HELL did t-mobile have to go and put the crappiest software! TELENAV on a phone that was coming with TOM TOM enabled HTC Locations! I wonder what other sense 3.0 goodies we wont get because t-mobile is to dense to realize which phones are their best....see article on "exibit" being the marketing focus for summer! Redicuous

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 10:44

49. tmcr (unregistered)

Aluminum would make the phone heavier, and would therefore generate more impact upon dropping it to the ground. The result would be a broken phone in just a number of drops. Aside from that, the extraction of aluminum as raw materials creates more negative impacts to the environment. Is it worth destroying mountains of ecological areas for aluminum just to produce a so-called premium build material phone that easily breaks?

And one more thing: Death grip. HTC and iPhone4 has it. Both use aluminum.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 21:04

50. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I'm amazed by how narrow the EVO 3D and Sensation are. The EVO, Thunderbolt, Desire HD, Inspire are all much wider screens. I wonder if it is because of the qhd pixels or a new trend for HTC. HTC has always been known for their large and wide displays. The SGS2 looks much larger as far as screen size goes.
Still, this could make the phone easier to handle.

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 21:46

51. HTC needs displays (unregistered)

I'm almost certain that if HTC could come out with better displays, they would kill the other android devices. The only clear advantage Samsung has here is its display. Granted it's a big one. I just don't understand how one can compare Sense UI to TouchWiz....

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 05:20

52. guest89 (unregistered)

htc build quality and sense software with samsungs SAMOLED+ screen, innards such as camera and speaker would be the perfect device for me.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 08:46

53. bucky (Posts: 3138; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

that soft finish htc have on their phones actually comes off with the slightest knick. I have the sgs2 and the plastic holds off scratches better than my old desire z

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 06:03

54. DG (unregistered)

The GS2 can reflow text if zoomed in then you double tap the text I wonder if iphonearena even know how to use the phones they review :-(

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 13:57

55. 3RingBinder (unregistered)

Great comparison and just in time. Thanks,

posted on 17 Jul 2011, 23:58

56. still confused (unregistered)

Which phone would be hands down to buy

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 02:46

57. MTSMega (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

Htc sensation is very good

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 04:41

58. Apple (unregistered)

What the f**k android ? it willnot lasts

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:27

59. lubbalots (unregistered)

Comparing the same OS with the same OS but different skin. Pathetic!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 07:38

60. calleighL (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

gyro bowl in stores
thanks for the comments, i'm also in the midst of getting either of these phones.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 16:56 1

61. bob (unregistered)

What's an iPhone?

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