HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II

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...
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61 Comments

40. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

45. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

23. Allday28

Posts: 337; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

What a crappy review.

25. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

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 ;)

29. LXH unregistered

the biggest difference between sensation and galaxySII is the resolution qHD vs WVGA :D

46. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

47. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

32. ahmedra2ol

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 01, 2011

Sure SGS2 yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh :D :D

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?

34. pranavmrane

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

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

36. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 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.

35. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 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.

37. Funmap unregistered

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

42. hellopeople

Posts: 16; Member since: May 10, 2011

iphone blows these 2 away

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.

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

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.

50. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

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....

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.

53. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 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

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 :-(

55. 3RingBinder unregistered

Great comparison and just in time. Thanks,

56. still confused unregistered

Which phone would be hands down to buy

57. MTSMega

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Htc sensation is very good

58. Apple unregistered

What the f**k android ? it willnot lasts

59. lubbalots unregistered

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

60. calleighL

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

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

61. bob unregistered

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