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Performance and Conclusion:

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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