HTC Sensation vs. LG Optimus 2X – Review

by Jerry D on July 4, 2011

When we look back and wonder just how ‘sensational’ the HTC Sensation was, will we be disappointed? Certain bits of the smartphone are impressive. But then the LG Optimus 2X initially wowed us with its dual-core processor before being overtaken by better, faster, sexier handsets. Who’d win a fight between these two? Let’s find out…

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Stat-fight: HTC Sensation vs. LG Optimus 2X

Highlights: the HTC Sensation features a 4.3-inch S-LCD with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels (nice), and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core Snapdragon processor that, if you listen carefully, goes ‘whoosh!’

The opposing LG Optimus 2X boasts a slightly smaller, 4.0-inch (480 x 800 pixel) LCD, plus the quick 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 technology, which incorporates a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 chip. See the full smartphone comparison below…

HTC Sensation VS LG Optimus 2X
Display 4.3-inch S-LCD 4.0-inch LCD
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core Snapdragon 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2, featuring a dual-core ARM Cortex A9
Software Android 2.3 with HTC Sense (v3.0) Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Storage Up to 33GB Up to 40GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, dual LED flash, geotagging, face and smile detection, 1080p video capture 8.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, 1080p video recording
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (10.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Size 65.4 x 126.1 x 11.3mm 63.2 x 123.9 x 10.9mm
Weight 148g 139g
Talktime 8.3 hours 8.0 hours
Standby 350 hours 400 hours

Analysis: HTC Sensation vs. LG Optimus 2X


Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: Optimus 2X (1-2)
The HTC Sensation and the Optimus 2X are 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm and 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9mm respectively. Overall the Optimus 2X is the slimmer of the two phones. Checking on weight, the Sensation weighs 148g, while the LG Optimus 2X is a slightly less bulky 139g.

Best Camera/Video: Sensation (2-2)
HTC has built a 8.0 Megapixel lens into the Sensation together with features such as autofocus, touch focus, dual LED flash, geotagging, face and smile detection, plus top-of-the-line, it-doesn’t-get-any-better-than-this 1080p video capture. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. Handy. Skype recently launched video calling on Android.

The Optimus 2X, meanwhile, fights back with its own 8.0 Megapixel snapper that rocks autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls. It’s a good package, but the HTC Sensation’s dual LED flash just takes the round.

Best Display: Sensation (3-2)
Display size is key and the Sensation features a 4.3-inch (540 x 960) touch-sensitive S-LCD screen. In comparison, the Optimus 2X’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is just 4.0 inches wide. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution loses out to the Sensation’s display.

Best Processor: Sensation (4-2)
The 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core Snapdragon inside the HTC Sensation is a newer, better and potentially speedier option than the NVIDIA Tegra 2 inside the Optimus 2X. Of course, only hard-core benchmarks will tell us the truth and, ultimately, you probably won’t notice the difference. Moving on…

Best Software: Sensation (5-2)
Both smartphones run Android, but the Sensation ships with version 2.3 (Gingerbread), laced with HTC’s Sense UI (v3.0). The older Optimus 2X runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), but is upgradeable to 2.3. When? Could be now. That depends on the carrier your 2X is running on.

Best Storage: Draw (6-3)

Best Battery life: Draw (7-4)

Best Extras: Draw (8-5)
Rounding off its enviable specs, the Sensation also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass, g-sensor, a toughened Gorilla Glass display, a TV-out, DLNA content streaming and a stereo FM radio.

In comparison, the Optimus 2X features GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, a TV-out via HDMI, a digital compass and a gyro-sensor.

BPF Verdict: The HTC Sensation wins!

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