HTC Sensation vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 – Review

by Jerry D on June 6, 2011

Think of a battle between the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S2 as like the confrontation between skating sportsmen in Rollerball. And not the tepid, frankly embarrassing remake. But the gritty 1975 original, starring James Caan. We put the HTC phone on a motorbike and give the Galaxy S2 the shiny metal ball. Now skate! And fight!

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Stat-fight: HTC Sensation vs. Samsung Galaxy S2

Highlights: the HTC Sensation features a 4.3-inch S-LCD with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, and a 8.0 MP digital camera. The Samsung Galaxy S2, meanwhile, teases your wallet with a 4.27-inch (480 x 800 pixel) Super AMOLED Plus with Gorilla Glass, plus a 8.0 MP camera. Sound good? See the full smartphone comparison below…

HTC Sensation VS Samsung Galaxy S2
Display 4.3-inch S-LCD 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus with Gorilla Glass
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core Snapdragon 1GHz Dual-core Exynos processor
Software Android 2.3 with HTC Sense (v3.0) Google’s Android 2.3 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay and Swype text input
Storage Up to 33GB Up to 64GB
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, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.0+HS
Size 65.4 x 126.1 x 11.3mm 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.49mm
Weight 148g 116g
Talktime 8.3 hours 8.5 hours
Standby 350 hours 610 hours

Analysis: HTC Sensation vs. Samsung Galaxy S2

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Best Connectivity: Galaxy S2 (0-1)
The HTC Sensation features 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. Whereas the Galaxy S2 has 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0+HS. True, a 4G version of the HTC Sensation will probably be available. But the Galaxy takes this round for now.

Best Size/Weight: Galaxy S2 (0-2)
The Sensation measures 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm, while the Galaxy S2 is 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm. The Sensation is the lengthier of the two phones by a margin of 0.8mm. Hardly noticeable really. But in terms of weight, the HTC Sensation weighs 148g, while the slim Galaxy S2 is 116g.

Best Camera/Video: Sensation (1-2)
The Sensation’s 8.0 MP lens features a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels plus autofocus, touch focus, dual LED flash, geotagging, face and smile detection, 1080p video capture. For video calling, you’ll find a second camera on the front.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 matches its opponent with a 8.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture. A extra camera on the front is also designed for video chit-chattery.

Best Display: Sensation (2-2)
The design of HTC’s Sensation features a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive S-LCD screen, with a superb resolution of 540 by 960 pixels. The Galaxy S2′s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display is toughened with Gorilla Glass and measures 4.27 inches. To all intents and purposes, it’s matches the Galaxy’s display. But its ho-hum 480 x 800 pixel resolution is no match for the HTC display.

Best Processor: Sensation (3-2)
The new-fangled 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 dual-core Snapdragon inside the HTC Sensation looks a better option than the Galaxy S2′s 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor. Only the benchmarks will really tell.

Best Software: Draw (4-3)

Best Storage: Galaxy S2 (4-4)
HTC’s phone offers less storage space.

Best Battery life: Galaxy S2 (4-5)

Best Extras: Draw (5-6)
The Sensation also includes GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, a g-sensor, Gorilla Glass display, TV-out, DLNA content streaming and a stereo FM radio. It’s a good spec and you’ll be happy with it until you meet someone waving around a Galaxy S2 and looking smug…

Because, in comparison, the Samsung’s smartphone features GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi direct, stereo FM radio (with RDS), optional NFC support, a digital compass, gyroscope and an HDMI port. It also features four software ‘hubs’ – the Reader’s Hub, the Social Hub, the Games Hub and the Music Hub.

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S2 wins!

Ooh, that was a close one. See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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