The Samsung Galaxy S2 looks to be the perfect blend of mobile power and performance – undoubtedly one of the best phones of 2011. It makes older handsets like the HTC Desire HD look surprisingly ordinary. Put them into a boxing ring together and HTC’s device takes a bit of a thumping…
Stat-fight: Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. HTC Desire HD
Highlights: the Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) features a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a super-fast 1GHz Dual-core Exynos processor processor. The rival HTC Desire HD, meanwhile, boasts a 4.3-inch (480 x 800 pixel) S-LCD plus a good battery that delivers around 9.0 hours of talktime. Full details below:
|Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB)||VS||HTC Desire HD|
|Display||4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus with Gorilla Glass||4.3-inch S-LCD|
|Resolution||480 x 800 pixels||480 x 800 pixels|
|Processor||1GHz Dual-core Exynos processor||1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255|
|Software||Google’s Android 2.3 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay and Swype text input||Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense|
|Storage||Up to 64GB||Up to 33GB|
|Rear camera||8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture||8.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, dual LED flash, face detection capability, geotagging and 720p HD video recording|
|3G||3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps)||3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)|
|Bluetooth||3.0+HS||2.1 with EDR/A2DP|
|Size||66.1 x 125.3 x 8.49mm||68.0 x 123.0 x 11.8mm|
Analysis: Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. HTC Desire HD
Best Connectivity: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (1-0)
The Samsung Galaxy S2 features 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0+HS. Whereas the Desire HD has 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP.
Best Size/Weight: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (2-0)
The Galaxy S2 measures 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm, while the evolved Desire HD is 123.0 x 68.0 x 11.8mm in comparison. The Desire HD is the bigger phone and is far beefier than its opponent, weighing 164g. In contrast, the Galaxy S2 weighs 116g.
Best Camera/Video: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (3-0)
The Galaxy S2′s 8.0 Megapixel camera features a full resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture. For video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera. The Desire HD also comes equipped with a 8.0 MP camera along with autofocus, a dual LED flash, face detection capability, geotagging and 720p HD video recording.
Best Display: Draw (4-1)
Best Processor: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (5-1)
The 1GHz Dual-core Exynos processor inside the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a speedier option than the Desire HD’s Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255.
Best Software: Draw (6-2)
Best Storage: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (7-2)
Samsung’s phone offers more storage out of the box.
Best Battery life: Desire HD (7-3)
No details yet on the S2′s staying power, so the point here goes to the Desire HD. For now. Not that it changes the overall result.
Best Extras: Galaxy S2 (32GB) (8-3)
The Galaxy S2 (32GB) also includes 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.
In comparison, the Desire HD features GPS/A-GPS, a g-sensor, digital compass, built-in FM radio, Dolby Mobile, DLNA wireless content sharing and HTCSense.com integration.
BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) wins!
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