Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. HTC Desire HD – Review

by Jerry D on March 14, 2011

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…

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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
Front camera Yes No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
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
Weight 116g 164g
Talktime TBC 9.0 hours
Standby TBC 420 hours

Analysis: Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. HTC Desire HD

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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)
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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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