Mighty Galaxy S II Takes On HTC Sensation XL, Results?

As the might of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone surges on, and the yearly proposed figure of 10 million sold units has already been achieved, we question whether Samsung will be able to keep it up? There’s no arguing that the Galaxy S II is an impressive bit of kit, but with so many manufacturers bringing out new handsets including just this week, the new iPhone 4S, its a job to know where to put our money.

Whilst on the subject of the iPhone 4S, its now available to pre-order from today, but unfortunately Apple’s co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs will not get to see its popularity, with Jobs passing away on October 5th.

One handset that we wanted to compare to the Samsung Galaxy S II, is that of the new HTC Sensation XL with the inclusion of Beats By Dre technology. Although not officially priced yet and without a release date, we can still give you a rundown of its specs to help in your decision making.

First up if we take a look at the overall size of both and that of appearance. The Galaxy S II which officially debuted back in April is slightly smaller with measurements of 125 x 66.1 x 8.49mm and weighing in at 117g. The XL on the other-hand measures at 132.5 x 70.7 x 9.9mm and weighs a little more at 163g. As you can see straight away, the S II wins hands down on portability with its thin and lightweight design. But what surprised us is that when Pocketlint took the two and laid them out side by side, the XL won with its aluminium style appearance whilst Samsung lost with its plasticky feel.

Next up is that of display. The Galaxy S II will benefit its users with a Super Amoled Plus screen size of 4.3-inches, whilst the HTC will come with a larger 4.7-inch LCD, but what it really comes down to is personal preference. Although on comparison, the two both have the same resolution, in terms of overall screen technology the Galaxy S II scores above the XL, Sammy’s device wins with crisp, clean and vibrant colours along with viewing angles.

Now moving onto the power of both handsets, the processor! First up we have to say when the South Korean company announced their new Galaxy S II, it seemed to set a trend with others trying to compete with processor size. Including a 1.2GHz Exynos dual-core processor and with US variants offering a bigger 1.5GHz CPU, the Samsung again comes out front, when you compare it to the Sensation XL’s 1.5GHz Snapdragon single-core processor. In terms of graphics quality, the new Galaxy S II provides far better results with its Mali-400 compared to HTC’s Adreno 205. Memory wise, there seems to be a pattern forming, with Samsung taking the title with 1GB of RAM compared to 768MB on the Sensation XL. The HTC also loses out with the ability to expand storage, the Galaxy S II will come with 16GB/32GB with expansion via microSD card, whilst the HTC only comes with just 16GB and that’s it!

With a line-up of new and forthcoming phones, the key feature seems to be that of camera size and whether it will provide 1080p video capture and so on. Both handsets in this case, provide the same sized rear 8 megapixel camera, but for the HTC, it loses out with a smaller 1.3 megapixel front compared to Samsung’s 2 megapixel, with the Galaxy S II providing 1080p full HD video capture and the HTC 720p video. We have to add here that it may not be all doom and gloom for HTC. Pocketlint were keen to report that although the Galaxy S II benefits its users with 1080p the autofocus does at times seem to move around when trying to video record, this then leads to sharpness drifting in and out with your clips.

Both phones were compared with connectivity and battery life. The HTC and Samsung offer WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, WiFi tethering, but the HTC loses out to the Galaxy S II’s inclusion of 4G support and Near Field Communication (NFC) allowing you to make purchases using your mobile handset, providing there is a special reader in store to use. Battery wise the Samsung wins with a bigger 1650mAh compared to HTC’s 1600mAh, although you do any any extra 3 hours talk time with the Sensation XL when putting the handset on a single charge.

There isn’t really much difference when it comes to the Android OS provided on both, the S II will run with Gingerbread 2.3.4 with its new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, whilst the Sensation XL, Gingerbread 2.3.5 and their new Sense 3.5. On this occasion, its been reported that the HTC’s user interface wins with an overall feeling of excellent graphics, neat integration of contacts and their adjoining details, with the added benefit of Beats by Dre technology including headphones, giving you impressive music quality.

On rounding up, the Samsung Galaxy S II wins in most categories, although the HTC Sensation XL does impress with UI, music quality and taking camera stills. Currently there is no price for the Sensation so its difficult to compare, this is something we will have to get back to you with.

UPDATE: HTC may be releasing their new smartphone at the beginning of November, retailer Clove have stated that the unlocked and SIM free device will be ready October 24th. To find out more click here.

Tell us just with this basic synopsis of the two handsets, would you be tempted by the new Sensation XL over the Galaxy S II? You may already have the Samsung, in which case we would be keen to hear your comments, was it what you expected, more or less?

  • B Gannon (pcmeds.co.uk)

    I own a galaxy d1 and although I didn’t like it over my htc htc at first, I have now grown to love it. The htc certainly its beautiful to look at but the sammy wins hands down on power.touchwiz after you get used to it its quite nice to use and swype is a dream.I recently updated to 2.3.5 and it is a huge improvement over 2.3.4 giving extra speed stability and those little graphical touches that make using the phone an extra pleasure not too mention the battery improvement (just over a day). All in all I love this phone abbes enthrone I go back to my htc I am reminded just how good the galaxy is.

    • B Gannon (pcmeds.co.uk)

      One day they will be a phone with decent predictive messaging.I of course own a galaxy s2 and not the non existent d1