Battle Of The Dual-Cores, HTC Sensation 4G Vs Samsung’s Galaxy S II

Dual-core is starting to become the norm in the mobile phone industry and before you know it, quad-core will be right around the corner.  In the meantime, we thought it would be worthwhile focusing on two particular power-horses that have recently emerged in the mobile industry.  HTC’s Sensation 4G and Samsung’s Galaxy S II are probably the most top contenders when the words “dual” and “core” are spoken.  But how do they measure up?  The fun part will be for you to decide, especially if you’re overseas and happen to be in the market for a big screened beauty.

The Sensation is a great device overall, with the exception of how hot the it gets under the hood and that it still sports a very intrusive Sense UI (not an issue for some people).  The device can also come across as a bit heavy in the pocket.  The Sammy Galaxy S II is another great device as well, but….It’s a Samsung.  Meaning?  Meaning you might have to wait until some time in 2014 to receive Ice Cream Sandwich.  However, they’re both still great devices.  Feel free to hit the spec sheet for each phone below and let us know what you think in the comments.  Which device would you prefer if you had to choose one?  

Connectivity GSM 850/900/1800/1900
HSPA 900/2100
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Screen 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) S-LCD
Gorilla glass display
Cameras 8-megapixel, auto-focus, dual-LED flash
VGA (0.3 MP) front-facing camera
Memory 768 MB RAM
1 GB storage
microSD slot
CPU 1.2 GHz dual-core
Battery Li-Ion 1520 mAh
Size 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm
148 grams

Connectivity GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA 850/900/1900/2100
HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Screen 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) Super AMOLED
Cameras 8-megapixel, auto-focus, LED flash
2-megapixel front-facing camera
Memory 1 GB RAM
16GB/32GB storage
microSD slot
CPU 1.2 GHz dual-core
Battery Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Size 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
116 grams

[via intomobile]

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Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.

  • Jaime Jimmy Ramirez

    sg2 i want i want i want

  • Baron

    I have the Galaxy S2 and I miss the status led that my old HTC Hero had to alert you to missed calls/text messages, also the centre button on the S2 feels a bit flimsy, would much prefer the touch buttons of the HTC.

  • Zeas28

    That is unfair, you can’t compare the Sensation to the Galaxy S II. The GSII is way better in almost every aspect.

    The Galaxy S II will probably be one of the first devices to have office ICS. You are thinking of Samsung in the US, in Europe it’s a total different story.

  • Rayanmx

    For me both #fail with such tiny batteries, but if I get to choose, I’d go with the HTC because I hate Amoleds.

  • rob

    These are just followers not true phones they are just a gimic screw these phones sto wasting your time

  • Traian


    I’ve recently had to make a choice between the two. I bought the Samsung. 3 things: AMOLED, more RAM, more storage.
    Granted, the HTC is “prettier”, but I don’t care for cosmetics.
    Bonus: The S2 is lighter and thinner. Surprisingly pocketable for a 4.3″ device. I love it.


  • Tony Hedges

    I personally think that the Sense UI is brilliant and a reason for getting the Sensation. Samsung tries hard but IMHO but isn’t as good. Having said that I won’t be getting either! I will be getting the next HTC that has NFC added. If it has a quaf-core all well and good. Currently I have a Desire HD and it is that good that I can wait until my renewal date comes up. I am not hankering after the latest model.

  • Ian Bakewell

    I am in the UK so unfortunatly we don’t have 4G yet. I was in the market for a new phone and the choice ended up between the sensation and galaxy s2. I chose the sensation in the end, mainly because the galaxy felt so cheap and plasticy. It’s true the sensation does get a little hot when running a few things at the same time, but I wouldn’t be without it. Fantastic phone. :-))

  • ironass

    Had my Samsung Galaxy SII for a week now.

    I waited until I could compare both the SGSII and the Sensation as I have always shied away from Samsung phones and found that my previous phone, the HTC Nexus One, was very good.

    Here are the spec’s side-by-side:-

    In my personal opinion I found that the Sensation is under spec’d.

    With only 768MB of RAM, compared to 1GB on the SII, it means that after boot up that it has 3 times less available RAM than the SII. Maybe not a big deal now but with Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon, it could be.

    The SII has 16GB of phone storage, of which 2GB is for app’s (so no need to transfer app’s to SDCard) whilst the Sensation has only 1GB. I’ve already used 500MB for 80+ app’s.

    On HSDPA the SII runs at 21 Mbps as compared to the slower Sensation at only 14.4 Mbps.

    The camera on the SII, IMHO, has the edge over the Sensation, especially in video recording. The front facing camera on the SII at 2MP is better than some phones main camera. Great for video calling.

    The same applies to the speakers IMHO.

    One of the biggest deciding factors for me was the screen. There is just no comparison between them. Although the Sensation has the higher pixel density it just does not come close to the Super Amoled screen of the SII which is viewable in bright sunlight. The first phone I’ve owned that can do this.

    The larger battery of the SII must not be forgotten which, coupled with the screens lower drain, gives a greater battery life. Having said that, I’m only getting, in real life usage, about 16 hours a day at the moment.

    Finally, holding them both, the HTC Sensation felt very heavy, at 148g, compared to the SII at only 116g. The build quality of the SII, in spite of my initial reservations, is very solid and the “flimsy” back cover is not so flimsy.

    My own conclusions are that HTC have dropped the ball on the Sensation and are probably kicking themselves for it in the light of the Galaxy SII.

    As for future updates from Samsung, I’m not too worried as I will be rooting and switching to Cyanogen Mod when it is released shortly for the Galaxy SII. On this point Samsung must be congratulated for actually providing SII handsets, free of charge, to some Cyanogen developers.

    That truly is embracing… “Open source”

  • bgn9000

    I bought an HD2 and then no real new device from HTC. my HD2 has a Desire HD Rom and I will flash soon sense 3. but for what reason? I am not using any more sense, I moved to Go Launcher. So I bought weeks ago the Sgs 2 which is a real upgrade. Samsung is upgrading much more than HTC since one year.
    modo at

  • applesuxdonkeyd!k

    umm sammy can suck it screens are oversaturated the whole lack of sense just sux i sit for hrs tryin to think of crap to do with a useless phone i hate n evo4g now running sense 3 whats sammy got d!ck thats what id take a dead sensation over a working sammy