Apple iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S II vs. HTC Sensation, the heavyweights face-off

Vishal Mathur | Published 18 Jun 2011
Apple iPhone 4  vs. Samsung Galaxy S II vs. HTC Sensation, the heavyweights face-off

The Indian smartphone market has seen a huge shake-up recently, with the arrival of the Apple iPhone 4, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation. However, while we are told that competition is good, this has just turned into a major headache for someone who is standing there with the cash in his pocket, scratching his head!

In an attempt to help clear the confusion, we take a look at how the two completely different smartphone eco-systems stand up against one another in some critical areas.

Processor power: Straightaway, the iPhone 4 has a disadvantage, on paper. However, it is often argued (and we believe quite fairly too) that iOS4 works as well on a single core processor as an Android 2.3.3 phone with a dual core processor. While the dual core processor based Android smartphones have matched the performance offered by the iPhone 4, they still haven’t really taken the lead.

Operating system: Android 2.3 has made a huge leap, in terms of removing the rough edges in the performance, when compared to previous Android versions. The iPhone’s iOS4 had a clear advantage till now- slick performance, no rough edges, no ‘over-customization’ issues and a likeable interface. However, with Android 2.3, the slick performance and no rough edges have arrived on Android smartphones too. Again, Android phones have reached on the same level of slickness as offered by the iPhone.

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The future, though, with the inevitable iOS5 roll out this year tilts the scales slightly in Android’s favour. Widgets, slide down notification bar, Twitter integration and Over-The-Air (OTA) updates are features which will now arrive on the iPhone, but have been around on Android phones for ages. Some people have accused Apple of ‘copying’ the successful features of Android, while others have defended it saying that is how the OS “’naturally evolves’.

We have an easy to read table comparing the three phones in terms of specs. Do check that out to get an idea of how the three phones are different to each other. 

Phone
Samsung Galaxy S II
HTC Sensation
Apple iPhone 4
Dimensions
125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm
115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
Weight
116 g
148 g
137 g
Display Size
4.3-inch
4.3-inch
3.5 inches
Display Type
 Super AMOLED Plus, 16M colors
Super-LCD, 16M colors
LED-backlit IPS TFT
Resolution
480x800
540x960
640 x 960
OS version
Android 2.3.3
Android 2.3.3
iOS 4
CPU
Dual-core 1.2GHz Orion (ARM Cortex-A9) processor
Dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor (Single core)
GPU
Mali-400MP
Adreno 220
PowerVR SGX535GPU
Memory
1GB
768MB
512MB
Storage

16GB/32GB (not available in India), expandable via microSD (32GB)

1GB internal, expandable via microSD (32GB)
16GB/32GB (no microSD card slot for expansion)
Camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps, 2MP front facing camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash, 1080p@30fps, VGA front facing camera

5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 720p@30fps, front camera

Ports
microUSB v2.0 (MHL / AV link), USB On-the-go, 3.5 mm jack
microUSB v2.0 (MHL / AV link), 3.5 mm jack
USB 2.0 (Proprietory cable)), TV out, 3.5 mm jack
Sensors

Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope,

Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope,

Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, three axis gyro sensor

3G
HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth
Yes, v3.0 HS
Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared
No
No
No
NFC
Option available
No
No
Radio
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Stereo FM radio with RDS
No
Flash 10.2 compatible
Yes
Yes
No
Document editor
Yes
No, only viewer
No
Battery
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1520 mAh
Standard battery, Li-Po 1420mAh
Standby
Up to 710 h (2G) / Up to 610 h (3G)
Up to 350 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 300 h (3G)
Talktime
Up to 18 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 40 min (3G)
Up to 8 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 40 min (3G)
Up to 8 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 40 min (3G)

Refer to our previous coverage for more information:

 

 

Vishal Mathur
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