HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II)
HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II) are two highend Android phones with amazing features. HTC Thunderbolt is the first Android 4G smartphone to experience the true 4G speed with Verizon’s LTE network. While Samsung Galaxy S2 is the first dual core Android phone from Samsung to run on HSPA+ network. HTC Thunderbolt is powered by 1GHz Single Core Qualcomm application processor in tandem with MDM 9600 multimode modem (supports LTE/HSPA+/CDMA) and features 4.3 inches WVGA display, 768 MB RAM, 8 MP camera with dual LED flash, 8 GB onboard memory with pre-installed 32 GB microSD card and built in kickstand. With MDM 9600 multimode modem, the handing over from one network to other will be smoother. The Samsung Galaxy S2 that was designed from the experience of Galaxy S is the world’s thinnest (8.49mm) phone to date and features 4.3 inches super AMOLED plus display, 8 MP camera, 1 GB RAM and 16GB/32GB internal memory. It offers improved performance with a high speed Samsung Exynos 4210 chipset that’s built with 1 GHz Dual Core Cortex A9 CPU and ARM Mali-400 MP GPU that offers best 3D graphics performance. This new Exynos chipset from Samsung is designed specifically to meet the needs of high performance, low power mobile applications and offers superb multimedia performance and can be interfaced to a 4G-LTE modem. The processor power and network speed is supported by the latest OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and larger 4.3 inches super AMOLED plus display to give users an excellent multimedia and gaming experience.
The HTC Thunderbolt with a huge 4.3″ WVGA display is made powerful to take the full adantage of the 4G speed with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor that is in tandem with multimode modem and 768 MB RAM. The chipset in HTC Thunderbolt is the second generation Qualcomm MSM 8655 Snapdragon in tandem with MDM 9600 multimode modem (supports LTE/HSPA+/CDMA). MSM 8655 chipset has 1GHz Scorpion ARM 7 CPU and the GPU is Adreno 205. With Adreno you can expect an enhanced graphic acceleration.
This handset has 8megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 720pHD video recording in the rear and 1.3megapixel camera in the front for video calling. The phone runs on Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3) with HTC Sense 2 that offers fast boot and enhanced personalization option and new camera effects. It also has an internal storage capacity of 8 GB and preinstalled 32 GB microSD and built in kickstand for handsfree media viewing.
Qualcomm claims that they are the industry’s first to release LTE/3G Multimode Chipsets. 3G multimode is required for ubiquitous data coverage and voice services. 4G-LTE can theoretically offer 73+ Mbps on downlink, but Verizon promises users 5 to 12 Mbps download speed in the 4G coverage area, when 4G coverage drops, HTC Thunderbolt 4G will automatically move on to 3G network.
With 4.3” WVGA display, high speed processor, 4G speed, Dolby Surround Sound, DLNA streaming and kickstand for hands free viewing HTC THunderbolt will give you the pleasure of live music environment.
HTC Thunderbolt has integrated Skype mobile with video calling, you can make video call easily like a standard voice call. And with the mobile hotspot capability you can share your 4G connection with 8 other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
The featured applications on Thunderbolt include 4G LTE optimized apps such as EA’s Rock Band, Gameloft’s Let’s Golf! 2, Tunewiki and Bitbop.
HTC Sense in Thunderbolt
The latest HTC Sense, which HTC calls as the social intelligence gives a unique experience to users with its many small but intelligent applications. The improved HTC Sense enables fast boot and has added many new multimedia features. HTC Sense has enhanced camera application with many camera features like full screen viewfinder, touch focus, onscreen access to camera adjustments and effects. The other features include HTC locations with on-demand mapping (service depend on the carrier), integrated e-reader that support text search from Wikipedia, Google, Youtube or dictionary. Browsing is made enjoyable with features like magnifier, quick look up to look for a word, Wikipedia search, Google search, YouTube search, Google translate and Google dictionary. You can add a new window for browsing or move from one to another windows by zooming in and out. It also offers a good music player, which is better than the standard Android music player. There are many other features with htc sense that give a beautiful experience to users.
The phone hits the market on 17 March 2011 and is sure to catch the eyes of many, especially those who are obsessed with speed.
In the US market, HTC Thunderbolt has an exclusive tie up with Verizon. HTC Thunderbolt is the first 4G phone to run on Verizon’s 4G-LTE network (Network support LTE 700, CDMA EvDO Rev.A). Verizon promises 5 to 12 Mbps download speeds and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area. Verizon is offering Thunderbolt for $250 on a new two year contract, $320 on a new one year contract or you can get it for $445 without any contract. Customers have to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans starts from $39.99 monthly access and an unlimited 4G LTE data plan begins at $29.99 monthly access. Mobile hotspot is included through May 15 for no additional charge.
Amazon is selling Thunderbolt for $180 on a new or renewed two year contract.
Samsung Galaxy S2 (Galaxy S II)
Galaxy S II (or Galaxy S2) is the thinnest phone to date, measuring only 8.49 mm. It’s faster and gives better viewing experience than its predecessor Galaxy S. Galaxy S II is packed with 4.3″ WVGA Super AMOLED plus touch screen, Exynos chipset with 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 CPU and ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, 8 megapixels camera with LED flash, touch focus and [email protected] HD video recording, 2 megapixels front facing camera for video calling, 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory expandable with microSD card, Bluetooth 3.0 support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HDMI out, DLNA certified, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, mobile hotspot capability and runs Android’s latest OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Android 2.3 has added many features while improving on existing features in Android 2.2 version.
The chipset in Samsung Galaxy S2, the Samsung Exynos 4210 is built with 1 GHz Dual Core Cortex A9 CPU and ARM Mali-400 MP GPU. The chipset is designed specifically to meet the needs of high performance, low power mobile applications and offers superb multimedia performance. The chipset also has the capbility to interface with 4G-LTE modem. The ARM Mali-400 MP GPU offers better 3D graphics performance.
Samsung Galaxy S2 is compatible with UMTS/HSPA+ network. HSPA+ can theoretically deliver up to 21+ Mbps download speed, but most of the HSPA+ networks currently offer up to 5 to 7 Mbps download speeds.
The super AMOLED plus display is highly responsive, vivid and has a better viewing angle than its predecessor. Samsung also introduces a new personalizable UX on Galaxy S2 which has a magazine style layout that selects the contents used most and displays on the homescreen. The live contents can be personalized. And the web browsing also improved to optimize Android 2.3 fully and you get a seamless browsing experience with Adobe Flash Player.
The additonal applications include Kies 2.0, Kies Air, AllShare, Voice Recognition & Voice Translation, NFC (Near Field Communication) and the native Social, Music and Games hub from Samsung. Game hub offers 12 social network games and 13 premium games including Gameloft’s Let Golf 2 and Real Football 2011.
Samsung in addtion to providing entertainment has more to offer the businesses. The entreprise solutions include Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, On Device Encryption, Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN, MDM (Mobile Device Management) and Cisco WebEx.
|Comparison of Specifications
HTC ThunderBolt vs Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)
|Design||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Form Factor||Candy bar||Candy bar|
|Keyboard||On-screen||Virtual QWERTY with Swype|
|Dimension||122 x 66 x 13 mm (4.8 x 2.6 x 0.52 in)||125.30 x 66.10 x 8.49 mm,|
|Weight||164 g (5.78 oz)||116 g|
|Display||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Resolution||WVGA, 800×480 pixels||WVGA, 800×480 pixels|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor||Image stabilization, Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyrometer|
|Operating System||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Platform||Android 2.2 + HTC Sense||Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread)|
|UI||HTC Sense||TouchWiz 4.0, Personalizable UI|
|Browser||Android WebKit, full HTML||Android WebKit, full HTML|
|Java/Adobe Flash||Adobe Flash Player 10.1||Adobe Flash 10.2|
|Processor||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Model||Qualcomm MSM 8655 Snapdragon, Qualcomm MDM 9600||Samsung Exynos, ARMv7 Dual-core, Mali-400MP GPU|
|Speed||1 GHz||1.2 GHz Dual-core|
|Memory||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|RAM||768 MB||1 GB|
|Included||8GB + 32GB microSD card included||16 GB/32 GB|
|Expansion||128 GB using SDXC cards||Up to 32GB with microSD card|
|Camera||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Resolution||8 megapixel||8 Megapixel|
|Flash||Dual LED flash||LED|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto, Digital zoom||Auto, Digital|
|Video Capture||720p high definition resolution.||FullHD 1080p High Profile|
|Features||Dual mic with active noise cancelaltion, Geotagging, Face detection||Geo tagging, Single Shot, Beauty Shot, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Action Shot, Cartoon Shot|
|Secondary camera||1.3 pixels VGA||Image stabilization, Accelerator Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyrometer|
|Entertainment||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Audio||Dolby Surround Sound,||Sound Alive music player, File Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WMA, AMR, WAV , FLAC, XMF, MID,|
|Video||[email protected] 30fps, DivX, XviD, MPEG 4, H.263, H.264, WMV, VC-1, Video streaming|
|Gaming||Gameloft’s Let’s Golf! 2||Game Hub, Let Golf 2, Real Football 2011|
|Battery||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Type Capacity||Li-ion 1400 mAh||1650 mAh Li-ion removable|
|Talktime||Up to 378 min||8 hours (3G), 18 hours 20 min (2G)|
|Standby||Up to 330 hours||400 hours|
|Mail and Messaging||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|IMAP, POP3, SMTP||POP3/IMAP4 Email &, SMS, MMS with Video, Gmail, MS Exchange|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Beluga, Goole Talk||IM (Google Talk) , Beluga IM (Facebook)|
|Connectivity||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 (b/g/n)||Wi-Fi Direct, 802.11 b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Hotspot||Up to 8 devices||Yes|
|Bluetooth||2.1+ EDR, 3.0 Ready||v3.0|
|USB||USB 2.0||2.0 FS|
|HDMI||Yes||Yes, HDMI mirroring up to 1080p|
|Location Service||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Maps||Google Maps Navigation (Beta)||Google Maps Navigation - beta, Navigon|
|GPS||A-GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Lost-Theft Protection||With 3rd party application lookout||Yes , with third party application ex: My Lookout|
|Network Support||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|2G/3G||CDMA EvDO Rev.A||GSM, GPRS, EDGE / UMTS, HSPA+|
|Applications||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Apps||Android Market, Google Mobile Service||Android market, Samsung Apps, Google Goggle, Google Mobile App|
|Social Networks||Facebook, Twitter, SNS, Social Hub|
|Voice Calling||Skype, Viber, Vonage||Skype, Viber, Vonage|
|Video Calling||Skype, Tango||Skype, Tango|
|Featured||EA’s Rock Band, Gameloft’s Let’s Golf! 2, Tunewiki and Bitbop.||Vlingo - Voice Solution, Office Document Viewer, AllShare|
|Business Mobility||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Corporate Mail||Yes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync||Yes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync|
|Corporate Directory||Yes with CISCO Jabber||Yes with CISCO Mobile App|
|Video Conferencing||CISCO WebEx||Yes with Cisco WebEx|
|Security||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|Password protected screen, 3rd party application to locate lost phone or theft. (Lookout)||Password Protected Screen, Thirdparty mobile secure application like Lookout.|
|Additional Features||HTC ThunderBolt||Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2)|
|First 4G-LTE Phone, Integrated Skype Mobile with video calling, DLNA, Kick stand||NFC, Samsung Kies 2.0, Samsung Kies Air, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, AllShare, Vlingo Voice Recognition & Voice Translation, On Device Encryption, Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN, MDM|