Difference Between iPhone 4S and HTC Sensation XE

iPhone 4S vs HTC Sensation XE | HTC Sensation XE vs Apple iPhone 4S Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared 

Apple finally released iPhone 4S on 4 October 2011, and it will be available from 14 October 2011. The external appearance of 4S seems identical to iPhone 4. The much anticipated iPhone 5 has been delayed for 2012 release. iPhone 4S is the first dual core smartphone from Apple. Siri is a new feature in iPhone 4S; it is an intelligent assistant that enable user to manage the phone with voice. iPhone 4S will be compatible with wide range of networks. It will be available in US for all major carriers except for T-Mobile. iPhone 4S carry a price tag similar to that of iPhone 4 at release; 16 GB model is priced at $199, and 32GB and 64GB are price $299 and $399 respectively, on contract. Apple has brought down the prices of iPhone 4 now. HTC Sensation XE is a new addition to HTC Sensation family; it is more powerful than HTC Sensation. HTC Sensation XE has 1.5GHz dual core processor and 4.3” display. HTC Sensation XE will be released to the European market before 2011 fall.

iPhone 4S

The much speculated iphone 4S was released on October 4th 2011. The much speculated iphone 4S was released on October 4th 2011. The iPhone which has bench-marked standards in the smart phone hemisphere has raised the expectations more. Will iPhone 4 deliver to the expectations? Having one look at the device one can understand that the appearance of iPhone 4S remains similar to iPhone 4; the much raved predecessor. The device is available in both black and white. The glass and stainless steel built that most find appealing remains intact.

The newly released iPhone 4S remains 4.5” of height and 2.31” of width the dimensions of iPhone 4S remains similar to its predecessor iPhone 4. The thickness of the device is 0.37” as well regardless of the improvement done to the camera. There for, iPhone 4S remains the same portable slim device everyone love. iPhone 4S weighs 140g. The slight increase of device is maybe due to the many new improvements that we will discuss later. iPhone 4S includes a 3.5” touch screen with 960 x 640 resolution. The screen also includes the usual fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. The display marketed by Apple as ‘retina display’ has a contrast ratio of 800:1. The device comes with sensors such as an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off and an ambient light sensor.

The processing power is one of the many improved features on iPhone 4S than its predecessor. The iPhone 4S is powered by a Dual core A5 processor. According to Apple, the processing power is increased by 2 X and enables graphics that are 7 times faster and the energy efficient processor will improve battery life as well. While the RAM on the device is still not officially listed the device is available in 3 versions of storage; 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Apple has not allowed a micro SD slot to expand the storage. In terms of connectivity, iPhone 4S has HSPA+14.4Mbps, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. At the moment, iPhone 4S is the only smart phone which can switch between two antennas to transmit and receive. Location based services are available through Assisted GPS, digital compass, Wi-Fi and GSM.

iPhone 4S is loaded with iOS 5 and usual applications one can find on an iPhone, such as FaceTime. The newest addition to the uniquely designed applications on iPhone is ‘Siri’; a voice assistant which can understand certain keywords we speak and virtually do everything on the device. ‘Siri’ is capable of scheduling meetings, checking weather, setting timer, sending & reading messages and etc. While voice search and voice command assisted applications were available in the market ‘Siri’ is quite a unique approach and sounds more user-friendly. iPhone 4S comes with iCloud as well, enabling users to manage content across multiple devices. iCloud wirelessly pushes files across multiple devices managed together. Applications for iPhone 4 S will be available on Apple App Store; however it will take some time for the number of applications supporting iOS 5 to increase.

The rear facing camera is another area improved on iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S is equipped with an improved camera with 8 mega pixels. The mega pixel value itself has taken a huge leave from its predecessor. The camera is coupled with LED flash as well. The camera comes with useful features such as autofocus, tap to focus, face detection on still images and geo tagging. The camera is capable of HD video capture at 1080P at about 30 frames per second. In cameras it is important to have a larger aperture since it allows the lens to collect more light. The aperture in the lens of camera in iPhone 4S has been increased allowing more light to come in however, harmful IR rays is filtered away. The enhanced camera is capable of capturing quality images in low light as well as bright light. The front facing camera is a VGA camera and it’s tightly coupled with FaceTime; the video conferencing application on iPhone.

iPhones are generally good on their battery life. Naturally, users will have higher expectations for this latest addition to the family. According to Apple, iPhone 4S will have up to 8 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on while on GSM only it will score a massive 14 hours. The device is rechargeable via USB as well. The standby time on iPhone 4S is up to 200 hours. In conclusion, the battery life is satisfactory on iPhone 4S.

The preorder of iPhone 4S starts from 7 October 2011, and will be available in US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Japan from 14 October 2011. Worldwide availability starts from 28 October 2011. iPhone 4S is available for purchase in different variants. One will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 4S device starting from $199 to $399 on contract. The price without contract (unlocked) is Canadian $649/ Pounds 499/ A$799/ Euro 629.

HTC Sensation XE

HTC Sensation XE is one of the latest Android smart phones announced by HTC. The device is officially announced in September 2011. The device is expected to be released to the market by 1st October 2011. This is the latest version of HTC Sensation and similar to its predecessor HTC Sensation XE is also designed as an entertainment phone and the device lives up to its expectations. HTC Sensation XE comes with custom made “Beats” headset. Therefore the device is also known as HTC Sensation XE with beats audio.

HTC Sensation XE is 4.96” tall, 2.57” wide and 0.44” thick. The dimensions of the phone remain similar to its predecessor and there for the portability and slim feel of the device remains intact. The device comes with a black and red designed which was commonly available in many other entertainment phones. With battery the device weighs 151g. HTC Sensation XE has a 4.3” Super LCD, capacitive touch screen with 16 M colours. The screen resolution is 540 x 960. The resolution of the display and the quality remains similar to the previous version of the phone released few months back. The device also has Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and a Gyro sensor. The user interface on HTC Sensation is customised with HTC Sense.

HTC Sensation XE has a 1.5 GHz dual core snap dragon processor with Adreno 220 GPU for hardware accelerated graphics. Since HTC Sensation XE is meant to manipulate a reasonable amount of multimedia, a good hardware configuration is necessary to achieve the full potential of the device. The device comes with 4 GB internal storage and 768 MB RAM. The storage is a limitation in this phone; only 1 GB from the 4GB is available for users. Also, storage cannot be extended externally, as it does not have SD card slot. In terms of connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3 G connectivity as well as micro-USB.

On HTC Sensation series, HTC capitalized heavily on the cameras. The emphasis remains similar in HTC Sensation XE. HTC Sensation XE has an 8 mega pixel rear facing camera with dual LED flash and auto-focus. The camera also comes with useful features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, image stabilization and face detection. Instant capture is another unique feature in the rear facing camera. The camera is also capable of HD video recording at 1080P with stereo sound recording. The front facing camera is a fixed focus VGA camera quite sufficient for video calling.

HTC Sensation XE is a unique multimedia phone. The device comes with Beats audio and custom made Beats headsets and specially customized music application to take the full advantage of the cool headset. The FM radio support is also available on the device. HTC Sensation XE supports audio playback for formats such as .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav and .wma. The audio recording format available is .amr. IN terms of video playback formats, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) and .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3) are available while video recording is available on .3gp. With the high end hardware configurations and the 4.3” screen HTC Sensation XE will be very user friendly for gaming as well.

HTC Sensation XE is powered by Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread); however the user interface will be customized using the HTC Sense platform. The active lock screen and visuals for weather are available on HTC Sensation XE. Since HTC Sensation XE is an Android phone applications can be downloaded from Android market and many other 3rd party stores. Facebook and Twitter applications highly customized for HTC sense is available for HTC Sensation XE. Photos and videos can be directly uploaded to Flickr, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube from HTC Sensation XE. The browsing experience on HTC Sensation is also supreme with multi window browsing. Text and image are rendered with quality even after zoom and video playback on browser is also smooth. The browser comes with support for flash.

HTC Sensation XE comes with a 1730 mAh re-chargeable battery. As HTC Sensation XE is intended for heavy multimedia manipulation, battery life is vital. The device reportedly stands more than 7 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on.

Comparison of Specifications

iPhone 4S vs HTC Sensation XE

 Design iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Form Factor Candy bar Candy Bar
Keyboard Virtual Full QWERTY On-screen
Dimension 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm (4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37 in) 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm (4.96 x 2.57 x 0.44 in)
Weight 140 g 151 g (5.33oz)
Body Color White, Black Black with red touches
 Display iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Size 3.5 inches 4.3 inches
Resolution 960 x 640 qHD 960 x 540 pixels
Features 16M color, Oleophobic coated, scratch resistance 16M color, Capacitive multi--touch
Sensors Three axis gyro, Accelerometor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
 Operating System iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Platform Apple iOS 5 Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
UI Apple HTC Sense 3.0
Browser Safari Android WebKit
Java/Adobe Flash JavaScript Android 10.2
 Processor iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Model Apple A5 Dual core, PowerVR SGX540 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon, Adreno 220 GPU Dual core
Speed 1 GHz Dual core 1.5 GHz Dual core
 Memory iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
RAM 512 MB 768 MB
Included 16 GB/32 GB/64GB 4 GB, 1GB available for user
Expansion No card Slot No card Slot
 Camera iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Resolution 8.0 mega pixels 8 MP
Flash LED Dual LED
Focus, Zoom Auto, Digital, tap focus Auto, Digital
Video Capture fullHD 1080p HD 1080p@25fps
Features Double microphones, Geo tagging, Image stabilization Stereo sound recording
Secondary camera VGA Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
 Entertainment iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Audio AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV Beats Audio with Beats headset, File Formats: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma 9
Video H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG 3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv 9, .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Gaming Game Center
FM Radio No, Tunein Internet Radio App available Yes
 Battery iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Type Capacity Li-ion non-removable battery 1730 mAh
Talktime up to 14 hrs (2G), up to 8 hrs (3G) 550 min (2G), 445 min (3G)
Standby 200 hrs 310 hours (2G), 540 hours (3G)
 Mail and Messaging iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Mail Gmail, Email POP3/IMAP Gmail, Email,
Messaging MMS, SMS, IM (GoogleTalk) SMS, MMS, IM (Google talk)
 Connectivity iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. n at 2.4 kHz only 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 v3.0 supports A2DP for headset, FTP/OPP for file transfer, PBAP
USB Yes, connect via 30 pin dock adapter 2.0 High Speed
HDMI No Yes (HDMI cable required)
 Location Service iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Maps Google Maps Google Maps
GPS A-GPS Internal GPS Antenna
Lost-Theft Protection Find my Phone HTCsense.com, My Lookout App
 Network Support iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
2G/3G World phone, GSM/UMTS, CDMA, HSPA+14.4Mbps GSM, GPRS, EDGE / WCDMA, HSUPA(5.76bps), HSDPA(14.4Mbps)
4G No No
 Applications iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Apps Apple Apps Store, iTunes Android Market
Social Networks Facebook, Twitter, SNS Facebook, Twitter, Friend Stream, YouTube, Flickr
Voice Calling Skype, Viber Skype
Video Calling Skype, Tango, QiK Skype, Qik, Tango
Featured Siri, Face Time, iCloud, AirPrint, AirPlay, Find my iPhone HTC Watch, Printing over Wi-Fi
 Business Mobility iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
Remote VPN Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse
Corporate Mail Yes, Active Sync Active Sync
Corporate Directory Yes Microsioft Exchange Active Sync
Video Conferencing Yes with CISCO WebEx
Other Features Join.Me, Goto Meeting
 Security iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
  MobileMe, Password Protected home screen HTCsense.com, My Lookout App from Android Market
 Additional Features iPhone 4S HTC Sensation XE
  Siri, iCloud, iBook, iMovie, FaceTime, Multiple language support, Personal hotspot Beats Audio