Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Sensation XE | HTC Sensation XE vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
Galaxy Nexus is the latest Android smart phone released by Samsung. This device is designed for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Galaxy Nexus was officially announced on 18 October 2011. It will be available to users from November 2011. Galaxy Nexus is launched in collaboration of Google and Samsung. The device is designed to deliver a pure Google experience, and the device will receive updates on software as soon as it is available.
Galaxy Nexus 5.33” tall and 2.67” wide and the device remains 0.35” thick. These dimensions are related to a quite large phone in comparison to the current smart phone market standards. It is important to note that Galaxy Nexus is quite thin. (IPhone 4 and 4S is also 0.37” thick). Bigger dimensions of Galaxy Nexus will make the device appear even thinner. It is also important to note that for above dimensions Galaxy Nexus weighs reasonably less. The Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover will make a firm grip on the phone and will make it slip resistant. Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65” Super AMOLED screen with 1280X720 pixels resolution. Galaxy Nexus is the first phone with a 4.65” high definition display. The screen real estate will be appreciated by many Android fans and the display quality and high resolution is quite promising. Galaxy Nexus is complete with sensors such as accelerometer for UI auto rotate, compass, gyro sensor, light sensor, Proximity and barometer. In terms of connectivity, Galaxy nexus supports 3G and GPRS speeds. An LTE variant of the device will be available based on the region. Galaxy Nexus is complete with WI-Fi, Bluetooth, USB support and it is NFC enabled.
Galaxy Nexus is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor. According to the official press release, the device includes 1 GB worth RAM and internal storage is available in 16 GB and 32 GB. The processing power, memory and storage are in par with the high-end smart phone specifications in the current market and they will enable a responsive and an efficient Android experience to users of Galaxy Nexus. The availability of the micro-SD card slot in order to expand the storage is not yet clear.
Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0 and it is not customized in any way. This is the first time users get to have a look at Galaxy Nexus. The much talked about new feature on Galaxy Nexus is screen unlock facility. The device is now capable of recognizing the shape of the users face to unlock the device. The UI is re designed for a better experience. According to the official press release the multi tasking, notifications and web browsing is enhanced in Galaxy Nexus. With the screen quality and display size available on Galaxy Nexus, one can anticipate a unique browsing experience combined with the impressive processing capacity. Galaxy Nexus comes with NFC support as well. The device is available with many google services such as Android Market, Gmail™, and Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, Google Calendar™, and Google+. The home screen and phone application has gone through re design and has acquired a new look under Android 4.0. Android 4.0 ( Ice cream Sandwich) also includes a new people Application allowing users to browse friends and other contacts, their photographs and status updates from multiple social networking platforms.
Galaxy Nexus has a 5-mega pixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. The rear-facing camera has zero shutter lag reducing the time between the time the picture is taken and the time the picture is actually shot. The camera also has additional features such as panoramic view, auto focus, silly faces and background replacement. The rear-facing camera is capable of HD video recording at 1080 P. The front facing camera is 1.3 mega pixels and is capable of rendering good quality video for video conferencing. The camera specifications on Galaxy Nexus fall under middle range specifications and will deliver satisfactory photo and video quality.
The multimedia support on Galaxy nexus is also note worthy. The device is capable of HD video playback with 1080 P at 30 frames per second. By default, Galaxy Nexus has video codec for MPEG4, H.263 and H.264 formats. The HD video playback quality on Galaxy Nexus coupled with the impressive display will deliver a superior movie watching experience on a smart phone. Galaxy Nexus includes MP3, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ audio codec formats. The device also includes a 3.5 mm audio jack.
With a standard Li-on 1750 mAh battery, the device will get by a normal working day with calling, messaging, email, and browsing with ease. The most important fact with Galaxy Nexus is the availability of updates on Android as soon as it is released. A user with a Galaxy Nexus will be the first to receive these updates as Galaxy Nexus is a pure Android experience.
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, out of the 4GB, only 1GB is free and available for users. There is no card slot for expansion too. In terms of connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G 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.