HTC Sensation XL vs iPhone 4S | Apple iPhone 4S vs HTC Sensation XL Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
HTC has announced a larger and slimmer version of HTC Sensation XE called Sensation XL with Beats Audio. The Sensation XL is larger and slimmer than Sensation XE, and comes in white colour. It features a 1.5 GHz processor and 4.7″ display, and it is 9.9 mm thick. Dr Dre’s Beats ultra light headset with Beats Audio application is the main attraction of Sensation XL. Sensation XL will be available in the EMEA and Asia Pacific market starting from early November 2011. Apple 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 it is in the range of $99 -$199.
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 XL
HTC Sensation XL is one of the latest Android smart phones announced by HTC. The device is officially announced on 6 October 2011, and expected to be released to the EMEA and Asia-Pacific market by early November 2011. This is a larger and slimmer version of HTC Sensation XE, and like HTC Sensation XE, this is also designed as an entertainment phone. But the processing power is less than Sensation XE, it is powered by 1.5 GHz single core processor. HTC Sensation XL comes with custom made ultra light “Beats” headset. Therefore the device is also known as HTC Sensation XL with beats audio.
HTC Sensation XL is 5.22” tall, 2.78” wide and 0.39” thick. The device comes in white colour; strange colour code for an entertainment phone . With battery the device weighs 162.5 g. HTC Sensation XE has a 4.7” Super LCD, capacitive touch screen with 16 M colours. The screen resolution is WVGA 480×800 pixels. 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 XL has a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm snapdragon processor, but it is not dual core, and the RAM size is 768 MB. The device comes with 16 GB internal storage (12.64 GB available for user storage). As HTC claims it as a multimedia super phone, everyone would have expected a card slot for storage expansion. But HTC Sensation XL does not support storage expansion. In terms 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 XL. HTC Sensation XL 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 720p. The front facing camera is a fixed focus VGA camera quite sufficient for video calling.
HTC Sensation XL 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 XL supports audio playback for formats such as m4a, .mp3, .mid, .ogg, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9). The audio recording format available is .amr. In terms of video playback formats, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m4v, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9 and VC-1) are available while video recording is available on .3gp and .mp4. With the high end hardware configurations and the 4.7” screen HTC Sensation XL will be very user friendly for gaming as well.
HTC Sensation XL 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 XL. Since HTC Sensation XL 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 XL. Photos and videos can be directly uploaded to Flickr, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube from HTC Sensation XL. 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 XL comes with a 1600 mAh re-chargeable battery. As HTC Sensation XL is intended for heavy multimedia manipulation, battery life is vital. The device reportedly stands more than 6 hours 50 minutes of continuous talk time with 3G on.
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