iPhone 4S vs HTC Sensation | HTC Sensation 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. 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 iPhone 4 now. HTC Sensation is HTC’s flagship device released in April 2011. It has 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 4.3″ display. HTC Sensation is marketed as a Multimedia Superphone. The US version of the same device is known as HTC Sensation 4G that supports HSPA+21Mbps for faster network connectivity.
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 is an Android smart phone officially announced by HTC on April 2011. The device was officially released by May 2011. HTC Sensation was previously rumoured as HTC Pyramid. This smart phone is specially designed for a superior quality multimedia experience. Hence, HTC Sensation is ideal as an entertainment device rather than a corporate device. The device is marketed by HTC as a “Multimedia Super phone”. HTC Sensation 4G is the US version of the same device with 4G enabled.
HTC Sensation is 4.96” tall and 2.57” wide. One has to admit the multimedia feature packed phone is impressive at a thickness of only 0.44”. This entertainment phone weighs only 148 g. With above dimensions, HTC Sensation has a sleek look and portability essential for an entertainment phone while allowing good screen real estate. Talking about the screen, HTC Sensation has a 4.3 “multi touch super LCD screen with 540 x 960 resolution. Though Super LCD is not the best display on entertainment smart phones in the market the pixel density remains quite impressive and will compensate for any drawback the display will create. 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 3.0.
HTC Sensation is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor with hardware accelerated graphics facilitated by Adreno 220 GP. Since HTC Sensation is intended for intensive multimedia manipulation it is important to have above superior hardware configuration. HTC Sensation is complete with 768 MB and 1 GB worth internal storage. The storage can be extended using a micro-SD card up to 32 GB. HTC has very generously included an 8 GB micro-SD card by default. In terms of connectivity the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity as well as micro-USB. HTC Sensation 4G additionally supports HSPA+21Mbps.
Camera is an important feature in any entertainment Smartphone. It is no different with regard to HTC Sensation as well. HTC Sensation is complete with a fabulous 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash and auto-focus. The camera also allows HD video recording at 1080P. The front facing VGA camera is sufficient for video conferencing. The front facing camera is a colour VGA camera. HTC has paid a great deal of attention to improve the picture taking experience on HTC Sensation. The lag between pressing the button to take picture and the time the picture is taken is reduced by instant capture. While this may not be the preferred setting for all, most users will find this appealing. Pictures taken from the rear facing 8 mega pixel camera is quite appealing and the same goes for the videos.
The multimedia support on HTC Sensation is impressive with full blown audio, video and image support. Audio playback on many different formats is supported on HTC Sensation. Supported formats are .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav and .wma (Windows Media Audio 9). The supported audio recording format is .amr. The device supports video playback formats such as .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) and .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3). The supported video recording format is .3gp. FM radio support, loudspeaker, 3.5 mm audio jack for head phones and SRS virtual surround sound for headphones will make sure listening to music is entertaining on HTC Sensation. The instant capture camera application will give an enhanced photo taking experience on HTC Sensation. Video playback is of excellent quality thanks to the hardware accelerated graphics, high resolution display and 4.3” screen size.
HTC Sensation is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but the UI is the highly customizes with HTC Sense™. The active lock screen will enable users to view interesting widgets on the phone with quality animations. The active lock screen is the biggest addition to the HTC Sense 3.0 from its previous version. When checking the weather on the phone the screen will simulate the weather outside, with amazing visuals. Since HTC Sensation is an Android device, more applications can be downloaded from the Android market and many 3rd party Android markets. 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 comes with a 1520 mAh re-chargeable battery. As HTC Sensation is intended for heavy multimedia manipulation, having a powerful enough battery is important. The device reportedly stands for nearly 6 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on. With the satisfactory performance of the battery HTC Sensation will give a good competition to many other high end smart phones in the market.
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