We’ve been getting a lot of requests for a comparison between the Galaxy S 2 (review) and the HTC Sensation, and here it is! Both of these devices represent the cutting edge for smartphones: they have plenty of RAM, dual-core CPUs, special screens, and custom interfaces that are well designed. In terms of pricing and availability, the Sensation is coming to the US as the T-Mobile Sensation 4G and will sell for around $199, but right now you can import one for about $750. The Galaxy S 2 has yet to be announced for the US, but we think it’s coming to AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon later this year; for now, you can buy one unlocked for $700 and it will work on AT&T.
Build quality on both is fantastic, but the Sensation feels higher quality thanks to its added weight. The Galaxy S 2 is significantly thinner than the Sensation, and the screen also seems better despite being lower resolution thanks to the insane contrast of Super AMOLED Plus. Both have front-facing cameras, but the Galaxy S 2 bumps the resolution to 2.0MP, while the Sensation comes in at just VGA resolution.
Both devices are quite powerful with 1.2GHz dual-core CPUs. In our benchmark tests, and in our web browser speeds tests, the Galaxy S 2 reigns superior.
In terms of specs, the Sensation is very similar to the Galaxy S 2, except that it has less RAM, a smaller battery, has a higher resolution screen, and is heavier.
HD Video Recording, 1080p, HTC Sensation Outdoors
HD Video Recording, 1080p, Samsung Galaxy S 2 Outdoors