The year 2011 seemed to have a theme, and it was all about updating older phones to keep up with the times. The HTC Sensation XE is the new face of the HTC Sensation, now with Beats by Dr. Dre, a pair of headphones, and a few improvements over the original. The Motorola RAZR, on the other hand, had more than just a few improvements. It now packs a camera, GPS, WiFi, and 3G. Last, but not the least, it’s now an Android smartphone, and carries Verizon’s DROID branding.
Let’s see how these two fare.
Design and Display
The HTC Sensation XE is equipped with a 4.3-inch display and S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, which allows for multitouch input. The display resolution is 540×960 pixels. This phone is rather large, with dimensions of 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm and a justifiable weight of 151 grams. It’s also received a few red highlights to compliment the red of the Beats brand. The controls at the bottom of the screen are now red backlit, and the camera and earpiece also have a touch of red. Because the body of the phone is curved, it snuggles nicely into the hand.
Weighing lighter than the HTC Sensation XE, the Motorola Droid RAZR only comes in at 127 grams. Although it’s got the same 4.3-inch display and the same 540×960 pixel resolution, the Motorola Droid RAZR packs a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, giving clear and crisp colors.
The way the display is situated on the RAZR is a bit odd, however. With too much of the console around it, it makes the display not only seem smaller but also makes it a little difficult for your thumb to reach across. The texture of the phone also makes it easy to slip out of tight pants, handy if you don’t want to have to fish around for it. Because of its unibody design, removing the battery is not possible. The only way SIM cards and microSD cards can be inserted is through a flap at the side. The top of the phone is a little thicker than the rest of it, because the camera and the flash are packed up there. The design makes it a little oddly-balanced in the hand. Its dimensions are 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm.
The HTC Sensation XE comes with an internal memory of 1 GB and 768 MB of RAM. It can be expanded up to 32 GB.
The Motorola Droid RAZR, on the other hand, comes with a much bigger 16 GB internal memory which can be supplemented by 32 GB more through the microSD card slot.
The HTC Sensation XE boasts an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, as well as a secondary front-facing VGA camera.
The Motorola Droid RAZR is also equipped with an 8 megapixel camera, but its front facing camera boasts 1.3 megapixels. There is also a single-LED flash on the RAZR. One downside, however, is that there is no camera button located on the phone’s body.
Processor and Operating System
The HTC Sensation XE runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with a Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset. It is also has a dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion CPU and an Adreno 220 GPU.
The Motorola Droid RAZR ships with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. It has a dual-core, 1.2-GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 chipset. It uses a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.
The HTC Sensation XE’s battery can allow for a talk time of 9 hours and 16 minutes as well as a standby time of 530 hours. Heavy users may want to keep the phone charger nearby.
The Motorola Droid RAZR has a longer talk time of 12 hours, 30 minutes but also a shorter standby time of 204 hours.
Although the Motorola Droid RAZR may have risen from the ashes with a slew of improvements, fans of HTC should not despair. The Beats earphones that come with the HTC Sensation XE make listening to music a joy and with its built in microphone and basic in-line remote, you can even go hands-free. The design allows the phone to nest comfortably in your hand.
If you’re looking for comfort when using your phone, the Motorola Droid RAZR’s odd design may not be for you. However if you’re looking for something powerful, with a larger internal memory, it’s definitely worth considering.
What do you think about these two powerful phones? Which one do you think is the right one for you?