T-Mobile just released a duo of Android smartphones with towering specs and features–the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Amaze 4G.
Both phones have become available on T-Mobile this week. The Samsung Galaxy S2 continues to be a best-seller, with global sales of the device hitting the 10-million mark within just eight weeks. And, the T-Mobile variant of this wonderphone (formerly codenamed Samsung Hercules) has just arrived on T-Mobile, along with the equally amazing offer from HTC–the HTC Amaze 4G (formerly codenamed HTC Ruby).
How does each one fare when placed side by side with the other? Read on to find out more about these two fresh offerings from T-Mobile.
Exteriors and Display
The two Android smartphones pack powerful features, and the most apparent initial area where the two will compete for T-Mobile customers’ affection is in its physical aspects and display.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Amaze 4G are both known to be “high-end” devices in terms of touchscreen technology.
In terms of screen size, the Samsung Galaxy S2 has a slightly larger screen with 4.52 inches of display. The HTC Amaze 4G, on the other hand, comes with a screen similar in size to the international variant of the Galaxy S2–4.3 inches.
As far as display estate is concerned, a bigger screen means more viewing space. So, in this regard, the Galaxy S2 seems to hold the advantage. Yet, its bigger screen also make the Galaxy S2 wider. Both smartphones have roughly the same height at about 130 millimeters, but the Galaxy S2’s width is bigger at 70 millimeters compared to the Amaze 4G’s 65.6 millimeters.
As for thickness, the Samsung smartphone retains its sexy advantage of just 9 millimeters depth compared to the HTC smartphone’s 11.8 millimeters. And, being the thinner of the two, the Galaxy S2 is also lighter at 135 grams compared to the Amaze 4G’s 173 grams.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 has a display resolution of 800×480 pixels, while the HTC Amaze 4G has a resolution of 960×540 pixels. Considering their screen sizes vis-a-vis display resolutions, the HTC Amaze 4G has significantly higher pixel density, which translates to sharper and crisper rendering of images and texxt on the screen.
Yet, Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus technology, which graces the Galaxy S2’s screen, makes the device’s display powerful, too. With the said technology, the Galaxy S2’s display remains sharp, brilliant, and vivid even when viewed under bright lighting (such as sunlight).
Next to the exterior aspects and display, the next area where these superphones will compete is that of user interface.
On the one hand, the Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with the latest of Samsung’s customizations packed into the Samsung TouchWiz user interface, which has been praised by many to be more polished, more responsive, and snappier than previous TouchWiz versions. Not to be outdone, HTC has packed its HTC Sense 3.0 interface into the HTC Amaze 4G–and the interface is equally alluring as TouchWiz.
But, users’ personal tastes and preferences can play a big role in this area, too. As to which interface is more cool, the choice is better left for the user to decide on.
Both smartphones are peers as far as processor is concerned–each uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. Both devices also come with equal amounts of RAM–1 gigabyte each.
The two smartphones even parallel each other’s storage capacities: 16 GB of built-in internal storage, microSD(HC) card slot (expandable to 32 GB).
Thus, all things being equal, one can expect more or less similar processing performance from both the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Amaze 4G. This means that Android apps installed on either device can be expected to run with smooth and buttery performance.
The duo have the same primary camera resolution, as well–8 megapixels of shooting power and both equally capable of capturing videos in 1080p Full HD quality. Even their secondary cameras have equal resolutions–2 megapixels–for clearer and sharper video call quality.
Take a look at a 1080p video captured from the HTC Amaze 4G:
Of the two, the HTC Amaze 4G is being touted as one of the camera-centric smartphones. It has an f/2.2 wide-angle lens, backside illumination, and dual-LED flash. Moreover, its camera application boasts of PerfectPics, SmartShot, BurstShot, SweepShot, and ClearShot HDR features.
The HTC Amaze 4G also has a dedicated camera shutter button on the right edge. The Samsung Galaxy S2 does not have a physical button for photo snapping.
Take a look at some sample images from the HTC Amaze 4G’s camera (photos courtesy of phoneArena.com):
This is not saying that the Galaxy S2 produces lousy photos. Far from the truth, it is a strong contender to the HTC Amaze 4G’s photo-shooting capabilities, especially with image stabilization features, single LED flash, and face and smile detection being among the Galaxy S2’s capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy S2uses a Li-ion battery pack rated at 1,850 mAh, while the HTC Amaze 4G uses a Li-ion battery pack rated at 1,730 mAh. Published talk times of the two phones’ batteries vary by only about an hour–about 7 hours on the Galaxy S2 and about 6 hours on the HTC Amaze 4G. Published standby times, however, vary significantly–the HTC Amaze 4G can have enough power to last about 264 hours on standby, whereas the Galaxy S2 can last only about 167 hours on standby.
Unless a 30-dollar difference in price breaks the deal for you, the two phones fall within the same price range on T-Mobile. The Samsung Galaxy S2 costs US$230, while the HTC Amaze 4G costs US$260. The relatively small difference in prices does make the choice somewhat challenging for those who are still sitting on the fence as far as these two T-Mobile smartphones are concerned.
Make no doubt about it–these two phones are equally powerful and awesome. On the one hand, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and its sexy, slim, and lightweight build is awesome in one’s grasp. On the other hand, the HTC Amaze 4G’s amazing camera-centric features are noteworthy and advantageous to those seeking top-quality multimedia features on a smartphone.
Whichever of these two T-Mobile handsets you pick, you will surely have made the right choice. Which phone are you getting?