Over the past year there have been two mobile handsets that have really stood out from the crowd in the shape of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation. We can now welcome the next generation of these models with the release of the Sensation XE and the Galaxy Note. We look around these two highly anticipated phones to see if Samsung still hold the upper hand.
Casting your eyes over these phones for the first time you would be hard pressed to choose a favourite from these devices. Both handsets offer a modern and sleek design with some improvements over the earlier generation models. The Galaxy Note boasts the more simple design of the two with its slab like appearance and straight edges. The design of this phone is very simple but this is part of its attraction and the device holds it own against many of its more extravagantly designed rivals. The Sensation XE uses the same body as the original model but has spiced things up by adding some crimson flashes which stand out well from the darker body. A large letter "B" on the phones back panel denotes the presence of Beats Audio technology and adds appeal to the overall design.
Neither of these handset can be classed as compact phones thanks to the large screens that they incorporate. The Samsung Galaxy Notecertainly offers the bigger screen thanks to its mammoth 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display. A screen of this size deserves to be backed up by a hefty resolution and Samsung have done themselves proud in this area by giving the phone a huge 800 x 1280 quality.
As you would expect from two premium handsets both devices offer fast processors to ensure that operation is both responsive and performed at great speed. The Galaxy Note and the Sensation XE run dual core chips with the HTC models offering a slightly more powerful 1.5Ghz chip than the 1.4Ghz unit fitted in the Samsung model. There really is little to choose between these two models in this department with both devices offering lightning fast performance on all manner of tasks including gaming and web browsing.
The Samsung Galaxy Note and the HTC Sensation XE are superb quality phones based upon original models that are still the leading phones in the marketplace. The HTC comes out on top for size and audio performance but the Samsung proves the better phone for screen quality and features.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is available soon and the HTC Sensation XE is available now