Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II vs. HTC Sensation: Smartphone comparison

How does the iPhone 4S stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation?

It may not be the iPhone 5 that everybody expected but Apple does have a new iPhone, the iPhone 4S. Unveiled by new Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone 4S is best described as an evolutionary upgrade over the iPhone 4: it boasts the same design, the same screen and an identical look and feel, but has an upgraded processor, a better camera and a new voice recognition feature called Siri.

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Though the iPhone 4S is expected to remain one of the most popular smartphones in the world, it has plenty of competition. In Australia, the iPhone 4S will immediately go up against two of the most popular Android smartphones currently on the market when it hits the shelves on 14 October: the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation.

The Samsung and HTC Android phones have similar specifications — the HTC Sensation sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3in qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera and wraps it in a unibody aluminium design. The Galaxy S II also has a 4.3in screen and an 8-megapixel camera, but uses Super AMOLED Plus display technology that produces more vibrant colours.

So how does the iPhone 4S stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation when it comes to specifications?

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II vs. HTC Sensation: Specifications

Feature Apple iPhone 4S Samsung Galaxy S II HTC Sensation
Operating system Apple iOS 5 Google Android "Gingerbread" Google Android "Gingerbread"
Display size 3.5in 4.3in 4.3in
Display technology Capacitive LED-backlit IPS Capacitive Super AMOLED Plus Capacitive S-LCD
Display resolution 640x960 480x800 540x960 (qHD)
Pixel density 330 ppi 217 ppi 256 ppi
Multitouch Yes Yes Yes
Front camera VGA 2 megapixels VGA
Rear camera 8 meapixels w/single-LED flash 8 megapixels w/single-LED flash 8 megapixels w/dual-LED flash
Camera features Autofocus, touch focus, geotagging, face detection, video stabilisation Autofocus, touch focus, geotagging, face detection, smile detection, image stabilisation Autofocus, touch-focus, geotagging, face detection, image stabilisation, instant capture
Video recording 1080p HD @ 30fps 1080p HD @ 30fps 1080p HD @ 30fps
FM radio No Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes Yes
Internal memory 16GB, 32GB or 64GB 16GB 1GB
Expandable memory None microSD microSD
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm
Weight 140g 116g 148g
Application Store Apple App Store Google Android Market Google Android Market
Processor Apple A5 dual-core (800MHz) ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core (1.2GHz) Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon dual-core (1.2GHz)
RAM 512MB 1GB 768MB
Australian 3G networks HSDPA 850/900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/2100 HSDPA 850/2100
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP
NFC (Near Field Communication) No No No
HDMI-out No (Yes with Apple Digital AV adapter) No (Yes with MHL adapter) No (Yes with MHL adapter)
Quoted battery life Up to 8 hrs Up to 8 hrs 40 min Up to 6 hrd 40 min
Battery capacity 1420 mAh 1650 mAh 1520 mAh
Adobe Flash support No Yes Yes
Carriers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Telstra

iPhone 4S vs. HTC Sensation vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Design

The Apple iPhone 4S retains an identical design to the iPhone 4. It's constructed largely from aluminium and glass, is just 9.3mm thick and has an industrial look and feel with distinctive, sharp edges. The iPhone 4S also retains the iPhone 4's glass back that does look slick but attracts plenty of fingerprints. The iPhone 4S remains a very well constructed smartphone, but is beginning to look a little outdated.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is an entirely different proposition to the iPhone 4S. It's made largely from solid feeling plastic and is just 8.49mm thick, making it the thinnest smartphone in the world (at least until another competitor trumps it). The Samsung Galaxy S II has an attractive carbon-like finish on its rear battery cover that does feel a little flimsy when removed, but helps keep it impressively slim.

Galaxy S II The Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone is just 8.49mm thick, making it thinner than the iPhone 4S and the thinnest smartphone in the world.

One of the most lauded features of the HTC Sensation is its unibody aluminium design, which has also been used on a number of HTC's other Android phones including the original Desire, the Desire HD, the Legend and the Incredible S. The HTC's unibody casing is constructed from a single piece of aluminium and gives the phone a premium look and feel.

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