HTC Desire S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better smartphone -- HTC's Desire S or Samsung's Galaxy S II?

HTC Desire S vs Samsung Galaxy S II: Display

The HTC Desire S has a 3.7in SLCD display. Unlike the original Desire, which used an AMOLED screen, the Desire S has a Super LCD display; it is claimed to offer a clearer and brighter image than regular LCD screens, along with enhanced battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy S II on the other hand has a 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display, making it one of the largest touchscreens on an Android phone in Australia alongside the HTC Desire HD. Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus is a refinement of the original Galaxy S' super AMOLED technology and promises a clearer and brighter image, as well as better battery life.

HTC Desire S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Smartphone showdown

The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display, promising a brighter and clearer image.

The HTC Desire S’s screen is no slouch — it’s larger than the iPhone 4's and if it's anything like the Desire HD’s display, it will be crisp and clear. However, it simply can’t match the vibrancy and brightness of the Samsung Galaxy S II’s Super AMOLED Plus screen, which is a clear winner here.

HTC Desire S vs Samsung Galaxy S II: Software

The HTC Desire S Android phone runs the 2.4 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, and features HTC's Sense UI overlay. This consists mainly of home screen widgets and applications, including the handy HTC Friend Stream, which aggregates social networking contacts from Facebook and Twitter, People, which combines all forms of contact with an individual in your phonebook, along with a weather widget that offers fantastic animations, including a windscreen wiper that swipes across the screen to wipe away raindrops. Android 2.4 Gingerbread also means the Desire S has a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management, and a slicker user interface as improvements over previous versions of the Android platform.

HTC Desire S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Smartphone showdown

The HTC Desire S includes HTC's Sense UI overlay, which offers features like "instant" maps through the Locations app; once downloaded, the maps don't require network coverage to browse.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone runs the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, and features Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlay. Samsung-exclusive features include Social Hub, Readers Hub, Game Hub and Music Hub, while enhanced corporate and security functions include the implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption and Cisco's AnyConnect VPN client.

Although both of these smartphones run the Google’s Android ‘Gingerbread’ operating system, HTC’s Sense UI overlay wins in our books. It is user friendly and helps the handset distinguishes itself from the many other Android smartphones on the market.

HTC Desire S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Smartphone showdown

The Samsung Galaxy S II runs the 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android platform, and features Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI overlay.

The HTC Desire S will be exclusive to Telstra for three months after it launches, which is expected to be any time between now and June. Telstra has an option to extend the deal beyond the initial three month period if it wishes.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone will launch in Australia in May or June, and should be available through all Australian carriers — Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Pricing has yet to be announced.

What do you think about the HTC Desire S and the Samsung Galaxy S II? Tell us in the comments below!

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