HTC Unveils New Sensation 4G Smartphone, But How Does it Compare to the iPhone 4?

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At an event in London today, HTC unveiled a brand new addition to its ever growing smartphone lineup called the Sensation 4G. Boasting 4G data connectivity, a Super LCD screen, and a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU, the Sensation is a worthy adversary for the iPhone 4. So how do the two compare?

We’ve created a great little comparison that compares all of the main specifications, helping you decide which device deserved your hard earned cash. Check it out after the break!

HTC Sensation 4GApple iPhone 4
Display:4.3-inch Super LCD Screen with 540 x 960 resolution3.5-inch Retina display with 960 x 640 resolution
Processor:1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU (dual-core)1GHz Apple A4 chip (single core)
Memory:1GB internal storage

microSD card slot

768MB RAM

16GB or 32GB internal storage

512MB RAM

Dimensions & Weight:126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm

148 grams

115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm

137 grams

Battery:7 hours 3G talk time

400 hours standby time

7 hours 3G talk time

300 hours standby time

Camera:8 megapixel rear camera

1080p HD video recording

VGA front camera

5 megapixel rear camera

720p HD video recording

VGA front camera

Operation System:Android with HTC SenseiOS
Connectivity:Bluetooth 3.0

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth 2.1

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n

From the specifications above, the HTC Sensation looks like a pretty great phone. It packs a great processor, a good battery, a brilliant rear camera, and the latest Bluetooth technology. While the Sensation only packs 1GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot means you can increase its storage as much as you like – incredibly easily.

The Retina display on the iPhone 4 is the better of the two displays, but the Sensation’s screen is a little bigger. The iPhone is also smaller and lighter, while its HTC rival packs a faster processor and additional RAM.

Out of all the devices in HTC’s current smartphone lineup, the Sensation is certainly the one to give the iPhone 4 a run for its money.

Ultimately the biggest difference between the two, however, is in the operating system. If you’re happy with Android, the Sensation certainly seems like the device to go for. Whereas, if you’re a lover of iOS and you don’t want anything else, you’ll dismiss the Sensation’s advantages and go for the iPhone 4. You’ve got to admit the iPhone 4 still looks the best.

  • bplano

    I don’t know about that. iOS 4.3 has been buggy, at best. If iOS 5 is worth it, then yeah, the iPhone 4 is the better phone.

    In terms of pure performance? Sensation by quite a ways.

  • Bobby Autrey

    Yes. By all means give a yet unreleased device that you haven’t used the performance edge by quite a ways..

  • WVMikeP

    8MP camera … 5MP camera

    Please…. quality of the images? …including low-light situations?

    People still focused on the/a megapixel horse race deserve to lose their shirts.

  • Ed_Kel

    @Mike and Bobby

    You both make great points and let me attempt to wrap it all together. Since we all can remember, we’ve always heard the phrase “your computer is only as good as the operating system that is running on it!” Mike is exactly right. I’ll put my 5MP to an HTC 8MP all day! And just because your camera is capable of shooting 1080P doesn’t mean the quality will be Blu-Ray like and if it was, any one of us could shoot a blockbuster film with our phones! The real test has got to be side by side. Android OS is fragmented ESPECIALLY when HTC Sense is added in the mix. Processing speed doesn’t matter. iOS isn’t fragmented and you know that every time an update drops, your phone will be able to handle it! What’s gonna happen when Android releases an update that requires a 2GHz processor? You’re crap phone will brick like my old HTC Hero did!!

  • besweeet

    The fact that it runs Sense makes it worthwhile. It’s the only good UI for Android. This would be the phone I’d use if I was forced to use an Android device. I’d rather stick my hand in a lake full of piranhas than to use anything else (still talking about Android). iPhone still rules them all.

  • Figurative

    Too bad specs alone don’t make the phone. No matter what, it’s still a Fragmendroid phone mess. You can be sure that the iPhone 4 works more smoothly and elegantly than this latest piece of HTC junk.

  • osxcloner

    HoneyComb is DOA as an OS

  • osxcloner

    HoneyComb is DOA as an OS

  • Max Ellis

    iOS all the way. Just as it is with desktops: Even the most beastly gaming rig is still running Windows beneath. May as well get a console for that.

  • Jeff

    What about the Price??? that seems like a fairly important detail.

  • gnomehole

    I think we’ve learned that only Android users compare on specs… because thats where it ends. Consumers don’t buy on specs… real consumers that is… (see Apple’s new ad for the iPad 2)

  • Anon

    Bobby don’t you know Braynt can see into the future…..his comment was supposed to be read 2 months from now

  • Goms

    might get this phone if the iphone 5 is not released

  • Fred

    Exactly, to print an A4-sized picture you only need 3 megapixels. If you want to zoom in on a specific section, enlarge it and print that section as A4, then you need higher pixelrates.

    The important points about cameras are DPI (dots per inches), quality lenses, proper flash, software (RAW is the format a picture should be saved in) and so on. Megapixels are important for serious photography, but it is not the one and only all-important feature you should base your purchase on, and for non-pros who never enlarge or zoom in on their pictures everything above 3 mp is more or less pointless.

    And currently there is no phone on the market that can be compared with a real quality camera.

  • Jacob Epstein

    i disagree, android rules. name 3 things iOS does better then android.

  • Jacob Epstein

    this phone doesn’t have honeycomb, it has gingerbread and eaither way, they are both better then iOS

  • zazou1

    so I guess you can’t print an A4 pic on a IPAD2? Just asking because I am in the market for a tablet…

  • besweeet

    1. Multitasking
    2. Ease-of-use
    3. Endless list of customizations (jailbreaking, of course)

  • ctt1wbw

    Holy crap! 1 GIG of internal storage! Wow! Hey, the 90s called, they want their specs back.

  • ctt1wbw

    That’s a matter of opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own wrong opinion. :)

  • Alan Hewett

    I give you one and two, but three, even with jailbreaking, ios has a long way to go. This is coming from a fanboy, not a fandroid just so you know.

  • Max Ellis

    Not to sound like I was pushing my preferences on anyone earlier; we all understand that different users have different needs. iOS is for getting things done quickly and effectively, and Android excels at pleasing users who want to endlessly screw around with widgets and task/memory management.

  • Ed_Kel

    You’re right Jacob! Fragmendroid all the way!!

  • Ed_Kel

    1. Music
    2. Computer Syncing
    3. Multitasking
    4. Airplay
    5. Airprint
    6……

    I think I’ll stop there because I’m beginning to get into things that Android phones can’t even do.. :-)

  • Ed_Kel

    I think It’s safe to assume $199.99, just like all other HTC models..

  • besweeet

    How so? Animated wallpapers, animated icons, completely customizable home screens… ANYTHING that you see on your screen can be changed to whatever you want it to be. Something like that is easy to do on iOS, but not on Android.

  • Fred

    The back camera on the iPad 2 only has 0.7 mp, this is what the averege digital camera had around 1990 and it is simply not enough for an A4-sized printout. If you tried you would get a very pixelated result. The front camera is even worse with only 0.3 mp. It may be good enough for video, i honestly do not know enough about video answer that.

    The answer to your question is no, the iPad 2 can not take a picture with high enough resolution for A4-sized prints. If you want good pictures you really should invest in a real camera, they are expensive but usually lasts for several years of use. And you can always buy the iPad camera connection kit, the iPad is a solid way of storing and displaying your pictures.

  • ecaslak

    You can do all of that except on Android without even rooting the phone. Where are you getting your information?

  • ecaslak

    It more than likely will ship with a 16GB or larger MicroSD card in the box, seeing as the HD2 relased over a year ago did.

  • Aslkjgh

    With the MIUI rom this could be a pretty good phone.
    I got an HTC Desire recently… it does crash a lot but I have heard many iPhone 4 uses complaining of crashes and restarts, so I guess I’m not alone.
    I didn’t like Android so I put the iOS-like MIUI rom on it which I’ve been really pleased with.

    And there aren’t many things iPhones can do that Android phones cannot, you just often need a 3rd party app for such features.

    iOS is great but it’s far from perfect. Android is just further from perfect again.

  • H8pip H8pip

    can u tell me the real mp of iphone 4 ? please email me if its possible (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)

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