The HTC Sensation XE is recommended for the music lovers who want to listen to their favorite songs at the best audio quality. However, the phone fails to impress in other directions, such as screen resolution, processor or battery, and this is where the Galaxy SIII steps in and steals the applause.
Displays and sizes
If you prefer a phone with a smaller display, then the Sensation XE will fit in your hand, if you won’t be bothered by its thickness, because for some people, if the smartphone is slim, it’s easier to operate on it. However, the thickness of the HTC device is 11.3mm, it’s 126.1mm tall, has a width of 65.4mm and it weights 151grams. The screen is 4.3inches S-LCD, it supports a resolution of 540x960pixels and it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.
The Galaxy SIII uses Super AMOLED technology for its 4.8inches screen, and it performs very well outdoors, under direct sunlight. The resolution is 720x1280pixels and the pixel density is 306ppi, and we almost forgot to mention that the screen is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The dimensions of this device are 136.6×70.6×8.6mm and the phone is 18grams lighter.
Hardware and OS
A dual core processor performs better than a quad core processor, and the Sensation XE in included in the first category. It features a Scorpion CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, based on a Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset, it uses an Adreno 220 GPU and hosts an internal memory of only 4GB (1GB is user available), but thankfully, it supports expansion up to 32GB. The phone came pre-loaded with Android v2.3.4 (Gingerbread), and later it was upgraded to v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), having HTC Sense UI on top of it, but because it has only 768MB of RAM, this can be considered a handicap.
The Galaxy SIII, on the other hand, has an Exynos 4412 chipset supporting a Mali-400MP4 GPU and 1GB of RAM, and the internal memory is available in three variants: two of 16 and 32GB respectively, which are expandable up to 64GB, and another variant of 64GB, which doesn’t support expansion. The device ran initially on Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and now it supports 4.3 (Jelly Bean). If you’re familiarized with TouchWiz UI, then you’ll find this interface very simple and… boring!
Both phones take photos with an 8MP back camera and they have many features in common: autofocus, geo tagging, touch focus, image stabilization or face detection. But while the HTC device has a powerful dual-LED flash to help users capture better images in the middle of the night, the SIII allows you to record simultaneously, in HD mode, videos and images. The Sensation XE has a VGA front camera, while its opnent has a 1.9MP front snapper.
The HTC is fitted with a smaller battery of 1730mAh, which provides a total duration of talktime on 3G of 7hours and 20 minutes, or 9 hours and 16minuts on 2G, and lasts 540hours in stand by mode, on 3G. The SIII comes with a 2100mAh battery, whose life time is longer: 11 hours and 40 minutes when talking on 3G or 21 hours and 40 minutes on 2G. In stand by mode, on 2G it lasts 590 hours, and on 3G it lasts 790hours.
The HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio by Dr.Dre comes at a price of 241 dollars, while the Galaxy SIII 16GB variant costs 290 dollars.
The Sensation XE replaces the original Sensation model and comes with improved features, but it can’t beat Samsung’s Galaxy SIII, which offers a better processor and battery and has extra features such as NFC, WiFiDirect or Android Beam.