Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HTC Desire HD VS. Samsung Galaxy S

HTC Desire HD VS. Samsung Galaxy S
Specification Comparison

ModelHTC Desire HDSamsung Galaxy S
StatusReleased, October 2010Released, June 2010
Dimensions123 x 68 x 11.8 mm122 x 64 x 9.9mm
Display4.3-inch, 800x480px LCD4-inch, 800x480px
Memory1.5GB microSD expandable8/16GB microSD expandable
Camera8MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash5MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, front facing
VideoYes, 720pYes, 720p
CPU1GHz Scorpion CPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon, 768MB RAM1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, Hummingbird, 512MB RAM
OSAndroid OS V2.2,
HTC Sense UI
Android OS V2.2,
Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 UI
BatteryLi-Ion 1230 mAhLi-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-byUp to 490 h (2G)
Up to 420 h (3G)
Up to 750 h (2G)
Up to 576 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 9 h 15 min (2G)
Up to 5 h 30 min (3G)
Up to 13 h 30 min (2G)
Up to 6 h 30 min (3G)

Amazingly, a simple specification comparison between HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S, both are really tough one to choose which is the winner. Indeed, both are extremely impressive high-end smartphones.


First impressions, I prefer Samsung Galaxy S because of its slim light weight and reasonable 4-inch touchscreen smartphone for my pocket. I also likes HTC Desire HD's 4.3-inch touchscreen LCD front design, but i don't like the whole thicker, heavier metal body and the rear designs. An additionally Samsung Galaxy S's Super AMOLED screen technology brings great benefit with 20% brighter screen and 80% less sunlight reflection, especially when viewing under the direct sunlight.

This is how Samsung explain about Super AMOLED:


About storage, Samsung Galaxy S's built-in 8GB or 16GB memory is enough for me to store some musics and short movies for entertainment. Moreover, the expandable microSD memory slot will allows me to buy additional memory which can support up to 32GB. HTC Desire HD only have 1.5GB built-in memory even thou it also have expandable microSD memory up to 32GB.


Samsung Galaxy S sports a 5MP camera with full 720p HD video at 30 frames per second that looks good to me but tactlessly no flash for the camera. HTC Desire HD gains because it has higher 8MP camera with 720p HD video and dual LED flash for better night camera.


Both processing power are very competitive with 1GHz chipset. Below shows few benchmark: Nenamark, Quadrant and Neocore.

BenchmarkHTC Desire HD
Samsung Galaxy S
Nenamark32.7 fps50.0 fps
Neocore58.3 fps55.5 fps

*Samsung Galaxy S Quadrant benchmark shoot up to 2243 with lag-fix (Voodoo).

HTC Desire HD VS. Samsung Galaxy S Benchmark Video: (Credits: weblogssl)


Final comparison, Samsung Galaxy S OEM Li-Ion 1500 mAh again beats HTC Desire HD Li-Ion 1230 mAh with higher capacity battery that increases it's battery life by standby up to 750 h (2G), up to 576 h (3G); and talk time up to 13 h 30 min (2G), up to 6 h 30 min (3G).

You might interest and want to know how long does Samsung Galaxy S battery last when connecting to active Wifi Connection, active 3G Data Connection, or continuous movie playing; and how long does it needs to fully charge the battery after it's completely flat (0% battery level).

Samsung Galaxy S Battery Test: (Credits: sapiensbryan)


I'm neither Samsung fan nor anti-HTC. I likes Samsung Galaxy S's slim light weight and design. Furthermore, Super AMOLED technology shines the Samsung Galaxy S. It's too bad for not having LED flash on Galaxy S. Others are great and absolutely fantastic featured android smartphone.

Is this a tie? Or Samsung Galaxy S wins? Or HTC Desire HD wins? Both are impressively equal tough competitor.

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