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Motorola Atrix vs. HTC Sensation: Smartphone showdown
- — 31 May, 2011 15:37
Both of these Android phones have similar specifications — the Motorola Atrix has a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4in qHD display, a 5-megapixel camera that records 720p HD video, and a fingerprint reader.
The HTC Sensation on the other hand has a slightly larger 4.3in display that also boasts a qHD resolution, but betters the Atrix's 5-megapixel camera with an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder. The Sensation also has a slightly faster 1.2GHz processor and features a unibody aluminium design.
So how does the Motorola Atrix compare against the HTC Sensation when it comes to specifications?
Motorola Atrix vs HTC Sensation: Specifications
|Feature||Motorola Atrix||HTC Sensation||Verdict?|
|Operating system (OS)||Google Android 2.2 (Froyo)||Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)||Draw|
|Display size||4in||4.3in||HTC Sensation|
|Display technology||Capacitive TFT||Capacitive SLCD||HTC Sensation|
|Display resolution||540x960 pixels (qHD)||540x960 pixels (qHD)||Draw|
|Camera||5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation||8 megapixels, dual-LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation, face and detection, instant capture||HTC Sensation|
|FM radio||No||Yes||HTC Sensation|
|Internal memory||16GB||1GB||Motorola Atrix|
|Expandable memory||microSD card slot||microSD card slot||Draw|
|Dimensions||117.8 x 63.5 x 11mm||126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm||HTC Sensation|
|Application store||Google Android Market||Google Android Market||Draw|
|Processor||ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core (1.2GHz)||HTC Sensation|
|3G networks||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 900/1900/2100||Motorola Atrix|
|Bluetooth||2.1 with A2DP||3.0 with A2DP||HTC Sensation|
|NFC (Near Field Communication)||No||No||Draw|
|HDMI-out||Yes||Yes (via MHL)||Draw|
|Quoted talk time||Up to 9 hours||Up to 6 hours 40 minutes||Motorola Atrix|
|Quoted standby time||Up to 250 hours||Up to 400 hours||HTC Sensation|
|Adobe Flash support||Yes||Yes||Draw|
Motorola Atrix vs HTC Sensation: Design
One of the most lauded features of the Sensation is HTC's 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 recently launched Incredible S. The HTC's unibody casing is constructed from a single piece of aluminium. If HTC's other Android phones are anything to go by, the Sensation will look and feel every bit a premium piece of industrial design, and the finish won't be easy to scratch or mark.
The HTC Sensation Android phone uses a unibody aluminium design that is constructed from a single piece of aluminium.
Although the Motorola Atrix lacks the aluminium unibody design of the HTC Sensation, its plastic frame feels relatively well constructed, and also has an attractive carbon-like pattern printed onto the rear. The Motorola Atrix is less than 11mm thick, which is a nice surprise given it comes with a large 4in capacitive touchscreen.
The clear winner here is the HTC Sensation. In addition to boasting a larger display than the Atrix, HTC has also managed to wrap the phone in a unibody design, and aluminium beats plastic any day in our books.