Design and Display
The Sensation and Galaxy S2 each take different approaches to design and display. The HTC Sensation takes its design cues from its predecessors, with the rounded corners and palm friendly design. It also looks a bit more sophisticated, adding varying shades of grey on the back of the smartphone, a silver speaker grill above the display and an LED notification light. The Galaxy S2 takes the opposite approach, aiming for a very simplistic and square design with black being the prominent color, both front and back. When placed side by side, the Galaxy S2 easily looks more sleek and modern while the Sensation looks, well, like an HTC smartphone. It's understandable as to why HTC wants to have a consistent design, but at the same time, the consistency does cause a bit of boredom.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is also slimmer than the HTC Sensation, mostly due to the technology it uses. The Galaxy S2 opts to go with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, allowing it to pack a beautiful screen into a slimmer package. The HTC Sensation stays with a 4.3 inch Super LCD display, which adds to the bulk, but they did opt to go with qHD, giving it a 540 x 960 pixel resolution. What this means is that the Galaxy S2 has a better viewing angle, brighter display and absolutely fantastic contrast, while the HTC Sensation has better resolution and pixel density, meaning small text comes out crisper and clearer.
It truly is a coin toss when it comes to design and display as the two have gone in opposite directions with the design and the technology behind the display. In this case, going in the opposite direction is not a bad thing, it's just a different approach, but both directions lead to solid design and display decisions. If you're a fan of slimmer handsets and enjoy watching movies, the Galaxy S2 beats out the Sensation, but if you're a fan of more ergonomic handsets, enjoy reading on your smartphone and the LED notification is key, the Sensation comes out on top of the Galaxy S2. In this case, it really is too close to call and so we'll call it a draw.
Winner - Tie