The HTC Desire HD was unleashed upon the world yesterday, so we thought it only fair to size it up against its biggest Android rival and mac daddy of Google smartphones right now: the Samsung Galaxy S. Fiiiiight!
This one’s tight: HTC’s pretty much had to abandon AMOLED displays of late due to shortages, and the 4.3-inch panel on the HTC Desire HD is an LCD number. It’s the same resolution as the Samsung Galaxy S’ slightly smaller 4-inch capacitive touchscreen (800×480 pixels, if you’re counting), but doesn’t have quite the same vivid contrast ratio of Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen smartphone. Since it’s LCD though, it could have one useful one up: it might actually be visible in sunlight. The wonders of technology, eh? We’ll be sure to check this one out for ourselves come review time.
The Samsung Galaxy S just can’t compete here. We love its beautiful screen, but the unibody(ish) build of the HTC Desire HD is just too swish. The 4.3-inch display takes up so much of the front face that it simply looks like you’re holding a screen and nothing more. Sadly, the Samsung Galaxy S’s plastic looks make it look like a knock off of the two year old iPhone 3G.
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Right now, the HTC Desire HD’s looking the better option. We love Android 2.1 on the Samsung Galaxy S, but Froyo Android 2.2 on the HTC Desire HD has too many extra bells and whistles, like Flash 10.1, speed improvements and support for new Google voice actions and Chrome To Phone. Add to that HTC’s new cloud services and precached maps, and we know which we’d choose. And who knows how long that leaked Froyo update for the Samsung Galaxy S will take to roll out officially?
We’ve not had a chance to test the HTC Desire HD’s camera just yet. But don’t necessarily assume that its eight megapixel sensor will turn in better pics than the super sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S – just ones with more pixels. HTC’s never really had the reputation for solid cameraphones, and the superb 720p video recording on the 5 megapixel Samsung Galaxy S will be hard to beat. On the other hand, that the HTC Desire HD has a flash at all will make it preferable for some.
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It’s one 1GHz ARM-based CPU versus another with the HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S. Clock speed isn’t everything though – and Android veterans will know that the number of apps and widgets you’ve got running can bog a Google smartphone down like no other, so we’ll have to wait to put the finished version head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S.
Of course, the best smartphone provides the best experience above the best specs so don’t read too much into this – instead wait for our full HTC Desire HD review. But at first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S has a rival it should be seriously worried about.