Samsung Galaxy Nexus VS HTC Sensation XL Comparison

Sanjana December 3, 2011 0

HTC Sensation XL, recently launched in India has already been branded as the costliest Android phone in the country. It is the larger version of HTC Sensation XE which is an upgradation of the original HTC Sensation. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the new Nexus device from Google is slowly hitting the markets worldwide as it debuts Google Android’s latest operating system that is Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung Galaxy Nexus has in fact a good internal hardware on it whereas HTC Sensation XL is inbuilt with an attractive audio system. Let’s go through the detailed features of both handsets to decide which phone supersedes the other.

samsung galaxy nexus vs htc sensation xl

Form Factor:

The body of HTC Sensation XL is housed within a dimension of 132.5*70.7*9.9mm and weighs 162.5gms. It showcases a solid built quality that encompasses a sturdy exterior plastic black with four standard Android buttons. HTC has added a touch of red to the phone – the four capacitive buttons light up in red, the earpiece on top is in red and camera ring on rear is also in a shade of red that makes it stand out in the crowd. Samsung Galaxy Nexus weighs a mere 135gms and is housed within a dimension of 135*67.9*8.9gms. It features classic great look and goes by the all new Ice Cream strategy with no physical buttons on it. Both comprise a 4.7inch display thereby making them quiet big to fit into one’s pocket.

Boss- Galaxy Nexus


Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a Super AMOLED display and pixel density of 316ppi. It has a screen resolution of 720*1280pixels and its display is based on an Oleophobic surface that make it a truly HD screen. HT C Sensation XL on the other hand comes with a S-LCD capacitive touch screen and pixel density of 199ppi with a screen resolution of 480*800pixels. Both phones comprise a 4.7inch display and support capacitive touch displays, multi-touch input, sensors like accelerometer, proximity and gyro (to enhance motions based on gaming and gestures) and up to 16M colors.

Boss- Galaxy Nexus

Operating System:

Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone in the world to run on the latest Android firmware released recently that is Ice Cream Sandwich. It has no UI on top of stock OS and is built as the original Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS. Galaxy Nexus has added some minor improvements to the user interface and its new TouchWiz 4 UI consists of refreshed iconography with a bit of user changes. HTC Sensation runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 and has its own UI that is popular for its user friendly UI throughout the OS and admirable gesture support. According to latest reports, HTC has confirmed that Sensation XL would be soon receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Boss- Galaxy Nexus

Storage and Battery:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus consists of 16/32GB internal memory for usage with 1GB RAM while HTC Sensation XL comes 768MB RAM and 16GB storage. Both phones do not support Micro SD Card slot and cannot be extended. If you opt to go for Galaxy Nexus and got lots to store in your phone it is better you get the 32GB model since 16GB models cannot be upgraded later.

Galaxy Nexus is powered by a 1750mAh battery and offers up to 18h talktime on 2G and 8h talktime on 3G. It provides 290h of backup on 2G and upto 270h on 3G. HTC Sensation XL consists of 1600mAh battery and offers up to 12h of talktime on 2G and 7h on 3G. It provides a backup of 360h on 2G and 460h on 3G.

Boss- Galaxy Nexus


Both Galaxy Nexus and HTC Sensation XL come with powerful processors however Galaxy Nexus surpasses HTC Sensation with its 1.2GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Processor powered by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU backed by a TI OMAP 4460Chipset. HTC Sensation XL is inbuilt with 1.5GHz Scorpion Single core processor powered by an Adreno 205 GPU and a Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset.

Boss- Galaxy Nexus


Galaxy Nexus has 5MP camera with maximum resolution of 3592*1936 pixels and single LED flash. It also contains a 1.3MP secondary camera that can be used for video calling via Skype, Google Talk etc. HTC Sensation has 8MP camera with maximum resolution of 3264*2488 pixels and has Dual LED flash. It also comes with a secondary VGA camera and HDR support for cameras. Both provide for geo tagging, face detection and image stabilization.

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Galaxy Nexus shoots videos at 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1080p at full HD resolution while HTC Sensation shoots at 720p at HD resolution

Boss- HTC Sensation (Better camera for still shots: 8MP) ; Galaxy Nexus (Full HD Video)


Galaxy Nexus supports audio files in MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 formats and video files in MP4/H.264/H.263 formats. HTC Sensation supports audio files in MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV formats and video files in MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV formats. Both have their own default player and 3.5mm ear jack.

Boss- Both


Both phones support 5.76Mbps of HSUPA, 802.11b/g/n and hotspot Wi-Fi connectivity with DLNA, v3.0 A2DP Bluetooth along with EDR, and v2.0microUSB. However HTC Sensation provides 14.4Mbps of HSDPA while Galaxy Nexus provides 21Mbps of HSDPA with LTE and NFC capability.

Boss- Galaxy Nexus


You can get Galaxy Nexus at $626.530 (32,000 INR) from the nearby retailer or buy it online from and HTC Sensation at $759.648 (38,799 INR) online from flipkart or from the nearby retailer.


Going through all the above features i would definitely vote for Samsung Galaxy Nexus owing to its dual core processor, a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen and its super kuul OS that consists of the latest Android 4.0 version. Galaxy Nexus is a big phone with even better features but cheaper in price. HTC Sensation XL is preferable for those looking for a remarkable multimedia experience as it is coupled with an audio system by Beats with a specially made headset for it.

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