Samsung Galaxy Nexus v HTC Sensation XL
If you're in the market for an Android smartphone, chances are Samsung and HTC are among the top runners on your wish list.
The HTC Sensation XL has been touted as the smartphone for music aficionados. Indeed, it is so much more than just a phone and contains a sound system any sound engineer would be happy to plug into their ears.
The Sensation comes with Beats Audio and a customised Beats headset, so you can enjoy the music just as your favourite artist intended it to be heard. The HTC Sensation XL automatically detects the tailor-made Beats headset and automatically optimises the audio output, giving deep, full bass and crisp, clear vocals. There's a 4.7 inch screen for watching music videos and SRS surround sound – putting this phone audibly above the competition.
And if you want to make your own recordings, the HTC Sensation XL has excellent video capturing capabilities. There's not one but two built-in microphones, enabling you to record in surround sound, plus an 8 megapixel camera that records HD video. There's also a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera to boot.
The HTC Sensation XL runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with a customised HTC Sense skin, providing you with access to the wide array of apps available from the Android store. All this in a phone that's just 9.9mm thick, with a 4.7 inch scratch resistant touchscreen, 16MB of in-built storage and a powerful 1.5GHz processor.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, meanwhile, also known as the Nexus Prime, is a smartphone that lots of people are making much noise about. Due for release at the end of November, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the very first handset to run the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. http://www.clove.co.uk
Ice Cream Sandwich provides a range of top notch new Android features. Among the most interesting and potentially most useful is the security-focussed Face Unlock, a means of unlocking the device by looking at the 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. Not only does that mean that if your phone is stolen it will be useless to the thieves; it also means if you leave it lying around your friends can't secretly 'frape' your Facebook status!
There's also 'Android Beam', a feature that enables you to easily share contacts, apps, websites and more between two NFC enabled Android devices. Improvements have been made to several of the stock apps, such as camera, calendar and the web browser in this newest release, too.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus also comes with a 5 megapixel camera that can record HD video, as well as the aforementioned 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.
There's 16MB of built in storage, and a powerful 1.2GHz dual core processor to ensure your web browsing and multimedia experiences run smoothly every time.
The HTC Sensation XL is available from Clove Technology for £486 including VAT.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is now on pre-order from Clove Technology, costing £514.80 including VAT.