We’ve seen so many innovative handsets at CES 2011, that it’s quite difficult to choose the best one. Among the new smartphones presented, which are bound to make an appearance in the first quarter of 2011, were the speedy HTC Thunderbolt, which was officially announced on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and the huge, yet super thin Samsung Infuse, with its impressive 4.5-inch screen, coming to AT&T. Let’s compare the two devices and see which one would be a better choice, if you’re thinking of purchasing a new smartphone this year.
First thing that comes to mind when we see the two handsets is their design. The two devices are similar in terms of design, they’re elegant, sleek, slim, and classy. We don’t have official info regarding their dimensions or weight, but the two devices both look stunning.
When it comes to the display, though, things change a bit. The HTC Thunderbolt boasts a TFT capacitive display, with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, and a screen size of 4.3-inches. The Samsung Infuse, on the other hand, comes with a Super AMOLED Plus display, a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, and an incredible screen size of 4.5-inches. The new and improved Super AMOLED Plus technology promises to enhance image quality up to 50 percent.
Getting down to the camera, both devices feature the same 8 megapixel camera in the back, and another 1.3 megapixel cam up front, so there’s no difference here. Both come with Flash and Auto Focus. While the Samsung Infuse supports 1080p HD playback, the HTC model only supports 720p.
In terms of software, both devices will come installed with Android 2.2, aka Froyo, the HTC model also features HTC Sense, while the Samsung handset comes with the usual TouchWiz UI. Hardware-wise, both devices are quite impressive. The Thunderbolt packs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 768 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage space, while the Infuse comes equipped with a powerful 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor and 16 GB of internal storage.
Taking a look at connectivity, both devices come with Bluetooth, WiFi, USB 2.0 support, but the Thunderbolt also features 4G LTE and Mobile Hotspot capability, while the Infuse doesn’t support LTE, but HSPA+. So we can assume that the Verizon-bound Thunderbolt will be faster than AT&T’s Samsung Infuse.
As you can see, the two devices are quite similar, both in terms of specs and design. It’s going to be a difficult decision to choose one, and in the end, it will mostly get down to which carrier you prefer. If you want Verizon’s speedy 4G LTE network and a slightly smaller screen size, go for the HTC Thunderbolt. But of course, you might prefer the super-thin, sleek, and elegant Samsung Infuse, with its 4.5 inches of pure screen, and snappy 1.2 Hummingbird processor.