Thinking of buying a new phone and don’t know exactly what choosing? Have you though about the upcoming Blackberry Bold Touch 9900 that will hit the market at the end of the month or the Sensation from HTC? We’ll compare both handsets with their internal details to see how they look side by side. Do you prefer an Android-powered device or wanna experience the new Blackberry Bold? Let’s take a closer look.
First of all, what can be said about the design? Following other Blackberry phones style, the Bold Touch 9900 is no exception. It comes with the regular classy and simple form factor and a QWERTY keyboard included for easy and fast typing while sending important emails or messages. The much awaited Android smartphone, HTC Sensation doesn’t break any rule and has almost the same design as most HTC’s handsets, excepting its fancy, elegant yet durable back. Speaking of exact dimensions, the Bold Touch 9900 is smaller, wider and thinner than the Sensation. Furthermore, it weighs 130 grams, while HTC Sensation comes with 148 grams.
Going down, we analyze the display. The standard for most of current smartphones’s touchscreen is around 4-4.3-inches. HTC Sensation comes under this category by using a Sony S-LCD 4.3-inches display with a reasonable resolution set at 540 x 960 pixels. Gorilla Glass technology has been used to eliminate eventual scuffs, scratches or any other dirts. The handset is coming pre-installed with HTC Sense 3.0 user interface (UI). Other features include multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor or gyro sensor. The Bold’s screen is too small with its 2.3-inches capacitive touchscreen at 480 x 640 pixels plus an easy to use QWERTY keyboard. Display features has also optical track pad and an accelerometer sensor.
Next stop is the camera department. HTC Sensation does a good job with its performant primary 8 megapixel camera plus a secondary front facing VGA cam. You can watch full HD with video capture is 1080p plus autofocus and dual-LED flash. It also includes geo-tagging, touch-focus, image stabilization, face detection, instant capture. On the other side, the Bold has a standard 5 MP cam on the back with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection plus image stabilization. No secondary camera included. Who’s the winner? We’ll prefer HTC Sensation with a more megapixels, higher resolution and extra features.
Regarding the processor section, HTC Sensation comes equipped with a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor running the MSM 8260 Snapdragon chipset and good graphics processing unit. The Bold Touch 9900 is also fitted with .2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, but a single core processor, so the Sensation wins this category too. Compared to previous Blackberry phones, it is quite performant, but not it’s not quite up to the same level as the HTC Sensation.
In terms of internal storage, both have 768 MB RAM. While the Sensation features only 1 GB built-in memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card which has an initial 8GB memory, the Bold Touch 9900 does even better with a roomy 8GB, also expandable up to 32GB via a microSD slot card, a good reason to be the winner at this category.
What about the software? Blackberry Bold Touch 9900 runs RIM’s newest platfom; the BlackBerry OS version 7.0, which is a great leap forward for the company. The interface is quite similar with the previous version, but we can observe more responsiveness and performance to this one. The new interface brings brigher and more vivid graphics, updated GPU and CPU capabilities, support for NFC technology, HD video capture, HTML5 and Flash support. HTC Sensation runs also a new version from Google’s platform, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with noticeable improvements. Both handsets have their own store, where you can download a bunch of useful and interesting applications and features.
As for the connectivity options, both handsets are compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth (v3.0 with A2DP for the HTC Sensation). For each of the devices it is a port available for USB, no infrared port included, but they are compatible with 3G network.
Overall, HTC Sensation has better and top rates technical specifications to be considered the winner of these confrontation. For a Blackberry phone, the upcoming Bold Touch 9900 is a decent handset and an excellent choice for those loving QWERTY keyboard. Still, the Sensation has the dual core porcessor, a better camera and more. In terms of platforms, it comes down to personal preference, both doing a great job. While the Bold is not available yet, you can purchase the Sensation from T-Mobile where it costs $200 with a two year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. You choose what suits better your personal needs.