ZTE Era vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Vs Tim Webb 07:17, 9 Apr 2012

We compare ZTE's upcoming Era with Samsung's amazingly popular Galaxy S II

When Samsung released the Galaxy S II last April it was warmly received by a public anxiously awaiting the first dual-core smartphones, and the device was a huge hit. A slim, powerful device, the Galaxy S II offered users a real top of the line experience and lured customers away from Apple's iPhone with its slim, svelte good looks and top quality feature set.

Fast forward 12 months and users are now planning their upgrades, and instead of dual-core phones sitting atop their wish lists it's quad-core devices that are in demand, and among those due for release in the coming weeks ZTE's Era stands out, with quality hardware, a smooth design and, it's predicted, a hugely competitive price point.

Screen

ZTE's Era ships with a 4.3-inch qHD display which operates at a resolution of 540 x 960 and offers a pixel density of 256PPI, the same as Sony's new PlayStation Vita, which should make for some pretty impressive image quality.

Samsung's year-old Galaxy S II launched with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen operating at a resolution of 480 x 800 and offering up a pixel density of 217PPI.

The Galaxy S II's screen is super responsive, sharp as a tack and performs brilliantly, but the newer technology of the Era pips it at the post in this round, giving the points to ZTE.

Winner - ZTE Era

Form

The Samsung Galaxy S II is super thin at just 8.5mm and its chassis is light, well designed and comfortable to hold.

The device's patterned back plate adds a touch of grip to proceedings, as does the slight 'chin' on the rear of device, and the lack of physical keys (aside from the 'home' button) give the Galaxy S II a delightfully minimal feel.

The ZTE Era out does the Galaxy S II in this round too though, with a thickness of just 7.8mm and a minimal, clean looking facade.

The device also lacks physical keys but boasts a selection of touch sensitive keys on its face, affording users some extra control with spoiling the smooth good looks of the device.

Winner - ZTE Era

Camera

The ZTE Era packs an 8-megapixel autofocus primary camera with LED focus and geo-tagging, capable of 1080P video capture, and VGA secondary which is perfect for video chatting and the odd vanity shot.

Samsung's Galaxy S II however, offers an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face & smile detection and image stabilisation, as well as capturing video at 1080P.

The device's secondary camera is 2-megapixel and performs excellently, allowing users to video chat with high quality images.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S II

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