Samsung Focus vs HTC HD7 Comparison pt 3: Performance, More GPS and More Display

Posted on Dec 4 2010 - 6:39am by P.Schmitz

We have an exciting 3 part series over the next few days for our readers out there.  We’ll be pitting the Samsung Focus against the HTC HD7 to see who is king in the US WP7 market.  We’ll be looking at the following features of each phone:

  • GPS speed and accuracy (indoor and outdoor tests)
  • Screen quality
  • CPU and memory performance
  • Camera quality and features
  • The pre-installed applications

In part 3 of this series we will be comparing the Performance of each phone through an application loading test that we’ve touched on earlier in addition to conducting more screen and GPS tests.  The new screen test is looking at the visibility of each screen in direct sunlight outdoors.  THe GPS test is just seeing whether or not the accuracy and speed of the on-board GPS chips improve by relying on the phone’s 3G connection and being in a more open area.


We’ve written about this before, so I won’t go into too much detail other than to say that the Focus beats the HD7 both using NAND memory and microSD memory.  In both tests the loading differences were at least 5 seconds on average and once in the games/apps both phones performed at the same pace.


Outdoor Visibility Test

Not even a competition as seen in the video below.  While neither phone was perfect, the Samsung Focus was leagues ahead of the HD7, just goes to show you how amazing those Super AMOLED screens are!


Additional Outdoor GPS Test

This test was kind of a pickle in that neither phone performed well.  As I mention in the video the Focus is better at tracking your movements while in the car and as soon as we get our hands on a sufficient app we will post a video about that as well.  You can take a look for yourselves below, but I must have been in a weird GPS Bermuda Triangle of Bellevue with the results we got.

Stay tuned for the continuation of this article tomorrow and Saturday of this week.  Also let us know if you’d like to see other features compared between these two monster devices.

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