Samsung Galaxy S2 vs iPhone 4

Posted on Friday, Jun 3 2011 on 09:00 AM
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The two hottest smartphones on the market are the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4, shall we just forget about the iPhone 5 (4S) for a moment and do not let that sway your judgment.

                     

We have two highly popular touchscreen smartphones and we thought we would put these two side-by-side considering all the latest news surrounding the Galaxy S2 sales smashing the iPhone 4 in Korea. We want to ask all our readers all around the world, “Which one of these smartphones would you choose?” Will it be the Samsung Galaxy S2 or iPhone 4?

This article is meant for our readers who do not yet own either of these mentioned handsets, lets looks at the spec differences shall we.

Display

The Apple iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours (640 x 960), it also features Scratch-resistant oleophobic surface, Multi-touch input method, Three-axis gyro sensor, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and Proximity sensor for auto turn-off. The Samsung Galaxy S2 features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours (480 x 800 pixels), featuring Gorilla Glass display, Multi-touch input method, and Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, TouchWiz UI v4.0, Proximity sensor and Touch-sensitive controls.

Our Views on Display: Have to say the Samsung Galaxy S2 wins in this department.

Camera

The iPhone 4 has a 5MP rear camera offering 2592 x 1944 pixels, featuring autofocus, Touch focus, LED flash and geo-tagging. Comes with 720p@30fps video recording and LED video light, also comes with a front-facing camera for video call chats (video-calling over Wi-Fi only). The Galaxy S2 features an 8MP rear-facing camera (3264×2448 pixels), with autofocus, LED flash, face and smile detection, Geo-tagging, touch focus and image stabilization. Also comes with a front-facing 2MP camera and 1080p@30fps video.

Our Views on Camera: Have to say the Samsung Galaxy S2 wins this one, They are both good but the feel, use and picture quality of the Galaxy S2 camera is better.

Memory

The Apple iPhone 4 only goes up to 32GB storage max, and does not have an SD card slot. However, you can get the iPhone 4 in either 16GB or 32GB capacities. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has 16GB but does come with an SD card slot for up to 32GB cards.

Our Views on Memory: This is a hard one really, even though the Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with 16GB built-in and can house up to 32GB cards, we still would choose the iPhone 4 over the Galaxy S because the more memory you take up the more you have a chance of slowing up your phone. This one is down to personal preference.

Processor

The iPhone 4 is fitted with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX535GPU, Apple A4 chipset, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 features a Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, Mali-400MP GPU, Orion chipset. iPhone 4 has 512MB of RAM and the Galaxy S2 has 1GB of RAM.

Our Views on Processor: Come on that is an easy one; the Samsung Galaxy S2 wins this department. 200 MHz more on the S2 makes this a clear winner especially seeing as it has 1GB or RAM.

Operating System (OS)

The iPhone 4 OS is more stable and established and more user friendly, we cannot count out the fact that the Galaxy S2 runs on Android, the Android OS did win as the leading operating system in such a short period of time.

Our Views on OS: Personally we choose the iPhone 4 and its iOS, but yet again this is personal preference. We do use Android OS as well as iOS, but we prefer iPhone. Sorry Android lovers, in time we may change our minds.

Battery Life

The iPhone 4 has a Li-Po 1420mAh battery offering up to 300 standby hours using 2G and up to 300 standby hours using 3G, you will get up to 14 talk time hours using 2G and up to 7 hours talk time using 3G. The Galaxy S2 has a, Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery offering up to 710 standby time using 2G, up to 610 standby time using 3G, you will get up to 18 hours 20 minutes talk time using 2G and up to 8 hours 40 minutes using 3G.

Our Views on Battery Life: Samsung Galaxy S2 wins this hands down, no doubting that one. Hopefully when the next-gen Apple smartphone aka iPhone 5 is released battery life will be more superior.

Overall Summary

The Apple iPhone 4 has been out a while now and it has already proved to customers it is a very powerful smartphone, it is very easy to use and feels fantastic. However, the Samsung Galaxy S2 has not been on the market for long and sales have already surpassed expectations. If we look at the specs above the Galaxy S2 is the clear winner and when you consider this phone is a little cheaper to buy than the iPhone 4.

If we had to put our heads on the line we would have to choose the Samsung Galaxy S2 over the iPhone, Apple really and we mean REALLY needs to go to the drawing board and release a much superior iPhone 5, iphone 4S, whatever you want to call it. Please let us know what smartphone you would choose above.

Voting Results

Features

6.9

Peformance

6.7
Total Votes: 61