Speaking generally, both of these devices are fairly powerful smart phones. Although the Galaxy S2 is newer on the market and the iPhone 4 is roughly one year old, the two phones are still very comparable. This review will break down the difference in the screen, software, processors and other hardware, as well as the usability of both devices.
The Galaxy S2 has the following dimensions: 125 x 66 x 8mm and weighs in at just over 115 grams. This is comparable to the iPhone which offers a 115 x 58 x 9mm and weighs in at a slightly heavier 137 grams.
The Samsung Galaxy is noticeably wider, though thinner than the iPhone 4. Despite the seemingly tiny 1mm difference it is noticeable. In terms of screen real estate, the Samsung Galaxy S2 has a much larger viewing area.
As mentioned before, the screen on the Galaxy S2 is larger (at 4.27 inches, when compared with the iPhone screen which comes in at 3.5 inches) making Samsung the clear winner. At that, the Galaxy S2′s 800 x 480 has a noticeably smaller resolution than that of the iPhone 4, thanks to Apples’ retina display technology.
The screens also use very different technologies. The S2 sports an AMOLED display, while the iPhone has an LCD with IPS technology. If you “don’t care” about resolution, the Samsung Galaxy S2′s larger screen may better suit your needs, and some people have mentioned that the AMOLED display has a different look than that of the iPhone. If you prefer the crisp qualities that are found in the current generation iPhone’s display, there’s no substitute.
The device’s CPUs are radically different. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has a 1.2 Ghz dual core chip and 1 gigabyte of RAM while the iPhone 4 has Apples’ A4 chipset and comes with 512 megabytes of memory. For all intents and purposes, the S2 has twice the computing resources of the iPhone 4. Performance is noticeably faster. And, given its processing power and memory, this is no big surprise. Applications launch much faster on the S2 than the iPhone.
Both devices have cameras capable of video and photos, though the S2 has many more settings “available” when it comes to picture-taking. Even with advanced camera apps available for iPhone 4, the S2 will undoubtedly out-perform the camera in the ability to fine tune your settings. The S2 has an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of HD video, with a 2 megapixel camera built in the front of the device.
The iPhone 4 can also record HD video in 720p format using the 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. But the front-facing on the iPhone 4 is 640×480–much smaller than that of the S2.
The S2 has far more pre-installed applications =than the iPhone 4. But, as many are aware, the app store available for the iPhone 4 is much larger than that of Android.
Both phones have 3G and Wi-Fi tethering abilities. But, the Samsung Galaxy S2 has a more recent version of Bluetooth available.
The operating system on the Samsung Galaxy S2 is the latest version of Google’s Android OS–Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The differences between these two operating systems have been well documented in the past, so there’s no need to delve too deep. The app store for iOS is far more mature than Android’s.
iOS is a much more user-friendly operating system than Android–though Android is capable of doing much more, especially for those willing to poke around in the settings and really “dig in deep”.
Both of the devices are available in 16 and 32 gigabyte storage capacities. But only the Samsung Galaxy S2 can expand its memory via a microSD slot, which can bring the total space up to 64 gigs maximum (a 32 gigabyte memory card with the 32 gigabyte version of the phone).
Battery life on smart phones are notorious for being iffy. The earliest versions of the iPhone were notorious for having bad poor battery life…although this has improved recently, the Samsung Galaxy S2 proved to more powerful battery than the iPhone 4 by almost 200 milliamps.
If you like the Android operating system, you’ll love this phone. The specs are such that you’ll be getting (essentially) double the computing performance compared to the iPhone 4. If you’re the kind of user who likes a lot of control, the Galaxy S2 will be the best (and quite honest, only) choice.
If you like Apple and iOS, there’s (obviously) no replacement for the iPhone 4. The S2 is slightly cheaper than the iPhone 4, although most Android phones are. But again, if you prefer the look and feel of an Apple device or Apple’s software, there’s no substitute.
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