Samsung Galaxy S II Vs. Apple iPhone 4S – in an easy to read table and guide

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Inspired by GSMArena’s tablet about the recently announced Apple iPhone 4S mobile phone, up against the older iPhone 4 handset OneMobileRing has decided to publish a comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S II Vs. the iPhone 4S.

Physically, the Samsung Galaxy S II is a thinner and much lighter mobile than the iPhone 4S, with a taller and wider case with a sturdier feel in the hand. The smaller iPhone 4S could feel dwarfed in comparison, but is far more pocket friendly. The screen clarity on the Apple iPhone 4S remains the same as last year’s model, with a higher resolution than the Samsung Galaxy S II – although that mobile does have a Super AMOLED Plus screen with a sharp image quality. This could somewhat make up for the difference in resolution, with the larger screen size being an added bonus.

The processing speed has been increased in the Apple iPhone 4S, to a 1GHz dual-core processor from a single core variant. Samsung Galaxy S II also has a dual-core CPU, only of the 1.2GHz variety which although is faster on paper doesn’t always mean it’s the quicker device. Comparing how fast the two devices operate against each other isn’t ever going to a fair comparison, as the two handsets are running two completely different operating systems.

Apple’s iPhone 4S runs the company’s own bespoke iOS 5 platform, where Samsung’s Galaxy S II has an almost off-the-shelf Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 OS which hasn’t been solely designed for this phone. The OS has been made for a range of devices, but will have been tailored for this particular mobile. The integration therefore might not be as thorough as with the likes of the iOS and the Nokia Symbian operating system, as there’s tighter integration between the makers of the hardware and the writers of the OS – as they are one and the same.

The Samsung Galaxy S II only ships with 16GB of internal, built-in, storage space where the iPhone 4S can be purchased in different storage capacities, from 16GB to the new 64GB size. However, the Apple handset cannot be expanded once bought, where the Galaxy S II has a microSD card with support for a further 32GB of memory – with a view that if 16GB isn’t enough, you can increase the capacity within time.

The Apple iPhone 4S has new support for 14.1MBps web surfing speeds when away from WIFI and the Samsung Galaxy S II has the higher HSPA+ capabilities, with a much faster 21MBps downloading speeds. This iPhone 4S has been reworked for the UK and America markets, where a single handset now has the USA CDMA support for America’s own networks.

Finally, the price. Samsung’s Galaxy S II can now be purchased for as low as £399, whereas the iPhone 4S will be available in the next few weeks with a £100 cost increase for a handset that could be seen as a year old model – with some minor adjustments, here and there.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S II
APPLE IPHONE 4S
OS
Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3, with the Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 UI
Apple iOS 5
Display
4.27-inch

Super AMOLED Plus

3.5-inch

IPS TFT

Resolution
800 x 480
960 x 640
Height

Width

Thickness

125.3mm

66.1mm

8.49mm

115.2 mm

58.6 mm

9.3 mm

Weight
116 grams
140 grams
Build
Gorilla Glass
Glass covers
Processor
1.2 GHz dual-core

Cortex-A9 processor

1 GHz dual-core

Cortex-A9 processor

Apple A5 chipset

RAM
1GB MB
1 GB
Storage
16GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
microSD card slot
Yes, 32GB microSD card support
No
Primary camera
REAR: 8MP autofocus

1080p HD video recording

FRONT: 2MP

REAR: 8 MP autofocus

1080p Full-HD

real-time temporal noise reduction

FRONT: VGA

Primary camera extras
LED Flash
LED flash
Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n
802.11 b/g/n
Network
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

GSM/EDGE/GPRS850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 

GSM/EDGE/GPRS 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1900

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

USB
USB 2.0,
USB 2.0,

Apple proprietary

connector

Bluetooth
3.0+HS
4.0
Price

16GB £399 – Amazon.co.uk
$199 (16GB)

$299 (32GB)

$399 (64GB)

Availability
Currently available
14 October
Sensors
Gyroscope, G-Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor

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