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Comparison – Samsung Galaxy S II vs iPhone 4

July 1, 2011
By Nigel Chew

01 July 2011 - Once upon a not-so-long time ago, we had the Apple iPhone 4 fight against the Samsung Galaxy S, with both devices finishing neck to neck. Fast forward to the present, we will now pit the now veteran iPhone 4 against the successor of arguably one of the best Android devices around. The Samsung Galaxy S II revisits the brutal fight its predecessor had versus the iPhone 4, with a brand new arsenal of internal hardware and minor exterior enhancements. 


The 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm iPhone 4 weighs at 137 grams. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S II, measuring at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm, which is slightly wider but thinner than its predecessor somehow also manages to be lighter at 116 grams.  


The Samsung Galaxy S IIís 4.3-inch SUPER AMOLED Plus provides much eye-candy with its 480 x 800 pixel resolution. That said, the iPhone 4ís 3.5-inch LED-backlit screen which has 640 x 960 pixels of resolution still fares considerably well against its competitor.  


The iPhone 4 retains its operating system at iOS 4, while the Samsung Galaxy S II is now running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a significant update since its predecessorís Android 2.1 (…clair) days. The Samsung Galaxy S II also receives a major processing power boost with its dual-core 1.2GHz processor, which easily trumps the iPhone 4ís single-core A4 1GHz chip. 


With its built-in internal memory of 16GB, the Samsung Galaxy S II offers additional storage capacity opportunities in the form of microSD cards of up to 32GB. The iPhone 4 maintains its 16GB and 32GB variants as before, with no support for expansion cards. 


The Samsung Galaxy S II's 8-megapixel shooter does a great job with its single LED flash, churning out pretty images, but its ability to shoot at full HD 1080p is what impresses us most. The iPhone 4ís 5-megapixel camera is still good by todayís standard, so it still holds its own against Samsungís new device. 


From the very beginning, this was a comparison between oranges and an Apple, due to the fact that we are comparing a brand new device against something which, by mobile device technology standards, is ancient. While the Samsung Galaxy S II blows the iPhone 4 out of the water in terms of hardware specifications on paper, the fact of the matter is that Apple had made a really good piece of hardware that is still capable of competing with todayís offerings. 


What we really have in hand is the best Android device to date versus a device that is tried and tested. If you want the best Android smartphone money can buy, you will do no wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S II, and if you want the latest iOS offering, we suggest that you wait for the iPhone 5. 


Samsung Galaxy S II (RRP RM 2099) 


3.5G HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 8.0 MP camera, 16GB Memory + microSD (Up to 32GB) 


The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 480 x 800 resolution (which is an increase of screen size, though it retains the same resolution seen in its predecessor), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz UI 4.0. 


It boasts an 8-megapixel camera which is capable of capturing videos at full HD 1080p @ 30fps. The Samsung Galaxy S II also has HSPA+ (21Mbps) network support, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as an HDMI-out with mirroring and DLNA for media sharing. 


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Apple iPhone 4 (RRP RM2500 - 2580 (AP)


3.5G HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g, Touchscreen candybar, 5.0 MP camera, 16/32GB Memory 


The iPhone 4 is running on Apple iOS 4 and it is upgradeable to iOS 4.3.3. It has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with LED-backlit. The iPhone 4 also has a secondary camera on the front of the device as compared to its predecessor. In addition, it is powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 processor and 512 of RAM. The device measures at 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm and weight at 137g.  


The iPhone 4 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. It is also capable to capture video at 720p resolution. The device supports HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and tethering.  


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