IPHONE 4S VS SAMSUNG GALAXY S2


I think we all understand
that design is a matter of
taste. Some like huge,
heavy and rugged devices;
others prefer light and tiny
ones. So in this case we
can’t say which phone is
better – the Samsung
Galaxy S2 or the new
iPhone 4S – we can only
note the obvious: you can’t
say the Samsung Galaxy S2
Design
is a tiny phone (it has a
4.3-inch display, after all),
but it’s slim (only 8.49mm –
much less than all the
phones I can think of) and
light – it’s plastic body
together with the battery
weighs only 116g. The
iPhone 4S, on the other
hand, isn’t much different
from its predecessor in
term of size and design
(same cases can go for
both); it’s smaller than the
Galaxy S2, since its display
is smaller (3.5 inches), but
it’s not as thin as it.
Display
There was a time when
many people believed that
the Samsung Galaxy S2 had
the best screen ever, but
now its 4.3-inch Super
AMOLED Plus touchscreen
with 800 x 480 resolution
doesn’t sound that cool any
longer… The resolution of
the iPhone 4S’s screen is
higher – 960 x 640. Of
course, it doesn’t mean the
Galaxy S2 is outdated now
or not that good any more
– its screen is very bright,
all the colors are eye-
popping and very beautiful,
and they don’t darkle or
fade when you look at the
screen at an angle. It’s
great for watching movies
and even for playing HD
games (there are plenty of
them in Android Market).
However, the display of the
iPhone 4S due to its higher
resolution is even brighter
and isn’t afraid of sunlight,
too (though it actually fades
a bit under direct sunlight).
The only bad thing is – old
icons and apps look grainy
on such a clear display, so
unless the developers
update them and adjust for
high-res screens, you
won’t enjoy using them on
the iPhone 4S… at all.
So… here the winner is the
iPhone 4S with its super
screen, though I personally
like the display of the
Samsung Galaxy S2, too.
Processor
The Samsung Galaxy S2
boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core
ARM Cortex-A9 processor
that provides really fast
performance without any
delay. Web browsing is
very quick even via Wi-Fi
networks, and you won’t
face any problem with
loading and playing even
the most “heavy” games
on Samsung’s flagship.
The iPhone 4S has a 1GHz
dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
processor, which is also
very fast (much faster than
the single-core processor
of the original iPhone 4 at
least), but, though it
provides great graphical
acceleration, it yields to the
CPU of the Galaxy S2 in
terms of performance, so
here the winner is
Samsung’s smartphone.
Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S2
has a cool 8MP camera with
auto-focus and LED flash
that takes 3264 x 2448
photos and 1080p videos
at 30fps. If you remember,
the original iPhone 4S had a
5MP sensor, and many
geeks thought it was a big
shortcoming, even though
the number of megapixels
doesn’t really matter.
Anyway, now those geeks
have received what they
wanted – the new iPhone
4S has an 8MP camera able
to take 3264 x 2448
pictures just like the
Galaxy S2 and many other
modern smartphones. Plus
it has a CMOS illuminated
sensor, which is 73 percent
more effective and about
30 percent faster than
before. And of course, it
shoots 1080p HD videos,
too.
However, the secondary
2MP camera of the Samsung
Galaxy S2 is better than
the VGA camera of the new
iPhone 4S. But anyway,
secondary cameras don’t
play a big role here, and as
for the rear-facing ones,
they’re both equally good,
so we have a draw here.
Platform
Just like in case of design, I
don’t think it’s a good idea
to compare two operating
systems, especially if
they’re both good – each in
its own way. Android the
Samsung Galaxy S2 runs is
the most popular platform
at the moment, famous for
being easy to customize
and for having a huge
number of apps in Android
Market, too. However, the
Gingerbread it runs isn’t
the newest version of
Google’s OS any longer,
since the Ice Cream
Sandwich update is already
on its way, so we can’t say
the Galaxy S2 runs the
best software ever.
On the other hand, Apple’s
iOS is really easy to use
(even if the iPhone is your
first smartphone ever, you
won’t face any problem
dealing with it – the user
interface of iOS is
intuitively understandable
for everybody), but of
course it’s not what makes
the new iPhone 4S special.
You’ve probably already
heard about Siri – the
special program designed
to help the user give
commands to the phone,
ask questions and even
send text messages. Siri is
new, smart and funny, too
(it came out that the
developers had hidden
many interesting Easter
eggs, funny jokes and witty
responses to strange
questions in it), and I guess
many people will buy the
iPhone 4S especially for
Siri.
Since you can’t surprise
anyone with Android now,
especially with its
Gingerbread version, so in
this case I think the prize
should go to the iPhone 4S
and its Siri.
Price
The unlocked version of
the Samsung Galaxy S2
costs £397.99 on Amazon,
while the 16GB iPhone 4S is
more expensive – £593.15.hs ago, and the 4S is
only about a month old, so
it will most likely be
discounted after a while.
Anyway, you can find much
better
deals at
RightMobilePhone
offering both smartphones
for free with contracts, so
perhaps it’s better to
choose one of them instead
of paying much more for a
SIM-free device.
Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy S2
and the Apple iPhone 4S
are both very good
smartphones, no doubt,
and both have their
stronger and weaker sides.
The Galaxy S2 is a bit
faster thanks to its
processor, while the iPhone
4S has a better display and
Siri that has caught so
much attention.
I think the Galaxy S2 has
been the best smartphone
for too long, and now a new
device should come to
replace it. Apple’s latest
“child” can be this new
device, so… the iPhone 4S
is my choice.

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