Samsung’s latest device to come out on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S2, was just recently pinned in a full out battle against Apple’s iPhone 4. Now before you jump at me ( and I’m thinking here mostly at iPhone 4′s fans and users ), note that this has been done with the LG Optimus 2X as well and I consider it really helpful especially for someone trying to decide on what smartphone to buy. The test managed to show the best the two worlds had to offer and also helped point out the good parts as well as the bad parts of both devices. So without prolonging this intro to much, let’s get into the Samsung Galaxy S2 vs iPhone 4 showdown!
First of all, the main difference between the two devices which becomes instantly obvious when thinking about the Samsung Galaxy S2 vs iPhone 4 is the displays used. The Galaxy S2 is powered by the new Super AMOLED Plus display measuring in at 4.3 inches and having a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels while the iPhone 4 has a 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels. This gives the better pixel density to the iPhone yet, despite that, the increased size and color as well as image quality of the Galaxy S2 is undeniable.
Performance wise the Samsung Galaxy S2 takes the cake thanks to its beefy 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, loading pages a lot quicker than the iPhone 4. Full pages were rendered up to 2 times quicker on Samsung’s alternative, with browsing being seamless and streamlined thanks to the power under the hood. Despite that, you shouldn’t think that the iPhone 4 is a slouch, as it moves through menus swiftly and manages to load up content easily, yet when pinned against one of the best Android smartphones out on the market, it does show its age.
On the multimedia aspect, the battle of Samsung Galaxy S2 vs iPhone 4 continues with the S2 managing to record videos at 1080p full HD resolutions while the iPhone 4 managed to grab only 720p recording. Both of them are equipped with front-facing cameras with the Samsung Galaxy S2 taking the lead again with its 2 megapixel shooter compared to the VGA camera on the iPhone 4. Despite that, image quality and recording quality were solid on both devices, the iPhone 4 as well as the Galaxy S2 managing to shoot high quality and well colored ( saturated ) pictures and videos.
When going on to the software part, we have the latest Android version running on the Galaxy S2, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread while the iPhone is running good old iOS. At the moment, the Android OS manages to take the cake when pinned against iOS thanks to the high amount of customization options which are available to the user. This might be in the end a simple matter of preference, but this time around I do go for the Android OS no questions asked thanks to its openness.
Check out the Samsung Galaxy S2 vs iPhone 4 video, courtesy of PocketNow.
Now the real question isn’t which one is better, because there isn’t a real competition going on here. In our Samsung Galaxy S2 vs iPhone 4 battle there is only one winner and that is the product of the Korean giant Samsung. The device is faster through the menus, it loads up applications and web pages quicker, has a bigger screen, offers high quality multimedia potential the only drawback being for the time the pricing as it goes for roughly $700 as retail price. This will obviously change once we start seeing more carriers offering the device up for grabs, but until then, the Samsung Galaxy S2 manages to beat the iPhone 4 in every other aspect ( except for pixel density of course ).
We’ll just have to wait for the iPhone 5 to come out as this showed again that the iPhone 4, although a great device, can’t measure up in performance to the latest the Android platform has to offer.
Stay tuned for more smartphone battles !