Comparing the two mights: iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II

The challenge:

Finally Samsung Galaxy S II’s Apple iPhone contender has realized. Apple has just announced its next generation iPhone version, dubbed iPhone 4S. The five-month delay in the advent of the 2011 iPhone iteration has led us to one of world’s long anticipations for a technology product. Tech geeks and the entire Apple users have been anxiously waiting for the new generation iPhone. Samsung actually uncovered its Galaxy S II in July to take on the possible iPhone 5. However, Apple did not only delay its new iPhone’s release, but also unveiled an iPhone 4S instead of the widely anticipated iPhone 5. Whatever it is, the so-called battle between iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II is about to roll on. Before that, here is a detailed comparison between the new iPhone and the best Android smartphone ever in the market.

iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Weight and size

Samsung Galaxy S II is with a dimension of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm and a weight of 117g. On the other hand, Apple iPhone 4S is with a dimension of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm and weighs at 140g.

Winner: As far thickness and weight are concerned, Galaxy S II is a clear winner. In width and height, iPhone 4S betters the GS II.


Apple iPhone 4S is with the same display of its predecessor iPhone 4. Rumor mills had been talking about an iPhone 5 with a large edge-to-edge screen for last several months. However, what Apple surfaced is a slightly reworked version of iPhone 4, and so its keeps the 3.5-inch, 960 x 640 pixels, 326 ppi, retina display with IPS. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S II is blessed with a large 4.27-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Though falling in ppi rate, Samsung GS2 display helps a Web browsing customer more.

Winner: Samsung has been the champion in building displays, and Galaxy S II’s large AMOLED display is enough to beat iPhone’s Retina Display. According to Pocket-Lint reviewer Dan Sung, “iPhone’s screen is good. The Samsung’s is better.”

Processor and connectivity

These are two vitally important and interconnected things on a smartphone these days. You can only use high-speed Internet if the device has a better processor inside. Apple iPhone 4S is with a dual core A5 processor of its own. Unfortunately enough, the device is still with 3G connectivity (HSPA 14.4Mpbs) even if most of its Android rivals have turned to 4G. On the other hand, Galaxy S 2 is with high performing dual core 1.5 or 1.2 GHz processor. The device is one of first Android smartphones to go 4G with WiMAX, HSPA+ 42 or HSPA+ 21Mpbs.

Winner: The processor performance of the devices is indeed contentious, because both the devices are with dual core processors. However, in network performance, Galaxy S II overcomes iPhone 4S convincingly with 4G.


The new iPhone sports an 8-megapixel 1028p HD camera in the rear panel and VGA camera in the front. Galaxy S II also offers an 8-megpixel 1080p HD camera in the rear panel, but it has a more advanced 2-megapxel camera for video chatting. Rear cameras of both the smartphones have 30fps (frame per second).

Winner: iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II are with the same features, and so there is no a winner or loser in this category.

Operating System

Apple iPhone 4S is to run on iOS 5, Apple’s most recent and the best ever iOS update. The new iOS iteration was announced at the company’s Developers Conference in June with a pick of cutting edge features. Exciting features like iCloud, iMessage, Newsstand, Notification Center and many others are integrated on iOS 5. At the same time, Samsung Galaxy S II is running on Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Of course, Gingerbread is a champion product, but it is not actually Google’s opponent against iOS 5. The so-called iOS 5 killer, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is still under wraps, and is slated to float up this fall. So Samsung Galaxy S, is not competent enough to take on iPhone 4S now. But according to rumors, Samsung is about to bring out its Galaxy S III quite earlier next year with Ice Cream Sandwich.

Winner: Here Apple iPhone 4S wins, because it is with iOS 5, the most advanced operating system ever, as Apple claims.


Apple for the first time has introduced a 64GB iPhone. You can buy a 64GB iPhone 4S for just $399. It also has 16GB and 32GB versions at $199 and $299, respectively. Samsung Galaxy S II is available in 16GB and 32GB options with microSD slot that can support a memory card of 64GB. Therefore, if you wish you can extend your GS2’s memory to 96GB with a microSD slot. However, the thing is that it will be more expensive and is not as comfortable depending on a single, large and internal memory.

Winner: iPhone 4S is the winner with its 64GB internal memory option.


You will have no Adobe Flash in your iPhone 4S also. You have to rely on HTML5 to watch videos and animations on the web. Galaxy S II is with the latest version of Flash, meaning that you can have an exalted multimedia experience on the latter.

Winner: Doubtlessly, Galaxy S II is the winner.

Battery life

Galaxy S II features a removable 1,650-mAh battery that promises eight hours and 30 minutes talk time on 3G. Apple iPhone 4S’ 1,420 mAh battery is not only removable, but also provides only eight hours of talk time on 43G.

Winner: Galaxy S II is the winner.


Samsung sells Galaxy S II for $199 and $229 with no memory limitations. You can buy Apple iPhone 4S' 16GB version for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399 from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

Winner: Galaxy S II's pricing looks more attractive and so it is the winner.

The verdict


We have profoundly analyzed two mighty smartphones of our time. Samsung certainly designed its Galaxy S II with an aim to compete with iPhone 4’s successor. Unexpectedly, Apple extended the release date of its 2011 iPhone version citing no reasons at all. Many analysts are of the belief that Apple delayed its new iPhone release to see the offerings of Galaxy S II that would arrive in stores in July or August. Anyway, our comparison has exposed Galaxy S II as a winner in many parameters over iPhone 4S. Indeed, your decision of choice between iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II just depends on whether you want iOS or Android; these phones are the shining stars on the platforms’ fresh versions.

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