Samsung Galaxy S II Takes Edge Over Revised iPhone 4S

Well after all the excitement of the last few days the dust has started to settle on Apple land, and we are left to pick up the pieces from what we expected to be a white wash across the smartphone market. With hopes resting on the all new iPhone 5 and rumors of an ultra thin, large screen next generation device, iPhone 4 users abandoned their beloved handsets before they dropped in value post 5 unveil. Certainly there has got to have been a collection of Apple followers that will have felt their hearts sink on realizing that the 5 was not to be.

But while the announced iPhone 4S wears the same style casing as the superseded model, its spec only betters the previous 4, turning it into a more competitive version. Although small changes were not what we were expecting, Apple obviously felt that these upgrades would be enough to worry its competitors. The big question is, has Apple taken a gamble when a modified 4th generation has to compete against the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy SII. As Pocket Lint remark, will Apple followers now be tempted to jump ship and pursue an Android option?

It seems like a fair contest, with both devices carrying similar specs and commanding enough respect to gain some die hard fans. So lets just take a look at how the two compare when faced up one to one.

First up we will look at overall dimensions and display size, at this point it really must come down to personal preference. As Technie Buzz state the new 4S copies its predecessors looks but gains 4 grams in weight. Now while I am an iPhone 4 user and love its slim, compact, 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm frame, and can deal with the 140g weight, I can see the appeal of the wider SII. Coming in at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm, and weighing 117g, the Galaxy manages to offer a thinner and lighter option. Because of its extension in width the SII holds the greater display, packing a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus over the 3.5-inch LCD with IPS that the iPhone 4S holds. So round one has to go to the Samsung, while there is no doubting that the iPhone has a fantastic display the SII has the edge.

Whilst we are on the display we have to touch on the area where the new 4S has managed to save face, and that’s in the camera department. Previously the Galaxy would have notched up another mark, but matching the 8MP rear facing and 2MP front facing cameras, along with 1080p video recording, the 4S holds its own.

Moving on to storage space the Galaxy SII sticks its neck out in front again, but only because you can up your game to 96GB with the Samsung’s ability to except microSD cards up to 64GB. The iPhone 4S gives the option of 16, 32 or 64GB each option obviously climbing in price. On the conversation of price the Galaxy shows its heels to the Apple device with a price on £410 for the 16GB compared to £499 for the equivalent iPhone.

But lets not discount the Cali company just yet as the iPhone 4S claws back some credit through its Apple A5 internals. Although both devices work off 1-1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU’s and the Galaxy performs impressively from its Mali-400 GPU, the Apple handset will offer smoother video and gaming from its PowerVR SGX543MP2 unit. Next up on the iPhone’s retaliation is its iOS 5 which out performs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread by offering more easy to use apps with the added benefit of Siri personal organization, voice recognition software. This is how it stands at the moment but it could be an area that will have to be revisited when Ice Cream Sandwich is scooped out.

So there we have it, a difficult choice and one that only the individual customer can make. Both handsets offer a strong challenge to their competitor, and almost certainly it would have been a different story if the iPhone 5 had revealed itself. The areas where the SII shines could quite have easily been match with a slimmer lighter iPhone with a bigger display. But as it stands here the Samsung does seem to just have the edge over the revamped 4. Your thoughts might be different and if they are we would love to hear your opinions, which one would you choose?