iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The battle of the century, or year at least. Who ya got?

Finally the waiting is over and the new iPhone has arrived, but to what? The mighty Samsung Galaxy S II waiting for it, that’s what. So in a fight to the death between the handsets, with the parent companies already at war, who will win? Let’s look at the stats.


Galaxy S II: Super sleek and sexy slim at just 8.7mm thin (apart from the 9.9mm bump), the Galaxy S II weighs just 116g. Plus there's the Android-based button and two flanking touch-sensitive controls that even your Gran would have trouble getting wrong.

iPhone 4S: The iPhone 4S's 140g, 9.3mm form might feel more solid in your palm but it'll weigh down your pocket after a while. We know lots of people were expecting a slimmed-down iPhone and possibly gesture controls on a larger home button but we reckon what's inside will distract us from a redesign – for now. We'll give this to Samsung.

Power and Performance

Galaxy S II: The 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM make short work of even your most taxing, multi-tasking efforts to slow it down. But even with the 1650mAh advanced battery crammed in, you’re not likely to go longer than a day without needing a charge. The price we pay for big, bright displays.

iPhone 4S: In terms of performance, the iPhone 4S should be a major improvement on its predecessor. We've been promised double the processing power for web browsing and apps with the dual-core A5 chip. Last seen in the iPad 2, Apple also claims it'll deliver up to seven times faster graphics in gaming. This one's too close to call without a full review.


Galaxy S II: The beautiful Super AMOLED 4.3in screen is nearly Retina display level quality and it's pretty much edge-to-edge on the Galaxy S II.

iPhone 4S: The fact that the iPhone 4 came out over a year ago and the screen's 326ppi resolution is yet to be beaten says it all. We're already looking forward to seeing what Samsung can muster up for the Nexus Prime's 4.6in screen, rumoured to be 320ppi, 1280x720 resolution. That said, most people would compromise on pixels to watch movies on a 4.3in screen over 3.5 inches.

Galaxy S II: The 8MP shooter on the S II is so good it really puts the pressure on the camera market as a whole. With built in features like panoramic picture tethering and 1080p 30fps video this really is the cream of the Android crop.

iPhone 4S: And now the iPhone 4S can bump the iPhone 4 off the iOS topspot with identical specs to the Galaxy S II. 8MP? Check. 1080p video at 30fps? Yes, sir. Plus you can now crop and rotate your images inside Photos – and prettify your pictures with one of the tons of photo apps and filters available on the App Store.


Galaxy S II: The excellent Android 2.3.3 with TouchWiz 4.0 makes access to everything simple and personalized. The pull-down options are convenient with smooth transitions.

iPhone 4S: If you've got a house full of Apple products, you'll like the new Mirroring feature in iOS 5 which lets you play your iPhone 4S's 720p video on your Apple TV, via AirPlay tech that's usually reserved for music streaming. There are also pull-down Notifications, Reminders and iMessage integrated into your SMS and Twitter is – unsurpisingly – all over the new OS. The iPhone 4S's secret weapon is its voice recognition feature, Siri – see how much we loved it in our hands-on and first impressions video – but there's nothing to stop Android app developers stepping up their voice control game.

VERDICT So, we've tiptoed along the fence so far but finally fallen off into Apple's side with the temptation of the superior App Store beckoning – the same reason the iPhone 4 has ruled our top ten since its launch last year. The iPhone 4S hasn't stunned us spec-wise but it has done enough to edge itself ahead of the best of Android – in other words the Galaxy S II.


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