Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. iPhone 4S Compared with 6 Reasons to Buy S2
For many months the Samsung Galaxy S2 has been known as the best smartphone in the market. Then
the Apple iPhone 4S was released and people started comparing them to find out if Apple’s device was
able to compete one of the best Samsung phones. Some said the new iPhone was cooler, others said it
was still far behind the Galaxy S2…
I used to like the new iPhone 4S more until the moment I got the opportunity to use both phones for a
week. Now I can say that the Samsung Galaxy S2 is much better, and here are my 6 reasons to choose it
over the iPhone 4S:
The iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch touchscreen display with 640 x 960 pixels resolution, and the Samsung
Galaxy S2 has a 4.3-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution. At the first glance it can seem that the
display of the iPhone is better (since it has a higher resolution and a higher pixel density), but actually,
the quality of pictures and videos on both phones is the same (both are bright, clear and very good), so
I’d personally prefer a bigger display – it’s better for reading books, surfing the net, playing games and
The iPhone 4S has a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 – it’s now cooler than the CPU of the iPhone 4, but still
not as fast as the dual-core 1.2 GHz one of the Samsung Galaxy S2.
3. Build quality
Both phones have a very good build quality, but the Apple iPhone 4S with its glass case is much more
fragile. Here is a very interesting video with a drop test of the iPhone 4S and then you
can see that the S2 has survived three drops without any problem, while the iPhone shattered after the
first drop. Maybe you’ll say that you’re not going to drop your phone, but… incidents happen.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is bigger overall, but it weighs way less, too – Apple’s device is 140 grams while
the Galaxy S2 is only 116 g.
Many people say that there is much crap in the Android Market, while the App Store offers more quality
apps. Maybe it’s so, but among the “crap” in the Android Market you can find many really valuable apps,
and they’ll most likely be free (about 67 percent of Android apps are free while most of the best iOS
apps are paid – the App Store offers only 37 percent of free stuff).
6. Other things
First, the iPhone 4S has no microSD card slot, and this is a big shortcoming – at least for me. If you buy a
16GB iPhone 4S and if you need more memory later, you’ll have no way to expand it – you can only buy
a new phone. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S2 supports microSD cards of up to 32GB.
Second, the Galaxy S2 has a more powerful battery of 1650 mAh, so you can speak up to 18.2 hours (on
2G) and 8.4 hours on 3G, while the iPhone’s 1432 mAh battery will let you talk for only 14 hours on 2G
and 8 hours on 3G (actually, the battery is dead much faster).
Third, Siri in the iPhone 4S doesn’t work well, she usually doesn’t understand what you’re saying
(don’t blame my pronunciation – it’s fine), it uses the Internet connection to work and is rather slow to
So above were the reasons why I don’t really like the iPhone 4S. I don’t know if you’ll agree with me or
not, but I’m buying the Samsung Galaxy S2… or waiting for the new Galaxy Nexus to come to my area!
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