Apple's iPhone 4S VS Samsung Galaxy S II - Detailed Features Comparison

Posted by Ahsan Tasneem | 10:20 PM | , , , , , | 2 comments »

Apple iPhone 4S phone was unveiled on October 5, 2011 and it will go on sale from October 14. The iPhone 4S will lock horns with the current top end Android mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy S II. In competition Samsung has released a PDF chart showing how Samsung Galaxy S2 is compared with iPhone 4S. For all those who are still confused between iPhone 4S & Samsung Galaxy S II here is the detailed feature comparison guide.
Let just go through the comparison of legendary Steve Jobs last launched product in the form of iPhone 4S with the Android best mobile phone, Galaxy S II from the makers of Samsung Electronics.

 Table of Content
  • Form Factor Comparison
  • Processor Comparison
  • Display Comparison
  • Camera Comparison
  • Operating System and User Interface Comparison
  • Connectivity Comparison
  • Memory Comparison
  • Battery Comparison
  • Price Comparison

Form Factor

Samsung Galaxy S II – 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
iPhone 4S – 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
In comparing phones, most of the users check out how the phone is built and its weight what matters. Galaxy S II has the dimension of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm with a weight of 116 grams and Apple iPhone 4S has the dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm with a weight of 140 grams.


Samsung Galaxy S II – Dual Core 1.2 or 1.5 Ghz processor
iPhone 4S – A5 dual core processor
The Samsung Galaxy S II phones has Exynos 4210 SoC processor clocked at a frequency of1.2 Ghz Cortex A9 dual core processor with GPU acceleration supported by ARM Mali 400 MP. The iPhone 4S is powered with A5 SoC consisting of Cortex A9 dual core processor and a powerful PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU.
The iPhone 4S has not specified the frequency of it dual core processor hence it would be bad to compare it early until its launched. But looking at the Samsung Galaxy S II phone processor its faster and provides amazing experience and on the other side the iPhone 4S wins the battle in graphical acceleration.

Operating System

Samsung Galaxy S II – Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread
iPhone 4S – iOS 5 operating system
The main deviation comes in the operating system provided by both the phones. While Android is flying high and Samsung doesn’t leave the Galaxy Series handset, the Galaxy S II phone with TouchWIZ 4.0 has outbreak the records and it’s the best Android mobile phone to have. Android OS is loved by all because of its open source and easy customization. It’s pretty straight comparison, the iPhone 4S locks you with iOS 5 which is completely revamped with message notifications, new camera app and other changes. The Android 2.3 looks stale when compared to iOS 5 however the answer between the best operating system depends on the users what they prefer – go for open source or be with iOS.

Display Screen

Samsung Galaxy S II – 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display
iPhone 4S – 3.5 inches IPS LCD display
The Galaxy S II phone has WVGA 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display with a maximum resolution of 800 x 480 pixels while its competitor iPhone 4S has 3.5 inches IPS LCD touchscreen display with 640 x 960 pixels resolution. The iPhone 4S beats the Galaxy S II phone in terms of pixels and resolution but Galaxy S II emerges the winner as with the 4.3 inches larger screen with amazing SuperAMOLED display providing higher colors and contrast ratio.


Samsung Galaxy S II – 8 mega pixel rear and 2 MP front facing
iPhone 4S – 8 mega pixel rear and basic VGA camera on front
Both Apple iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II phone comes with 8 mega pixel rear camera with LED flash. The major difference comes in front camera where Galaxy S II leads with 2 mega pixel camera as that of VGA camera on iPhone. This in turn doesn’t mean that iPhone camera is bad, not to forget that iPhone 4S has a custom ISP design which has the feature like Face recognition using Facetime, Hybrid IR filter and auto white balance.

Both the phone are able to record HD video at 1080p at a resolution of 30fps but iPhone records much better videos than its competitor. Also intern it doesn’t mean that Galaxy S II camera is crap; it has one of the best camera among the Android handsets in the market.
Winner : iPhone 4S


When it comes to Apple they always go for fixed memory and it determines its price. iPhone 4S is available in 16 GB, 32 GB & 64 GB models with no external storage. Whereas on the other hand, Galaxy S II provides 16 GB of internal memory and it can be expanded further up to 32 GB in size using the microSD card slot.

Network & Speed

Accordingly to the specifications Galaxy S II clearly emerges as the winner as it has 4G WiMax capabilities. Along with that the HSPA+ connectivity provides you a top speed of 21 Mbps. You would be disappointed with iPhone 4S just providing 3G HSPA speed of only 14.4 Mbps only.


The iPhone 4S has a dedicated camera button, where Galaxy S2 doesn’t have any. Galaxy S2 comes with rechargeable battery where iPhone 4S doesn’t and iPhone 4S weights 0.6 oz higher than its competitor here.


Though battery life is not an important issue to talk about, yeah we just thought we could provide you with a brief insight of both the phones. With 1650 mAh battery on Galaxy S II, it can provide you a 8 hours of talk time and same could be found on iPhone 4S with undisclosed battery specifications.
In the picture above we have the Galaxy S II phone battery.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S II


No matter how good your phone is, finally it comes to pricing. Samsung Galaxy S2 is sold from $ 199 to $ 229 in contract with US carriers and unlocked device is priced at over $ 600. The iPhone 4S continues it trends and its available in various storage options, 16 GB at $ 199, 32 GB at $ 299, 64 GB priced at $ 399.

The Verdict

This is for the first time that a product from Apple has gone down with any other phone at its launch. The iPhone 4S goes with a small screen compared to other handsets in the market though its evolutionary hardware is a hit. Moreover, iPhone 4S compared with its predecessor models, its looks just the same but hardware is evolved. One would be thinking what Apple was cooking out at the back for 14 months since the iPhone 4 but statistics speaks, iPhone 4S creates history by booking 0.6 million on its release day.
So who is the ultimate winner? It would be quite unfair to say iPhone 4S is not good smartphone, the craze of Apple products is still on high and Galaxy S II bigger advantage is its Android operating system. Though I feel that Galaxy S2 has slighter advantage, I would like to leave this decision to our Android Advices readers. The best way for you to let us know who the ultimate winner is through the comment section here.



  1. Jezy // May 4, 2012 at 1:55 AM  

    Both devices offer nice features ad function. But I go with Apple iPhone 4S because user experience with Apple Devices always outstanding.

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  2. 0845 numbers // June 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM  

    The iPhone 4S continues this legacy. It’s absolutely one of the best smartphones that you can buy right now. But of course, we’re not going to see another iPhone until late next year, and by then, the “other” smartphone choices are likely to be far more impressive than what Apple has done with the 4S.

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