Can’t decide between the new Apple iPhone 4 or the Samsung Galaxy S? Samsung’s new Galaxy S i9000 smartphone looks like it could be a winner, but how will it fair up against the stiff competition from the iPhone 4 and Apple’s loyal following?
I have been fortunate enough to play with both phones extensively, here are my thoughts:
Similarities between iPhone 4 & Galaxy S
Each phone offers different, yet very competitive operating systems and processors. The Galaxy S i9000 uses the Android 2.1 (soon to be 2.2 in September with the Froyo update) and the iPhone 4 uses Apple’s iOS4.
The iPhone 4 has the 1GHz Apple A4 processor and the Galaxy comes equipped with the 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor – Both very fast clock speeds for handled devices.
Both phones have large screens however the Galaxy S i9000 uses a 4 Inch Capacitive Super AMOLED display at 800×480 pixel resoltuion and the iPhone 4 comes with the 3.2 inch Capacitive Retina IPS display with a 960×640 pixel resolution.
They both also have 5 megapixel cameras with 720p video recording functionality – Something no other GSM phone on the market supports at this time.
It comes as no surprise that both phones support music and video players with 3.2mm headphone jack support – a must for any smartphone today.
Differences between the Samsung Galaxy S & iPhone 4
Memory – Internal flash memory is either 16GB or 32GB on the iPhone 4, and a smaller 8GB or 16GB on the Galaxy, however the Galaxy can be expanded another 32GB through an SDHC microSD card slot.
Size & weight – As far as size and weight it’s a tough one. The iPhone’s dimensions are 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm, compared to the Galaxy’s 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm. But, the Galaxy weighs less at 118 grams, while the iPhone is 137 grams. For bigger hands the Galaxy seems suitable with its larger screen making it easier to input text, but the iPhone does feel more solid with its additional weight.
Connectivity – The Galaxy S supports Bluetooth 3.0, while the iPhone uses 2.0. Both phones use Wifi b/g/n, support HSPDA 7.2mbps connectivity & GPS. However there is the off putting antenna issue on the iPhone 4, where if users hold the phone a certain way, their short circuit the antenna on iPhones chassis and they subsequently lose the signal.
Battery life – Samsung claims 6.5 hours of talk time and 576 standby hours whilst Apple claim talk time is up to seven hours with 300 hours of standby time.
Video Playback – The Samsung Galaxy S brings a larger screen with much better contrast, making it perfect for watching videos and with native DivX and XviD support, chances are you won’t need to do any video conversion. The iPhone 4 uses a similar interface to the 3Gs and appears to have slightly better battery performance over the Galaxy.
Camera – Although the Galaxy appears to be able to capture colour like no other, but the sharpness of the image does not appear any better than the iPhone 4, oh, and it does lack the LED flash – Something apple have only just decided to bring out. However, the Galaxy does feature 9 frame panoramic images, scene modes & manual focus – features the iPhone lacks. Both feature 720p video recording.
Other bits – The Samsung Galaxy S also has an FM radio and Adobe Flash 10.1 support with the 2.2 Froyo update; the iPhone lacks both. The iPhone is also dependent on iTunes in order to add new content, the Galaxy supports USB mass storage and has the removal SD card.
Choose the Samsung Galaxy S over Apple iPhone 4
• Android 2.1 Éclair, 2.2 Froyo update just around the corner with Flash support
• 4” Super AMOLED display with a 15:9 widescreen aspect ratio
• Regular SIM card support
• DivX video support
• FM radio with RDS
• Notably cheaper
• Expandable memory, up to 48gb via MicroSD card.
• Wifi router & Bluetooh 3.0
Choose the Apple iPhone 4 over Samsung Galaxy S
• Apple iOS 4
• 640 x 960 pixel Retina display
• Scratch-resistant, high-quality glass panels
• LED flash
• Precise movement tracking via a gyro sensor
• Twin microphones & speakers
• Fashion accessory?
Conclusion for me – The Samsung Galaxy S got my bucks!
It’s a tough decision, both phones are fantastic pieces of technology. But I choose the Galaxy, why? Even though I’ve never had a Samsung, I thought the Galaxy felt right for me, its large screen means I can text input easily (big hands), I wasn’t looking for a fashion accessory & most of all I wanted a phone that does not rely on desktop software in order to add media. Although the iPhone is very attractive, I just simply couldn’t justify buying a phone that has not been recalled due to a major hardware fault like signal issues.