Android smartphones are increasing rapidly in number and Galaxy S from Samsung is one of the most successful selling smartphones in terms of number and has become one of the most reputed smartphones owing to positive customer satisfaction and feedback. On the other side, Apple iPhone4 is also has been selling huge numbers and has a lot of features which people will be talking about, including the Retina Display. Looking at it from the technical way, there are a lot of differences actually between the two most bestselling smartphones in the world today, the Apple iPhone4 and Samsung Galaxy S. Take a look as we compare them both :
The Galaxy S comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display. The super AMOLED display has a high resolution of 480 x 800. The Super AMOLED display has one of the best outdoor performance report and a vivid set of colors, making it one of the best displays on a mobile screen in the world. It comes with two touch sensitive buttons below the screen and a physical button on the centre.
The iPhone 4 has a Retina display of 3.5 inches, as Apple calls it and has a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels, giving a very high pixel density and has a LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen. The Retina display also won an award for the best display, where it even beat the Super AMOLED from Samsung. [Read about it here]
In this section, the iPhone 4 wins for the amazing display it has and a high resolution, though Super AMOLED Display is not very far away in terms of resolution and the SAMOLED still has better outdoor sunlight performance than the retina.
Galaxy S has a 5 Megapixel camera in the rear and does not have an LED Flash. It records HD video at 720p and has a secondary VGA camera for video calls via 3G, Skype or Google Talk. The latest version of gingerbread for the Galaxy S also brings Google Talk Video, which means that the front facing camera can be used for making video calls via 3G, Skype or Google Talk and also for a whole bunch of apps from the app store.
Whereas the iPhone 4 has a 5Megapixel camera in the rear, comes with an LED flash and records video at 720p. Also, it has a secondary camera in the front. The front facing camera can be used for Facetime, Skype Video calling and many more apps which support the front facing camera for various activities.
The Galaxy S has 16GB/32GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 32 Gigabytes of storage, enabling a total of upto 48GB on it.
The Galaxy S comes with a 8GB microSD card inside the box, also note that it is 2GB in some regions.
The iPhone 4 from apple comes in two variants, first one has 16GB of internal storage and the other has 32GB of internal storage. However, there is no microSD card slot on the iPhone which limits you to just 16 or 32GB, and you cannot add more space to it even if you want, at a later stage. This surely is a disadvantage as external memory makes it very easy to carry data or movies on the go and also makes transfers quick and easy.
Both the phones support 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands on GSM(2G) and 900 / 1900 / 2100 bands on HSDPA(3G), thus having one of the wide ranges making it very easy to use even when you are travelling to various countries. They support upto 7.2Mbps on 3G/HSDPA.
There is Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n on both the phones and the Samsung Galaxy S comes with DLNA support also, which allows quick connection and sharing with Samsung TVs. Both the phones come with A-GPS and GeoTagging features for the camera as well.
Bluetooth on the iPhone 4 is 2.1 enabled with A2DP support while the Galaxy S i900 has Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP support. The Galaxy S I9000 has microUSB support 2.0 while the iPhone 4 has USB 2.0 support, not via microUSB, but via Apple’s 10 pin connector cable.
Operating System and UI:
Samsung Galaxy S has the latest version of Gingerbread, 2.3.3 with Touchwiz 3 and is expected to get an update to the newer verison of Gingerbread, 2.3.4 very soon. Android operating system comes with a huge number of apps in the Android market and the ability to customize everything according to our needs, including the lock screen and homescreen.
The iPhone 4 comes with iOS4 and soon, a new update for iPhone is being rolled out, namely iOS5 which brings much better features to the iPhone, like Notification Centre and other improvements. iOS has an App store which has much more apps than the Android Market but some basic tasks such as sharing files via bluetooth among people and using file manager to look up for a file are not allowed.
Battery and Processor
The Galaxy S has a Li-On 1500mAh battery and has around 13 hours of talktime and 750 hours of standby backup on 2G and 576 hours of standby backup and 6 hours 30 mins oft talktime on 3G. The iPhone 4 from Apple has a Li-Pro 1420mAh battery and has a standby backup of 300 hours and 14 hours of talktime on 2G and 300 hours of standby backup and 7 hours of talktime on 3G.
The Galaxy S comes with a 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A8 processorand 512MB of RAM while the iPhone 4 from Apple also has the same ARM Cortex-A8 processor at 1Ghz. The iPhone 4, has a PowerVR SGX535GPU and a Apple A4 chipset while the Galaxy S i900 has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and a Hummingbird chipset.
Both, the Galaxy S from Samsung and iPhone 4 are amazing smartphones which perform very well and are worth the money you put in. Both the phones come with a huge App database allowing users to get as many apps as they like. The iPhone 4’s design might be appealing and it does come with a lot of features, but if you are looking for functionality like sharing files and customizing your own home screens the way you like, etc, you should go for the Galaxy S from Samsung. If you are very keen on features like FaceTime and others, go for the iPhone4.