Samsung Galaxy S i9000 vs Apple iPhone 4 Comparison

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 :

Samsung Galaxy S Apple iPhone 4

Display:

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.

Camera:

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.

Memory:

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.

Connectivity:

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.

Conclusion

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.

4 comments

  1. Abdul Jabbar Mohamed Jemin

    Hi Dear Friends,
    I Abdul Jabbar Mohamed Jemin currently working as a finance accountant in Saudi Arabian airlines. i am using Galaxy s2 now …it is very nice to use Internet chatting ,mail ,video calls on through our phone. the screen size also bigger than iPhone and color performance also best..android OS is better then iPhone OS because Downloading through android will be speed .i like to use Galaxy S2…

  2. I love Samsung Galaxy..it just perfect for me.. :)

  3. I do not agree with all points in the article above and I have a totally different experience between the two phones than Sandeep Som.

    I have both phones for everyday use.
    The Galaxy S I use just over one year and the iPhone 4 since November 2010.
    I am a heavy user of Gmail and internet, WhatsApp, GTalk (G+ now) and remote access to pc’s trough LogMeIn.
    My 3G usage is over 500MB/month

    The phones run the latest firmware and both have some 120 apps. installed on them.
    http://www.appbrain.com/user/catt4u/apps-on-the-samsung-galaxy-s

    My experience with the displays is that the Galaxy S is brighter at all times when both are at maximum brightness.
    And because it’s larger display the Galaxy S is way better to use for internet.

    When it comes to daily use, you’ve got to ask yourself what you expect from the phone/how you are going to use it.

    If you can live with the options the iPhone 4 has (out of the box) with the apps of your choise added, THAT will be the best choise.
    The iPhone 4 does everything ‘out-of-the-box’ (with added apps) BEST. Period.

    If you are more demanding in ‘freedom’ like installing apps, use your own MP3-s for sms/mms/chat alerts, use llive wallpapers, transfer files/music with other non-apple phones, make your own choises what accesoires to use, than the Galaxy S is the better choise though.

    Making video calls with other phones over 3G works flawlessly out-of the-box with the Galaxy S (no Skype/GTalk needed)
    Use the Galaxy S as an accesspoint (thettering) for other phones is also available as standard
    And than there is SWYPE.
    If you’re a heavy texter like me, this is a Godsend once you get used to it after a couple of days!

    Setting up different email accounts (Gmail/Yahoo/Live/Hotmail/your personal email account) is a breeze on the iPhone.

    Battery life is also way better on the iPhone;
    I manage to do two days with the iPhone against only one day with the Galaxy S (with the same usage)
    Because of that I bought two different ‘extra power batteries’:

    A 2430 mAh which lasts about 25% longer:
    http://www.ebay.de/itm/200625287516?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    And a whopping 3500 mAh with new back cover which lasts about 80% longer than the original:
    http://www.ebay.de/itm/370530559260?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
    This one gives a better grip on the phone and has a perfect fit, like the original back cover!

    Despite the many complaints about unfriendly iTunes, it works very well in my experience.
    The KIES software from Samsung on the other hand, is often a tragedy to use or connect to your phone…

    What it comes down to I think, is what are your personal preferences and what do you need in a phone ;)
    For me both do VERY WELL and both have their little strong and weak points.
    I will be selling my iPhone 4 and buy a new Android as replacement.
    And that’s one more plus for the iPhone: The price you get for a used iPhone 4 :)

  4. guys I’ve used both of these phone for long time…
    believe me once u use android phone that to on like Galaxy S or S2 u will not at all like Iphone in any ways….
    -take for internet speed over 2g or wi-fi connection.
    -application downloads
    -very small display
    -extremely poor battery.
    -slow response as compare to android Os.

    The only difference u’ll feel that is its amazing touch and keypad.

    I sold S2 once and taken Iphone4 but within week I return back to galaxy S2.