Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. Apple iPhone 4 – Review

by Jerry D on February 18, 2011

Judging by the spec sheet, the Samsung Galaxy S II is going to be one of the best phones of 2011. We put Samsung’s handset and Apple’s iPhone 4 in karate outfits and tell them to fight it out for supremacy. Who wins? I think you already know the answer…

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The core connectivity options on the Galaxy S II include 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0+HS. The iPhone 4 has 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Modern design favours light and slim handsets, so the Galaxy S II has dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm; the ageing iPhone 4 is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm. The Galaxy S II is the bulkier handset of the two, but then it does feature a significantly bigger screen.

Neither phone is hefty either. The Samsung Galaxy S II weighs 116g, while the iPhone 4 is 137g. Note how thin the Galaxy S II is. A measurement of 8.49mm beats the iPhone 4, which once prided itself on being the ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’. (2-0)



Samsung has opted for a 8.0 Megapixel camera in its new phone, which boasts autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture. It supports a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Oh and there’s also a camera on the front for making video calls.

In this battle, the iPhone 4 takes second place. Despite tap to focus video or still images, LED flash, geo-tagging, VGA and HD video recording (720p) up to 30fps, its 5.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the standards of the Galaxy S II. A extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. (3-0)


Samsung has built the Galaxy S II with a glorious 4.27-inch touch-sensitive display. This Super AMOLED Plus screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. With its 4.27-inch display and an overall pixel count of 384000, the Galaxy S II has a pixels per inch rating of 218.501.

At only 3.5 inches, the iPhone 4′s touch-sensitive Retina display obviously has less room. But with 614400 pixels on the screen, the pixel density is an incredible 329.714 pixels per inch. (3-0)


On the inside, the Galaxy S II’s processor is a super-speedy 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor chip, while the iPhone 4 uses a single-core Apple A4 CPU, rated at 1GHz. (4-0)


Samsung’s handset is based on Google’s Android 2.3 OS, customised with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI and Swype text input. Apple’s phone uses the tried and tested iOS4. Both have their merits. Both have features that users love/hate. We rate this round as a tie. (4-0)


The Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4 both come with 32GB of memory. But the Galaxy S II also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to a massive 64GB. The iPhone 4 is missing an expansion slot and so the one-time Jesus-phone is restricted to its 32GB of storage. (5-0)


The Galaxy S II also includes GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi direct, stereo FM radio (with RDS), optional NFC support, a digital compass, gyroscope and an HDMI port. It also features four software ‘hubs’ – the Reader’s Hub, the Social Hub, the Games Hub and the Music Hub.

In comparison, the iPhone 4 features GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a 3-axis gyroscope. (6-0)

The Samsung Galaxy S II wins!

It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S II wins this phone fight, repeatedly punching the old iPhone 4 in its pretty Retina face.

It shows just how fast technology is progressing and, although today’s applications don’t demand a dual-core processor, the Galaxy S II is future-proofed for the year ahead. If not two years ahead. But that’s reassuring if you get locked down into a 24-month contract.

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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