Samsung Galaxy S vs. Apple iPhone 4 – Review

by Jerry D on July 11, 2010

The Galaxy S has been called Android’s answer to the iPhone 4. But just how good is it? The Samsung Wave couldn’t take down Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone. What makes the Galaxy S think it can do any better? Who’s up for another big phone fight?

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Let’s talk wireless connectivity. The Galaxy S includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. Apple’s iPhone 4 comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR as standard. We call this round a tie. Let’s move on… (1-1)

Size & Weight:

How pocket-friendly are our two phones? The 4.0-inch screen on the Galaxy S means that there’s a visible difference between the two – the Galaxy S is 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm; Apple’s phone is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm. Overall, the iPhone 4 is smaller and thinner. But measure the weight of the duo and the Galaxy S weighs 119g, while the Apple iPhone 4 is a heftier 137g. (1-2)



The Galaxy S is equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch to focus functionality, face and smile detection and HD video recording. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera.

The iPhone 4 also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera (with tap to focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, plus VGA and HD video recording up to 30fps), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls, which Apple calls ‘FaceTime’. (1-2)


The Galaxy S incorporates a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display, 4.0 inches in size and with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Measuring just 3.5 inches, the iPhone 4′s touch-sensitive “Retina” LCD might be smaller, but the resolution (640 x 960) scores a significant win over its opponent here. (1-3)


As far as performance goes, the Samsung Galaxy S features a ARM Cortex A8 chip, ticking along at 1GHz. The iPhone 4 has a 1GHz Apple A4 processor. Android 2.1 (Eclair) is the preferred OS for the Galaxy S, while the iPhone 4 runs iOS4. You could argue that Apple’s OS has the most apps and that makes the iPhone 4 the most customisable. But the Android OS is more open and has a wide array of its own downloadable software – see below. (1-3)

Downloadable apps


The top-of-the-range iPhone 4 boasts 32GB of memory compared to the default 16GB capacity of the Galaxy S. Although there is also a 16GB iPhone available. Plug a big memory card into the Galaxy S’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to an unbeatable 48GB. The 32GB on the iPhone 4 can’t be extended as the handset still lacks any sort of memory card slot. Shame. (2-3)

Battery life:

Juiced up to full capacity, the Galaxy S boasts 6.5 hours of talktime according to Samsung, while the iPhone 4 is rated at 7.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 576 hours and 300 hours respectively. The Galaxy S steals the round this time. (3-3)



The Galaxy S also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. The iPhone 4 features GPS/A-GPS, digital compass and a 3-axis gyroscope that should give mobile gaming a whole new dimension. (3-3)

It’s a tie!

On purely technical terms, the Apple iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S are a close match. They’re both equally speedy (and Android 2.2 does much to eliminate any lingering lag), have good 5.0 Megapixel cameras and support HD video capture. The screen on the Galaxy S might be bigger, but Apple’s ‘Retina’ display features a much higher resolution. The iPhone 4 might be thinner, but the Galaxy S is lighter. The only question you need to ask yourself is which ecosystem you want to buy into – Apple/iTunes or Android?

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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