Samsung Galaxy S 2 Vs. Apple iPhone 4S Which one is Better? [Comparison]

Samsung, the biggest Android smartphone maker in the world has kept on expanding its Galaxy Series with some powerful devices. Samsung Galaxy S 2 is one of the most powerful and  feature rich handset in the Galaxy Lineup. The device is considered as a successor of original Galaxy S. However, Galaxy S II is thinner, lighter & Faster.

Apple iPhone 4S  is the latest buzz in the market right now. The device is just similar to iPhone 4 difference comes in the case of processor, Camera, OS improvement which will take the device performance to the next level.  As 4th October was the rumored date for  the release of iPhone 5. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Stunned all with the launch of iPhone 4S, whereas now iPhone 5 release is postponed to next year.

Samsung Galaxy SII Vs. Apple iPhone 4S

We pit Samsung’s Galaxy S II vs. Apple iPhone 4S comparing spec by spec to see which Android handset offers better bang for your buck.

Design & Display

Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3- inches Super AMOLED Plus, Which is far better than Super AMOLED on the previous Galaxy S. This will bring better viewing experience whether you are indoor or outdoor & having rich set of color gamut,  sharper edges enhanced readability and this all will consume less battery power.

The touchscreen comes up with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The Super AMOLED display in your hand will surely forget you all other handset that you have experience in your life that is simply better than everything you have used before.

On the other hand iPhone 4S is made from glass & plastic and gives it similar looks as is iPhone 4. A 3.5- inches retina display retained as metal band design. A 3.5- inches touchscreen with 960 x 540 resolution is a bit of disappointing at a time when plenty of large screen display devices with quite better resolution is present in the market.  No doubt Retina display is impressive and appealing but still it will not manage to pull out those customers who are now addicted to those big screen with Super AMOLED display.

Processing Power

In the case of Processors, Samsung Galaxy S 2 is having 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex – A9 processor with Exynos Chipset which is improved and powerful and this version of chip is named as Exynos 4212 and is having 1GB of RAM.

Apple iPhone 4S is tethered with A5 dual core processor which is latest in the stores to give better speed and processing power upto 2X faster CPU and dual core graphic which will lead the graphic performance upto 7x. As it does not have LTE sport but still 14.4 Mbps network data speed is quite good enough.

Operating System

Operating System is all about speed whether you are running apps or sharing content, Galaxy S II is no more behind & runs on Android 2.3(Gingerbread) which will provides you with faster speed, better battery life and refreshed user interface and the most noticeable thing in this version is its download management and Voice over IP which is really good.

Apple iPhone 4S is featured with latest iOS 5 which is considered as the world’s powerful OS released recently with improved features like all your alerts in one place, iMessage, improved Facetime video calling, iCloud etc. There are more than 200 new features that are included in this version of OS that will let you stay updated with the world.

Camera Data

The shooter provided is a 8 megapixels camera with autofocus ,smile detection . A 2MP front facing camera is also there to make video calls. By default the Galaxy SII does not come up with HDR Settings(High Dynamic Range) but you can download this third party HDR application from the Android market which will improve the image quality to greater extent.

We all know, Camera has never being Apple’s strong suite, but now the things are not the same the major change in this version in this iPhone is its powerful camera.  An 8MP Camera is there in this version instead of 5MP in iPhone 4 with bright f/2.4 lens which is considered as add-on feature as Tim promises to deliver the best in class camera . Extra features include excellent auto white balance, color accuracy everything that you would love to see in it. There will also be a secondary VGA camera to do some face time calls.

Connectivity & Data Network

Connectivity option in Galaxy S 2 include NFC(near field communication),  USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, HDMI Port & 3G HSDPA with 21Mbps, EDGE etc. On the other hand, iPhone 4S is having all the basic connectivity features like GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps, , WLAN 802.11b.g/n , Bluetooth v4.0 with A2Dp & USB 2.0 to connect and share things on the go.

Dimensions & Storage Space

The measurement of the handset is 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49 mm and the weight of the device is 116g which is lighter than many other smartphones present in the market. Coming to the storage space, it is best in place to have huge storage capacity of  16GB inbuilt that can be extended according to the requirements upto 32GB with microSD.

iPhone 4S  is having different models differentiated according to storage capacity that is 16/32/64GB but their will not be any option to extend the memory or you can say there is no external card slot type. The measurement of iPhone 4S 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm and the weight of the device is 140g which is almost same as in case of iPhone 4.

Battery Power & Special Features

It’s also worth mentioning the battery, which despite the faster processor, still manages to pull off a very respectable performance. For us, that’s an absolute priority. The battery will see you through 11hours talk time & 396+ hours in standby mode, if that’s your thing. Other features include Touch wiz UI4.0 , Voice memos, Media Players, Google Maps & Search, Picasa integration, Adobe flash 10.1, NFC, SNS integration etc.

iPhone 4S is tethered with standard Li-Po 1420 mAh battery that gives you talk time of 14h and standby time of 200h . Additional features include Siri which is the most eye catching & is the latest update in this version that will lets your things done intelligently, Scratch resistant glass back panel, iCloud, Tweeter integration, Media Player, HDMI etc are what all are included in this variant.


In the end, We can say that both the handsets are extremely powerful and persist incredible power with bundle of features packed in them. Choosing one from these two big bangs is not an easier task but it depends upon one’s requirements what they love to have with them. We have just tried our best to make the path easy by pointing out all the major counterparts among both the devices. Now all is up to you, how well you can make the right selection.

Which device would you like to buy? Share with us here.

Note: All the details provided here are through author’s knowledge & Expertise, if you find our perception wrong at any point, don’t forget to tell us through below given comment section.


  1. Great article Kavita – I have a Galaxy S2, and my wife has an iPhone 4S, have to say since she’s had it last week it’s kinda growing on me, and with the new Mac updates for the iCloud out now, it’s only going to get better for her!

    I’m still really happy with my Galaxy, but if given the opporunity I think it would switch – one thing I really love on the iPhone is the HDR camera as standard…

  2. Fantastic writeup. Thumbs up for you Kavita.
    according to me both the cellphones are great but i prefer to go with Samsung S2 because it got same features like Apple phones but prices are still a bit low and it is made with best quality material.

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