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Comparing the Galaxy S and iPhone 4

The Galaxy S and iPhone 4 from competitors Samsung and Apple have more in common than you think. They were released in June both have similar touch-only form factors, support GSM & HSDPA networks rather than the alternative CDMA option, and the two phones were drawn into the ‘antennagate’ scandal with Apple seemingly listing the Galaxy S as amongst numerous other smartphones with the left-hand grip problem.

Since its release Apple’s iPhone 4 has gone on to sell over 3 million units, and it’s sure Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone has also sold units on the AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile networks as well.  A comparison between both phones is therefore a handy decider for those looking to get one of either phones in coming weeks.

The Galaxy S and iPhone 4 are compared over a number of benchmarks and here’s what they reveal.


The Galaxy S weighs less at 119g compared to the iPhone’s 137g. Physical dimensions are 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm    for the Galaxy and 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm for the iPhone 4 proving a slightly thicker body frame for the Samsung phone. The Galaxy bundles a 1Ghz snapdragon processor same frequency for the iPhone 4 A4 processor also at 1Ghz. There also have similar RAM pegged at 512MB. Similarities in hardware properties make phone handling, smooth and real quick on both phones. There’s really no difference here.


The iPhone 4’s retina display was center for much of its buzz and ad campaigns till its antenna problems took over and Apple had to deploy some damage control notably by synching it’s reception issues to every major smartphone around. A 960 x 640 resolution fitted on a 3.5 inch touch screen renders the highest quality image views on a phone. Text reading on the iPhone is crisp and highly visible; it’s same for videos and photo views. You don’t get any much better than this.

On another hand, Samsung’s Galaxy S (tagged the Samsung Captivate on AT&T’s network) features a 800 x 480 pixels 4.0 inch touch screen that does appear just impressive until you consider its screen is actually a super-AMOLED. Both displays are capacitive touch screens with support for up to 16 million colors.

Comparing the Galaxy S and iPhone 4 1

This comparison photo with the iPhone 4 to the left and Galaxy S to the right shows some difference in both screen technologies. S-AMOLED’s give deeper color contrasts and shaper colors than any. Compare the phone icons on the lower left corners of both screens and you’d notice the sharp difference. Colors in general appear to be much sharper on the Galaxy S.

Comparing the Galaxy S and iPhone 4 2

A second pic shows both phones at a slight angle to compare the visible angles on the screens. Again, the S-AMOLED screen comes top. You still see a sharper display that remains highly readable whereas the iPhone’s screen would take considerable effort.

OS Comparisons

This is more or less a straight comparison between Apple’s iOS 4 and Google’s Android 2.2 OS. It’s important to note the Galaxy S ships with 2.1 but the Froyo update is now available and there’s no reason comparing with 2.1 since most users end-up upgrading anyway. For fairness sakes the iOS 4 is bumped to 4.0.2 and features from this version are mentioned wherever applicable.

Starting with the basics, there’s multi-touch input, landscape to portrait mode with accelerometer sensor, proximity sensor to prevent accidental input during calls common to both phones.

Multitasking is possible on the Android and iOS platforms although Apple’s version of multitasking is more of fast app switching than true multitasking (running more than one app in memory at the same time). There’s almost no difference to the user though and an iPhone 4 does a good job of giving you the benefit of different apps without closing any. Android provides true multitasking with the OS automatically ending applications to suit its’ memory needs.

True multitasking gives Android the slim edge here.

Browser. When compared with RIM’s webkit and iOS4 browsers, the Android 2.2 browsers came a distinctively first. It’s worthy to note though that users on 2.1 still lag behind as the same tests show the 2.1 come lag place compared to the other two OS browsers. Of course browser tests do not usually include ease of use where the iPhone 4’s browser could gain a higher voice. There’s also no mention of the Flash app been a benefit as it’ll depend on the user. Mostly iPhone users already accustomed to non-flash browsing will willingly forgo this option when making a decision.  If the desktop browsing experience is preferable, then the Galaxy S’s android browser supporting Flash 10.1 makes mobile browsing a joyable experience especially on its 4.0 inch display.

Usability. Voice search, multi-notification are notable OS miss outs on the iOS. Users also forego the endless personalization options available to Android users. There’s no dedicated screen with facebook, twitter for social users and RSS, Gmail and Email for the business types. I conclude that many iPhone users have come to live with this and that you might not necessary be unsettled by these absences especially coming from a previous iPhone 3G or 3GS.

Camera. Not entirely away from OS comparisons, the Samsung Galaxy S and iPhone 4 both feature the same cameras hardware spec-wise, 5 Megapixels, Autofocus, except for an unforgivable lack of LED flash on the Galaxy. Both cameras support High-Definition video recording at 720p 30f/s. Consumer Reports acknowledged the iPhone 4 camera as being the best in the industry although the eventually failed to recommend the device due to its antenna problems.

Battery Life

Samsung rates the Galaxy S/Captivate for five hours and 50 mins of talk time, 340 hrs standby while the iPhone 4 has a seven hour talk time and 300 hour standby rating.  This is a sort of mix match on both phones with the captivate doing better on standby while the iPhone 4 performing better on calls.

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S or Captivate as it’s called by AT&T to Apple’s iPhone 4 also exclusive to AT&T reveals a tight match between both. For the user it all bores down to the specifics, agreed, the lack of flash is a huge turn off for photo snapping buffs, the iPhone platform would also be a considerable turn off for people who love to play with their phones. You can’t root the iOS for better performance and yet again you don’t have to go through a desktop software (iTunes in this case) to install new software or transfer songs from a PC. Now, that’s a big ‘no’ for buffs like me.

Samsung Epic 4G bringing competition to HTC EVO August 31st

Sprint Samsung Epic 4G

Today Sprint announced that the Samsung Epic 4G will be available Tuesday, August 31st for $249.99, with pre-orders starting Friday August 13th.

The Samsung Epic 4G is Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S smartphone, and comes with 4G, a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, sliding keyboard, Android 2.1, 5 MP camera / camcorder with autofocus and 720p recording, front facing VGA camera, and more.

If you want to reserve your Samsung EPIC 4G now, go to sprint.com/epic4g.

The Samsung EPIC 4G is a great looking phone. With its Super AMOLED screen, it’s sure to please, and it seems to be priced competitively enough. What troubles me, though, is that it’s going to ship with Android 2.1. These days everyone is getting the Froyo (2.2) update, with the latest recipient, the HTC EVO, being the EPIC’s only 4G competitor. Hopefully Samsung can push an update out soon to level the playing field.

As for the purchase process at sprint.com/epic4g, it sounds like you can purchase the EPIC 4G for $249.99, but that price requires a new line or eligible line, two-year service agreement, and $100 mail-in rebate. You are then reserved and can complete your order beginning August 31st, and then pick up your phone in the store.

It’s interesting that Sprint is touting this as a new purchase process, and in a favorable light. If I were to start my process online, I’d probably want it shipped to me. Then again, this pre-order is probably setup this way to avoid the 30-60 minute processing that I experienced when I went to purchase the HTC EVO on launch day. It will be interesting to see if this new process works better than previous ones.