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iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy II

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

The smartphone battle continues to heat up as it seems a new phone comes on the market every few months. Sometimes it feels like every week.

Here’s a comparison of two of the hottest phones on the market, the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy II:


Photo by Brett Jordan

The Galaxy S II is one of the thinnest Androids out there, which is nice to hear. Although, it still doesn’t beat the size of the new iPhone. Overall, the Galaxy S II is considerably larger due to its display but beats out the iPhone in weight by .13 ounces.


The Galaxy S II has a larger screen then the iPhone 4S by a full inch. However, the iPhone 4S boasts a better resolution than the Galaxy S II, which means a higher pixel density. Overall, the iPhone wins again but it is hard to choose between two awesome touchscreen displays.


Now that’s a scary topic. The iPhone 4S will put you back $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB, but only for new contracts or those eligible for upgrades. Otherwise, price jumps between $600-800 depending on carriers and the GB. The Galaxy S II starts at $199.99 with AT&T and T-Mobile has it for $299.99. Sprint carries the Galaxy S II for the same price as AT&T with a new contract.

Camera and Video

Other than the awesome Siri, the biggest iPhone 4S upgrade is the rear-facing camera with a custom lens and f/2.4 aperture. The Galaxy S II camera matches the iPhone 4S and the details continue to be the same with an LED flash, auto focus and digital zoom. Video abilities are also neck-to-neck and both come with software for photo and video editing.

Battery Life

Photo by Fresh Fiber

Apple placed a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery into the new iPhone with a talk time of up to 8 hours on 3G. Standby time is up to 200 hours and audio playback is up to 40 hours. Internet usage is up to 6 hours on 3G. Samsung added a rechargeable 1850 mAH lithium-ion battery with a talk time that is pretty similar to the iPhone.


Honestly, as cliché as this may be, there was no apparent winner. Both the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S II sport the greatest and latest technology in terms of smartphones and they share a lot of the same features. Choosing from one of these phones really depends on whether you are an iOS or Android fan. Either way, this phone can keep you up to date on business when away from the office and can provide you with entertainment for hours. It’s a win all around!

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