iPhone 4S versus the Android competition

October 4, 2011

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The eyes of the world were on Cupertino today, as Apple unveiled their next generation iPhone 5 slightly improved iPhone 4S. While much of the focus of the keynote address was on new features in iOS 5, there are some definite hardware and software upgrades to the top-tier iPhone model to consider. To see how the iPhone 4S stacks up against the competition, we pitted the flagship phones from Samsung, Motorola, HTC and LG against it in a hardware showdown. Here's how the Galaxy S II, DROID BIONIC, Sensation 4G and G2x compare:

As you can see, the iPhone still bests just about everything in screen resolution, but falls far behind in the screen's physical size. That isn't an important factor for some, but it's a big deal for others. The iPhone 4S' processor is well in line with the rest, but we don't have numbers on certain specs like RAM and battery capacity, so a hard line comparison is difficult. The iPhone's radio brings it up to speed with "4G" phones, but only on AT&T. While the iPhone's most expensive model has a jaw-dropping 64GB of storage, Apple once again eschewed any sort of removable memory.

Of course, this chart only includes currently-selling phones. New competitiors like the Samsung Galaxy S II HD and Galaxy Note best the iPhone as far as the screen goes, and who knows what goodies are lying inside the DROID RAZR or Nexus Prime. We'll have to wait a few weeks for details on the latest and greatest in the Android world - for new smartphone hardware from Apple, be sure to tune in in about 12 months or so.

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  • Psychohellcat

    this phone is a joke.  oh well, i THOUGHT i was going to get the new iphone.. i get clowned by my buddies new phones in a month!!  it like they’re a year behind — what gives??

    • Hoggendas

      Specs and naming conventions are for fools. It’s a telephone. It shouldn’t define a person. Does it do what you need it to do? Great.

    • Galaxy S II FTW

  • Dave

    It will not be a year before you see another iPhone

    • Dave

      Clarification… As in October 2012

      • you sure about that?

      • Alex

        they announced it will be fall 2012…..

      • Anonymous

        You have inside information on Apple’s product cycle?

  • dwinsmith

    We already know the battery life will, unfortunately still, beat any Android phone whether we know the official capacity or not….

  • Chaka

    the specs for the G2X are wrong, wrong, wrong

  • Anonymous

    I’m an Android fan and I still think Siri is a bigger deal than most people realize.  Not enough to be labelled an upgrade from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S but a big innovation nonetheless.

    • Jon Garrett

      It wasn’t an innovation. it was purchased.

      • Adddyspoof

        Hurt your feelings?  He was just saying it is a big innovation.  He didn’t say Apple made it.

  • DroidDoes

    So… The Iphone 4s has a better screen then any other phone… big whoop, and that Siri thing? um Android can get that, sure its not built in but it has been around since android v1.4. Still seems GSII is better.

  • samsung galaxy s2 is ahead of all . i think . best in the range

  • Brooke

    Wow it’s a phone..grow up and quit being petty.

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  • lesnar

     ya  i also think that samsung is better in range,But iphone 4s have its diferent class they are famous all over the world