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Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4: Comparison

The Apple iPhone 4 has been a huge hit and with the iPhone 5 launch being delayed to September, it will be the smartphone every new Android device will be compared to. And though it’s almost an year old now, comparisons of the iPhone 4 with new Android phones are inevitable, as it is one of the best smartphones known to mankind. In this post, I will pit the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 against the Apple iPhone 4. Expect some fireworks.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4

Design

While design preferences are subjective, I can safely say that both the Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4 have very stylish designs. The iPhone 4 has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm while the Galaxy S 2 has dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The Galaxy S 2 is the slimmest smartphone around, slimmer than even the anorexic Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

It is also very light, with a weight of only 116 gms compared to the iPhone 4’s 134 gms. I would prefer the Galaxy S 2.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch capacitive SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is easily the best display in town, in terms of size, contrast, display quality etc. It is perfect for watching videos and movies.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 3.5 inch IPS LCD ‘Retina’ display with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. It is one of the best displays in the market, but loses out before the Galaxy S 2 in terms of size as well as overall quality.

Again, the Galaxy S 2 wins.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 easily trumps the iPhone 4 when it comes to hardware, but that is obvious, as it is yet to be launched, while the iPhone 4 was launched in June last year.

The iPhone 4 comes with a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 16/32 GB internal storage. The Galaxy S 2 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has 16/32 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards.

Winner: Galaxy S 2

OS

Now this is the part where we have two completely divided camps. Some prefer iOS with its ease of use, great user interface, huge library of apps and games (almost 400,000) while some prefer Android with its openness, customizability, better multitasking, and not-as-huge library of apps and games (200,000). With the Galaxy S 2, you get Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0 which offer excellent performance thanks to the powerful hardware.

There is no clear verdict in this section, but I would prefer the Galaxy S 2 with Android. Just my preference.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It can shoot 1080p videos at 30 FPS and also comes with a 2 MP secondary camera. It is second only to the Xperia Arc and the Nokia N8, in terms of image quality. It definitely blows the iPhone 4’s 5 MP camera out of the water. The Galaxy S 2 is a clear winner in this department.

Multimedia

The Galaxy S 2 can play any video format which currently exists on Planet Earth. It’s a pleasure watching videos on the 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, going by all the reviews I have seen. It is THE device to have if you want to watch videos on the move. It wins.

Web Browsing

Both the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S 2 have excellent web browsers, both default and third-party. But as the Galaxy S 2 has a bigger display, and also supports Flash, I would go with it.

The Verdict

As you can clearly see, the iPhone 4 is now outdated. The Samsung Galaxy 2 is quite obviously the best smartphone on the market. It should be launched soon, and I expect it to be the best Android phone of 2011.

TouchWIZ 4.0 Ported To Samsung Galaxy S

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on-board and TouchWIZ 3.0. Samsung spiced up TouchWIZ with some colorful icons, with the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S.

At MWC 2011, Samsung announced the Galaxy S successor the Galaxy S II, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a new version of TouchWIZ (v4.0) running on top of it. TouchWIZ in its latest version features some new icons, and some new nifty features.

Now, one developer over the Galaxy S modding scene fear2142 – has managed to port TouchWIZ 4.0 to the Galaxy S, thanks to a Galaxy S II system dump.

Below is a video of TouchWIZ 4.0 in action on the Galaxy S –

The mod will work on the Galaxy S XXJVB ROM de-odexed ROM. The mod also works on Galaxy S Custom ROMs based on the XXJVB firmware. The TouchWIZ 4.0 launcher does have some stability issues though.

Interested Galaxy S users should head over to this thread, for more information on how to install TouchWIZ 4.0.

Why You Should Buy the Samsung Galaxy S 2

If you are planning to buy a new high-end smartphone, there are only two OS options you should be considering – iOS and Android.

iOS is probably the better option in terms of apps, games and usability, but Android clearly offers much more choice. Android can be modified to a much greater extent than iOS and the new generation of Android smartphones can easily beat the iPhone in terms of specs and hardware. Android is also much better at multitasking that iOS is.

One more reason why you should not buy an iOS device right now is because the iPhone 4 is almost an year old now. It still has very good specifications, but the newer Android phones offer much more – dual core processors, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP cameras. Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is the latest version of Android, and it’s obviously better than all the previous iterations.

If you do want to go with the iPhone only, then you should probably wait until September or October, as that’s when the iPhone 5 is expected to launch. Since that’s almost 6 months away, I would suggest that you go with an Android device.

So which Android smartphone should you buy?

There are many great options available in India. There’s the LG Optimus 2X, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Xperia Play etc. All of them are priced around Rs. 30k. If you want a gaming device, go for the Xperia Play. If you want the best camera phone, go for the Xperia Arc. It has the best 8 MP camera in all Android phones. If you want a cheap option, go for the LG Optimus 2X. It is priced at around 26k, which makes it the cheapest in the current lot of Android devices.

But if you want the best option overall, I would go with the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It is expected to launch in a month and offers the best features. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S was the iPhone 4’s greatest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will probably be the best Android device which can compete with the upcoming iPhone 5. It also has a 6 month head start over the iPhone 5, so it should probably see great sales.

The initial reviews of the Galaxy S 2 point to just one thing – the Galaxy S 2 is going to be the best Android smartphone of 2011. It has a dual core 1/1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0, arguably the best third party UI in Android land. It just kills every other phone in terms of multimedia playback, and has the best display in town – a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

Disclosures: None, really. I’m just a huge Samsung fan and I’m planning to buy the Galaxy S 2. I may be a bit biased towards it, but seriously, it’s definitely going to be the best Android phone of 2011.

PS: If you are an Indian, you can probably expect the iPhone 5 in India by the time Samsung launches the Galaxy S 3.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Samsung Fights Back Against Apple; Files 10 Patent Infringement Claims

Apple sued Samsung just about a week ago, filing a patent infringement lawsuit alleging that the Galaxy range of devices by Samsung were copied from the Apple iPhone and iPad. It was a very bold move by Apple, considering that Samsung is a major component supplier for Apple products.

Today, as expected, Samsung has fired back at Apple, filing 10 different patent infringement claims against Apple over the iPhone and the iPad. The lawsuits were filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany and are related to “power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology.”

“On April 21, Samsung Electronics filed a lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court, Korea against Apple Inc. citing five patent infringements. Separately, Samsung filed a suit in a court in Tokyo, Japan citing two patent infringements, and in Manheim, Germany citing three patent infringements.

Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.” the official statement said.

Samsung’s Galaxy S has been the most popular Android phone of the year, and the closest competitor of the iPhone. Samsung also plans to launch the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 soon, which will compete with the iPhone 4/5 (which will be launching late this year) and the iPad 2.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

Samsung is quite popular for poor software support of their Android smartphones. The company only committed to releasing the Android OS updates for the Galaxy S handsets, and never mentioned anything about other Galaxy branded handsets.

The company did release the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy 3, but has kept mum on the Galaxy S L and the Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

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However, it looks like the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread love from Samsung. The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on a leaked Gingerbread firmware for the Ace.

Users who flashed this firmware on their handset did report some performance and stability issues. The leaked ROM has quite a few bugs as well. Other than this, the ROM features some updated items and the new goodies brought about by the Android OS update.

This leak does confirm that the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread update from Samsung. Hopefully, Sammy will also release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread RM for the Galaxy S L. Nevertheless, it’s still nice to see Samsung releasing Android OS updates for a mid-range phone.

Interested Galaxy Ace owners can head over to SamFirmware.com and download the leaked Gingerbread firmware for their handset.

Samsung Fascinate Android 2.2 Froyo Update To Roll Out From Tomorrow!

There has already been a huge controversy surrounding the Galaxy S series of handsets Android 2.2 update in the United States.

Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S back in September (2010). However, it was only in the 2nd month of 2011 that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for some of the Galaxy S handsets in the United States.

These handsets included the Sprint’s Epic 4G, AT&T’s Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant. Now, Verizon has also decided to release the Android 2.2 update for its Galaxy S handset the Fascinate.

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The update to Android 2.2 will bring with it some welcome features including support for Flash 10.2. The general system performance and the web browser performance have also been improved significantly.

Samsung and Verizon have also taken this opportunity to load more bloat ware on the handset, in the form of V Cast Apps and the Samsung Media Hub. The update also aims at fixing tons of bugs. The whole change-log can be found here.

For Fascinate owners, who are cursing Samsung for the delay in the update Please blame Verizon! Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in Europe. Whereas, it is still unconfirmed whether the Galaxy S handsets in the United States will get the Gingerbread love or not.

AT&T Rolls Out The WP7 NoDo Update For The Samsung Focus

Microsoft started rolling out the NoDo update bringing the much awaited copy & paste feature to all WP7 handsets, at the end of the last month.

However, some carriers decided to delay the release of the NoDo update for WP7 based handsets including AT&T.

Nevertheless, AT&T has finally started rolling out the NoDo update for the Samsung Focus and the LG Quantum. The HTC Surround will get its NoDo update sometime in May, due to some software issues.

Samsung_Focus

Samsung has also taken this opportunity to roll out a firmware update for the Focus. The new firmware update incorporates some useful changes and bug fixes.

The capacitive buttons on the Focus are temporarily disabled, if an app is open and a   user drags his finger from the screen to the buttons. This will definitely be appreciated by all Focus owners, and will help in reducing all those accidental touches. No more going back to the previous screen, while playing Fruit Ninja!

Another nifty change brought by this firmware is the anti-shake setting being enabled by default for the Camera. Most users don’t really bother to check out the camera settings before clicking a snap, and this small change will definitely come in handy for them.

WP7 is a closed OS, still users need to wait for sometime before they can update their handset to the latest version of the OS.   So much for being a closed OS!

Via WPCentral

The First Samsung Galaxy S 2 Ad is Here

The Samsung Galaxy S was the best Android smartphone of 2010. In fact, it was so successful, that Apple probably views it as a threat now, which is evident from the patent infringement lawsuit it has filed against Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 was announced at CES 2011 and has had millions of Android fans salivating already. It is better than the Galaxy S in almost every way. It has a bigger display, faster processor, more RAM, better UI and offers everything you would ever want in a phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be launching in May, but we hadn’t seen any ads or commercials of it yet. Well, today, Samsung has officially released the first commercial of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 on its Youtube channel. It’s not the best ad I’ve seen, but quite accurately conveys how realistic the SuperAMOLED Plus display is.

Here it is:

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor and offers 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It has Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz 4.0 UI. It also has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash which can capture 1080p videos at 30 FPS. It comes with a 1650 mAh Li-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Pulled Back By Vodafone U.K!

It was just a few days ago that Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S handsets in some regions of Europe. The company even released the Gingerbread source code, soon after.

Vodafone U.K. also started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S handsets just a couple of days ago. However, reports are flying in that Vodafone has now pulled back the Gingerbread update.

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The reason cited by Vodafone for the update being pulled back is that the update has been suspended by Google. However, one of the most popular developers over at Galaxy S modding scene – supercurio – states something else.

He states that the update was pulled back because the Gingerbread update released by Vodafone U.K.was not the final build. The update was not supposed to be released by Vodafone U.K., but the carrier still pulled the plug and released the update.

Hopefully, Vodafone U.K. will get its act together and soon release the final build of Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy S handsets in the U.K.

Readers should not blame Samsung for this update being pulled back. The main culprit is Vodafone U.K, who released the update without any confirmation from Sammy.

Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Android Devices

Apple is hitting Samsung with a patent infringement lawsuit, alleging that the Galaxy smartphones and tablets by Samsung infringe on Apple’s patents relating to the iPhone and the iPad.

According to the suit filed on Friday in the US District Court in Northern California, Apple is seeking injunctions, actual and punitive damages from Samsung.

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products,” the lawsuit said.

There has been no response from Samsung regarding the lawsuit. The mobile industry is currently fraught with lawsuits, the most notable ones being the ones between Apple and Nokia, Oracle and Google and Microsoft and Motorola. This lawsuit, however, is very interesting, because Samsung supplies components for multiple Apple products.

It’s very likely that this case will be settled between the two parties with some money exchanging hands, as is generally the case with such lawsuits.

Here are some images comparing the Galaxy S to the iPhone 3GS, which were included in the lawsuit.

Apple Samsung Lawsuit

via WSJ and Mobilized