Samsung Galaxy S vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better phone -- Samsung's Galaxy S or Apple's iPhone 4?

Samsung's Galaxy S is challenging Apple's iPhone 4 in the smartphone market.

Samsung's Galaxy S is challenging Apple's iPhone 4 in the smartphone market.

Apple recently unveiled its fourth-generation iPhone, appropriately dubbed the iPhone 4. Boasting a brighter screen, a faster processor and better battery life, the iPhone 4 is expected to maintain Apple's strong foothold in the smartphone market in Australia.

Check out our Samsung Galaxy S review.

However, if you're looking for an iPhone alternative, then you're more than likely going to consider one of the latest Android smartphones — headed by HTC's flagship Desire smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy S should definitely grab your attention thanks to a 4in Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz application processor that enables playback of high-definition video (including DivX and Xvid files), Bluetooth 3.0 support, and up to 16GB of internal memory.

With this in mind, how does the Samsung Galaxy S stack up against the Apple iPhone 4?

Samsung Galaxy S vs iPhone 4: specs

Feature Apple iPhone 4 Samsung Galaxy S Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS4 Google Android 2.1 (upgradeable to 2.2) Draw
Display technology Capacitive retina IPS Capacitive Super AMOLED Draw
Display resolution 640x960 pixels 480x800 pixels iPhone 4
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging 5 megapixels, no flash, autofocus, geotagging, face and smile detection Draw
FM radio No Yes Galaxy S
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB or 32GB 8GB or 16GB iPhone 4
Expandable memory No microSD card slot Galaxy S
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm iPhone 4
Weight 137g 118g Galaxy S
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPhone 4
Processor Apple A4 ARM Cortex A8 (1GHz) Draw
3G networks HSDPA 850/ 900/1900/2100 HSDPA 900/1900/2100 iPhone 4
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP Galaxy S
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hours Up to 6.5 hours iPhone 4
Quoted standby time Up to 300 hours Up to 576 hours Galaxy S
Adobe Flash support No No (Yes after 2.2 update) Galaxy S

As you can see, both smartphones stack up reasonably well, with each possessing its own strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung Galaxy S offers TouchWIZ 3 — it's Samsung's alternative to the Sense UI on the HTC Desire and promises a similar user-customisable interface.

Although Samsung's innovations on the software side of Android are impressive, it's the phone's hardware which is getting some serious attention. In particular, the 4in super AMOLED display is one of the largest touchscreens on an Android phone in Australia, alongside the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. Apple's iPhone 4 uses existing IPS technology (the same used on the iPad, but thanks to its 640x960 pixel resolution it has been described as a "retina" display, due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels.

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