Wednesday, October 5, 2011

iPhone 4S vs. the smartphone elite: Galaxy S II, Bionic and Titan

Now that we know how the iPhone 4S stacks up against the iPhone 4, let's take a look at how Apple's latest smartphone compares to its mightiest competitors on the other major platforms -- Android and Windows Phone. In Google's camp we chose the superlative Samsung Galaxy S II models (focusing on the announced US variants) along with the Motorola Droid Bionic for its qHD and LTE chops. We then picked the upcoming HTC Titan to bat for Microsoft's team. RIM's not included here since it's still stuck in the junior leagues. We left out the intriguing Nokia N9 because it's a niche player. Check out the fancy table after the break -- the results are pretty clear cut!

iPhone 4SSamsung Galaxy S IIMotorola Droid BionicHTC Titan

PlatformiOS 5Android 2.3.4 with TouchWiz 4.0Android 2.3.4 with custom skinWindows Phone 7.5 Mango
ProcessorDual-core Apple A5 (likely 1GHz)1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos or 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S31GHz dual-core TI OMAP 44301.5GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
RAMUnknown (likely 512MB)1GB1GB512MB
Storage16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal16GB / 32GB internal, microSDHC expansion16GB internal, microSDHC expansion16GB internal
CellularQuadband GSM, quadband HSPA+ 14.4, CDMA / EDVO Rev. AQuadband GSM, quadband HSPA+ 21 / 42 or CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A, WiMaxCDMA / EV-DO Rev. A, LTEQuadband GSM, triband HSPA+ 14.4
Display size3.5 inches4.3 or 4.5 inches4.3 inches4.7 inches
Display resolution960 x 640800 x 480960 x 540800 x 480
Display technologyIPS LCDSuper AMOLED PlusPentile-matrix TFT LCDTFT LCD
Integrated TV-outDock connectorMHLHDMINo
Primary camera8 megapixel AF, f2.4 lens, BSI sensor, LED flash8 megapixel AF, LED flash8 megapixel AF, LED flash8 megapixel AF, f2.2 lens, BSI sensor, dual-LED flash
Secondary cameraVGA2 megapixelVGA1.3 megapixel
Video recording1080p at 30fps1080p at 30fps1080p at 30fps720p at 30fps
Video callingYesYesYesYes
Location / orientation sensorsAGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscopeAGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscopeAGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscopeAGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope
SIM standardMicro SIMSIM (on GSM variants)SIM (for LTE)SIM
Quoted max talk time8 hours on 3G, 14 hours on 2G7-8.7 hours on 3G10.8 hours on 3G6.8 hours on 3G, 11.8 hours on 2G
Quoted max media playback time40 hours audio, 10 hours video5 hours video6.5 hours videoUnknown
BatteryUnknown capacity (likely 1420+mAh), embedded1650-1850mAh, removable1735mAh, removable1600mAh, removable
Weight140 grams / 4.9 oz.116 grams / 4.1 oz. to 130 grams / 4.6 oz.158 grams / 5.6 oz.160 grams / 5.6 oz.
Dimensions115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm125.3 mm x 66.1 mm x 8.49 mm to
129.8 x 69.6 x 9.65mm
127.5 x 66.9 x 10.99mm131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9mm
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