Apple iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S?
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The war between iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S
these days I have really seen a lot of people comparing Apple iPhone 4 with the new Android killer Samsung Galaxy S. But before I pitch in, I should consider a few questions .
Is Android as flexible as iOS?
Is Galaxy S a better performer?
Is Galaxy S just a hybrid of iPhone 4?
Is Galaxy S done winning over iPhone 4?
Has Apple lost the grip yet?
The answers for the questions above get more and more complicated everyday, with the competition getting stricter. The gap gets lesser and lesser everyday. But as many experts claim, Samsung Galaxy S has still a way to go to be tantamount with the iPhone 4. Let's look why :
iPhone 4 is always better than Samsung Galaxy S, at least for now. Maybe it won't be soon before Android takes over iOS, but, who knows, this is a cut-throat competition that ultimately unleashes a ground-shaking power. One always might have to doubt whether he needs to buy iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S. There may be individual reasons or personal preferences. But again, it is entirely your choice. Anyway, by mentioning the points below I want to make sure and certain that for now, comparison between iPhone and Galaxy S isn't reasonable.
Before I go forward on the discussion, let me point out a fact to make something clear :
AMOLED screens are very sensitive to sunlight. You go out in the sun and try to take a look at the screen with a medium brightness set, you’re gonna surely wonder how much it has affected. You may fancy the touch sensitivity and the Color Depth and the Contrasts that an AMOLED gives, but be noted that you’re gonna have to do a little handwork when you’re in sunlight. iPhone fights pretty fair in this regard and I guess all that credit goes to using a IPS TFT.
All of you point out that Galaxy S is 4.3” Screen or whatsoever. It is 480 x 800 pixels wide. Where as iPhone 4 is 640 x 960 pixels and 3.5”. That means Samsung Galaxy S has a longer screen and iPhone 4’s screen is wider than Samsung Galaxy S. It has to be noted that handling and carrying phones with such long screen sizes would be a difficult task. The longer the screen gets, the more discomfort they pose. Also, to operate those longer screens you’ll have to move your fingers with a longer stretch and ultimately speedy inputs are difficult.
Yes, Android is powerful, but it has long way to go until it’s tantamount with iOS. iPhone has a very flexible interface, loads of applications. Gripping Support and a killer camera. Do not lead yourself into a misconception that it’s just a 5 Megapixel. The quality of the pictures or the video shot depends on Image Processing Algorithms and the sensor size. Mobile Phone cameras are noted for their Sensor sizes and the mobility of the lens inside the camera. It is pretty limited. On the other hand, digital cameras have variable Lens Aperture which makes them very powerful. iPhone 4 was proposed to integrate that mechanism into it’s lens and although it doesn’t handle focal lengths well, it stands up. The HD Video Recording is also quite magnificent.
The other thing to look at while coming to the OS is that, Android is still suffering with latent bugs, which you’ll soon notice once you get to buy it. Anyway, these are not so annoying to interfere with usability. The iPhone is minimal with these and the updates come so fast, snaps you out with new features and faster ROMs. There’s already 4.3.2 ! iPhone 4 has everything Android 2.3 has, and the disparity comes where a user is bothered about usability. Galaxy S is absolutely a good phone, but it hasn’t beaten iPhone 4 yet. There are a few departments Samsung should invest more effort at.
One more interesting point to note is that Android gets heavier with more and more applications on it’s ROM. It means scalability is questionable. There is hardware, but the Kernel wasn’t powerful enough to handle more and more weight. This is the point where a 1 GHz Processor and 512 MB RAM are considered not to be so efficient , or atleast not utilized to their 100%. I’ve never encountered scalability problems with iPhone and only noticed the Phone going up in the graph with new Firmware versions coming
The one and only one thing which might bother you while comparing both of these will be the price. iPhone 4 is way too much costlier than Galaxy S. iPhone 4 is around $500 ( Contract based charges apply*) and Galaxy S is only around Rs. $400 or something like that. The inherent conclusion that it is next to unreasonable to compare iPhone 4 and an Android. It may take up a couple of years, before something miraculous happens down the line.