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Samsung Galaxy S 4G versus iPhone 4

Updated on May 1, 2012
Galaxy s 4G (T-Mobile)
Galaxy s 4G (T-Mobile)
iPhone 4 (ATT/Verizon/Sprint)
iPhone 4 (ATT/Verizon/Sprint)

The iPhone. The most iconic smart phone device the world has seen that has swept everyone off their feet with its stylish design and features. The iPhone is easily the most sought after smart phone in the market but with other companies developing smart phones of their own, the iPhone is beginning to be challenged by the competition. Namely, by Samsung. Samsung has developed some of the newest most top notch android smart phones that consumers have seen. But does it match up still with the iPhone? Let's find out.


Obvious basic spec differences are the running systems of each. Apple iPhone obviously running on iOS, one of the smoothest most user friendly software out there. Android challenges this in the Galaxy S 4G with the gingerbread. The gingerbread is smooth and functional, and offers a little more customization than that of the iPhone. Some lags and updates cause the android system to crash a lot more often than that of its counterpart in the iPhone.

The iPhone 4 runs the beautiful retina display while the Galaxy S 4G is running the AMOLED display. The retina display although it has less pixels than that of the AMOLED display, seems to have one of the smoothest pictures in smart phones. It could be considered crystal clear. But while the iPhone may have a clearer overall picture (not by much) the Samsung Galaxy S 4G has a 4.0 inch screen beating the iPhone's 3.5 inch screen by half an inch. Some people prefer a bigger screen while others think the iPhone screen size is more than enough. The iPhone 4 as well as the Galaxy S 4G both have 5 megapixel cameras. The only downfall to the Galaxy camera is no flash support. Both also capture video in 720p HD.

iOS feeds off the apple market while android the android market. This is one of the most closely related areas of the two phones as both markets are pretty similar by comparison. Nothing too special here.

One of the best things that this android device Galaxy S 4G has that the iPhone does not have is flash support. Flash support is a big one up for the android device here as apple still doesn't have it on its devices.

Device storages on the two phones is quite different. iPhone 4 has 8/16/32 gb on-board storage while the android has 1 gb on board storage capable of expanding to 16/32 gb via memory card.

Both devices are great, that is for sure, and the Galaxy S 4G can be bought at a much lower price than the iPhone 4. I have a Galaxy S 4G and have owned an iPhone 3G and iPhone 4. Based on the usage from each device I would lean towards the iPhone for quality. You pay for what you get, the iPhone is very aesthetically appealing and runs very smoothly as do most apple products. The Samsung is much more affordable and just as user friendly but mine seems to freeze about 3-4 times a month. Both phones are great and I'd be happy to own either but if you're willing to spend the penny, opt for the iPhone because it is well worth it.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Very clear comparison. Thanks! Voted up and interesting.