Galaxy S II Skyrocket vs iPhone 4S | Apple iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is one among the first two 4G-LTE smart phones unveiled by AT&T on 31 October 2011. Galaxy S II Skyrocket is the LTE variant of the popular Galaxy S II by Samsung for AT&T. It will be available nationwide from 6 November 2011. iPhone 4S is the latest iPhone by Apple and it is already available in the market. Both are great phones, but Galaxy S II Skyrocket has a massive 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) display, and powered by 1.5 GHz dual core processor while iPhone 4S is comparatively smaller device with 3.5” 960 x 640 pixels Retina display and powered by 1 GHz Apple A5 processor. Galaxy S II Skyrocket is priced at $250 with a 2-year commitment. iPhone 4S is available in different variants based on the internal storage. The price is from $199 to $399 on a two-year contract.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket (Galaxy S II Skyrocket) is one of the first 4G LTE phone for AT&T, officially announced by AT&T 0n 31 October 2011. This new LTE variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II family enables users to connect to high speed LTE data networks, where the services are available. It will fall back to HSPA+ where there is no 4G LTE services.
The dimensions of Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket are more or less similar to the Galaxy S II, but may appear slightly bigger. The device is 5.15″ long, 2.75″ broad and 0.37″ thick. The weight is nearly 131.8 g (4.65 oz). Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is complete with a 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution. It’s important to note that the screen real estate is larger than its LTE less counterpart Samsung Galaxy S II. This multi touch screen has superior quality of the Samsung Galaxy S II family coupled with the strength and ability to remain scratch proof as it’s made from Gorilla glass. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes with TouchWiz UI 4.0.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is equipped with a super fast 1.5 GHz dual core processor. The device also has 1 GB memory and 16 GB internal storage. Internal storage can be expanded using a micro-SD card up to 32 GB. The device also supports micro USB and USB-on-the-go. In terms of connectivity (which is the plus feature in Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket), the device boasts LTE, HSDPA and HSUPA+. It is also a world phone supporting tri-band UMTS. While Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is available, IR is not enabled in Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is complete with sensors such as Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, a digital compass and Accelerometer for UI rotate.
Cameras are always preferred features in Samsung Galaxy S family. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes with an 8 mega pixels rear facing camera with auto focus and dual LED flash. Features such as Geo-tagging, touch focus, panorama, and face detection are also available to support the superior hardware. A front facing 2 MP camera is also available with this high end smart phone. While the 4.5” super AMOLED plus screen is capable of giving the best video display a phone can give, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is complete with FM radio, a loud speaker, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone and HDMI TV out are other important features of Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes pre loaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). However the user interface is customized by TouchWiz UI 4.0. SMS, MMS, push email and IM applications are available for communication with Android 2.3 and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket also includes these handy capabilities. Useful productivity applications such as Organizer, Document editor, Image/Video editor, Voice commands and Google applications are available in Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Other applications for Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket can be download from Android market place as well.
The much speculated iphone 4S was released on October 4th 2011. The iPhone which has bench marked standards in the smart phone hemisphere has raised the expectation more. Will iPhone 4S deliver to that? Having one look at the device one can understand that the appearance of iPhone 4S remains similar to iPhone 4; the much raved predecessor. The device is available in both black and white. The glass and stainless steel built that most find appealing remains intact. The newly released iPhone 4S remains 4.5” of height and 2.31” of width the dimensions of iPhone 4S remains similar to its predecessor iPhone 4. The thickness of the device is 0.37” as well regardless of the improvement done to the camera. There for, iPhone 4S remains the same portable slim device everyone love. iPhone 4S weighs 140g. The slight increase of device is maybe due to the many new improvements that we will discuss later. iPhone 4S includes a 3.5” touch screen with 960 x 640 pixels resolution (329 PPI). The screen also includes the usual fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. The display marketed by Apple as ‘retina display’ has a contrast ratio of 800:1. The device comes with sensors such as an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off and an ambient light sensor.
The processing power is one of the many improved features on iPhone 4S than its predecessor. The iPhone 4S is powered by a Dual core A5 processor. According to Apple, the processing power is increased by 2 X and enables graphics that are 7 times faster and the energy efficient processor will improve battery life as well. While the RAM on the device is still not officially listed the device is available in 3 versions of storage; 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Apple has not allowed a micro SD slot to expand the storage. In terms of connectivity, iPhone 4S has HSPA+14.4Mbps, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. At the moment, iPhone 4S is the only smart phone which can switch between two antennas to transmit and receive. Location based services are available through Assisted GPS, digital compass, Wi-Fi and GSM.
iPhone 4S is loaded with iOS 5 and usual applications one can find on an iPhone, such as FaceTime. The newest addition to the uniquely designed applications on iPhone is ‘Siri’; a voice assistant which can understand certain keywords we speak and virtually do everything on the device. ‘Siri’ is capable of scheduling meetings, checking weather, setting timer, sending & reading messages and etc. While voice search and voice command assisted applications were available in the market ‘Siri’ is quite a unique approach and sounds more user-friendly. iPhone 4S comes with iCloud as well, enabling users to manage content across multiple devices. iCloud wirelessly pushes files across multiple devices managed together. Applications for iPhone 4 S will be available on Apple App Store; however it will take some time for the number of applications supporting iOS 5 to increase.
The rear facing camera is another area improved on iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S is equipped with an improved camera with 8 mega pixels. The mega pixel value itself has taken a huge leave from its predecessor. The camera is coupled with LED flash as well. The camera comes with useful features such as autofocus, tap to focus, face detection on still images and geo tagging. The camera is capable of HD video capture at 1080P at about 30 frames per second. In cameras it is important to have a larger aperture since it allows the lens to collect more light. The aperture in the lens of camera in iPhone 4S has been increased allowing more light to come in however, harmful IR rays is filtered away. The enhanced camera is capable of capturing quality images in low light as well as bright light. The front facing camera is a VGA camera and it’s tightly coupled with FaceTime; the video conferencing application on iPhone.
iPhones are generally good on their battery life. Naturally, users will have higher expectations for this latest addition to the family. According to Apple, iPhone 4S will have up to 8 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on while on GSM only it will score a massive 14 hours. The device is rechargeable via USB as well. The standby time on iPhone 4S is up to 200 hours. In conclusion, the battery life is satisfactory on iPhone 4S. The preorder of iPhone 4S starts from 8 October 2011, and will be available in US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Japan from 14 October 2011. Worldwide availability starts from 28 October 2011. iPhone 4S is available for purchase in different variants. One will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 4S device starting from $199 to $399 on contract. The price without contract (unlocked) is Canadian $649/ Pounds 499/ A$799/ Euro 629.