Specs showdown: iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy S II and Droid Bionic

By Peter Chubb - Oct 4, 2011

The Apple keynote has been and gone, so now we can begin to digest the information. So we now know that many of our readers are unhappy that Apple kept with the same design as the iPhone 4, but it is the specs where it matters, so what better way to see how it fares when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola Droid Bionic in a showdown.

The S II and the Bionic will be the main competition for the 4S, well just until the Nexus Prime is released. We already know just how much more powerful the new iPhone is compared to the current version, but the real test comes when it has to go head-to-head in a smartphone showdown with rival models. So let’s see how they fare, thanks to a little research from Engadget?

Now you may have thought that the 4S would have come out on top in almost all categories, but that is not the case. There are a few areas where each handset shines, but it will not be until real world tests begin that we will get a true sense of the power of the iPhone 4S.

We will always compare the 4S first, the S II next, which will then be followed by the Bionic. The first test is the CPU, here we have a 1GHz Dual-core A5 compared to a 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos or 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 and a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430. Then there is the memory, likely 512MB compared to 1GB for each.

Screen sizes are 3.5, 4.3 or 4.5 and finally 4.3 inches. Storage is 16GB, 32GB and 64GB for the iPhone 4S, and 16GB for the other two. However, the latter two does benefit from microSDHC expansion.

All three handsets benefit from an 8-megapixel camera, but from what we have seen the 4S will have the edge, as it uses far better lens technology. These are the most important features, but we were shocked with the battery results, as the iPhone 4S performs poorly when compared to the Bionic, as it gives away at least 2 hours when using 3G.

Do you think that the iPhone 4S is worth the upgrade?

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  • Anonymous

    i think its pretty clever that apple created this environment of smart touch phones and then waits on other peoples mistakes to see whether to implement the technology or not in their new handsets.

    for example the camera. there were phones with better cameras before but apple took those phones, opened them and found out why they were not the best camera and made their camera the best. same with NFC technology. why release nfc tech when the receiver has not been standardised? its the whole chicken and egg story but i think apple just wants to see where the tech will go before they pile in with millions of dollars worth of R&D.

    the iphone 4s is less about the phone and more about the os. same as android. this time around the os leads the phone rather than the other way round. look at samsung, its thin, its light but it feels cheap in your hand and apart from the screen there is nothing to it. its the os that changes it. i think android os is boring as it is but with samsungs own interface on it, it looks better.

    truth of the matter, everyone was disappointed, to take 14 months to announce a new product is a bit suspect, either siri went awol and was a nightmare to programme or SJs resignation as CEO was a dramatic and unforeseen event. they had the a5 chip, they had the camera lense from other manufacturers so why the longer wait to deliver essentially the same product. (could have been that ios5 was buggy and they couldnt iron out the bugs in time for a july release)

    either way it will be interesting to see what happens to apple now. 4 % fall in shares before the phone is even released shows the importance of hype in the market but it also shows that apple didnt live up to their own high standards.

    i dont think that competition is heating up. there are plenty of faster processes on worse computers but its the integration of the soft with the hard that makes the computer. just because droid bionic has a faster processor doesnt mean it will be better. look at gingerbread and xoom. more ram, more processing power but still laggy in comparison with the ipad 2 with lower specs.

  • Jchb

    I don’t think the 4S is “good enough” to slow the Android charge.  Apple fans will of course love it but I don’t think it will slow Android growth and it will soon be even further behind with Nexus Prime and other new phones here very soon.  

  • IP4 has a nice camara, but in use of the app camara+ its great. Im looking forward to use the camara+ app and the optik in IP4s together.