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Samsung Galaxy S 4G vs. Apple iPhone 4

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February 2nd, 2011

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Just how good is the Apple iPhone 4? While not necessarily being the fastest or most competent smartphone available, the iPhone 4 has captured the imaginations of wireless consumers. Powerful and sleek, the iPhone 4 is the target at which all other smartphone manufacturers shoot when new products are announced. The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is a good example. The Galaxy S 4G replaces the Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, adding some powerful new features that position it head-to-head against the iPhone 4. Although the iPhone 4 has the highest resolution display of any smartphone, the Galaxy S 4G uses AMOLED display technology that is larger, uses less power and provides a higher-contrast image than the iPhone 4. Into this mix, the Galaxy S 4G adds 4G data speed that is not available on the iPhone 4. Underscoring its position as a phone that can be very entertaining, the Galaxy S 4G comes loaded with the full version of the movie Inception. And with 4G data speeds available at no additional cost from T-Mobile, additional video content can be downloaded to the Galaxy S 4G without a hitch. With all these capabilities, how do the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Apple iPhone 4 compare?


Apple iPhone 4 Samsung Galaxy S 4G  
Apple iPhone 4 Samsung Galaxy S 4G
Wirefly’s Price
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Carrier AT&T/Verizon T-Mobile
Operating System Apple iOS4.2 Android 2.2
Interface Apple iOS Samsung TouchWiz
Display 3.5″ LCD, 640 x 960 pixels 4.0″ AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 3G HSPA/CDMA 4G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional Yes – Optional
Camera 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 5-megapixel and autofocus
Front-facing Camera Yes; 640 x 480 pixels Yes; 640 x 480 pixels
Video Capture Yes; 720p HD Yes; 720p HD
Apps Apple App Store Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support No Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space 16/32GB onboard; no memory expansion slot 1GB onboard; 16GB microSD card pre-loaded
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,400 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable 1,650 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable
Processor Single 1 GHz processor Single 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 4.8 oz 4.2 oz
Dimensions 4.5″ x 2.3″ x 0.4″ 4.8″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″

Key Differences

  • Display: The Samsung Galaxy S 4G has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, considered to be one of the nicest displays in the industry. The Apple iPhone 4 is no slouch in the display department however, with a 3.5-inch LCD display that has the highest resolution of any smartphone: 640 x 960 pixels. Although higher resolution, the iPhone 4′s display is considerably smaller than that of the Galaxy S 4G.
  • Operating system: The Samsung Galaxy S 4G ships with Android 2.2, a fast and stable version of Google’s “open” Android operating system. The Apple iPhone 4 uses Apple’s proprietary iOS4.2, which is only used on the iPhone.
  • Processor and RAM: Both the Apple iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G use single-core 1GHz processors. The Samsung Galaxy S 4G augments the main processor with a powerful graphics processor that permits smooth-flowing graphics. Both the Galaxy S 4G and Apple iPhone 4 have 512MB of processor RAM.
  • Keyboard: Both the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and the Apple iPhone 4 have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The Samsung Galaxy S 4G ships with 16GB of on-board storage and has a microSD slot for memory expansion. The Apple iPhone 4 is available with either 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage, but it has no expansion slot for memory.
  • Camera: Both the Apple iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G have 5-megapixel cameras, and both devices can record video with 720p HD capability. Both the Galaxy S 4G and the iPhone 4 have 640 x 480-pixel front-facing cameras for video chat.
  • Battery: The capacity of the lithium-ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is 1,650 mAh, while the battery in the Apple iPhone 4 is 1,400 mAh.The battery in the Galaxy S 4G is replaceable by the customer, but the iPhone 4′s battery is sealed in the case and can’t be replaced.

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15 Responses to “Samsung Galaxy S 4G vs. Apple iPhone 4”

  • how does the phone now compare the the apple 4i now?

  • nkstarr
    October 5, 2011

    I got my Galaxy s 4g from wirefly.com It is unbelievable. I love it. I’m glad Apple has some competition.

  • Question. Just got the Galaxy S 4g…when I plug in the charger it turns off and takes 8-10 hours to charge. This is a big problem. How do I get around this issue?

    • William
      May 5, 2011

      I have had various Samsungs ohone. It is common for the phone to display a chrging battery in the windows while the charger is connect. Press the unlock key on the side and it will go to the home screen.

    • You got a defect

  • ougreenbobcat
    February 17, 2011

    Mistakes in article: Samsung Galaxy S 4G does NOT have a camera flash, and Front-facing Camera should be measured in megapixels, and it will come with a memory card as Samsung says “…Galaxy S 4G comes with the hot new movie “Inception” pre-loaded on a microSD”

    Official Samsung site for Galaxy S 4G: http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SGH-T959HABTMB-features

    • Thank you… I made several corrections.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • I do not trust the confidentiality of my information to the search engines at GOOGLE. Is there a way to sync Outlook Data without downloading everything to GOOGLE?

      • Bert, you can sync your cell phone’s files using Wirefly Mobile Backup. You get 2GB of storage for free from Wirefly Mobile Backup, and there is never a charge unless you go over 2GB. You can find Wirefly Mobile Backup at http://www.wirefly.com/backup.

        Bob at Wirefly

    • I have a blackberry 8520 curse with t-mobile the 1st one locked up this is the 2nd one in 6 months and its about to go. Tons of problems all over horrable
      Reception turns off sometimes little keyboard sticks runs slow. Only 2.0 back megapixels lousy pictures. Hate this phone from t-mobile. What phone from t-mobile competes with I phone and has a back 5.0 megapixel or higher with high resalution front and back camera for video chat great for text ,mms, emails that matches apple I phone from t-mobile ? The htc mytouch 4G or samsung galaxy s 4G or other ones . My number is 2245381654.

      • You named two great Android phones from T-Mobile: the myTouch 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. Both go toe-to-toe with the iPhone and are better than the iPhone in several ways. If I had to pick one of them, I’d go with the Samsung Galaxy S 4G because of the excellent 4-inch AMOLED display. Both are really nice, however.

        Bob at Wirefly

  • launch it for att

  • Erica Valadez
    February 7, 2011

    want to know about this phone

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