Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, which is basically the same as the iPhone 4 on the outside, but boasts better software and other perks inside.
Samsung noted that the S II has faster clock speeds for its chips. That would be the Samsung Exynos 1.2GHZ chips for the AT&T S II and Sprint SII, Epic 4G Touch, and 1.5GHz for its T-Mobile S II. Moreover—and more importantly, depending on what region S II owners live in—the S II has a 4G radio. eWEEK found the Epic 4G Touch to run quite swiftly on Sprint's 4G WiMax.
It's hard to find fault with Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, but Apple is offering a retinal display with higher resolution. However, if a larger screen is what you're after, the S II may be for you. Both Sprint and T-Mobile's S II screens are 4.52 inches, while the AT&T face is no slouch at 4.3 inches.
High-end Android handsets used to have the previous iPhones 5 megapixel shutter beaten, but Apple now is also offering an 8 megapixel sensor for its camera. It seems Apple's rear camera will be superior, though the S II has 2 megapixel front cameras for video chats. Samsung also claims its video recording will be better as well. We'll see.
At 4.3 ounces, the S II is seriously thinner than the iPhone 4S's 4.9-ounce heft. The battery life comparison is misleading. The S II may get 8 hours of talk time on 3G, but not likely on 4G, which eWEEK noted went quick on the S II models from Sprint and AT&T.
We'll give the edge to Apple's iPhone 4S here, as Siri is legitimate artificial intelligence versus Vlingo's voice commands and the Google Voice Search on the S IIs. You can just do a lot more with Siri, including have contextual questions answered.
We'll just say its hard to compare anything to Apple's App Store, which has more than 425,000 applications. Android Market has more than 225,000 apps. Even with Samsung's Media Hub, the S II is beat here.
Apple may have an edge in carriers, offering it on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, while the S II subs the weakened T-Mobile over Verizon, which allegedly forewent the S II for the forthcoming Nexus Prime. Apple gets the edge here. As for OS, it's all preference. Both iOS 5 and Gingerbread do things better than the other, though Apple's integration of iOS 5 with iCloud moves the needle forward for Apple.
Storage is fine for both phones, and if you want more youve got to pay. There's no question Apple scored points by pricing the iPhone 4S the same as the iPhone 4, whose pricing the company cut in half.
You're also not going to get the S II in as many countries as the iPhone 4S.