Apple iPhone 4S v/s Samsung Galaxy S2

Apple iphone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2 both have created their name in the gadget market for some impressive features. Undoubtedly, both can be marked as instances of high-end technologies and modern concepts.

Apple fan boys may say that iPhone 4S is the best, and the Sammy fans may oppose. Let us have a brief comparison to find out the features that contribute in making these gadgets highly popular.

Let us start with Apple iPhone 4S, and find out why thousands of gadget lovers embrace this Apple product. We will also see the reasons that make Samsung Galaxy S2 the first choice of many users.

Why Apple iphone 4S..??

Lots of space

It comes with 64 GB internal storage which gives you lots of space, particularly, when compared to the 32 GB internal storage of Samsung Galaxy S2.

This means that iPhone 4S offers about two times higher internal storage which definitely means you get a lot more of photos, movies as well as music.

But yeah, external storage like SD cards is an option in S2 too.

 Apple iPhone 4S

Crispy display

iPhone4S has a high PPI screen, to the order of 329 PPl when compared to 218 PPl offered by Samsung Galaxy S2. This means more crisp display for images, texts as well as videos.

Impressive Bluetooth Support

Apple iPhone 4S has the all-new of Bluetooth 4.0 when compared to 3.0 offered by Samsung Galaxy S2. The most important difference that has been made by introducing 4.0 is a faster transfer of data with much lower consumption of power.

However, Bluetooth 4.0 makes 4S incompatible with any Bluetooth 3.0 device, that’s almost all other bluetooth devices, with the exception of another 4S of course.

Higher Resolution

Apple iPhone 4S has a significantly high screen resolution to the order of 960×460 when compared to 800×480 in Samsung Galaxy S2. This means about a 60% high resolution. Now isn’t that amazing!

Some Apple Apps

iPhone 4S iOS 5, and soon iOS 6, offers many more applications than available in Galaxy S2’s Android. The iOS App Store offers about 30 % more applications.

However, a more percentage of apps in iOS are paid, than in Android where most apps are free.

Siri

The voice assistant is a handy new feature on 4S, something missing in S2, but not in Galaxy S3 with S-Voice.

Why Samsung Galaxy S2..??

Faster Data Transfer

Samsung Galaxy S2 offers faster max data speed to the order of HSDPA (42.2 mbps) when compared to HSDPA (14.4 mbps) that is being offered by iphone 4S.

This means that it offers a very high data transfer speed over networks.

Impressive AMOLED and Larger Screen

It has an AMOLED screen, which is more vivid as well as brighter than that of 4S. The screen is also larger measuring 4.3” when compared to iphone 4S, which measures 3.5”. This is about 40% large in size.

Better Battery

Galaxy S2 has a higher standby time to the order of 29.6 days than that offered by iphone 4S, which is 8.3 days. That’s a whole lot of difference…!!

Responsive Processor

Samsung Galaxy S2 has a significantly faster processor to the order of 1200 MHz than that offered by iPhone 4S, which is only 800 MHz.  Thus, the processor of Samsung Galaxy S2 is definitely better and more responsive.

Slicker, Lighter & Thinner

Samsung Galaxy S2 is thinner and lighter when compared to Apple iPhone 4S. To be specific, it is about 20% lighter as well as 10 % thinner in size.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich in Galaxy S3

Easy Multitasking

Last but not the least, S2 has more RAM that is Random Access Memory, i.e. 1 GB when compared to 512 MB offered by iPhone 4S. This would mean higher responsiveness and multitasking in Galaxy S2.

Android ICS Upgradable

That makes S2 open to some great Android 4.0 ICS features, like facial recognition lock screen, true multi-tasking, faster UI & much more.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Smart Features You Never Knew

The new Samsung Galaxy S3 has so many smart features, that I had to create a separate article for it, apart from the specifications’ article!

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S3 Specifications

The more I watch or read about Galaxy S3, the more features keep popping up..!! Here is the full list.

Amazing Camera Features

Now, about the camera features, S3 has geo-tagging, touch focus, smile & face detection, image stabilization, Voice activated photo capture, face zoom, Face Slideshow & Face tagging.

Also, S 3 can optionally connect with your Facebook or Google+ account to automatically recognize & tag your friends from the photos you take, and you can even upload that pic to Fb or G+ instantly.

Galaxy S3 camera

S 3 also empowers you to capture photos while shooting a video. It also allows you to tag people from contact groups.

It’s also got a zero shutter lag, with less than one second to open the camera 😀

Best Photo Feature in Burst Mode

The Burst Mode can take upto 20 photos at a time. What’s more? It selects the best photo automatically, so you never picture a person with blinked eyes again! 😉

Galaxy S3 Best Photo Feature

Also, the camera takes 3.3 photos per second in burst mode, and that’s the fastest ever, as claimed by Samsung. Though I remember HTC claiming One X takes 4 shots per second, correct me if am wrong in the comments.

Buddy Photo Share

This is a feature I love. When you take a photo of your friends, the S 3 will recognize those faces and allow you to send a copy of that pic to everyone it recognized via MMS or email.

Galaxy S3 Buddy Share

So the next time a friend of yours clicks a group photo on his S 3, each person in the group will be sent that pic instantly!!

Eye Tracking

Another of my favorites! The front camera of Galaxy S3 detects your eye movement! So S3 will detect when you look at a tagged photo of your friend, and will show up the name of that friend below his face, along with options to call, message, mail or chat with that friend.

Galaxy S3 Eye Tracking

Also, it will display that friend’s latest Facebook, Google+ or Twitter status below their face when you look upon it, or allow you to send that pic to that friend via MMS!

S-Voice | Galaxy S3 Voice Assistant

Galaxy S3 comes with a Siri-like voice assistant that responds to your natural language voice commands. You can wake up your Galaxy S3 with upto 5 personalized voice commands, like “Hi Galaxy”, or “Wake Up”.

Using voice commands with S-Voice, you can ask for weather details, set alarms, reminders or schedules, take photos, open apps, control music player, control volume, snooze alarm & do much more.

Galaxy S3 S Voice

 

Or you can choose to chat with S-Voice as if it was a human, asking silly questions or tongue twisters, just like we did with Siri. Also, S-voice currently comes in 8 languages: American English, British English, Italian, Germany, Mediterranean, Latin, Spanish & Korean.

Direct Call Gesture Feature

Direct call is an awesome gesture feature. Lift the phone to your ear while displaying a contact and it will call that person..!!

Same would happen if you are texting a person, just lift the phone to your ear, the proximity sensor of Galaxy S3 will detect it & call that person 😀

Galaxy S3 Direct Call

These small useful features are what make our smartphone experience magical!

Smart Stay

If you are reading an eBook or a web page online, to avoid the screen from locking itself due to inactivity on the S3, its front camera will track your eyes, & till you are looking at the Galaxy S3 it won’t lock/dim the screen.

Galaxy S3 Smart Stay

And when you look away from the Galaxy S3, the screen will lock itself say after 4-5 seconds of your looking away. Also, as soon as you look at the screen again, it will unlock the screen automatically & instantly, no need to press the sleep button!

This is surely gonna boost the battery & ease of use….

Smart Alert

As soon as you pick up the phone after leaving it alone for some time, the S3 gives a vibrating nudge to notify you of all the calls & messages you missed in between that period.

Galaxy S3 Smart Alert

Responding to that vibration, when you look upon the screen, Galaxy S3 displays the missed calls, messages and more by tracking your eyes…

S-Beam – Real Fast NFC sharing

Tap the backs of 2 Galaxy S3 smartphones against each other, to transfer multimedia files (Video/Audio/text) from one to the other. It combines NFC & WiFi Direct to transfer the data at speeds of upto 5 mbps.

Galaxy S3 S Beam

However, S-Beam only works for transferring from S3 to S3, not to any other Android phone. For that, we’ve got Android Beam, compatible with Galaxy Nexus Prime, HTC One X & more, though S-Beam is faster than Android Beam.

Group Cast

It lets you share files or whatever you’re working on, with users on the same WiFi Network. Samsung is offering an SDK and API so developers can build their own apps for Group Cast.

All-Share Play & Cast

AllShare Play uses cloud power to sync your data from Galaxy S3 to any other smartphone, computer or tablet in real time. Maybe Samsung will use SugarSync as the cloud storage service for AllShare Play.

Galaxy S3 AllShare Cast

AllShare Cast lets you broadcast app activity on S3, to any other device via DLNA & WiFi Direct in real time. So you can play that motion racing game on your big Android TV screen, while using the S3 as the motion controller….cool!

Pop Up Play – Real Multitasking

This amazing feature allows you to play a video on top of any app. While watching a video, tap the Pop Up Play option & the video decreases in size. Now drag the small video to any app & watch the video over that app.

Galaxy S3 Pop Up Play

So now you can watch Batman: The dark Knight Rises trailer while texting your friend, without having to switch in between apps. The video works like a light box, allowing you to re-size & re-position it over the app.

Amazing things that Quad Core has to offer, now that’s real multitasking I say!

Wireless Charging Kit

Had to include this accessory in the list, though it’s nothing revolutionary as you might think. This optional wireless charging kit is sold separately.

You place your Galaxy S3 over the pod in this charger & that’s it, the coil inside the charger induces current inside the coil of your Galaxy S3 to charge it, wireless!

Galaxy S3 Wireless Charging Kit
Galaxy S3 Wireless Charging Kit
Limitations of wireless charging

This is induction charging, so you need to place the phone over the pod of this kit, just a few milimeters away from it, or else it won’t work.

Also, it is very less efficient, so your phone will charge very slowly, compared to when connecting it via wire. And oh yea, the kit has been delayed until September….

Also, did I mention that Galaxy S3 will have 50 GB free storage on Dropbox for first 2 years..??!!

Which of these is your favorite Smart feature?? Use the comments below to let it out 😉

Samsung Galaxy S3 Specifications

For months we had been waiting for Galaxy S3, Samsung’s latest iteration of their flagship smartphone. Officially announced on 4th May 2012, S3 claims to be ” Designed For Humans, Inspired By Nature”.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S3 features you didn’t know about

With (literally) eye-popping features like Eye Tracking, S-Voice, Gesture Controls, Automatic Camera Tagging, Buddy Share, Pop-Up-Play, Quad Core, Android 4.0 ICS & so much more, this smartphone is smart.

Samsung Galaxy S3

This Android beast is surely going to pack a punch, so let’s find out if you really gotta buy Galaxy S3 or wait a while.

Galaxy S3 designed for Humans
And the dog thought he'd buy it. Source: Google+ Post

Ultimate Performance

Quad Core. Android 4.0 ICS. 1 GB RAM.

A configuration already better than my old HP Laptop in a Galaxy S3 smartphone, need I tell more 😀 . Exynos 4212 Quad Core processor will power the Galaxy S3 with the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) to better control the multiple Exynos threads.

Galaxy S3 exynos Quad Core
Galaxy S3 exynos Quad Core

Expect some hardcore Apps & Games to enter the Google Play Store for this kinda configuration. 1 GB RAM is here to support the multitasker inside us, with 1.4 GHz.

These tough specifications empower some incredible S3 features, like Pop-Up-Play, Smart Stay & zero shutter lag.

Galaxy S3 Display

Galaxy S3 has a huge screen, not as humongous as Galaxy Note, but not as small as Galaxy S 2. It’s the right screen size of 4.8 Inches with 720p HD Super AMOLED screen with Pentile display.

Galaxy S3 Display

The Capacitive touchscreen has Corning’s latest scratch resistant, more responsive, thinner & stronger Gorilla Glass 2. It’s also got Samsung’s Nature UX TouchWiz 4.0 User Interface to enhance the Android touch experience.

Not only the screen is huge, but Samsung has also slimmed down the bezel to a remarkable extent.

Form Factor & Design

 The design of Galaxy S3 is inspired by Nature, Samsung claims, and truly it is. Galaxy S3 has a weight of 133 grams, just 3 grams heavier than its predecessor – The Galaxy S 2. With a thickness of 8.6 mm, the phone comes in 2 colors:
  • Pebble Blue
  • Marble White
The smartphone also has an oval-shaped hardware home button, along with touch-sensitive Menu & Back buttons.
Galaxy S3 colors
Galaxy S3 colors
The Pebble Blue color of S3 has a white gradient across it, that gives it a much needed unique look, has curved edges like that of Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime, but unlike Nexus, Galaxy S3 doesn’t have a bump in its back panel for the camera.
But yeah, it’s plastic again. Durable or cheap, you decide, though I go for the former….

Operating System

Samsung Galaxy S3 has the latest Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) that is designed to run multiple cores simultaneously with max efficiency.

Android ICS has some superb features like Panorama, facial recognition lock, time-lapse videos, Android Beam, Google+ integration & so much more packed in this popular mobile Operating System.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich in Galaxy S3

Also, Google Wallet will be coming to S3 to facilitate payments via NFC.

Storage & Memory

Galaxy S3 comes in variants of 16/32/64 GB models with accordingly varying price tags. It can also support a Micro-SD card of upto 64 GB.

What’s more, Dropbox will provide 50 GB of free cloud storage to S3 users. That makes it a max total of 178 GB..!! :O
There it beats my old HP laptop yet again 🙁

1 GB of RAM is another S3 impeccable feature for multitaskers, though I too had had my old laptop upgraded to 1GB RAM (from 512 MB) a couple of years ago 😉

Awesome Camera

First let’s get the basic right. Galaxy S3 has a 8 Mega Pixel (MP) rear camera, complete with autofocus & LED flash. The front  camera is a 1.9 MP capable of recording 720p HD videos at 30 Frames Per Second (fps).

Galaxy S3 camera

The rear camera can shoot 1080p Full HD videos at 30 fps, along with HD video playback.

Battery

A 2100 mAh removable battery powers the Galaxy S3, that’s the most powerful battery only after 2500 mAh of Galaxy Note, well larger the size of the smartphone, better the battery, no?

With so many sensors, cores & features, S3 is likely to drain a whole lot of battery, but smart features like Smart Stay & Android are here to help it save some too.

Connectivity

Galaxy S3 has Bluetooth 4.0 the latest, fastest & most battery efficient bluetooth. S3 boasts of an In-Call Sound Equalizer that enhances the quality of voice calls, minimizing noise.

Galaxy S3 connectivity

A 4G LTE model is still being prepared & will soon be out in the market, maybe by the time of its launch. Also, S3 can turn itself into a WiFi Hotspot, allowing other devices to connect via its WiFi.

Also, Galaxy S3 has NFC, WiFi Hotspot & WiFi Direct.

Galaxy S3 Specifications in a Nut Shell

Processor: Exynos 4212 Quad Core
CPU: 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9

Weight: 133 g
Thickness: 8.6 mm

Screen Size: 4.8 inches
Screen Type: Super AMOLED Capacitive HD 720p
Screen Extras: TouchWiz 4.0 & Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Internal Memory: 16/32/64 GB
RAM: 1 GB
External Memory: microSD card slot, upto 64 GB

Bluetooth: Version 4.0
Connectivity Options: GPRS, EDGE, LTE (coming soon), WiFi, NFC, microUSB 2.0

Rear Camera: 8 MP
Flash: Yes, LED
Video: Full HD 1080p at 30 fps
Front Camera: 1.9 MP HD 720p at 30 fps

Operating System: Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Battery: Li-Ion 2100 mAh

Launch Dates

S3 was first launched in the Europe on 29th May, as it will be the official smartphone of the 2012 London Olympics. It will be coming to the US & India on around 10th June.

S3 will be launched in 145 countries & 296 operators first, then to others, in Samsung’s biggest ever launch.

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So what are your thoughts about it?? Are you going to buy Galaxy S3 ? Use the comments to the fullest!

[Review] Should you buy Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 is a new breed which recently got launched after it got revealed in MWC 2012 last month in Barcelona, Spain.

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is a Dual SIM smart phone from Samsung which offers the killer combo of style plus performance. This bar shaped Android smartphone allows you to log on with two networks, simultaneously.

samsung Galaxy Y Duos

An Android 2.3 Gingerbread based device, it operates on the power of 832 MHz processor. It is capable enough to offer smooth multi-tasking on the 3.14 inches capacitive touch display.

Let’s see if we should buy Samsung Galaxy Y Duos:

Display

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is equipped with 3.14 inches display which offers fabulous images and graphics on QVGA which allows the resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.

It offers impressive interaction on the capacitive touch display in the presence of TouchWiz user interface which offers the soothing user interaction on the power of Android.

samsung Galaxy Y Duos with Android Gingerbread

For offering better intuitive and user friendly options, Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is powered with pre loaded Android apps like Social Hub, Twitter, Facebook and many more to let you be connected to your virtual life from any location on the go.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is equipped with a 3 Mega Pixel rear camera. Along with features like geo tagging, you can easily opt to tag your images as per the location.

samsung galaxy y duos camera

Additionally, there is also an image editor app, which allows you to enhance the photo quality on the device itself. With Samsung Galaxy Y Duos you can also capture videos at 24 fps.

Form Factor & Design

It is occupied by a capacitive touch display which covers the maximum space on the front panel and a proximity sensor on the top and an easy navigation key at the bottom.

The rear has a glossy finish where you will find the camera and speaker embedded. On the top there is a port for 3.5 mm audio jack, on the left there is volume rocker and on the right there is a power button.

samsung galaxy y duos form factor

Storage and Battery

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos comes with 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery which fuels the device for 17 hours on 2G and 6 hours on 3G. In terms of storage, Samsung Galaxy Y Duos offers 160 MB of internal memory which is expandable up to 32 GB via MicroSD card.

The Smartphone comes with a low 290 MB RAM which can affect the degree of multitasking for this economic phone.

Connectivity and Features

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos accommodates features like GPRS and EDGE which offers smooth internet access on the go. It supports 2G and 3G for lightning fast browsing experience.

Along with these, it has WiFi which lets you access internet near the WiFi hotspots. In terms of connectivity it has Bluetooth and USB to help you exchange your data and files.

It also supports A-GPS along with Google Maps to help you find your way in an unknown environment.

In a Nutshell

  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Model: Galaxy Y Duos S6102
  • Display: 3.14 inches Capacitive Touch
  • Memory: 160 MB Internal, expandable upto 32 GB (2 GB MicroSD Card included)
  • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB
  • Rear Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
  • Front Camera: None
  • Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • CPU: 832 MHz
  • GPS: A-GPS
  • Dual SIM: Yes
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1300 mAh
  • Battery Life: up to 9 Hours talk time

Final Verdict

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 is a decent breed of Android based smartphones which offers exclusive business class features at a very low price.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Y Duos from Amazon

With features like Android 2.3, decent camera, multi tasking and much more, Samsung Galaxy Y Duos is a good buy to watch for especially if you are thinking of putting your first foot in the world of Samsung and Android combo.

About The Author:

Praveen Yadav writes about Mobile Prices at his tech blog Mobile Prices Bot. He has recently written a post on Samsung Galaxy Y S5360

Review: Ultimately Awesome Samsung Galaxy Note I717

One of the most popular manufacturers of mobile phone is Samsung. Samsung’s popularity is not restrained to a certain region, it has been able to explore market in different countries and that is why their popularity is worldwide. In fact, they are one of the oldest companies with who have got a strong market presence.


samsung galaxy note

The only serious competitor to Samsung Galaxy S II in Android space, Galaxy Note packs a real hard punch.

Phone or a Tablet??

The latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy range of smartphones is the Samsung Galaxy Note I717. Even before it made its way in to the market, there was a lot of hype going on about it. It’s a new type of smartphone, as with a 5″ screen, it works as a hybrid for both smartphones & Tablet PCs.


Phone tablet hybrid samsung galaxy note

It looks kinda out of place when you hold it in your hand, but once you start using it, you realize it’s the best hybrid possible. But yeah, you might feel awkward when you place a 5″ phone against your ear for a call, specially in public, but people will turn & say: “wow, look that person’s got a Galaxy Note!”

And hey, what else are those cool Bluetooth headsets for?? 🙂

Portability

Many people say one downside of Galaxy Note is that it’s too big for a phone to be carried around. Agreed, but when you can carry a 10″ tablet around, then it’s just half the size & it’s far better to carry just your Note, instead of a smartphone & a Tablet together.


samsung galaxy note in pocket

Pocket trouble? It easily slides into my cargo pant’s pocket, but it is not the same for most other trousers or jeans. So you’re left with two options: better carry it in your hands and show off, or change your pants :p

Outstanding features

Features of this phone would leave anyone totally amazed:

  • Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) – Upgradable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 1.4 GHz Dual Core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4G
  • 64 GB Memory Storage
  • 2500 mAh Battery
  • 5.3 Inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen
  • 8 MP rear camera with LED Flash / Front: 2 MP
  • Full HD Video recording & playback
  • Includes S Pen (Stylus)
  • 16GB Internal memory (Upgradable upto 32 GB)

One can easily realize, how much wonderful this smart phone is. Samsung Galaxy Note has hit real hard in the smartphone market as an amazing alternative for both your mobile as well as your tablet PC. Its 5″ screen leaves your eyes drooping in amazement.

The Smart S Pen

Samsung has included a Stylus with its capacitive touch screen. They call it the S Pen, which helps you take notes, sketch and scribble on your Galaxy Note. You can even send your sketches or notes as messages & with Gmail’s new app, you can even scribble in Gmail to add a real signature 😉


s pen samsung galaxy note

There are some apps in the Android market that are optimized for S Pen, so you can bring out your inner artist & start doodling.

Really, I would like to appreciate Samsung for blending the S Pen so well & hiding it in the back panel, never spoils the beauty! 😀

The Cool Camera


samsung galaxy note camera

For those who are willing to grab the special moments in life, they can choose to get the Samsung Galaxy Note I717. Simply because, the powerful 8 mega pixel camera along with auto LED flash would allow capturing precious moments and making it appear lively.

You can even edit your snapped pictures with your S Pen to scribble some fun or business notes.


samsung galaxy note

Final Verdict

There is no reason why one would want to miss out on this heavyweight champion smartphone, considering that from nearly February, 2012 you will be able to upgrade it to Android’s best new version – Ice Cream Sandwich.


android ice cream sandwich logo

Overall, this phone is going to provide all the options that users expect to get from a smart phone & a Tablet. Samsung has made another dent in the industry with the Samsung Galaxy Note I717.

About The Author:

Crystal Briscoe is from Self Test Engine Provider of IT Certification material and has been blogging since 2005 & contributing in many websites since its initial career. He is Professional Writer and also tech guru, overloaded with a wealth of experience, and even more degrees, at present doing C_TADM51_70 Certification. He gets pleasure from Blogging.