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iPhone 4S specs compared to the iPhone 4, Galaxy S II, Droid Bionic

iPhone 4S specs compared to the iPhone 4, Galaxy S II, Droid Bionic
The iPhone 4S is out facing a cruel world - one of dual-core Androids, much larger displays, LTE connected devices and an even more aggressively competitive future. But we care about the present and in the present, the 4S faces competition from a couple of sides: the Samsung Galaxy S II in its different versions and the LTE-enabled Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon among others.

The 4S itself throws a punch by being the first handset we’ve seen coming with Bluetooth 4.0, which is the low-power technology allowing your phone to communicate with other devices without sacrificing battery life. But how will it do against the reigning Android champs and even the similar iPhone 4? Check out the pure facts compared below, but note that we've used the generic Galaxy S II for the comparison - the handset actually differs slightly across carriers with processors and screens varying.

iPhone 4S specs compared to the iPhone 4, Galaxy S II, Droid Bionic

Will the little, 3.5" iOS warrior survive among the bigger Android guys? Sound off in the comments below.

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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:34 17

1. G2userLuvit (Posts: 23; Member since: 09 Apr 2011)


Gotta love my sgs2

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:39 8

8. dman5400 (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)


Same here never going to give Apple another nickel. iFan's don't understand how much content Android has now and how much is free. Like any song downloaded directly to my phone. Iphone owners spend way more on content.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:37 5

60. corporateJP (Posts: 1287; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


"Will the little, 3.5" iOS warrior survive among the bigger Android guys?"

Phone Arena's last statement about sums it up.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 23:17 1

100. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Yeah. I would rather have a 4.52" screen ANY DAY.

3.5" is an embarrassment. Idc what is running on it. Apple is doing a good job of limiting Apple fans, that's for sure.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:35 12

2. Shangri-La (Posts: 47; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


PA please stop embarrassing iPhail 4S.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:35 5

39. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Even with bluetooth 4.0 you cannot transfer pictures or any music because the phone blocks it. All you can do is use it for an actual bluetooth

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:29 2

89. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)


Pointless -_-

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:30 2

90. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@shangri. And how's the ip4s an embarrassment? Can your android devices do better than Siri? How's the camera of your android devices? The ip4s camera will blow everyone out of the water. So nope. There is nothing to be embarrassed about the ip4s. What's embarrassing is. Dual core android devices with 8mp cameras are being pitted against a single core ip4 with a 5mp camera, because the ip4 is just that great :-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:41 2

94. Zoenphlux (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


do you tell yourself that everyday to make sure you keep believing it?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 23:21 2

101. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Lol, the GSII kills the iPhones camera. And once again, the Android had the 8megapixel shooter, first.

I can't wait to see speed tests against the GSII on YouTube. iPhone users will be pissed they got the wrong phone lol.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 14:46 1

118. Pandakilla (unregistered)


Iphone is obsolete compaired to the Android devices. Androids have always had a 8MP camera, apple is trying to keep up. Hell it's not even 4G yet, as of right now for Verizon there are already 5 - 6 phones that have 4G. Apple should just give up, androids are 10x better then iphone would ever be.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 21:44

120. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


As you said Pandakilla, there is only 5 android phones that are 4g on verizon, out of how many put out? Can I say over 20. How interesting......I'm sure if apple wanted to put out unstable phones and non perfected phones, they would put out 6 compatible with 4g. And if you knew the battery life on those 4g put out by verizon, you would know that 4 out of those 5 had major issues at release and rewuired updates that made other things worse and still didnt completely fix the issues they've had. Now I haven't had any calls on the Bionic yet, but I'm sure that I will. Out of the 5 that were put out by Verizon, the bionic is the only one that is worth a damn. And you can't really consider the Sprint and ATT 4g androids because let's face it, the Verizon Androids are the only ones that get any real speed, and again those phones still have a ton of issues. Look at the number of DOA androids released in one month (and in case you didn't know, DOA stands for dead on arrival, which means that they were crap out of the box) I'd say that the Android OS definately beats the IOS platform for sure on that. IDK android may have some cool phones that have some cool features (which BTW you have to use third party support for) but they have too many issues to even notate. In my next post I will document the issues of 2.3 in the last month across all Verizon androids and how many customers I've had alone with those issues.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 21:46 2

121. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


cust having issues with phone freezing
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cust having issues with phone turning on/off by itself
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issues with pop/imap emails
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voice dial issues
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GPS Issues
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Virtual Keyboard
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Device power cycling and rearanging the icons
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cust having issues with the phone not turning on after software update
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And that's in the last month

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 21:48 2

122. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Let's post IOS issues in the last month.

Phone not turning on
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2

If you waiting for more.......That's it. Srry.
I think the Android platform definately has IOS beat on that too. So the anroid OS does beat the IOS in quite a few things as mentioned above.

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 09:24

132. jacko (unregistered)


nope never had any of that and i got like 6 androids

on other hand on my ipod i had a number of freezes and turning off

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 12:03 1

127. dingo_egret (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)


I totally agree with your comments. I've had a number of these problems with my Samsung Captivate preventing me from making phone calls, constant freezing of buggy software, power cycling and rearranging of icons on its own. And I'm sorry, I do not feel i should search all over the internet for a hack to make it work properly. When you pay that much money for a phone it should just work.

What attributes to Apple's success is that it just works. That's it. No mods and no customization. If you spent money on a new car why should you have to mod it to do what it's supposed to do. That's the manufacturer's job, not mine.

I'm so sick of people who just hate on Apple and call them sheep. It's a matter of choice, whether you eat meat or not, choose to vote or not. It's yours to make. Stop all this ridiculous whining about my dad can beat up your dad.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:35 2

3. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Nope.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:37 1

4. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Fanboy fight post.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:38 13

5. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


iphone 4s is so upto date that even people with last years iphone 4 can say they have it

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:49 4

15. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


thanx....had a lousy day......definitely a good laugh

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:38 2

61. corporateJP (Posts: 1287; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Indeed, that is comedy right there.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:38 6

6. PhonearenaLOL (unregistered)


Why is Phone Arena trying to make the iPhone 4S sound so good. It is what it is guys. Same thing with dual core and 8mp hd camera. And yeah, that stuff is great and you should be glad they added it, but android has it and the best part is you can pick from many different phones, not just black and white. the 4s is going to be a sweet phone, its going to work, plain and simple. It will be good for women and older fokes and casual users, but for anyone really in touch with the technical world of phones can see right through the Apple hype. Bottom line is they failed with this one and its nothing new. Oh and screw Siri.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:38 11

7. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


Obviously the SGS2 and the Bionic are better.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:42 4

9. Doakie (Posts: 844; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I dont know how many times i'm going to copy and paste this but it feels so great!

HAHAHAHAHAHA! WOW! I dont know if I want to call up my friends and family who are iOS fans and gloat that "Android WINS!" or if I call up and offer my condolences. All I know is that I'm so happy with their failure that I'm about to start dancing.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:46 3

12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


yea you won buddy!!!! You're life is now better!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:10

54. grammar nazi (unregistered)


your instead of you're

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:35

92. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@doakie. I think your victory party is premature. I'd hold off to it if I were you to save yourself from embarrassment. Check the polls (the ones that aren't android fanboys infested). Majority of users will get the ip4s.

I have to be honest with you. At first I was a bit disappointed with the ip4s. Mainly because it won't come with a 4" display. But the more I watch the videos enumerating its updates and as to what it can do and how snappy it is, and how Siri is just too awesome. My disappointment is diminishing, and have become more excited to upgrade :-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:45

95. Zoenphlux (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


well, I felt that way too until earlier this year after their keynote until i watched the google keynote...lol wait tell next week.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:44 7

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


so it's specs are right in line with SGS II and Bionic and yet fandroids claim it's outdated.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:53 7

17. JGuinan007 (Posts: 605; Member since: 19 May 2011)


come on taco even you have to be very upset with the iphone 4s you waited a whole 17 months and this is what you get not even a bigger screen? NFC? I feel for you man

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:55 3

21. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Screen size isnt a tech spec just a pefrance.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:06 1

29. taz89 (Posts: 1944; Member since: 03 May 2011)


screen size os etc is preference but the iphone 4s is still very underwhelming considering the wait and how long they had...if they had announced this in june dont think much fuss would have been made...am sure ill be able to get siri on my jailbroken ip4 soon...also with nexus prime to be announced next week spec wise its going to be outdated very soon...was hoping for a bigger leap to be honest.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:59 2

25. Laron (unregistered)


Well... I don't use Apple's phones, but I was expecting something more, I feel let down and I don't even have an IPhone.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:54

19. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


No 4G on verizon and sprint which i am not upset about because i like my phone having a battery and yeah otherwise its good spec wise.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:16 2

34. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I have a bionic. I get 4g LTE all day and finish the day with 35% bat life with moderate usage i.e. gaming, streaming, music, web browsing. So, yeah, battery life thing is not an issue.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:13

73. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah, i was thinking that would be one of the major trade offs between the Droid 3 and the Droid Bionic but it really isn't. it makes me question my decision of choosing the Droid 3 sometimes especially since i'm getting better at typing with the on-screen.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:54 1

20. Ionious (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


in line?
*BZZ* wrong!

Check again friend-o

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:56 2

22. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you blind and someone read the chart to you....thats why you are confused?

bigger screen
RAM
LTE!!!!

and that battery life is a bald face lie.......I have the Bionic....unplugged it this morning at 7am used it for calls,surfing and music during the whole day.....even played Lets Golf for about 25 minutes and I STILL have 4 hours remaining (its 5pm here)

the iPhone comes out of the gate as a second tier phone and will be in the bargin bin when the Vigor and Prime come a knocking

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:57 3

24. Sniggly (Posts: 6488; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No, its specs are not completely in line with them. The SGS2 has a faster processor and the Bionic has LTE. Both have bigger screens than the 4s. And the reason we say it's outdated is that in just a couple of months we will see even faster, slicker, better featured phones than the 4S, and you will have to wait until at least June to see Apple try again.

Btw, do you still believe that 52 percent of Android users want to switch to the next iPhone?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:01 1

26. Laron (unregistered)


Nope lol

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:10 6

31. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


taco, the SGS2 was released like 6 months ago. Android phones are dropping 1.5ghz cores now. Apple just released a 1ghz core, which is the smallest core on that comparison other than the iphone4. So yea, its not top of the line. Lets call 1ghz... upper middle. It has the lowest talk time of the group with 3G.. which is how most people will use it, it has the slowest internet connection as all of the SGS2 variants are 21mb/s +...

And that 3.5 inch screen is a joke. a flat out joke.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:48 3

67. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


iphone has BY FAR better battery life than android phones. screen size is a preference not everyone wants a gigantic screen on a phone. You guys are grasping at straws. This is a top of the line phone that will CRUSH android phones in sales. SGS II is an after thought after today.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:10 2

71. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


FAR better battery life is an exaggeration, most people don't want a teeny screen and since when did we care about sales? we know we're the minority. point is there's other better phones out there and i have one. it's not your day is it taco? ;)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:32 2

79. Sniggly (Posts: 6488; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, because 52 percent of Android users want an iPhone, right Taco? Lol, ain't letting this one go until you admit you were dead wrong.

The iPhone is competitive with (but does not surpass in any way) the current Android lineup. That status will not last through the holiday season. And the SGS2 is far from an afterthought. It's already selling better than the SGS1, and people have clearly expressed their disappointment in the new iPhone.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:08

97. joak (unregistered)


who is willing to bet, the iphone 4s will out perform any android phones that are already out or are coming out this year. Just watch the "iphone 4s vs...?" that will soon start showing up on youtube...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 23:43

102. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


heh heh...okay, watch the Nexus Prime announcement next month. you'll eat your words friend. ;)

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 00:08

104. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


excuse me, next WEEK i meant.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:34 2

82. Tino (unregistered)


Right, screen size is a preference. The problem is that Apple does not give you other than 3.5" option. They generally command your preference - like they do with many other things.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 06:57

110. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


according to that chart, it has the worst. and the SGS2 has the best battery life of phones tested, even Phone Arena said that during its testing.

your holding on to old quips.. get up with the program taco.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:44 2

41. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


So basically its only advantage against most mid range android phones is the dual core cpu. . . BIG DEAL!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:12 2

55. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


My biggest problem with the device is the timing and all the freaking rumors. If it was announced on time, this would have been an excellent device; but all these rumors had us fooled that something ground breaking was on its way.

Its now where near groundbreaking but its still a good device and up to par with the top Android devices (the evidence is right there). My high expectations were definitely not met, but looking at the device for it is and what it offers now in comparison to what other devices offer, its still top tier. I was expecting something more than the usual Android update (bump in megapixels and processors) but I guess not. Siri does look nice though. Hopefully the camera kicks ass again too.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:16

74. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


i'll tell you like i just told taco, 3 things. no 4G, same body, same iOS. that's why it fails.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:14

57. Synack (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


It's specs are in line with the SGS2 mostly. Bionic has LTE over it. Both the SGS2 and Bionic's technology are from Late Spring 2011, like May. So Apple is essentially releasing an old tech product.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:40 2

62. corporateJP (Posts: 1287; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Taco is clearly blinded by retarded fandom.

While I admit it is a nice device, it's really not that much greater than the last one.

The processor and camera are a very nice upgrade.

Two radios are irrelevant here in the United States because carriers will block the other frequency anyway, so that is moot.

And, unless it's LTE, it ain't 4G to me.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:42 2

66. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


3 things. no 4G, same body, same iOS. ;)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 21:39

96. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


also screen size.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 19:40

85. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I'm with you on this one Taco. The iPhone 4S isn't revolutionary, but it is directly comparable with current top-tier offerings from Android. The things Apple could have done to call it an iPhone 5:

1. Redesign of the form factor (no glass back, bigger screen)
2. More comprehensive iOS update (iOS 5 adds some new features, but I think it can be considered an iOS 4.5 version in terms of technical changes).
3. Support for 4G/LTE.

I think out of those three things that Apple didn't change, the only thing that might deter consumers right now is that it is the same form factor as the iPhone 4, and the lack of 4G would be a lesser concern for most consumers in my opinion. Otherwise, it is a very competent phone that is getting a pretty incredible amount of hate.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:37

93. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@taco. Don't forget that with Siri and the icloud integration and iOS5, and the improvements they made into the ip4s' camera, ip4s would be way ahead of sgs2. Also, don't forget that dual core android phones have been compared to the single core ip4. Meaning, the dual core ip4s would be a quad core for android devices :-)

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:45 3

11. No iphone 4s (unregistered)


Dont know what apple was thinking but this is a sure gonna start downward trend for apple. I and many others expected a new look iphone 5 but keeping the same design wont generate any big demand. People want something new, new coool looking iphone 5 in their hands but not a year old lukin iphone 4. I was a definite buyer for the rumored slim lukin iphone 5 but now i have to consider some other phone. One sure customer out of Apple queue...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:46 2

13. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


no wonder no iOS fanboy is to be found here,lol c'mon sammy No 1

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