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Apple iPhone 4S vs Motorola DROID BIONIC vs Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile

0. phoneArena 27 Oct 2011, 09:44 posted on

All launched relatively close to one another, the Motorola DROID BIONIC, Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile, and Apple iPhone 4S are all vying for supremacy in being proclaimed as the best of the best. We’ve all waited long enough this year to finally see these quality smartphones, so which one will ultimately outgun the rest in finding itself home in your hands?...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:33 3

19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


what? those are all legit points. Apple wins sometimes you know. xD

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:31

41. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yea here in iphonerena they make apple win all the time..
in almost every pragraph theres a statement about the iphone being better, and thats not true its all in their opinion

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 13:11 1

49. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


there's statements about what Apple actually does right and they're true. can't deny it. with an un-biased point of view all of those statements are pretty right on. i was even using an iPhone 4S yesterday and it's a very nice phone...but it's no Droid Bionic and that's what Phone Arena came to in the end as well.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:01

56. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yea they are very good at bringing out the good point about the iphone.. to be fair that could have pointed out more good points about the other phones.. the only statement that i agree with this article is iphone having the best screen, all other statements are not so true
.. for example "Even though the iPhone 4S continues to excel in offering us a sensual web browsing experience, which has been a staple since the first iPhone"
that is just straight up opinion and BS, most all high end android will give you a way better browsing experiance than iphone/ipad/ipod..

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:07

58. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well yeah, they aren't as proud of other phones as they are the iPhone but it didn't condemn the review. i think they are. they didn't say it was more sensual than browsers on other phones. they said it has a sensual web browsing experience and it does.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 22:32 1

85. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


The iPhone 4S received an 8.5. Chill out man.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 18:25 1

78. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Galaxy. S Your comment has been the most terrible I've read, you do not deserve to use the Nick of galaxy.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:35 1

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i was playing with Siri at the Apple Store yesterday and it's a fun feature to use. it's done better than Google's own Voice services we've had since Android 2.0 Eclair. i hope that's copied some time... xD

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:45 4

23. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well damn. You recommended the Bionic over the iPhone. This pleases me. :D

I still think the Bionic is an excellent device despite the Razr coming out. It definitely still deserves a look.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:50 2

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


Bionic is future proof? Pre orders for the razor are available today.


Awful review

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:56

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you miss the point and we all know you're just butt-hurt about your 4S not being praised as being the best thing since sliced bread.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:59 1

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


Well when PA recommends the bionic out of the 3 as future proof how can you take them seriously.

Ultimately the consumer will decide with their pocket which is e best phone. I have a feeling it won't be the bionic.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:07 1

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, out of the three it most certainly is the most future proof. xD

oh is that why you read the review? to see what the critics have to say then decide that the average consumers are the ones that know what is truly better?

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:16 1

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


Yes at the end of the day if your product doesn't sell you lose.

Bionic will have by far the worst sales of the 3.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:22

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i feel like such a loser right now. i might go sell my Bionic on Swappa and get an iPhone 4S just to get rid of this feeling of being a loser because i don't have what 20 people around me in a 10 mile radius has. xD

maybe. i don't care about that though. i care about the phone and this review of it has spoken. Droid Does Forever. ;)

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:28 1

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


You don't get it. It's not about being like others. It's that if it's a great phone people will notice and buy it.

PA isn't the end all be all. I can't imagine too many people that would prefer a bionic over an iPhone. This is PA the land of rabid droidbots.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 13:19

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the iPhone has this thing called a reputation and it's had it since 2007. you know who the people are that actually do the research? it's us and we know better than to give in to buying an iPhone because it's an iPhone. we do comparisons like the one we just did here and you see the conclusion we came to? the Droid Bionic is a better buy than the iPhone 4S. if i didn't know anything about phones the iPhone's reputation would lead me to an Apple Store and i might would get an iPhone 4S. it feels good, it's fast, it's pretty, lots of Apps, you know why not? but that's not the case. i do know about what's out there and i like Android phones like the Droid Bionic more than the iPhone 4S.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:26

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


Who's we? Are you a writer?

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:42

75. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


no. i just share the same opinion as the writer in this review. if you just tried to burn me you'd have better luck with a used match that's an hour old.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:58 1

65. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


hey, just a piece of advice, don't kneel on the mud by getting into a debate with taco50. he is a stupid moron. i owned him a couple times and still thinks he's on top of the world.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:40 1

74. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i know. i've been around. i'm actually Thump3r with a new account. i just like to shut him down.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:33 1

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


so in your world when you throw a tantrum and then are proven wrong you have "owned" someone?

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 04:30

128. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Old people own iphone its done boring,

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:30

40. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


It won't be the iPhone either jajajajajajaja

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 15:29

103. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


KK, i never thought this day would come, but i gotta agree with taco over you.

Im sorry, track records tell me that the bionic is the least future proof and will be the first of the 3 to stop being officially supported.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 16:05

105. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


why would the Bionic stop being supported?
who's track record are we talking about? because last time i checked Motorola is second in having the most handsets updated and is quickest in getting the updates to handsets. the Bionic still just came out a month ago. it may be a mid-high-end device but it's still sold well and Motorola will support it. also by future-proof Phone Arena means it's specs will be the last to be outdated. LTE is becoming the country's gold standard and all carriers will eventually be using it. then there's also the fact that the T-Mobile Galaxy S II uses an S3 which means i don't see it supporting future graphically intense game titles as well as an OMAP4 and it uses HSPA+ 42mbps which isn't bad but the network's growth will eventually cease as soon as T-Mobile gets LTE which might be soon if AT&T aquires T-Mobile and as for the 4S it's down sides go without saying.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:15

110. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


did you actually look at that upgrade chart that everyone has been posting on their websites? Motorola has the worst record by far compared to HTC and Samsung.. lol

you are really confusing "DROID updates on VZW" with "motorola's over all update record".. which are 2 seperate things. Outside of VZW, moto has a horrid horrid update record.


The Hercules comes with 2.3.5, so its the most advance version to launch to date. Yea, the S3 sucks, but if it sells well, then samsung will support it for at least 1 more update.. which means ICS. after that its probably SoL.

Im not buying a phone without ICS out of the box at this point.. screw buying a new device that is already behind. If i dont get the nexus, imma wait to see what else comes out.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:45

112. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


okay, you're going to have to link me to this. xD

i don't look at them separately. i look at the manufacturers overall record. besides why does it matter if you have a Droid? i could care less about the rest because i know i'm gonna be getting my updates pretty damn quick. :P

so does the Samsung Stratosphere. what's your point?
yeah but that's not what i was talking about with it being future proof as you see. i was definitely right. you should have more faith bro. you totally dooped me for taco. >:P

i might get the Droid 4 because i'm hungry for some LTE and more RAM and i still love my keyboard. it'll also have SAA on a 4.0" screen so no trade-offs for meee! (:

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 21:02 1

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


how is the bionic least future proof if its the only one out of the three being compared that has LTE, which is the standard for 4g that all carriers are going to? LMAO at that remixfa.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 11:54 1

25. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


For post #5...#1 If a person would be -umb enough to buy the 64GB version of the iphone4S at $399.00--that would be the biggest waste of money...Where would you be going--lugging that much data around...#2.. The iphone4S doesn't have enough power to process that much of data (64gb) without a 3 minute lag to catch up...if not force closing--The iphone4s, yes is dual core, but 800 mhz, and with 512mb of RAM, the poor phone would never process 64gb of data without shutting down or taking a considerable amount of time to process....--don't even mention multi tasking--Internet-face-time (ON wifi only), shift to Angry birds, go back to your pdf---force close..

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:00 1

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


What? Your post makes no sense at all. You mad bro? iPhone blows the socks of any android when it comes to stability and smooth performance.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:34 1

42. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Taco read this ( the iPhone 4S, it isn’t necessarily classified as a next-generation iPhone, since it’s nothing more than an incremental upgrade. ) and you call it the next gen phone PLEASEE

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 22:34

87. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


He's actually right. Android isn't known for stability.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 15:30

104. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


he's actually wrong

android is very stable now. it didnt USED to be known for stability but that went out the window with 2.2/2.3

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:01

29. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


The Bionic isn't inferior to the RAZR....Brother and Sister as far as I'm concerned...Both are good devices and will serve each individual owner to their desired needs....(thinnest) goes to the RAZR and a .2 faster processor is the only difference in hardware...so inferior I don't think so.....They both are LTE, they both are Motorola, they both are part of the Droid series, they both pack 1gb of RAM---one has a removable battery, the RAZR does not, they both have Gorilla Glass...It will boil down to presentation, style and looks--not hardware specs--to make one phone inferior to the other-- and yes the RAZR does look better....

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:29

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


Oh so now specs don't matter? They only matter for the iPhone?

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:09 1

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Miz is King of having more thumbs down on a single post. xD

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:18 3

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


Very fair recommendation. Bionic being future proof makes sense; it'll have ICS OTA, it has LTE, web dock, hdmi out, 1gb of ram, dual core, and upgradable battery. Razr is the same hardware, basically, the only differences are the screen, and construction.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:37 1

44. robinrisk (unregistered)


THe review itself was slightly Apple biased, though he made up for it in the conclusions, so the review was ok.

However, what i find funny ise with that in order to get the iPhone 4S on the line with Android phones, they need to find the Stripped Down version of the world´s best phone and another phone that arrived too late into the market with an available successor as of right now.

In order to compete in specs and performance, the iPhone can not compete with top of the line android phones anymore. :)

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 13:49

55. jsnruthlis (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


no kiddin the worst version of gs2 and motos disappointment? ...ridiculous.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 12:40

45. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Wow, a reviewer who actually knows what they are talking about, the whole point of buying technology is to stay up to date, why sign for a two year contract, without 4g ltethe clear winner here is also Verizon, they been the driving force

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 13:10 2

48. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


so they pick the worst of the gs2, at least pick one of the exynos versions

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 13:25

52. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


xD i rest my case.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:07

57. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I choose the SII as the winner

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:09

59. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Scratch my last comment I meant to say the DROID Bionic then the SII

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:02 3

67. GalaxySIIguy (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Every article I read on this site proclaims the iPhone 4S is the best. It's seriously as if your site and every other site out there sit around and worship this phone. I realize that it is a fantastic device but is not NEARLY as wonderful as you make it out to be. With Android phones you nit-pick EVERY SINGLE detail about it, tearing it down how it doesn't have this or doesn't have that, yet with the iPhone its AMAZING despite its still similar 3.5 in screen, its iOS that is lagging behind Android and playing catchup, incredibly fragile frame and body. It's disappointing how biased this and every site out there has become towards Apples golden child. I think (according to Phonearena) that no matter how far Android comes with LTE, huge vibrant screens, and super fast processors they will never match a phone that should have came out 6 months ago or better (iPhone 4S).

Disappointing.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:55 2

77. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


This is so very true. I mean the damn iPhone doesn't even come with turn by turn navigation like all the Androids do. :) I mean come on already Apple this is almost 2012 already so this is a must have in today's phones.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:32

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


only android has built in turn by turn. iPhone has lots of navigation apps so it's not like it doesn't have that functionality.

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 13:40 2

115. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You said it you have to go download some app, and if you want a decent one you have to pay for it unlike android where it comes pre-installed when you purchase your device just as it should be.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 21:31 3

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


They recommended the the Bionic. Did you read the article?

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 22:35

88. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Lol, I know right.

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 13:44 2

116. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yes I read the article iTard, did you read my post? I never mentioned that he chose the iPhone as the winner here I was simply referring to his camera comparison between the iPhone and the Galaxy S2. You are such an iTard!

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 15:15

69. Carlitos (Posts: 340; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the iphone 4s is not the best out there, or the worst, but it isnt to much of an upgrade from the iphone 4. Now tht you can have siri in the iphone 4 there is no need for the 4s. This battle shouldnt have been with this two android phones, it should have been with early year androids. The heck my Atrix which i have from february, can run the iphone 4s. I do give the last two iphones to be very smoth, but thats because it doesnt run much in the background and it only has an app launcher.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 09:07

91. mclifford81 (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


I probably coult disagree with this article more. I went from the Thunderbolt to the Iphone 4 to the thunderbolt back to the iphone 4 and to the Bionic and I had probably more problems with the Bionic than any phone I have ever owned and I have had many phones in my day, smart phones and dumb phones alike. Regardless the call quality was good when I actually got a signal and Richmond, Va. has LTE but it constantly would go from LTE to 3g and then I couldn't even get internet or send texts through my phone. That annoyance aside the constant reboots that I would receive daily made this phone go from bad to worse. The Thunderbolt seemed to have better performance and battery life than this phone and that was rid of bugs too. I reverted back to the Iphone 4 as even though it is not open sourced and doesn't have as much pizzazz as Android in my opinion, it just works and to me thats more beneficial that having a phone that you can surf and talk at the same time on or have data speeds higher than 3g, if it doesn't work then what good is all that.. If anyone wants to complain or has questions about any phone feel free to reply to me personally vbuggio at the google mail

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 14:05 1

96. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


How did iphone 4s come in comparison to these two great phones???

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 11:59

122. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


LOL I know right!! I guess they didn't wanna piss off the iTards on this site by leaving them out all together. Those iTards will believe anything they read. You know how the saying goes the proof is in the pudding. If you let an iPhone user use an Android for a month I seriously doubt they would be in any hurry to get back to their miniscule 3.5" screen any time soon, but they are just too damn prideful to admit it. LOL iTards

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 12:15

124. bucky (Posts: 1558; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Funny, I have the sgs2 international version and im looking for a good deal on the iphone 4s. Stop being so insecure about the iphone. Android had a ways to go.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 14:13

97. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Grab an international version of the GS2 & you´re good to go

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 14:18

118. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


did you guys by any chance watch the video comparison? i only just now watched it and i didn't realize they'd actually prefer the Motorola Application's Platform over TW4. even i would've been torn there. i like the Application's Platform quite well but if it was one of the Exynos versions of the Galaxy S II i'm sure the TW4 experience would've won.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 12:07

123. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


My thoughts exactly!! Poor John V. has his head in the clouds unfortunately, so these are the piss poor results we get here at PA.

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