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

Summer is obviously behind us, but surprisingly enough, this fall season is already bustling with heavy activity as it lays claim to the release of some of the year’s most anticipated smartphones. 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?


Even though it’s sporting a rehashed design, the Apple iPhone 4S is clearly the more premium looking and feeling handset out of the bunch thanks to its glass like surfaces that are held on together by its stainless steel brushed band. On top of that, it’s a fine piece of art that simply is capable of attracting our attention from afar. In comparison, the Motorola DROID BIONIC and Samsung Galaxy S II are decent in their own right with their plastic construction, but we’re not as mesmerized by them. However, it’s undeniably obvious that the two Android smartphones would fare better than the iPhone 4S in the offset chance that they’re dropped from a lengthy height.

Placing all three smartphones next to one another in the dark, there’s no question about it, but the 4.52” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display of the Samsung Galaxy S II is easily the one to capture our attention the most. Granted its resolution is the lowest out of the bunch, we’re able to overlook it due to the fact that it produces the most vibrant and distinctive colors. Of course, it shines brightly in the dark, but in reality, the Retina Display of the iPhone 4S produces the most accurate looking colors – while dishing up the highest resolution as well. Lastly, the 4.3” qHD display of the Motorola DROID BIONIC is nice, but it’s not as sharp looking.

Accidental presses rarely occur with the Apple iPhone 4S since it boasts a single home button that’s extremely tactile, whereas, the capacitive Android buttons found with the competition are more prone to them. Also, the clearly defined dedicated power button of the iPhone 4S is by far the most distinguishable and responsive out of the three devices.

It might not be a big thing for some people, but we have to give some kudos to the Motorola DROID BIONIC for offering a microHDMI out port to easily present users with a mirrored experience. With the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II, we’re required to purchased additional adapters that unlock the feature for us – so yeah, it’s nice to see the DROID BIONIC having the feature available with it right from the start.



134. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

obviöusly the sgs2 is winner.

132. JayEss

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Wow, this guy is such an apple fanboy. The 4S video is clearly noisy and lacking sharpness. The SGS2 video is just more accurate. He gives the 4S a pass on everything and downplays it weaknesses. When will these fanboys realize they're just victims of a really good marketing campaign?

126. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Aight, PA. I'd get Bionic to replace my second phone. RAZR would be my primary device though:P I wish I could get an android phone with Nokia call quality, SE music and camera, SE/Apple design, Nokia/Moto build, 720p Sharp display and LTE in one complete package.

121. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

If this is a comparison for Verizon, the Samsung should be a Nexus. If its not a Verizon comparison, then don't include the Bionic. This is a very poor comparison. The only people that would be comparing these phones are those that are looking for a new carrier. I love my iPhone 4s after using Droids for 2 years, but only wish the screen was bigger. However, the camera is a breath of fresh air after suffering with Motorola Droid cameras. And I was surprised how well the multitasking works on the 4S - its as good as on my DX2.

118. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

123. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

125. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you know the Droid Bionic was actually the winner right?

97. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

96. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

122. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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

124. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

91. mclifford81

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 26, 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

69. Carlitos

Posts: 706; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

67. GalaxySIIguy

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

77. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

82. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

115. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

81. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

88. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

Lol, I know right.

116. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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!

59. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

57. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I choose the SII as the winner

48. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

52. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

xD i rest my case.

45. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 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

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. :)

55. jsnruthlis

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

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

34. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

32. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

29. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 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 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....

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