Camera:

After snapping quite a few photos, it’s remarkably difficult for us to proclaim a clean-cut winner between the three devices, simply because they all take some fantastic looking pictures. Ultimately, we have to give the slight edge to the iPhone 4S with its f2.4 lens, which allows it to excel in low lighting situations. Specifically, we’re enthralled by the abundance of fine details captured by the iPhone 4S, which is further complemented by its realistic and spot-on color production. Actually, the Samsung Galaxy S II comes very close in producing the same visuals, but doesn’t quite pack the same sharp visuals in low lighting. And even though it’s more than agreeable with our tastes, the Motorola DROID BIONIC doesn’t deliver the same high-level visuals as its rivals.






Again, we find ourselves in a pickle, as both the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II are toe-to-toe in capturing the best-looking 1080p high definition videos. Thankfully, all three capture video at the smooth rate of 29 frames per second, but with the DROID BIONIC, details are rather dull and muddy looking. In contrast, the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II produce videos that are filled to the brim with plenty of details – while maintaining gradual exposures that adapt to the shooting conditions. However, we still have to hand it to the iPhone 4S in the end with its sparkling high quality and crystal-clear audio recording.

Apple iPhone 4S Sample Video:



Motorola DROID BIONIC Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile Sample Video:



Multimedia:

When playing some tunes in portrait, there’s nothing visually appealing with any of the music players on board with the handsets since they’re conventional looking – displaying things like the album cover and on-screen controls. But when we place the iPhone 4S and DROID BIONIC to landscape, we’re presented with a 3D-like carousel for browsing through content. Between the two though, we still prefer the iPhone’s coverflow mode as it’s better able to capture our attention. Surprisingly, their respective speakers are very commanding with their output when they’re set to the loudest setting. However, the Motorola DROID BIOINIC appears to be the most well rounded as it’s able to produce the most robust tones without sounding distorted.



Namely because of its gorgeous and large Super AMOLED Plus display, we find the Samsung Galaxy S II to be the ideal device for watching high-definition videos. It’s not to say that the iPhone 4S and Motorola DROID BIONIC can’t provide a smooth experience, but when you’re packing a sizable display that’s radiating iridescent colors all around, it’s very hard for our eyes to not take notice of it.

Variety is obviously a great thing to have, and it’s especially nice to find the iPhone 4S available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. However, both the Motorola DROID BIONIC and Samsung Galaxy S II offer removable storage via microSD cards to easily transfer data from them to a computer.

Software:

Previously, when an app was made available for iOS and Android, the iOS version of the app generally received more love with their polished form. Nowadays, the two are normally given the same level of quality – so there isn’t much of a discrepancy with them. However, there’s no kidding that Google’s apps are more clearly defined and detailed than their iOS counterparts. For example, both YouTube and Google Maps for Android are astoundingly superior in both functionality and performance than what’s offered by the iPhone. But if there’s one trump card that the iPhone 4S is hiding beneath its sleeve, it has to be the venerable feature of Siri – Apple’s personal digital assistant. Google managed to incorporate voice recognition services to various parts of Android, but Apple has managed to deepen the functionality with Siri.



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