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iPhone 4S vs. the smartphone elite: Galaxy S II, Bionic and Titan


Now that we know how the iPhone 4S stacks up against the iPhone 4, let's take a look at how Apple's latest smartphone compares to its mightiest competitors on the other major platforms -- Android and Windows Phone. In Google's camp we chose the superlative Samsung Galaxy S II models (focusing on the announced US variants) along with the Motorola Droid Bionic for its qHD and LTE chops. We then picked the upcoming HTC Titan to bat for Microsoft's team. RIM's not included here since it's still stuck in the junior leagues. We left out the intriguing Nokia N9 because it's a niche player. Check out the fancy table after the break -- the results are pretty clear cut!

iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy S II
Motorola Droid Bionic
HTC Titan

Platform iOS 5 Android 2.3.4 with TouchWiz 4.0 Android 2.3.4 with custom skin Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Processor Dual-core Apple A5 (likely 1GHz) 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos or 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
RAM Unknown (likely 512MB) 1GB 1GB 512MB
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal 16GB / 32GB internal, microSDHC expansion 16GB internal, microSDHC expansion 16GB internal
Cellular Quadband GSM, quadband HSPA+ 14.4, CDMA / EDVO Rev. A Quadband GSM, quadband HSPA+ 21 / 42 or CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A, WiMax CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A, LTE Quadband GSM, triband HSPA+ 14.4
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Display size 3.5 inches 4.3 or 4.5 inches 4.3 inches 4.7 inches
Display resolution 960 x 640 800 x 480 960 x 540 800 x 480
Display technology IPS LCD Super AMOLED Plus Pentile-matrix TFT LCD TFT LCD
Integrated TV-out Dock connector MHL HDMI No
Primary camera 8 megapixel AF, f2.4 lens, BSI sensor, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, f2.2 lens, BSI sensor, dual-LED flash
Secondary camera VGA 2 megapixel VGA 1.3 megapixel
Video recording 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps 720p at 30fps
Video calling Yes Yes Yes Yes
Location / orientation sensors AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope
SIM standard Micro SIM SIM (on GSM variants) SIM (for LTE) SIM
Quoted max talk time 8 hours on 3G, 14 hours on 2G 7-8.7 hours on 3G 10.8 hours on 3G 6.8 hours on 3G, 11.8 hours on 2G
Quoted max media playback time 40 hours audio, 10 hours video 5 hours video 6.5 hours video Unknown
Battery Unknown capacity (likely 1420+mAh), embedded 1650-1850mAh, removable 1735mAh, removable 1600mAh, removable
Weight 140 grams / 4.9 oz. 116 grams / 4.1 oz. to 130 grams / 4.6 oz. 158 grams / 5.6 oz. 160 grams / 5.6 oz.
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 125.3 mm x 66.1 mm x 8.49 mm to
129.8 x 69.6 x 9.65mm
127.5 x 66.9 x 10.99mm 131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9mm

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