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Samsung Galaxy S (Android) or iPhone 4

If you're struggling to decide which phone to get, then you're in a similar predicament that I was in not too long ago - the difference being, that I actually got to play around with each of these phones for a bit before actually deciding to stick with one.

Since the Samsung Galaxy S came out a few days before the iPhone 4, I decided to get it just to satisfy my gadget hunger. After playing around with the Galaxy S, I was quite impressed - the interface was real smooth, and transitioning through the different menues (desktops) was speedy - this is in comparison to my not so old old phone, the Nexus One.

Having used the Samsung phone for a week, I did start noticing crucial differences, which were kind of annoying. The first and major one was the fact that it was running Android 2.1, whereas I had Android 2.2 on my Nexus One. The second big issue was the fact that it was only speedy with all the built in apps, which came with the phone's custom UI. Any third party apps ran rather slow in comparison to the Nexus One. And the final annoyance was the hotspot functionality - the Galaxy S had custom hotspot software built into the UI, whereas the Nexus One was using the built in hotspot functionality which came with 2.2. The built in hotspot was a lot better than the custom made Samsung one.

With the discovery of these major annoyances, it lead me to believe that the Samsung is not as great as others hyped it up to be, and the addition of a 4 inch super amoled display doesn't make up for this. Sure, it's really beautiful to look at, but functionality is the most important thing in my book.

Alright, well that's enough talk about the Samsung - lets talk about that new iPhone 4. I got this about a week and a half after the Galaxy S, and that was purely because I love my gadgets. I'm also a bigger Android fan, but I thought I'd try out this new iPhone, just to see if it's any better (also with the new OS 4 - multitasking, etc.).

As soon as I got my hands on it, it was identical to the old one (except for the exterior) - ran the same, navigation was the same, so basically nothing really changed from what I could tell. Sure, they added a faster processor, which you can't really notice a difference with unless you're running tons and tons of apps in the background. The problem is that the app developers have to update all their apps to work with the new multitasking system, so that's going to be awhile before all your favourite ones get up to speed.

The biggest thing that the iPhone had going for it was the fact that it 'just worked', which is something I really like about Apple products. You don't have to worry about things breaking and just having to hack around.

So, there's not really much I can say about this new iPhone - it's pretty much the same as the older models with a faster processor, more ram and a better camera - oh, and the screen of course.

In conclusion - if you're not very technical, and need something that 'just works' and don't care too much about tethering/using a hotspot with your phone, then I'd definitely recommend the iPhone 4. If you are technical, and want a phone that is allowed to think outside of the box, go for the Galaxy S, or Nexus One.

jon | August 02, 2010 | Comments (2)


I would have to say awesome review here Jon, but more inportantly I must agree with the statement of the android taking sometime to get use to. But all and all, I would say its a much more diverse and much more customizable solution for those people who like to change the looks and feels without having to completely change the phone. I have the Samsung Galaxy S2 and I believe this is the best phone on the market at the moment, and will be for awhile. Amazing. Also amazing info from you. Keep up the good work!
Comment by Chris Wilkinson - November 02, 2011 @ 9:00 pm
Thanks for some good advice Jon... Well happy with the Galaxy S!
Comment by dave nicholas - January 13, 2011 @ 7:10 am

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