Underwhelmed with Apple’s iPhone 4S, Samsung views yesterday’s introduction as a chance to lure undecided or perhaps disappointed fans into considering the Galaxy S II smartphone. Per story over at the Unlockr blog, the Korean company has allegedly issued an email to customers with an attached table comparing the features of the iPhone 4S and its own Galaxy S II device. While most entries in Samsung’s table are true, some raise eyebros. For example, Samsung is downplaying the importance of Siri by describing it as the ‘voice activation’ feature and comparing Siri to Vlingo, a free download from Android Market.
While Vlingo is billed as the best personal assistant on Android, it isn’t as comprehensive and deeply integrated as Siri that sports conversational attitude and artificial intelligence features allowing it to learn from past interactions with the user. However, know Siri ships as a beta feature (exclusive to the iPhone 4S), an unusual practice for Apple.
Next, the Cameras section in Samsung’s tablet totally ignores the iPhone 4S’s enhanced camera system, which is based on Sony’s lens and the improved sensor from Omnivision. The iPhone 4S’s back camera has a fifth lens, the larger f/2.4 aperture, the backside illumination sensor, as well as face detection and video stabilization capabilities, none of which Samsung bothered to mention. Instead, they tout their admittedly superb Super AMOLED Plus display which is “preferred 2 to 1 against other leading displays by Strategy Analytics”, a 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz dual-core processor (versus the A5 chip in the iPhone 4S) and of course 4G networking supporting WiMax, HSPA+ 42 or HSPA+ 21 MBps.
Apple’s handset sports HSPA 14.4Mbps networking that marketing chief Phil Schiller said theoretically could file as 4G, but noting they won’t follow in the footsteps of its rivals by overusing the term “4G” (more on the iPhone 4S’s data speeds here). Perhaps Apple’s decision was influenced by a new bill to force carriers to disclose real 4G speeds?
Samsung’s table also underscores the openness of Android allowing for multiple app stores, music stores and online services. Finally, they are still referring to the Galaxy SII as the thinnest smartphone despite losing out the title to iPhone 4 in the U.K., per last month’s ruling by the UK Advertising Standards Authority. While we’re at comparisons, you may wanna check out the iPhone 4S vs. iPhone 4 features matrix. Go past the fold for the full comparison table from Samsung and contents of their email message in its entirety.
Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone series has risen to become the biggest challenger to the iPhone’s supremacy in the handset world. Samsung ten days ago announced shipments of ten million Galaxy SII units into the channel in the past five months, beating the self-imposed goal of hitting the sales mark by the end of this year. All major U.S. carriers either offer or are gearing up for the handset, although each wireless company brands the phone differently, adding their own tweaks to the international Galaxy S II version. Here are four talking points from Samsung’s alleged email to customers.
· Screen Size – benefits scale by AREA (length x width), not just diagonal; the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II has 42% more screen area and Sprint / T-Mobile versions of Galaxy S II have 58% more screen area than the iPhone 4S.
· Network – The Galaxy S II HSPA+ network speeds are at least 50% faster with AT&T 21 MBPS and three times faster with T-Mobile’s 42 MBPS than the iPhone 4S’s 14 MBPS HSPA network.
· Design – Galaxy S II continues to have the thinnest smartphone design with the fastest network speed on each of the networks carrying the smartphone (AT&T, Sprint & T-Mobile) including today’s announcement of the iPhone 4S specs for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.
· Open Ecosystem – Consumers can use the Galaxy S II to buy music from Amazon, Rhapsody, or a variety of other music services, as well as multiple cloud music services supported such as Amazon, Google Music and multiple video chat clients available for use including Google Chat and Skype. The Samsung Galaxy S II is not limited to a single manufacturer’s storefront or app store.