Google Nexus 4 the latest phone From Google it has the user’s Favorite Google Applications an amazing Camera and cutting edge hardware with all a great access to your favorite entertainment on Google Play. it is the best phone with the help of Google it provides you the right information right when you need it.
Smart phone OS:
PopupAndroid (4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2) Dimensions:
5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm) Weight:
4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 4.5 oz (128 g) Body material:
DISPLAY Physical size:
4.7 inches Resolution:
768 x 1280 pixels Pixel density:
318 ppi Technology:
IPS LCD Colors:
16 777 216 Touchscreen:
Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass BATTERY Talk time:
the average is 12 h (703 min) Stand-by time:
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (488 h) Capacity:
Built-in HARDWARE System chip:
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Processor:
Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait Graphics processor:
Adreno 320 System memory:
2048 MB RAM Built-in storage:
8 GB CAMERA
Popup8 megapixels Flash:
PopupAuto focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Voice activation Camcorder:
1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) Features:
MULTIMEDIA Popup Music player:
Album, Artist, Playlists Features:
Album art cover, Background playback Speakers:
Earpiece, Loudspeaker YouTube player:
Built-in online services support:
YouTube (upload), Picasa
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz UMTS:
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz Data:
HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS Positioning:
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most hotly predictable smart phone we have ever from Samsung, and it is with a glut of top end features, it’s the most powerful and desirable device Samsung company has created yet. One of the most impressive things about the phone is the fact the size hasn’t changed from its precursor – the Galaxy S4 comes in at 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches), meaning there’s no extra heft to try to work within your palm. its specifications are as follows;
GENERAL: 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network:: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 4G Network LTE (market dependent) SIM: Micro-SIM BODY: Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in) Weight 130 g (4.59 oz) DISPLAY: Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density) Multitouch Yes Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 – TouchWiz UI SOUND: Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Loudspeaker Yes 3.5mm jack Yes MEMORY: Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB Internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM DATA: GPRS Yes EDGE: Yes Speed HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE NFC Yes Infrared port Yes USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host CAMERA: Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality Features Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, dual-video rec., check quality Secondary Yes, 2 MP,1080p@30fps, dual video call FEATURES: OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Chipset Exynos 5 Octa 5410 CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 GPU PowerVR SGX 544MP3 Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS Browser HTML5 Radio No GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator Colors White Frost, Black Mist, Arctic Blue – Wireless charging (market dependent) – S-Voice natural language commands and dictation – Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll – Air gestures – Dropbox (50 GB storage) – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic – TV-out (via MHL 2 A/V link) – SNS integration – MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player – MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player – Organizer – Image/video editor – Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF) – Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa – Voice memo/dial/commands – Predictive text input (Swype) BATTERY: Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery Stand-by (2G) / Up to 370 h (3G) Talk time (2G) / Up to 17 h (3G) Music play Up to 62 h MISC SAR US 0.85 W/kg (head) 1.55 W/kg (body) SAR EU 0.42 W/kg (head) 0.54 W/kg (body)
I have lately seen quite few people complain that their Samsung Galaxy S3 (Same symptoms seems to exist in the Galaxy S4 & Galaxy S2) could charge when connected to their laptop, but could not detect it as a USB connection. You might need your Android phone to detect your laptop USB connection to be able to tether internet or just to move files across. If you are facing such a problem, I would suggest you try the below different solutions:
Option#1: If “Connected as usb device” show up in your pull down notification shade, then click on it and switch to PTP mode and that should fix it.
Shutdown your phone
Remove your battery
Remove your SD Card
Wait couple of minutes
Put your SD Card and battery back
Power on your phone, though make sure it is not connected to USB yet
After your phone has completed it is power on cycle connect it to your USB cable and test.
Option#3: If the above two options does not work, make sure you are using a supported USB cable preferably the original one that came with your phone. Maybe borrow a known working cable from a friend to test it.
Option#4: If none of the above work, it might be your phone or laptop have a problem and it is time to visit a repair center.
Both Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 5 smartphones are a few months old now, with each having their own followers. Some argue that Apple products only imply quality and that is demonstrated by the light-in-weight, attractive looking. There are also an equal number of Samsung Galaxy S3 fans who just love its customizable features, its long battery life and relatively affordable price.
Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 are both quite popular. However if the price factor is taken into account, then Samsung Galaxy S3 is a bit cheaper than Apple iPhone 5. This is one of the reasons, why its sales have soared in recent months. Both these smart phones are definitely one of the best buys now. You can make your pick between the two, depending on your liking, its features and your budget.
Look & FeelComparison for Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5
If you are looking at both these smart phones objectively, then both phones are equally good in terms of their designing and built. Apple iPhone 5 is not much different from iPhone 4S in terms of its look. With aluminum casing, toughened glass at its top and bottom and less width (58.6mm). Apple iPhone 5 is also thinner and sleeker than its predecessor,which is a good improvement. The only major addition in the designing of iPhone5 is the new connector – Lightning port which has caused a lot of complains as many of the users iPhone 4/4S accessories are becoming irrelevant.
Unlike iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 has a plastic feel to it. However the plastic look is actually deceptive, as it is manufactured from superior quality materials including durable polycarbonate. With its exclusive Corning Gorilla Glass II on its front side, this smartphone is stunning and nearly indestructible. Samsung GalaxyS3 is however slightly wider than the more compact iPhone 5 with 70.6mm and a bit heavier (133 grams) than iPhone 5 (112 grams). Though there is a slight difference in weight, it is actually insignificant, as both these light-weight smart phones can be easily carried in your pocket.
The one point where Samsung Galaxy S3 has a slight edge over iPhone 5 is its availability in different colors. Samsung Galaxy S3 is available in 6 different colors, as opposed to the only two finishes of black and white that iPhone 5 offers.
Comparing Hardware for Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy S3 uses quad core processor, which is definitely better than the dual processor Apple A6 adopted by Apple iPhone 5. In terms of battery life, Samsung Galaxy S3 will through iPhone 5 out of balance. The camera of both these smart phones is first-rate. Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 offer 8 mega pixel cameras at their rear end. While the Panorama mode of iPhone 5 is intuitive and superb, the Smart Stay feature of Samsung Galaxy S3 is brilliant. However the Siri voice help in iPhone 5 is slightly less perfect than the S voice of Samsung in HD mode.
Interms of connectivity, iPhone 5 uses its proprietary lightning port for connectivity and only offers 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand offers several connection choices with 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct,4G, LTE and NFC connectivity.
Though both these smartphones offer application stores, settings menu, application lists, etc., there are considerable differences in iOS of iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Android operating system. On the one hand, where iOS has a more locked propriety OS, Android Openness offers a number of features. In fact Samsung Galaxy S3 is packed with so many features, including an in-built task manager that your applications run smoothly in the background, without needing to open them again and again. With special features likes like microSD, 2 GB of RAM and NFC included, Samsung Galaxy S3 is definitely more worthy than iPhone 5 in this department.
Comparing Software for Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5
Interms of software, Apple iPhone 5 has not made any note worthy improvement than its predecessor. The only thing you can do is move your icons in the desired area and change your ringtones, home screen and backgrounds. Compared to iPhone5, Samsung Galaxy S3 has superior software. With 7 home screens, application icons, customizable widgets (you can also download them) and ringtones and flexibility to change or add animated backgrounds, these are a number of features that the Android offers.
The maps are another department that Apple iPhone 5 needs to improve on. Apple has tried to replace Google Maps with Apple Maps in iPhone 5. However this is turning out to be a disaster. With Samsung Galaxy S3 accessing Google docs, calendar,YouTube, Google Maps, Google search and other features of Google are not at all a problem.
Downloading games, videos and music is not at all a problem with both these smartphones. On the one hand where Apple play God in controlling what applications can be uploaded to their APP Store & installed on their devices, Samsung Galaxy S3 has a massive Android application store while being less restrictive on which applications can be added & what you can installed on your device. This is one point where the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a clear winner.
Samsung Galaxy S3:Apple iPhone 5
Release Date: September 2012Release Date: May 2012
Operating System: AndroidOperating System: iOS
OS version: Android 4.1OS version: iOS 6
Dimensions: 136.6×70.6×8.6 mmDimensions: 123.8×58.6×7.6 mm
Apple iPhone 5 is much more compact, thin, fast and a bit taller in height. It also has a good display, battery life, audio-video capability and camera (best during daytime). Samsung Galaxy S3 too has a good design, camera, longer battery life and more applications. However, in totality Samsung Galaxy S3 has a much better hardware (more RAM and improved Battery life, CPU, and GPU),improved operating system, great software and easy access to Google. Coupled with lower price, Samsung Galaxy S3 definitely scores a few more points than Apple iPhone 5.
While Android 4.0 or as better known ICE Cream Sandwich have been introduced a while back with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, many of us were waiting the update to be rolled out to our existing mobiles including the great Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE which even had in opinion a better hardware than the one that came with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and many other devices that were delivered with the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. The good news that wait is over for most of the Samsung Galaxy S2 device family and now you can receive your update either over the air or using Samsung Kies. In this article, I will share with you how to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy SII LTE to Android 4.0 to enjoy features that were strict on newer devices that came installed with it. Below are just a recap of the few features that you can gain by upgrading to Android 4.0: Android Ice Cream Sandwich features:
â€¢ Improved camera app with zero shutter lag, time lapse settings, panorama mode, and the ability to zoom while recording â€¢ Built-in photo editor â€¢ New gallery layout, organized by location and person â€¢ Improved copy and paste functionality â€¢ Easier-to-create folders, with a drag-and-drop style
â€¢ Virtual buttons in the UI, in place of capacitive or physical buttons â€¢ Pinch-to-zoom functionality in the calendar â€¢ Integrated screenshot capture (accomplished by holding down the Power and Volume-Down buttons)
â€¢ Separation of widgets in a new tab, listed in a similar manner to apps â€¢ A customizable launcher â€¢ Improved visual voicemail with the ability to speed up or slow down voicemail messages â€¢ Improved error correction on the keyboard â€¢ Ability to access apps directly from lock screen â€¢ Better voice integration and continuous, real-time speech to text dictation â€¢ Face Unlock, a feature that allows users to unlock handsets using facial recognition software â€¢ New tabbed web browser, allowing up to 16 tabs â€¢ Automatic syncing of browser with users' Chrome bookmarks â€¢ A new typeface family for the UI, Roboto â€¢ Data Usage section in settings that lets users set warnings when they approach a certain usage limit, and disable data use when the limit is exceeded â€¢ Ability to shut down apps that are using data in the background â€¢ Refreshed “People” app with social network integration, status updates and hi-res images â€¢ Android Beam, a near-field communication feature allowing the rapid short-range exchange of web bookmarks, contact info, directions, YouTube videos and other data â€¢ Support for the WebP image format â€¢ Hardware acceleration of the UI â€¢ Wi-Fi Direct
From the way I have order the list above, you probably can tell the Camera app improvement was a major plus point in my opinion. I know I know you came here to find out how you can get the Android 4 not to read about its new features, so lets get into business. You can get the Android Ice Cream Sandwitch for your Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE and other flavors of the Samsung Galaxy S2 mainly by two methods.
1- Over the air(OTA): You will wake up one morning and find a message in your Android device notification area informing you that you have a software update available & ask you if you want to proceed with the update. Just answer with yes and follow the procedures on the screen & wohoo you get boosted to Android 4.0 and get all of its features mentioned above! In order for this to happen your service provider has to be started to roll the updates in your area and your turn to upgrade is finally there. If you did not get that notification, don't give up maybe you can speed thing up by trying the second method. 2- Using Samsung Kies: I was actually one of the people who did not get the upgrade notification message as my service provider (Rogers in this case) did not seems the fastest to roll them out & my turn for over the air upgrade was not yet there. As I could not wait, I thought I will try Samsung Kies and see if I can pull the update rather than wait for it to be pushed to me over the air & Vooyooola! That worked out and I got Android 4.0. For those of you who need instruction on how to do that, just read the instructions below. Using Samsung Kies to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE to Android 4.0
1- Download Samsung Kies 2.0 from Samsung website at: http://www.samsung.com/ca/support/usefulsoftware/KIES/JSP 2- Double click the installer and follow the installation instruction which can be a bit different whether you are using Mac or Windows. 3- Start your Samsung Kies 2.0 by clicking on it in your program files(Windows users) or Application folder(Mac users) 4- After the Samsung Kies application complete its loading, connect your Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE or your particular model of the Samsung Galaxy S2 5- Wait till Samsung Kies detect your Galaxy S2 device 6- After my Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE device was detected by Samsung Kies, I got the message “Some of the components of Samsung Kies need to be updated for firmware management.
7- Just press the Update Kies button 8- As soon I hit the update Kies button, I had gotten another popup promoting me to accept upgrading the firmware of my device.
9- After accepting to start the firmware upgrade, it took about 15 minutes to complete my Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE to be upgraded to Android 4.0 10- Enjoy your Android Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE!
I hope this help some one upgrading his device to the great Android 4.0! Enjoy!
We have been one of the people who waited for long to put our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE and Motorola RAZR. Well, finally it happen and we had our hands on these two devices for the past 48 hours from Rogers Canada. While other providers devices might be a little different or a bit different naming, both the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE and Motorola RAZR should be mostly similar by all providers to the one from Rogers and reviewed here.
Before we start its worth giving a warning or a message that our review might be a bit biased toward the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE. The reason behind that is not political or being paid for the review by Samsung, but because we had decided to dump the Motorola RAZR for the superior Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE in our team for the below reasons:
– The battery life on the sets we had of the Motorola RAZR was miserable. A full charge did not last over 6 hours with a normal usage with 3G, few phone calls, & e-mail. We believe Motorola is aware of the problem in their Motorola RAZR device and that why they have worked hard on resolving the problem in the software by offering an extra power management software that stop non used programs, disable none used services and so on, but that did not seems to cut it for the compromise they have took on the battery size to meet being the thinnest device in the market.
– The weight distribution on the device was kinda missed up. Too much weight on the top side where you actually hold the device from the bottom side, made the device handling being not for our taste.
– Many applications did not work probably on the Motorola RAZR. We are sure this probably will get fixed as with time application developers will fix their applications to work with the Motorola RAZR. We actually can not blame this one on Motorola, but definitely Samsung has took advantage of this device being the third generation of the same series where most of the application we had tried had run without a problem. One of the application which was a must for our team and did not work well on the Motorola RAZR is Viber for Android. The voice will start but very noisy and will cut right after 5 seconds, we did not face any similar problem with the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE. It might be worth mentioning that Motorola RAZR still does not appear on the Viber for Android Compatibility list.
– The Motorola RAZR headset has a bit of obvious head when doing a long calls from the top screen size, where your ears normally sit. Maybe being too thin is the cause for this one again.
Ok now we have took our reasoning why we like the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE, lets look at how these devices compare head to head as the Motorola RAZR still got advantages over the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE and every one has his own preferences. Below is our detailed Comparison.
Look & Feel Comparison for Motorola RAZR vs Samsung Glaxy S2 LTE
While in most cases look & feel go hand in hand for most hand sets, it worked totally differently in this one. Actually we have liked the look of the Motorola RAZR much better than the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE. The KEVLAR fibre look as well Corning Gorilla Glass looked both stunning as well help the device handle more hits. Further the splash guard coating that can protect the electric boards inside from water and coffee spilt was such a great idea. Both devices had the power port in a convenient location where you can still use the device while charging it. The Samasung Galaxy S2 LTE had it just with all other Galaxy phones to the bottom of the device where Motorola again were innovative with this one and placed it to the bottom of the device. Last thing about the look, both devices sizes was very similar when we stack them up, which kinda surprised us as the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE suppose to have a larger screen with 4.5″ where the Motorola RAZR has only 4.3″, but it seems the spaces between the screen and the edge of the phone were larger in the Motorola RAZR than the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE. Click on the images below to enlarge it & see how these phones sizes compare.
On the feel side we had liked how the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE feel in our hand better than the Motorola RAZR for two reasons. The weight distribution and the rounded edges on the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE has made holding it a pleasure comparing to the Motorola RAZR where more weight is sitting to the top of the device with squared edges.
Hardware Comparison for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs Motorola RAZR
Both the Galaxy S2 LTE and the RAZR are sporting a dual core processors, where the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE is running a faster 1.5Ghz processor in compare to the Motorola RAZR 1.2 GHz processor where both devices have 1GB of RAM. Though its important to note that both device has performed quite well and without any lag during most of our tests. The Motorola RAZR had slown down a bit once after 30 minutes of a 3D game running by our member after it heated up a bit. We don’t believe that should be of a problem for most users, but if you are a gamer on your Android phone then that is something to test for when trying it out. It might be just an extensive game what one of our crew decided to try. Both phones we had tried has 16GB of internal storage and the ability to install up to 32GB additional SDCard. Although rogers does not seems to provide SD card with neither phones, it seems some US suppliers will be providing a 16GB SD Card pre-installed in the Motorola RAZR. We are not aware if others will do the same for the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE as this will depend per provider.
As far Display go, the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE has 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus Gorilla glass display that may give a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels with about 207 pixels per inch (ppi) pixel density, while Droid Razr comes with a 4.3-inch qHD screen paired with Super AMOLED touchscreen that may give a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels with about 256 ppi pixel density. Both displays were stunning in our opinion where the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE has a bit superior display in our opinion with less of pixelation effect as seen with the Motorola RAZR.
As far weight and dimensions go the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE weighing 130.5 grams, has a dimension of 129.8 x 68.8 x 9.5 mm. On the other hand, Droid RAZR measures 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm and weighs 127 grams. As you can see the Droid RAZR is a bit thinner and lighter but some how still of a larger width and height than the Samsung Galaxy S2 which is odd as the Samsung Galaxy S2 has a larger display and we expected it to have a larger face size than the Droid RAZR. Although Motorola has done a great job in getting the device to be thinner and lighter as per image above with Motorola RAZR on top, they had missed up when they had made the device face larger with less display size. Further the thin size of the Motorola RAZR seems to come at the compromise of the battery life and a bit of heating issue.
Both devices has great 8MP back cameras and 2MP front cameras which can record high-definition videos in 1080 pixel resolution. We have enjoyed both Cameras and did could not really make our mind which one is better than the other.
Connectivity wise at the Rogers network the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE will have a faster connectivity with it supporting LTE where the Motorola RAZR will not support LTE but a max of 4G. I am not sure if other providers versions will be different than that, but for here we will stick with the versions we had seen. Both devices has bluetooh and Mini USB connection. The Samsung Galaxy S2 use a normal SIM card, where the Motorola RAZR require a Micro SIM just like the iPhone which we thought it was a disadvantage to the RAZR specially if you keep switching your line with other phones.
In our test the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE actually has topped the Motorola RAZR in the battery test, which is was kinda to our expectation as it has a larger standard Li-ion 1850 mAh battery, while Droid Razr only has a 1780mAh battery. Further the battery on the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE is replaceable where its not on the Motorola RAZR. Further, we were not impressed at all with the battery life on the Motorola RAZR, where we were OK with the one on the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE.
Voice Quality & speakers quality was quite high on both devices with no complains on both party the calling & receiving after all it must be a good phone before anything else :). Only we had problem with Viber voip calls on the Motorola RAZR, but not Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE. Though the problem was only Viber related where other VOIP programs like Skype & vbuzzer worked well for us which means the Motorola RAZR has no VOIP problem, its just up to the Viber team to fix their software to work well on Motorola RAZR.
Motorola RAZR has HDMI port where the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE does not.
Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE has NFC(Near Field Communication), but not the Motorola RAZR
Software Comparison for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs Motorola RAZR
Both devices are running Google’s Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 operating system and they should get the Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 mobile OS upgrade, early next year as per both vendors announcement. We have noticed the OS to be more customized on the Motorola RAZR which has caused more Apps to fail at least for the time being till Apps developers pickup and fix it. Though we should mentioned that we had definitely enjoyed the Motorola MotoCast and we think Motorola should make it available for a fee on other Android devices as away to make money specially being acquired by Google just recently :). The Motorola MotoCase will ensure that you are not worried any more than you have forget to copy the last updated file to your device or that you don’t have enough space on your SD Card as your full PC will always be with you on the go. We believe this was one of the biggest advantages for the Motorola RAZR.
Price Comparison for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs Motorola RAZRon Rogers Canada
Well, as each provider control his phones pricing differently we will provide the comparison based on the provider we had the hand sets from which Rogers Canada in this case(Yeah I hear you who want to use Rogers, their customer service sux not the one at the store but the centralized one who answer the phone and has even control over the poor store reps), but hey they were the first to have the devices over here so no other option :). Ok prices as per roger were as follow:
Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE No Term Contract: $649.99 With Three Years Contract: 179.99
Motorola RAZR No Term Contract: $649.99 With Three Years Contract: 149.99
We know what you are thinking, why does the three years contract on the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE is hire than the Motorola RAZR although they hold the same tag price. We have no clue why, but it seems Rogers know that the Galaxy S2 LTE has a higher demand and wanted to shell more money of it by discriminating against it in the price :).
Well we hate to say this, but if after all this still not sure which device you want to get then go and grab the one you like a bit more take it home and try it for up to two weeks but don’t make over 30 mins of calling and if you discover you like the other one better then go back to store and replace it. Its the policy with Rogers store :).
At last unfortunately, we still have not implemented our own blog or forum where you can leave your comments and respond to you, though we have agreed with ITComparison.com to host a post for us where we can get your comments and reply to it. You can find the post at: Motorola Droid RAZR vs Samsung Galaxy LTE on Rogers Canada Post. Please leave your comments on there and we will reply to you as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The Samsung Nexus has been anticipated for quite a long time, ever since the original Nexus which was one of the more popular smart phones back in the day. Many people on the internet are buzzing about the newest version of the Androidâ€™s operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, will be like. The Samsung Nexus Prime is the very first phone that will have 4.0 installed.
Look and Feel
The Prime and the Galaxy have similar designs. The Galaxy wins for being more durable, with the famous gorilla glass that is known to be real tough and break-resistant. The screen sizes are similar, and both have similar weights, with the Nexus Prime being a little heavier at 135g as compared to the Galaxyâ€™s 116g.
The biggest difference in software, since both phones are running Android, is the version of Android each runs. The Samsung Nexus will be running the brand new â€œIce Cream Sandwichâ€ version of Android, or Android 4.0. The Galaxy will still be running Android 2.3.3, called â€œGingerbreadâ€ due to Androidâ€™s affinity for sweet sounding names. To be fair there will be an available update for the Galaxy to its operating system to the new 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which will more than likely happened after they have run at least one or two updates to the 4.0 software. However this is all dependent on your cellular service provider, and when and if, they decide to release this update to their customer base. So that is a good piece of news for the people who have just recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE, or are still deciding on which to buy.
This means that the software advantage clearly goes to the Samsung Nexus. Ice Cream Sandwich has a number of completely new features not known to the older Gingerbread version. Among these is â€œFace Unlock.â€ This is a feature that makes people think the future is finally here. The Samsung Nexus Prime will actually have facial recognition software for its lock screen. This means that you can set the phone so it wonâ€™t unlock unless the camera recognize the face of its owner.
Ice Cream Sandwich also has real time voice to text dictation as an alternative to the touch screen keyboard. This makes it far easier to do tasks like texting and searching for things online if you need your hands for something else, like driving. If you do have hands to help, you can fix any mistaken words with the usual word fixing feature by tapping the word on the screen. This is also not androids first attempt at voice dictation, android developers have been working at integration of this feature in past generations.
Android Beam and WIFI Direct are also new features for 4.0. These features let phones communicate with each other directly, without having to send files, YouTube videos, or any other kind of information across the entire Internet. Itâ€™s a little silly to have to do that when youâ€™re right next to someone, right?
Both Samsung phones have dual-core processors, and are about the same speed processor wise. The Galaxy has more options for storage, with 16 GB and 32 GB SD card options compared to the Nexusâ€™s 16. With the Samsung Nexus has gone the other way here and not allowed for the add on MicroSD. The Nexus takes the prize for display screen by a long stride. It had a 4.6 inch Super HD AMOILED screen with a resolution of 1280×720 for one of the crisper views in the business. This is compared to the Galaxyâ€™s 4.3 inch Super AMOILED Plus screen of 800×480, which is still very good.
Both phones have a front-facing video camera. They also both have 1080p HD video, and a Megapixel camera, though the Galaxy has 8MP to the Primeâ€™s 5MP, however I have to say, the 5MP is nice and doesnâ€™t matter unless youâ€™re blowing up a picture to poster size. I must say, they have done a great job, at review time looking at the screen. Taking pictures, there was almost no lag between shots, very fast. The phones are very similar when it comes to other capabilities, such as the 4G connectivity with maximum internet speeds of 21Mbps, and the capacity of their batteries, with an average of around 8 hours each for talk time.
The Galaxy will run you up to 200 dollars with contract in the U.S., whereas the Galaxy Nexus is a goodly amount pricier at around 300 in U.S. These prices will change rapidly in the coming months after release. However if you are willing to lock into a 3 year contract you can see the price below that in Canada
Bell Canada is the first to get hold of the new Galaxy Nexus and is taking pre-orders for December 8th 2011 Delivery. I hope they will be able to stick to this time table, as a little bird has told me there could be delays on product actually getting into customers hands at the announced time. The rumour is it could be delayed closer to end of December, possibly just shortages, so the sooner you get your orders in. The sooner you will be one of the few to receive your new Galaxy Nexus, with Ice Cream Sandwich.
$159.95 On a 3 year term when activating a minimum voice and data plan combination or smartphone plan of a minimum of $50 or more per month.
Bell Canada will have an exclusive for 1 month before the Galaxy Nexus is released through Rogers stores.
Rogers is now offering pre orders of their Samsung Galaxy Nexus with a $40.00 Deposit to be delivered for January 2012.
Again these dates are not iron clad, Bells release date is November 7, 2011, as I mentioned there is a possibility of delay or shortages. Regardless, if you pre-order with Bell or Rogers. You will be the first to get yours, regardless of when it gets here, and the word is, worst case scenario, it should not be delayed more than 30 days at most.
Conclusion: Which is the Better Phone?
Thereâ€™s no question that Nexus is a phone with more advanced features, especially in the software department. The question will always be, buy now, or wait for the next, newest version. The Galaxy is certainly a very advanced smart phone with a good display, and Gingerbread is no joke for advanced software. The question is looks, with the Galaxy you have the possibility to have 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich O/S with in the year, that will certainly be enough for some.
But if you yearn for those great futuristic features for Ice Cream Sandwich, like real time voice transcription, and facial recognition unlock screens, speed, new software interface that makes much more sense than the previous versions of Android, making the change shouldnâ€™t bother you at all.
For me, the software, and well matched hardware, this is a product that is a major jump ahead of what we have seen so far from the Android camp, and I would say this has them solidly eating Apples lunch. If I may sayâ€¦ in some case, if the only vending machines available to dispense lunch are using NFC technology, iPhone wonâ€™t even be able to get lunch at all, unless they ask an Android user to buy it for themâ€¦ I for one canâ€™t wait. I want my Ice Cream Sandwich, and want to talk, email, chat, make movies and watch, Facebook, and twitter on it now!
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Lately it seems that Apple with its new iPhone 4S and Samsung with its new Galaxy SII LTE have taken centre stage and are just a couple of the many titans of the smart phone world competing, but they are two of the most popular smart phones out there, and as you know, if it is out there we must review it!
So how does the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs. Apple iPhone 4S play out?
Look & Feel Comparison for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs. Apple iPhone 4S
Well speaking strictly ergonomically, the new model of the iPhone is much more compact and light weight than previous models.It is only 115mm x 58mm x 9mm, giving it some leeway over its predecessors, and a squarer look from the iPhone 3, 3Gâ€™s larger shell, yet curved shell… The Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE does beat the new iPhone however, and takes the title for smallest smart phone available. While its length and width are slightly larger than the iPhone, this also allows the phone to have a slightly larger screen,and it still remains thinner and lighter weight. When comparing weight, Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs. Apple iPhone 4S, the iPhone weighs in at 140g and the Galaxy is 116g, that is really light in comparison, and allows it to sit in a shirt pocket without the feel of a heavy weight.
Both phones have very good placement for power and for audio connectors. Both allow good placement of power plug so you can power up the units at home or in the car, and still have easy use of the phone. As well the ever important placement of the audio jack on both units is top and allows to have it in holster so you can easily plug and unplug while in case, with no difficulty. (It surprises me how many other companies make it difficult to plug in and listen to your music).
Samsung uses the now well-known Corning gorilla Glass, a very tough proven technology for display glass, virtually industructable, without having to purchase other screen protection products. The iPhone 4S is using a Chinese manufacturer named Lens Technology, there is claim that the properties of their glass is similar to Corning, I canâ€™t help but wonder about this claim as I have seen many a shattered iPhone displays over the last few years. To be totally unbiased about this, Check out at the bottom of this post a YouTube video that shows the two phones in a drop test, seeing is believing. if youâ€™re anything like me, (that whoops moment as you see your phone slip from your hand and hit the ground in slow motion), this will happen a few times a year. I donâ€™t know about you, but I have a better comfort level knowing my phone wonâ€™t shatter the first time I drop it! Sound quality is better on this new Samsung this time around. Talk, speakers on hands free are much better. In comparison with the iPhone 4S the Samsung Galaxy S2 has really stepped up their game.
Hardware Comparison for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs. Apple iPhone 4S
The Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE processor is simply a faster processor than the Apple iPhone 4S, the processor on the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE is a 1.5GHz Dual core with 1GiG of Ram to the iPhones 1GHz dual core with 512K of Ram. Samsung wins again on power. While the Apple iPhone 4S has slightly better graphics due to its GPU. I would not call this GPU speed far superior to the Samsung. In tests the Apple iPhone 4S GPU PowerVR SGX 543MP2 tests better, but the comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE ARM Mali 400 may only make a difference to speed freaks that require those extra microseconds of speed who are judging each hardware piece on its own merit, and when you factor in Samsungâ€™s faster CPU and double the Ram, its fast! It allows for very fast game playing, photography and video at 1080 HD. The iPhone 4S comes in several flavours, 16gig, 32gig, and 64gig. This is the maximum amount of storage that you can save to the device in data. The Samsung Galaxy S2 makes it simple. You can buy a 16gig version, that has a microSD card to pump up that storage with up to an extra 32 gig of storage on the phone plus the 16 gig for a total of up to 48gig total storage, not bad, and allows you to control how much ram you need and allows multiple storage advantages of having a microSD cared for each of your files if youâ€™re a heavy user, photographer, video grapher, audiophile and if you have 10,000 mp3 files, you can take them with you in your extra microSDâ€™s, without being forced to buy what you may not need.
The Apple iPhone 4S uses a Li-Po 1432 mAH battery, permanent (non-removable) , while the Samsung Galaxy S2 uses a , Li-Ion 1650 mAH that is removable. The ability to remove that battery is pretty plain, with the Apple iPhone 4S, you are limited to the power of the battery, and it must be charged, and if it breaks, you are stuck with getting a new Apple battery, which means being without your phone while they install it, or at that price, buying a new phone. With the Samsung Galaxy S2, generic replacement or add on batteries are available and very inexpensive, you can buy an extra large battery, to give double power, or if you wish, carry an extra battery with you, if you are having a long day, and think you may need the extra power on the road.
, you are limited tothe power of the battery, and it must be charged, and if it
breaks,you are stuck with getting a new Apple battery, which means being without your phone whilethey install it, or at that price, buying a new phone. With the Samsung Galaxy S2, generic replacementor add on batteries are available and very inexpensive, you can buy an extralarge battery, to give double power, or if you wish, carry an extra battery with you, if you are having a long day, and think you may need the extra power on the road.
The Apple iPhone 4S, which currently is having issues with power loss on its battery at the moment, will experience better battery life, once it has a new software update. At time of publishing this review, the update from iOS 5.0to 5.0.1, as reported by Computerworld Article November 11, 2011, said its readers were posting they still had the same issue or worse still. Assuming the future iPhone 4S next update happens, and works, it should fix the low battery life,currently being experienced on the iPhone 4S, and bring user time up closer to 5.29 working hours. But at this time, posted hours for talk and standby are being challenged by users in forums and blogs, until this issue is fixed, it is serious.
Software Comparison for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs. Apple iPhone 4S
The Apple iPhone has served as a catalyst, leading cell phone design and technology into the world of what we now know to be smart phones. They are no longer just for calls and texting; they’ve become mini personal computers for those of us constantly on the go. Google a few years ago decided to get into the Cellular market developing its own O/S called Android. What a ride it has been for them, and for us as consumers. They did not cower in the shadow of Apple iPhones, they stayed the course, and continued their development, improving on every O/S platform, all the while allowing for other manufactures to get involved and use Google software, with their hardware. Within 2 short years. Google with their Android O/S (Operating System) have taken a major piece of the cellular market and now, As of July 2011, Android has 41.8% of the smart phone market and Apple has 27%. Not bad for a company that only announced in 2007 that it would be developing its own Operating System for Cellular.
We looked at a new feature, Siri and iCloud that Apple has been throwing around as a major feature of their new Apple iPhone 4S. The issue of course is getting these 2 new features to work. Apple says you can talk to your iPhone and ask for directions, and it will give you a map, or tell you the weather, give a definition. In Canada, at the moment, this feature is intermittent, at best. There are many Siri features that are not yet functioning as yet in Canada, and on and off in the U.S. The Apple iCloud is storing content, work and Documentation on the iCloud, and is a bit glitchy for the moment, and requires more work, and development on Apples part. Being an Android (Google) phone the can connect to Google Docs, tasks, update your calendar and contacts out of the box with very little set up. Voice to text for Google searches. Maps, Texting and email are already working and Android has been working with this kind of technology (Voice & Cloud) and does not require any extra apps to download. Both have 8 MP cameras, with image stabilization, and 1080 video.
Price Comparison for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs. Apple iPhone 4S on Rogers Canada
On the Rogers Network. The Apple iPhone 4S is available But not available for the LTE network:
iPhone 4S â€“ 16GB
As low as $159.00 â€“ 3 yr. contract
$649.00 Full Price Buy
iPhone 4S â€“ 32GB
As low as $269.00 â€“ 3 yr. contract
$749.00 Full Price Buy
iPhone 4S â€“ 64GB
As low as $369.00 â€“ 3 yr. contract
$849.00 Full Price Buy
On the Rogers Network. The Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE, One of the few smart phones ready for the LTE Rogers System & AT&T in US:
Samsung Galaxy SII LTE
As low as $179.99 â€“ 3 yr. contract
$649.49 Full Price Buy
Summary for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE vs. Apple iPhone 4S
Well, there you have itâ€¦ in the end, it is up to you. I hope we have given you some real insight to all the features and benefits. I think the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE is the clear winner. Hardware you have a better CPU, more Ram, and great GPU, Amazingly durable shell and screen,ability to remove the battery, or buy extras. microSD cards, you could have separate cards for your music (Mp3â€™s), pictures, videos, data and whatever you may need extra microSD cards for. An O/S that just keeps getting better and better, with voice to text that already is working, Sharing with Google and their cloud system to store and share data, and only the files you wish to share. A large vibrant screen.
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