iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy SII for Cloud computing

Credit: Apple & Samsung

Lets do  quick comparison between the new features that come with the iPhone 4s and those available with the Samsung Galaxy S2 and see which is the best for business Cloud Computing.

Voice control – The biggest talking point with the iPhone 4s is “Siri” the voice control feature.  It allows you to us voice commands to create and answer texts, start calls, search the internet and control music.  Well this has been available on the Samsung Galaxy S2 since its release 5 months ago.  Also you can use an app on Android called Vlingo that does all the features that Siri does.  BUT note this: although this feature sounds great in practice it is just not accurate and reliable enough.  It is slow, can only take a few words at a time, requires good internet and does not like the kiwi accent. To summarise it is a GIMMICK!

Processing speeds – iPhone 4S is catching up on the Galaxy but still some way short when it comes to running applications but if you are playing video, looking at hires photos and playing games the iPhone 4S does have an edge on graphics speed.

Improvements to camera – this is to bring it up to the 8 megapixels that the Galaxy S2 already had however the iPhone 4S has a less than impressive front facing camera which is used mainly for video calling.  But when it comes to software and the end image or video Apple is the winner but only noticeable on a large screen.  SO when it comes to business applications there is no difference here.

Graphics – Minor improvement here.  The iPhone still have the best resolution but with a larger screen and much better colours and contrast ratio the Galaxy still leads the pack. For cloud computing the larger screen is very handy and with the shortly to be release Samsung Galaxy Note with a 5.3 inch screen, accessing cloud apps will be much better than on the iPhone 4S.

Operating systems – On the one hand iPhone has locked down the way it operates which means there is less that can go wrong but on the other hand Google Android and in particular the Samsung interface is a lot more flexible giving developers of Cloud applications more features, better usability and more integration with cameras, voice etc.. So the winner here would be the Galaxy S2.

Memory – with Cloud computing this is not really an issue but the ability to have removable memory cards gives you more flexibility and makes it easier to transfer large amounts of data from your computer to the phone.

Network and internet speed – although the New Zealand spec iPhone 4S has yet to be released this is where the iPhone 4S really falls short. In the current specs available overseas the iPhone 4S can only use 3G HSPA whereas the Samsung Galaxy S2 can use 4G connection and HSPA+ which can give up to 21 Mbps.  Although Vodafone is slow to role out HPSA+ when it comes the iPhone 4S wont be able to take advantage of this. Also on Telecom’s XT network they are talk ability rolling out 4G data.  SO even on 3G the Samsung Galaxy comes out on top.

Battery – both manufacturers quote the same talk time of 8 hours so we can only assume the iPhone 4S has the same 1650 mAh battery although you can change the battery in the Galaxy S2 and when the Galaxy Note comes out it will have a massive 2500 mAh.


If you are going to use your smartphone for business cloud computing then my choice would be the Samsung Galaxy S2 or if you can wait a few months the Samsung Galaxy Note.  You can see more on the screen, it is easier to type, internet is faster, the screen is a lot tougher and you have more flexibility with cloud software.

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