Since the iPhone 4S has just been announced by Apple, we thought we’d put it head to head against some of the leading Android devices currently available and the rumoured specs of the Nexus Prime. All of them are dual-core, all of them are sparkly, but some are apparently more revolutionary than others. Find our comparison of these beasts after the jump. And yes, I’m well aware I used the iPhone 4 image above, but I mean really, deal with it — they’re exactly the same.

More updates will come later. Staying up reading 3 live blogs for such an underwhelming experience has put my brain to sleep.

  iPhone 4S
Galaxy S II
CPU 1GHz Dual-Core A5 CPU 1.2GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8260 1.2GHz Dual-Core Exynos 4210 1GHz Dual-Core NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H
GPU PowerVR SGX543MP2 Adreno 220 Mali-400MP ULP GeForce
Display 3.5-inch 960×640 (326ppi) IPS LCD 4.3-inch 960×540 (256ppi) Super LCD 4.3-inch 800×480 (217ppi) Super AMOLED Plus 4-inch 960×540 (275ppi) LCD
Camera 8MP Rear / 0.3MP Front 8MP Rear / 0.3MP Front 8MP Rear / 2MP Front 5MP Rear / 0.3MP Front
Video Recording 1080p @ 30FPS (Stereo Sound) 1080p @ 30FPS (Stereo Sound) 1080p @ 30FPS (Mono Sound) 720p @ 30FPS (Stereo Sound)
3G 850/900/1900/2100MHz 850/2100MHz & 900/2100MHz 850/900/1900/2100MHz 850/900/1900/2100MHz
RAM / Storage 1GB / 16GB 768MB / 1GB 1GB / 16GB 1GB / 16GB
Weight 140grams 148grams 116grams 135grams
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm 117.8 x 63.5 x 11 mm
Battery 1420mAh 1520mAh 1650mAh 1920mAh

  iPhone 4S
Nexus Prime
CPU 1GHz Dual-Core A5 CPU 1.5GHz Dual-Core Texas Instruments OMAP4460
GPU PowerVR SGX543MP2 PowerVR SGX540
Display 3.5-inch 960×640 (326ppi) IPS LCD 4.65-inch 1280×720 (320ppi) Super AMOLED HD
Camera 8MP Rear / 0.3MP Front ??
Video Recording 1080p @ 30FPS (Stereo Sound) ??
3G 850/900/1900/2100MHz 850/900/1900/2100MHz WCDMA + LTE
RAM / Storage 1GB / 16GB 1GB / 16GB
Weight 140grams 130-140grams
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm ????? x ???? x 8.8 mm
Battery 1420mAh 2000mAh
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thomas waston

hi friends this is Thomas watson and i want to share my feeling.
I want to thank you for the efforts you have contributed in composing this blog post! I feel strongly about it and enjoy learning more on this topic.I purchage a Apple iPhone 4 8GB NextG from your site ( and that’s a nice deal. thanks for that.


Also, the iPhone 4S is said to be clocked at only 800Mhz not 1GHz


Yeah ummm iPhone 4S does not have a gig of ram….


Ah true that.
I think when it was first announced though many sources had it as 1Gb.


Having just bricked my iphone 3gs trying to upgrade to ios5 and spent a frustrating two days trying to recover it without success, I’ve decided life is to short for Apple so have ordered a Sensation


Well, I finally got the Sensation and after a bit of a learning curve – setting it up and getting to know the OS (also increasing font size and improving loudness)  I can say that I am more than delighted with the move, love the bigger screen, the speed, build quality of the phone and being liberated from itunes


I was hoping not to see much about iPhone on an Android based news site, but I guess since this phone is seemingly Android’s biggest competition I can deal with it. Also the whole thing was a let down and it’s pretty funny to be honest.

Buzz Moody

I would only ever post about it if it was in direct comparison to an Android device. I don’t want to give it any time in the spotlight.


It’s nice to see it was compared with the Atrix, it just goes to show that what Android had a year ago Apple has launched just today. Also don’t get me started on the software changes that iOS5 has pretty much stolen from Android.

Also 8MP main camera with 0.3MP front facing camera? hahaha they couldn’t even do better than HTC.


Playing catch up huh Apple? Not a good look.

If Samsung and Google smash the Unpacked event ( next week, we might be seeing a lot of people looking at Android.

Andrew Palozzo

Is it confirmed a PowerVR SGX543MP2 in the iPhone4S, because that will actually almost certainly make it faster than any other dual core chip out there… maybe Exynos can give it a run though…

Buzz Moody

It’s by far the fastest GPU there. Dual-Core and 7x the performance. The Nexus Prime needs to pull something amazing out of its hat.

Andrew Palozzo

Yeah.. and the latest rumors are the Prime will ship with the 4430 due to shortages.. which is even worse actually.. but I haven’t seen it confirmed anywhere the 543MP2 in the 4s yet.. all i’ve read is A5…

Buzz Moody

“The A5 contains a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU[3] with NEON SIMD accelerator and a dual core PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU.[4]”


I very much doubt that the iPhone 4S has a PowerVR 543 in it. 

The 543 is simply huge, they wouldn’t be able to fit it inside that chassis. Remember this is still built on a 45nm fab process, so there is no way they can shrink it. 

Apple can call it A5 all they want, but I’m pretty sure the iPhone 4S has a PowerVR 540. 

You might want to revise that in your article Buzz. 

Andrew Palozzo

Great review here:

The exynos which is destroying everything currently in benchmarks: It would appear that a four-core Mali-400 has the shader compute power of a PowerVR SGX 543. In other words, half the compute horsepower of the iPad 2’s GPU

Buzz Moody

Interesting. Bring on Mali-800?


I read over at GSMArena that the iPhone 4S also has been updated to 1GB RAM, which puts it right up there.
That 3.5″ screen size is pretty small though..

Buzz Moody

Updated the post.

I guess it make sense for them to update the amount of RAM, especially if they’re pushing gaming.


Your atrix 3g freqs specs are incorrect…..not ALL atrix phones have quad band 3g, only a few of them. ie the one telstra sells is only tri band. for example

Buzz Moody

People got upset when I didn’t put the quadband Atrix in the last comparison post. I just can’t win.

But thanks for pointing it out to others 😉


Is Apple having a brain dump??? There is nothing about the iPhone 4S which makes it stand out from the competition! Android’s sales figures will continue to crap over Apple!

Buzz Moody

Dual-Core GPU


Isn’t the 4s 1gb of ram not 512?

Buzz Moody

Yep, updated.


The stock rom for the atrix is 720 for video but it is 1080 capable. Lots of custom roms let you record in 1080.

Buzz Moody

Indeed, I put 720p as that’s what’s there out-of-the-box


Actually that’s one variant of the sgs2 maybe check.up on your info before you tell others that theirs is wrong.

Ron L

If you want to compare the latest then compare the latest…Lets compare all new phone to the first flip-phone lol…

Paolo Carreon

Even the isheep go

llerrad Reham

I what?. Doesn’t matter what they do it will sell to the sheep like honey to a bee. Real massive buildup. Real massive letdown.


Poor apple fan boys, what could have been. The only slightly interesting thing is siri.

Ron L

False info…Galaxy SII is at 1.5GHz dual core, LTE, external mem of up to 32GB…


 Its not 1.5GHZ
how ever there are usa versions with 1.5GHZ

Mike Tran

You are right but it runs a Snadragon @ 1.5ghz

Buzz Moody

It’s not false; we don’t live in America.