Battle of the Superphones: Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. Motorola Droid Bionic

on July 12 2011 9:32 AM

Two of the most talked-about smartphones right now apart from the iPhone5 are Samsung's Galaxy S2 and the Motorola Droid Bionic. Both Android devices from Samsung and Motorola are offering quite blazing performance at the hand of dual-core processing power. But, there still could be a thing or two that would make you choose one over the other.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S2 is Samsung's flagship phone for 2011 and is the first Samsung phone to be powered by a dual-core processor. The Galaxy S2 runs Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has an incredible 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen.

Galaxy S2 has sold a whopping three million units outside the U.S., beating the iPhone 4 and upstaging the rumored iPhone 5. The phone is already considered the best smartphone on the planet and is the most successful smartphone in the UK market.

Recently, Motorola Droid Bionic was spotted with a Best Buy Mobile promotional shot that is traversing the Web. The leaked promo described Droid Bionic to be a ferocious force and an unstoppable powerful device. But, the biggest question remains whether the smartphone will last even if it makes a splash in the beginning. If we consider HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE smartphone, it was in fact outselling even Apple iPhone 4 for a while at Verizon.

Motorola Droid Bionic is a candy bar-style smartphone with support of modern 4G technology from Verizon LTE network. The phone seems to be strong and portable with Android 2.2 Froyo installed in it. It can be easily upgraded to 2.3 Gingerbread anytime. If the battery life clicks for Motorola Droid Bionic, then most probably Samsung Galaxy S2 will have very stiff competition from it.

Motorola Droid Bionic will only be featured in Verizon, but Samsung Galaxy S2 will be found in all the four major carriers in the US.

The release dates of both these smartphones are making customers wait on their heels. Motorola confirmed via Twitter that its much anticipated Verizon LTE phone will arrive this summer, while Samsung Galaxy S2 is expected to hit the US markets in the third quarter of 2011. However, the smartphone from Samsung may reach Canada before it will become available in the US market. This comes as Bell Canada has given an official confirmation about the device.

It looks like both devices have consumers waiting, but a survey conducted from April 1 to June 21 via multiple social networks showed 10,090 gave their opinions on Samsung Galaxy S2. Motorola Droid Bionic had much lower survey responses at 4,738 opinions.

Here is a comparison between Samsung Galaxy S2 with Motorola Droid Bionic.

Dimension and Weight:

Samsung Galaxy S2 has a dimension of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and weighs 116 g, while the initial specification of Motorola Droid Bionic shows 125.9 x 66.9 x 13.3 mm and weighs up to 158g.

Display:

Samsung Galaxy S2 features a 4.3-inch 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, while Motorola Droid Bionic comes with upgraded 4.5-inch qHD TFT capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixel resolution.

Camera:

Samsung's Galaxy S2 has an 8-megapixel 3264 x 2448 pixels camera with auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization. Droid Bionic has similar megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization. But, Droid Bionic Camera supports dual LED flash not a tactile dot.

The initial spec of Bionic was a video capture at 720 at 30 fps but the upgrade is expected to be 1080p while Galaxy S2 captures video at 1080 at 30 fps. However, Galaxy S2 has 2-megapxiel camera compared to Droid Bionic’s VGA camera.

Storage:

Galaxy S2 has 1GB RAM and comes with 16GB/32GB storage depending on the model. Motorola Droid Bionic will feature 16GB internal storage and 2GB ROM but RAM is expected to be upgraded from 512MB to 1GB.

Operating system:

Samsung Galaxy S2 will feature the Android OS version 2.3 (Gingerbread). Motorola Droid Bionic will run on Google Android Froyo 2.2, but may be updated to Android Gingerbread 2.3 when Final product comes out.

Processor:

Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor Mali-400MP GPU Exynos chipset. The processor supposedly announced in Bionic was 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 ULP GeForce GPU Tegra 2 chipset processor but rumored upgrade is expected to be TI OMAP4 1.2 GHz processor.

Input features:

Both the smartphones have common input features like accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, multi-touch input method and proximity sensor for auto turn-off. Galaxy S2 has features like Gorilla Glass display, TouchWiz UI v4.0 and Gyroscope sensor. Droid Bionic is expected to include the latest version of Motorola’s custom user interface, mostly to accommodate the unlocked bootloader option and the user interface is expected to be similar to Motorola Photon 4G.

3G:

Motorola's smartphone gives Rev. A up to 3.1 Mbps and LTE whereas Samsung's smartphone offers HSDPA up to 21 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps.

WLAN/Bluetooth/ USB:

Both the smartphones have Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n DLNA support but Galaxy S2 has an added Wi-Fi Direct feature. Samsung's phone uses advanced 3.0+HS version Bluetooth against Bionic's 2.1 versions with A2DP and EDR. Although USB version 2.0 is featured in these smartphones, Galaxy S2 has microUSB (MHL) and USB.

Battery:

Galaxy S2 features a Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery but Motorola Droid Bionic betters it with a Li-Po 1930 mAh battery.

Other common features:

The other common features in both the smartphones include 3.5 mm jack, loudspeaker, SMS threaded view, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, HTML browser, games, Java via third party application, digital compass, A-GPS support, SNS integration, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, voice-memo-dial-commands and predictive text input.

Other features found in Bionic are HDMI port and active noise cancellation with dedicated mic. Galaxy S2 extra features include stereo FM radio with RDS, optional NFC support and TV-out via MHL A/V link.

Conclusion: The specifications of both the phones look very promising. But, Samsung Galaxy S2 looks bright, intelligent and eye-catching as slim may be the most important factor to steal once the hearts of men when released in the market. Also Galaxy S2 HD 1080p video capture more than just developing Droid bionic supports 720p video recording.

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