The two smartphones making waves apart from iPhone 5 are Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Droid Bionic.
The Android-powered smartphones from Samsung and Motorola are on a spree to make their mark in days to come. Both the smartphones boast of super specifications and feature dual-core processors that offer blazing fast performance.
Recently, a poll conducted from April 1 to June 21 based on user opinions across Twitter, Facebook and other social networking services by Mashwork showed that 10090 opinions were about Samsung Galaxy S2 and 4738 opinions were about Droid Bionic as the social media listening company listened to 14838 opinions.
The release dates of both these smartphones are making customers wait on their heels. Motorola Droid Bionic is back in headlines after Motorola confirmed via Twitter that its much anticipated Verizon LTE phone will arrive this summer. It is pitted to be the most powerful 4G LTE Android smartphone based on its specs sheet compared to Verizon’s other smartphones like HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge and LG Revolution.
So far, the rumors are leaning toward an early July date release, expected to be on Independence Day. The latest leaks of the phone show it featuring laptop dock, which will surely entice more consumers to consider the Droid Bionic when deciding on their smartphone purchase.
On the other hand, Motorola recently said that it would unlock bootloaders in Q3 or Q4.
Motorola Atrix is rumored to be getting an unlocked bootloader with its Gingerbread update, most likely in July. Usually Motorola locks the bootloaders on its smartphones which prevents owners from fully customizing the device. Moreover, Verizon’s new tiered data plans will likely go into effect on July 7.
According to sources, Motorola wants to get rid of LTE phone’s battery-drain problem and change the processor along with the inclusion of latest version of Android. Also, Droid Bionic is expected to include the latest version of Motorola’s custom user interface mostly to accommodate the unlocked bootloader option. To prove the fact, a recently blurry cam image capture showed a Motorola Android smartphone with new UI that looks similar to Motorola's Photon 4G UI of Sprint -- which includes the latest version of Motorola’s custom skin on top of Android.
Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S2's release date is surmised to be July 24 in the U.S. The Verizon network recently confirmed the release to be in July, but the date remains unconfirmed. The Samsung Galaxy S2, known as “Function” at Verizon, may come earlier as Industry insiders indicated that Sprint is expected to feature a Samsung 4G device beginning in the third quarter of 2011, although that has yet to be confirmed. Most probably September may see the dawn of the Galaxy S2 in Sprint. AT&T will get an “Attain” and Sprint Nextel will market a “Within.
The release date of Samsung Galaxy S2 may be near. With Galaxy S2 outselling the iPhone 4 in the UK market, carriers across the U.S. may want to roll out their flagship device as they are increasingly aware of the sales they are losing due to smartphone’s ongoing delay. HTC has taken advantage of delays from both Motorola and Samsung as their two phones, HTC EVO 3D 4G and HTC Sensation 4G, respectively, are receiving rave reviews in the market.
Few features that bring Samsung Galaxy S2 the accolades are its Super AMOLED Plus display, unsurpassable performance, thinness, dual-core chipset and inclusion of NFC technology. Also, the TouchWiz 4 will allow consumers have a new customizable user experience that taps into the Social Hub, Game Hub, Readers Hub and Music Hub in order to provide users information in real time across five home screens.
Here is a comparison between Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Droid Bionic.
With a dimension of 125.9 x 66.9 x 13.3 mm Motorola Droid Bionic 4G smartphone is slightly bigger than Samsung Galaxy S2 with dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. The original Droid Bionic specs released in Q1 show the smartphone weighs 158 g and the Galaxy S2 weighs 116 g.
The display in Bionic has been upgraded from 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixel resolution to 4.5-inch qHD touchscreen. Samsung's phone has 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixel resolution.
When it comes to input, Bionic offers the multi-touch input, an accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off, touch-sensitive controls and Swype input. The Galaxy S2 offers TouchWiz UI v4.0, multi-touch input, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, touch-sensitive controls, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off, gyroscope sensor and Swype text input options. Also the latest update to Droid Bionic shows that it Will run Motoblur 3D which boasts interface improvements to compete with HTC Sense
The memory capacity of original Bionic was 16 GB storage along with 512 MB RAM and 2 GB ROM but the only change is expected to be an upgrade to 1 GB RAM. Meanwhile Galaxy S2 has 1 GB RAM with 16GB and 32 GB storage capacities. Both the smartphones have microSD support up to 32 GB.
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.
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.
The Motorola phone has an 8-megapixel 3264x2448 pixels camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization. Samsung's Galaxy S2 has similar megapixel camera but comes with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection. There is secondary camera in both the smartphones. The initial specs of Bionic was a video capture at 720 at 30 fps but upgrade is expected to be 1080p while Galaxy S2 captures video at 1080 at 30 fps.
Samsung Galaxy S2 features the Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system while Droid Bionic is expected to sport the upcoming Android OS version Ice Cream Sandwich.
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. Samsung comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Orion chipset processor.
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.
Moreover the latest rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S2's next version expected to be known as S2 “Plus” or S3 without Galaxy branding will come during holiday season. The S2 Plus device is expected to include 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and Android 2.3.4 with custom user interface courtesy of Samsung’s popular TouchWiz UI.
The arrival of Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich is predicted to be during the holiday season. Hence the integration of the OS to newer version of Galaxy S2 is a possibility.