Samsung compares Galaxy S II to Apple's new iPhone

Galaxy S II offers larger screen, faster speeds and more memory than iPhone 4S, Samsung says in note to reporters

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Samsung didn't, obviously, point out advantages for iPhone 4S, such as its availability from Verizon Wireless. Verizon doesn't sell the Galaxy S II.

The iPhone 4S also offers a better screen resolution at 960 x 640, versus the Galaxy S II's 800 x 480, a fact apparent in Samsung's chart. (Many reviewers have given high marks to both the Retina Display on the iPhone 4, the same as in iPhone 4S, as well as the Super Amoled Plus display in the Galaxy S II.)

Samsung also cited the Vlingo voice activation feature in the Galaxy S II, while noting the Siri system in iPhone 4S remains in its beta phase.

The Siri feature in the iPhone 4S still requires activation by hand and can't support hands-free as the Galaxy S II can, according to officials at Sensory, whose hands-free activation technology is in the Galaxy S II.

Samsung also noted the $199 starting price for the Galaxy S II includes 16GB internal storage and up to 32 GB external storage.

The $199 iPhone 4S is a 16GB model with no external storage.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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