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You hear a lot about how Apple’s iPhone 4S changed everything, “again.” But how much do you know about the differences between the iPhone 4S and the new Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket? Which one is really the better? Is there even a difference? Other than the iPhone 4S comes in white or black, while the Samsung is solely black.

First let’s talk about price. Through AT&T For a 16 GB iPhone 4S, your contract price is $199. For the same size Skyrocket, you would also pay a new contract price of $199.99. For a 64 GB iPhone 4S, you’ll pay a contract price of $399.99; the Skyrocket is still $199.99, as its memory storage is expandable to 48 GB with the addition of a 32 GB with microSD card.

The iPhone 4S is 4.5 inches tall, 2.31 inches wide and is .37 inches thick. This model weighs in at a whopping 4.9 ounces: that’s pretty darn light. Then there’s the Galaxy S II Skyrocket. At just 5.15 inches tall, 2.75 inches wide and the same thickness as the iPhone 4S, the Samsung weighs just less than the competitor at 4.75 ounces. So while the iPhone has it on smaller dimensions, the Skyrocket takes the weight category.

The iOS versus Android debate is interminable; let’s suffice it to say that the iPhone 4S uses the all new, highly lauded iOS5 operating system, while the Skyrocket utilizes the much beloved Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system.

Apple’s contender has a beautiful three and a half inch multi touch widescreen retinal display with a stunning resolution of 960x640ppi; the Samsung uses AMOLED Plus technology for its four and half inch display with a resolution of 800x840 pixels.

Both smartphones have 8 mega-pixel rear facing cameras; both phones also have a forward facing camera for video and stills, to be utilized with face to face chatting or self-portraits.

To be completely honest, the choice is really in the hands of the buyer; as far as sizing, weight and display, these phones are relatively equal. But, if you prefer one OS to another, or if price is a factor, or if you need a certain amount of storage space, then the scales will obviously tip in favor of one phone or another.

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