Samsung DROID Charge vs Apple iPhone 4S 16GB

by: Rann May SmithNovember 30, 2011

Two of the most sought-after handsets, the Samsung Droid Charge and the iPhone 4S 16 GB, are making their way into people’s Christmas wish lists. Each phone carries its own trademark features, which make it very difficult to choose between two good products.

This comparison will help you get an overview of the two phones’ chief features and how they stack up against each other.  Hopefully, at the end of the post, you can get a fair idea of which one to strike off your Christmas list (that is, if you only have to choose between the two).

External Features

The Droid Charge is heavier in comparison to the iPhone 4S with 143 grams of weight and a bit bigger, as well, with its physical dimensions of 130x68x12mm.

The iPhone 4S, on the other hand, weighs about 137 grams with the following dimensions: 115.2×58.6×9.3mm.


The Samsung Droid Charge boasts a 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with 480×800 pixel resolution–a wonderful experience for those who are huge fans of AMOLED displays.

The iPhone 4S on the other hand gives out a superb 640×960 pixels of resolution although screen size is only 3.5”. Screen is LED-backlit IPS TFT, with a capacitive touchscreen that gives users a clear and solid picture display.

Both handsets bring out the best in web surfing, wallpapers, and photos with amazing 16M colors–an important aspect that buyers should always look into.

Operating System and Processors

The Droid Charge runs under the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system while the iPhone 4s 16 GB is running under iOS 5. Both handsets’ processor’s clock speeds are 1GHz, which makes the two handsets similar or equal in this area or feature.


As camera functionality and the capacity to take clear photos are the basis for most buyers, it is good to note that the Droid Charge carries an 8.0 MP camera with different shooting modes and able to capture momentous videos at 720p.

The iPhone 4S also has an 8-megapixel shooter with LED flash and auto focus, as well as geo-tagging. Video recording is also superb with 720p at 30 fps.

Both handsets are capable of video calling with the use of front cameras.

Connectivity Options

Both handsets have Bluetooth connectivity support–perfect for sharing data and connections. Wi-Fi is also part of the package for both phones.  So, as far as connectivity is concerned, these two handsets are quite able.


Both phones vary in this area because the Droid Charge has a microSD card slot that can accommodate memory expansion up to 32 GB while the iPhone 4S is not capable of expanding its memory capacity but has a 16 GB internal space for storage. Both handsets have 512MB of RAM. The Droid Charge beats the iPhone 4S 16 GB in this area.

Your Say

Overall, both handsets are really superb and wonderful in their own ways. It really is difficult to choose between both.  It all boils down to what specific feature you want.

If you have been an Apple fan, and your loyalty is hard to shatter, then the iPhone 4s 16GB is your best bet.  However, if you want to try something new, you might as well choose the Droid Charge by Samsung. You can never go wrong with these phones, so think about it first before you make your final decision.

Which phone would you pick and why?

  • Anonymous

    The iPhone 4s has an 8 MP camera idiot. You should probably review your articles before publishing them.

  • fandroid

    if this is the iPhone 4 (new 8 gig or older 16 gig) vs Charge….then yes. But the iPhone 4s has an A5 duel core….not the A4….not so fast. The Droid charge with 32 gigs….2.3 rolling out…and a price of “free” if you shop hard….is a real nice Android Phone (I have one)…..

  • Cory Saffer

    Stupid, iphone 4s is an 8 mp..

  • To Cory and MeganFoxsThong: You are the idiots, the article quite clearly states that the iPhone4S has a 8mp camera!! The comparison is however a bit unfair, comparing a phone that was released in April with the Apple phone released on October. The Galaxy S2 which pre-dates both of these phones is way superior to both of them, and its a year old!! The Droid is still better in some critical areas as connectivity, it has LTE speeds, adaptable memory and you can change the battery yourself !! iPhone 4S is still nearly 10 months behind features and specs of several Android phones, some with 3D and LTE and NFC chips. Apple is dropping further and further behind as the months go by. The latest Asus Prime tablet just shows how fast Android is now developing in the tablet market as well.

    • Anonymous

      The article was updated after I made the comment Mr. Smarty-Pants. That being said, I agree with rest of your comment. :)

  • Lalo

    I got the samsung charge and I love it. I had the iPhone 4 and I spend a lot of time on the web, having 4G for me is awesome!! The reception is so good no dropp calls even in my basement! ( I just had to say it).

    I love my Charge and I have a lot o apple products.

  • Maverick

    The iPhone 4S takes video in full HD, 1080p which is not accurately shown above.

  • Joopx518

    Dont be rude people i like this review! i have a samsing charge and compared to my friends with iphone 4s my phone has better quality photos they ones with iphone even said so and mine is faster. Samsung charge is just the better phone get over it apple fans.

    • Joopx518

      i mean samsung not samsing….