iPhone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy S2: AT&T 4G drama
Is my iPhone 4G? Let’s ask AT&T, the company that also offers the Samsung Galaxy SII.
Apple’s new iPhone 4S, the newest smartphone from the Cupertino company, will include the faster 14.4Mbps data download speed, but for the AT&T network only (in United States). Unsurprisingly, AT&T wants its iPhone 4S to include the 4G indicator, just because it is capable of faster data speed like other popular Android smartphones offered by the wireless carrier.
AT&T wants a 4G iPhone 4S.
According to a report posted by This is My Next or also known as The Verge, AT&T wants its own iPhone 4S to indicate that the device is running in “4G” while on the HSPA+.
“AT&T is working with Apple,” the leaked document said, “since iPhone 4S is an HSPA+ device,” it adds.
Apple is arguably not a fan of calling HSPA+ a “4G.” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said during the iPhone 4S event on Tuesday that Apple “is not going to get into a debate in the industry of what’s 4G and what isn’t,” but he added that the iPhone 4S whether HSPA+ is 4G or not, is “just as fast as all these phones.” Sounds like a play-safe statement, but filled with meaning.
AT&T is not just an iPhone 4S carrier, but also a Samsung Galaxy S II carrier. In fact, AT&T is the wireless carrier that offers the “purist” Samsung Galaxy S2, a US-only Galaxy S2 variant that includes the features present in the global Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone like the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 pre-installed with the latest TouchWiz skin version, 8-megapixel primary camera, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera and the original thin profile, but features Android’s 4 capacitive buttons instead of the global Galaxy SII’s physical home button. AT&T’s S2 is also the thinnest.
AT&T’s Galaxy S II is also an HSPA+ device, however, the phone’s data signal indicator is not flashing the “4G” while on HSPA+. Weird? Plus, the AT&T Galaxy S2 is also free from “4G” brand name unlike other HSPA+ devices like the Samsung Infuse “4G” and the Motorola Atrix “4G.”
AT&T gets an early iPhone 4S success.
According to a report posted by Bloomberg on Friday, the AT&T iPhone 4S preorders broke “sales record,” revealing that the original iPhone wireless carrier in the US received more than 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in 12 hours, or less than 24 hours. No word on the iPhone 4S of Sprint and Verizon, and if the HSPA+ helped in AT&T’s record-breaking iPhone 4S preorders.
iPhone 4S is powered by Apple’s branded A5 dual-core chip, the same processor used by the iPad 2. Schiller said during the keynote, “the graphics can be seven times faster than in the previous iPhone (iPhone 4 with the A4 chip).” Other new features are the 8-megapixel primary camera, the iOS 5 operating system pre-installed, and the new Siri built-in app. Siri is, obviously, Apple’s app against the Galaxy S II’s voice command built-in app powered by Vlingo.
This report was originally posted on PopHerald.com as iPhone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy S2: AT&T 4G drama, under Gadgets and Mobile Category. Tags used: iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S II, AT&T, Mobile and Wireless. Sources: Bloomberg, This is My Next, PopHerald.
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