Samsung's Galaxy S Android Phone vs Apple's iPhone

Fellow geek, Emily H (from Wales, UK), had a proposal:

I had an idea for a video I thought you might be interested in. With the rise of the Samsung Galaxy S (particually in the UK & Europe, where it is outselling the iPhone with a lot of the networks providing it), I thought it would be good to do a comparison video between the Galaxy S and the iPhone. Also, in a few months the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be released, which is a 7″ screen tablet, I’m assuming once again with the super AMOLED screem and hummingbird etc, and a camera as well as Android 2.2. So, another good comparison video possibility when the time comes for the Galaxy Tab v iPad.

Although I’ve used both phones, and love Apple, I must confess I am now an Android fanatic. The phone in itself runs so smoothly with the firmware, multi-tasking etc. It just has some real advantages over the iPhone, but I am not an expert – so I thought I would offer this idea to you, and hopefully hear your take on it. I know you did a Galaxy S video a few months ago, but we’ve never really seen anything about it from you since.

It’s extremely difficult to compare Apples to Androids. I asked her for clarification:

A comparison, perhaps, of how Android might be, on some level, a better option than the OS on the iPhone, or perhaps how you think it might be the other way around – software features on the iPhone that perhaps Android doesn’t have, or vice versa (Swype comes to mind on the Galaxy, a brilliant feature). I know plenty of people who are torn between an Android phone or an iPhone. The Samsung Super AMOLED screen versus the iPhone screen, which is good for no-smudging, etc., speed, multitasking, etc. The Samsung Galaxy S seems to be the best phone out there at the moment – apart from the iPhone. It would be good to compare them both since they both offer a lot (and are at the top of their game sales-wise).

I could likely compare feature-for-feature, one device against the other – but it still wouldn’t be fair. If I say that the Android seems better in some respects, iFanbois will attack. If I claim the iPhone is better in other respects, Fandroids will cry foul.

Bottom line? “Better” is always relative. I happen to like both the Galaxy S (for some reasons) and the iPhone 4 (for other reasons). It’s possible to like both. You have to figure out what’s “right” for you.

If you like Swype, stick with Android (it can be quicker than traditional tapping). If you like a sharp screen, I’d say the iPhone’s retina display comes out on top (size REALLY doesn’t matter). If you swallow Google’s idea of “open,” stick with Android. If you’re happy living under Apple’s “restrictive” roof, stick with the iPhone.

Dunno. There is absolutely no clear winner – and any geek who would claim otherwise doesn’t know his ASCII from his elbow.