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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy S Plus From £236

Those looking for an alternative to the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3GS may well consider the Samsung Galaxy S Plus, otherwise known as the i9001, which is a slight improvement on the popular Galaxy S (hence the name).

At £236 from Prepaymania (opens in new tab), the handset is a cracking deal, bearing in mind that the Galaxy S sells for more than that and the 3GS, which is more than two years old, is almost £100 more expensive.

Like the Galaxy W, the handset comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T chipset clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB RAM, a five megapixel rear camera (with 720p video recording capabilities) and a front facing VGA one, Wi-Fi, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a microSD card slot, microUSB, Bluetooth and Samsung's own TouchWiz 3.0 UI.

That is where the similarities end. The Galaxy S Plus features a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla Glass and a WVGA resolution, 8GB internal storage, TV Out, and a super slim 9.9mm profile and a bigger 1650mAh battery (compared to the Galaxy W).

Although it is a single core smartphone, it should provide enough oomph given that it is clocked 75 per cent higher than the likes of the iPhone 4.

Its most serious rival is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which can be found for around £150 (albeit as a clearance SKU). The latter offers more flexibility and features (like a physical controller to play games) but is a bit slower and lacks the finesse of the Galaxy S Plus.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.