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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy W Now From £228

The Samsung Galaxy W, which is a cheaper variant of the Samsung Galaxy S, can now be had from as little as £228, unlocked and unbranded from Prepaymania (opens in new tab).

Although it is almost £200 cheaper than the iPhone 4 (and way cheaper than the iPhone 3GS), it easily matches both of them when it comes to sheer grunt.

Its 1.4GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T chipset is far more powerful than the A4 on the iPhone 4, and though its resolution is lower than the iPhone 4 Retina Display, it comes with a bigger screen.

There's a five megapixel rear camera with a front facing VGA one, 512MB RAM and 2GB onboard storage, a microSD card reader and a 1500mAh battery. When it comes to connectivity, the Galaxy W has USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth but no HDMI port.

Running Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, it features a few goodies courtesy of the Korean chaebol. There's Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface, its Social, Music and Game hubs and a few other custom apps.

At 11.5mm thick, it is not as slim as top of the range handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S2 or the Motorola Razr, but then, it costs less than half the price of both.

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.