Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has proved a huge hit with people all over the world, so if you’re waiting to upgrade from an S2, do you go inline to the GS3, or wait for something even better?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: to upgrade or not
The Galaxy S3 is quite big – 125g and 136×70.6×8.6mm – and some have to shift it around to get their thumbs into the corners of the screen. The Galaxy S2 is 125.3×66.1×8.5mm and just 116g.
The Galaxy S3’s 4.8” is better than the Galaxy S2’s – 1280×720 resolution compared to 800×400. The Gorilla Glass 2 of the Samsung Galaxy S3 isn’t that much better than the S2’s Gorilla Glass 1 in drop tests. The Galaxy S3 shattered just as much as GG1 devices like the iPhone 4S in fact. The resolution makes up for it, though.
Both have 8MP cameras, with LED flash, smile detection and autofocus. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has also got burst mode, as well as simultaneous HD films and stills. Ice Cream Sandwich revamped the Galaxy S2’s camera with some new widgets, and the smaller front camera only matters if you take lots of video calls.
The Galaxy S2 is waiting for Jelly Bean, so is behind the Galaxy S3. In the US, the Galaxy S3 has a dual-core Snapdragon chip, which is better than the 1.2GHz A9 Cortex in the Samsung Galaxy S2.
Both phones have 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, and the Galaxy S3 can add 64GB on SD, compared to the GS2’s 32GB of SD. This shouldn’t matter much unless you take loads of HD videos.
You’ll get 12 hours of talk with the Galaxy S3, compared to nine hours from the Galaxy S2. You also get the benefits of Smart Call, Smart Stay and S-Voice. If you’re about to upgrade, go for the Galaxy S3, but if you’ve got a few months to go, wait for something like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2, or even the Galaxy S4.
Despite the brilliant resolution, the Galaxy S3 is an evolution from the Galaxy S2, rather than a radical departure, and it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S2 is still relevant today.