The Samsung Galaxy S3 has garnered a lot of fans all over the world, cheap plastic back or not, so if you’re due an upgrade from a Galaxy S2, do you evolve to the S3 or wait for something even better?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: is it a worthy upgrade?
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is big – 125g and 136×70.6×8.6mm, and so some people have to shift it in their hands in order to reach their thumbs into the far corners. The S2 is 125.3×66.1×8.5mm and just 116g making it small enough for everybody but at the same time giving a decent screen size.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8” screen is miles better than the S2 not because of size but its 1,280x720p resolution compared to 800×400 on the S2. The Gorilla Glass 2 in the Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn’t fare much better in drop tests than the Gorilla Glass 1 in the S2. The S3 shattered just as easily as GG1 products like the iPhone 4S. That amazing resolution makes up for this, though.
Both phones have 8MP cameras with LED flash, autofocus and smile detection, however, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a burst mode and simultaneous HD video and stills capture. The S2 camera has been updated a bit by Ice Cream Sandwich features like zero shutter lag, and its lower MP front camera shouldn’t affect you unless you have lots of video chats.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is on ICS and waiting for Jelly Bean, and the S3 is getting JB in some nations already. The chip in the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon that wins over the 1.2GHz A9 Cortex dual-core chip in the S2.
Both phones have 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 can add on another 64GB with a microSD card. The S2 maxes out at at a 32GB SD card; this should still be OK unless you have loads of HD videos.
You’ll get 12 hours of talk time with the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is three hours more than the S2. You also get Smart Stay, S-Voice and Smart Call in the S3. So, if your contract’s nearly up, get a S3. However, if you still have a few weeks, we would suggest waiting for something else like the the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or even the rumored Galaxy Nexus 2. You may even be able to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is already being talked about.
If you disregard the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S3, then the S3 just feels like an inline progression rather than a revolution, so the S2 hasn’t had its day yet.