The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the most popular Android flagship at the moment despite it having a plastic-ky body. So naturally owners of the S2 may be wondering if they should upgrade to the S3, or hang or for something even better. Let’s find out.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S2
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is large with measurements of 136×70.6×8.6mm and a weight of 125 grams. The S2 measures 125.3×66.1×8.5mm and is just 116 grams. This means the S2 fits easily into the pocket yet still has a great size display.
The Samsung Galaxy comes with a 4.8 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720; this is in comparison to the 800 x 400 of the S2. The S3 has Gorilla Glass 2 and the S2 has the original Gorilla Glass, however there is not much difference in drop tests. What is really a big improvement is the resolution and it is tough to go back to the S2 after seeing the HD display of the S3.
Both handsets have an 8 megapixel camera that comes with LED flash, autofocus and smile detection. The Samsung Galaxy also comes with a new burst mode and it can take photos and video at the same time. ICS provides the Samsung Galaxy S2 with a new lease of life and ensures that shutter lag is not a problem. The S2 does have a camera on the front, however it is lower quality than that of the S3 but not to a point that would bother more than those who frequently video chat..
The Samsung Galaxy has ICS, but an update to Jelly Bean is imminent. It also has the dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, which is better than the dual core 1.2GHz Exynos of the S2. The S3 has more RAM at 2GB versus the 1GB of the S2.
Both devices are available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB version and the Samsung Galaxy can be boosted with up to 64GB of external storage. The S2 on the other hand will only take a maximum of another 32GB via SD card. This however should be more than enough storage, unless you want to keep everything but the kitchen sink on your device.
You should get around 12 hours of talking with the S3, this is around 3 hours more than with the Samsung Galaxy S2. The S3 also has Smart Stay, Smart Call and S Voice.
If you have the S2 and your contract has reached its end then you could go for the Samsung Galaxy S3. However the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is an equally as good bet with some refreshing extras like the bigger display and stylus. If you’ve got another year left on your contract, we’d suggest waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S4 which is rumored for a February 2013 unveiling. Other than that magnificent resolution, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is more of an inline upgrade that something truly revolutionary from the still highly-regarded S2.