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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: Why S3 May Not Be Worth It

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So, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the hottest ticket of the year so far, but if you’ve got the Galaxy S2, is it worth upgrading now or is it wiser to wait for something better?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: should you upgrade?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S2, but this means that it’s awkward to hold, with some users having to adjust the phone in their palms if they want reach into the corners with their thumbs. It weighs 125.3g and measures 136.6×70.6×8.6mm. The S2 is lighter – 116g, and is 125.3×66.1×8.5mm, which is niftier all round.

The 4.8” screen on the Samsung Galaxy S3 sets it way apart from the 4.3” display on the S2. Both have Gorilla Glass (the S3 has version 2). The S3’s resolution is 1280x720p, compared to the S2’s 800x400p. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S3 has Gorilla Glass 2, it didn’t fare any better in drop tests than the iPhone 4S as we saw last week, which has Gorilla Glass on both sides. Still, that higher resolution wins out.

Both phones have 8MP cameras, with resolutions of 3264×2448. Both have autofocus, smile detection and LED flash. The Samsung Galaxy S3, however, has a front camera that wipes the floor with that of the S2. The S3’s rear camera has burst mode and can take photos while recording HD videos. If the S2 gets updated with Ice Cream Sandwich, then we can expect some new features for the camera. The front camera isn’t really a great concern unless you do a lot of video chatting though.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich now, and it should be getting Jelly Bean by the end of the year alongside the Note. The S3 comes with Android 4.0, and will be getting Jelly Bean very soon, likely in the next few weeks. The international handsets of the Samsung Galaxy S3 have quad core processors and the US versions have dual core chips. The S2 have the A9 Cortex 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

In terms of storage, the Galaxy S2 has 32GB with support for microSD up to a further 32GB. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with further micro SD support for 64GB. Remember, though, that it’s hard work to fill up a 16GB phone with a 32GB card but if you’re the exception than the S2 may be a little tight.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 battery life has been increased by three hours, with most users standing to get around 12 hours of talktime; the S2 has around nine hours.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has all the latest software tweaks like Smart Stay, S-Voice and Smart Call. As the latest in the Galaxy stable, it is the better of the two handsets, and if your contract is at an end, you might as well upgrade to it. However, if you’ve still got a few months to go, then you should maybe wait for the Note 2 for something different. If you’re really in no rush, then you should sit tight and wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4 next year. These two latter devices will certainly feel like a major upgrade over the S2 since you can’t consider it outdated just yet (the S2 still knocks the socks off most Androids on the market right now, including the Nexus and Note).

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.