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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: S3 Not Worth The Extra Dough

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OK, so the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best thing since sliced bread, but if you have the S2, should you upgrade now or wait for something even better?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: should you upgrade?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is bigger than the S2, making it awkward to hold. Some users have to adjust the phone in order to reach the far corners with their thumbs. It weighs in at 125.3g and measures 136.6×70.6×8.6mm. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is lighter and smaller – 116g and 125.3×66.1×8.5mm.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8” screen blows the S2 out of the water, and both have Gorilla Glass (the S3 has Gorilla Glass 2). The S3 has a resolution of 1280x720p, whereas the S2 has 800x400p. Even though the S3 has Gorilla Glass 2, it didn’t do any better in drop tests than the iPhone 4S recently, which has the glass on both sides. Anyway – that amazing resolution makes up for this.

Both phones have 8 mega pixel cameras, with smile detection, LED flash and autofocus. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a front camera that walks all over the S2. Its rear camera has burst mode and can take still images while recording HD video. Ice Cream Sandwich of course has brought a host of new camera features to the S2 as well. And unless you do a lot of video chatting, the front camera is neither here nor there.

The S2 has ICS, and should have Jelly Bean by the year’s end. The S3 has Android 4.0 and will be getting Jelly Bean quite soon too. The US version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a dual-core Snapdragon processor. The S2 has a dual core A9 Cortex 1.2GHz chip.

Storage-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has up to 64GB models with support for a microSD card up to 64GB. The S2 has a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with microSD support to the tune of32GB. It’s hard to fill a 32GB phone with a 32GB card for most folks, but the S2 might b a bit cramped for some if you’re into taking a lot of HD videos.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 battery lasts longer – 12 hours of talktime rather than nine – than the S2. The S3 has all the latest widgets like S-Voice, Smart Call and Smart Stay, and, as the latest addition to the Galaxy family, it is better than the S2. If your contract is running out, go for the upgrade to the S3 now. If you have a few months left, though, then maybe wait for the Note 2 or something else (Samsung is rumored to be making the next Galaxy Nexus device and it will share similar specs as the S3 but give the pure Google experience). If you really have time to spare, wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4 which will be out next year.

The S3 might feel like a minimal upgrade for S2 owners apart from the better resolution, as the S2 certainly isn’t outdated yet and still beats other Android devices like the Note 1 and the Galaxy Nexus which are hot sellers on the market right now.

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.