The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been delighting Android fans all over the world (we’ll gloss (ho ho) over the plastic back for now). So if you’re due an upgrade from your old S2, do you go for an inline step-up, or wait for something even better than the Samsung Galaxy S3?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: to upgrade or not
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is big – at 125g and 136×70.6×8.6mm some people have to move it around in order to get their thumbs into the far corners of the screen. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is 125.3×66.1×8.5mm and a mere 116g.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8” screen is way better than that on the S2 – it has a 1,280x720p resolution compared to the S2’s 800x400p. The Gorilla Glass 2 in the Samsung Galaxy S3 though isn’t much better in drop tests than Gorilla Glass 1 found on the S2. This was seen when the S3 shattered as easily as Gorilla Glass 1 products like the iPhone 4S. That resolution goes a long way, though.
Both phones have 8MP cameras with smile detection, LED flash and autofocus, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a burst mode, as well as simultaneous HD video and stills. Ice Cream Sandwich has breathed a bit of new life into the S2’s snapper with some new features, and the smaller front camera shouldn’t really matter unless you do LOTS of video calls.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is on ICS, but is waiting for Jelly Bean. The S3 is starting to get JB now in some countries. The Samsung Galaxy S3 chip in the US is a dual-core Snapdragon which beats the 1.2GHz A9 Cortex dual-core offering.
While both phones have 16, 32 and 64GB storage options, the Samsung Galaxy S3 can add on 64GB through microSD, while the S2 stalls at just 32GB. However, you should be OK unless you’re especially fond of taking lost of HD vids.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 gives you 12 hours of talk time, up three hours from the S2. You’ll also get Smart Stay, Smart Call and S-voice. If you contract’s nearly at an end, bag a S3. If you still have a few months, then wait for the Note 2 or something similar (we heard there is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2 right around the corner). You might even want to stick around for the Samsung Galaxy S4, as this has been whispered about just lately.
Ignoring the amazing screen resolution (which is hard) the Samsung Galaxy S3 feels like an evoutionary advance on the S2 instead of revolutionary, and the Galaxy S2 hasn’t had its day just yet.