Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: Don’t Retire S2 Yet

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Despite the cheapo plastic back, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has got lots of fans worldwide, so if you’ve got an elderly S2, do you make the progression, or wait for something better?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S2

The Samsung Galaxy S3 iS big, at 125g and 136×70.6×8.6mm, so some users have to scooch it around in their hands to use it properly. The S2 is 125.3×66.1×8.5mm and only 116g, so it’s small enough for almost everyone, but still has a decent screen.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 screen, at 4.8”, is way better than the S2 in not only size but also resolution – 1,280x720p compared to 800x400p. The Gorilla Glass on the S3 doesn’t stand up to drop tests much better than the Gorilla Glass 1 in the S2 though, as it shattered just as easily as GG1 gadgets like the iPhone 4S. Still, the resolution makes up for this – just get a decent case for it if you’ve got butter fingers.

Both have 8MP cameras with LED flash, smile detection and autofocus. The Samsung Galaxy S3 however has a burst mode and simultaneous HD video and stills capture. Ice Cream Sandwich has breathed a bit of life into the S2 camera with features like zero shutter lag; and the fact it has a lower MP front camera shouldn’t matter to most.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 runs Ice Cream Sandwich and is on the to-do list for Jelly Bean, whereas we’re seeing the S3 getting JB already in some regions. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip that beats the 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos A9 in the S2. Locally here in the US, both devices have dual-core processors.

Both the S2 and S3 have 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage sizes, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 can take a 64GB microSD card, whereas the S2 can only take 32GB. This should be OK unless you take lots of HD videos and store them on your device for extended lengths of time.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 should give you 12 hours of talktime, which is three hours more than the S2, and you’ll also get Smart Stay, Smart Call and S-Voice.

If your contract’s nearly up, get the Samsung Galaxy. If you still have a while, and don’t fancy the massive Note 2, you could wait for the rumored Galaxy Nexus 2. You could even wait longer for the Samsung Galaxy S4 that’s just been added to the rumour mill as coming in March 2013. If you forget about the screen resolution on the Samsung Galaxy, then it feels more like a natural evolution from the S2 and nothing more. So the old S2 still has lots of life in it yet.

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