Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: Why I Won’t Jump On An S3

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the most pre-ordered handsets of 2012. But if you have the Galaxy S2 is it worth upgrading to the S3?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: Why I won’t be upgrading

The newer Samsung Galaxy S3 is larger and also heavier than the S2. It has a weight of 133g and measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm. The S2 meanwhile is easier on the pocket with statistics of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm and 116g. The colors of the S2 are white and black and the S3 comes in pebble blue or marble white at the moment. So if you’re looking for pocketability and a handset that easily fits in the palm of your hand, the S2 is a good choice. If it is an awesome display then go for S3.

One of the things that make the Samsung Galaxy S3 one of the most wanted handsets is the superb 4.8 inch screen. The S2 has a display of 4.3 inches in comparison. Both of the handsets have displays which are covered in Gorilla Glass with the S3 having the latest version of this. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a screen resolution of 1280 x 720p and this is better than the 800 x 480 resolution found on the S2. However in terms of durability, we didn’t see the Gorilla Glass 2 technology in the S3 prove to be that much better than the original Gorilla Glass (in fact the S3 lost to the iPhone 4S in drop tests).

Both handsets come with a camera of 8 megapixels which allows users to take images at 3264 x 2448 resolution. Smile detection, LED flash and auto focus are some of their features. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a camera on the front which is higher in pixels that the one of the S2 which should prove important to those who video chat often. While both have the 8 megapixel cameras, the S3s is the better as it comes with burst modes and has the option of taking photos while recording videos at the same time. We can’t wait for the S2 to get the ICS update as we can expect some new camera features added there as well.

The S2 of course has Android 2.3.4 but it is thought that it may get the upgrade to ICS before the year is up, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with Android 4.0 and is expected to get the update to the newer OS by the end of the year, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Internationally the S3 has a quad core processor; however it is a dual core in the US. The S2 runs on the 1.2GHz A9 Cortex dual-core processor.

The S2 is available with 32GB of storage and you add a micro SD to take it up to another 32GB. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has more choice with the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and it also supports micro SD card up to 64GB. The majority of individuals struggle to fill up a 16GB handset with a 32GB SD card however if you need the space then the S3 is ideal.

Battery wise, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has power that has been increased by around 3 hours, so the majority of users can expect to get roughly 12 hours use out of the phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is packed with software tweaks. These include Smart Stay, Smart Call and S Voice. As it is the latest model in the Galaxy line up it is the better of the two handsets. It is worth upgrading to if you have reached the end of a contract, however if you are still in a contract like me and just about everyone else (the S2 was only released last year) then you might be better off waiting for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or perhaps even consider the Note 2. The S3 is a great handset, but it won’t feel like a huge upgrade once the S2 gets Ice Cream Sandwich. At least not as much as it felt going from the Galaxy S to the S2 last year.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.