Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: Why I Didn’t Go For S3

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So, the Samsung Galaxy S3 really is all that and a bag of chips, but if you’ve had the S2 for a while, should you get rid of it now or wait for the next big thing?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: upgrade or not

The Samsung Galaxy S3 superior size has made it awkward for some people to hold it – I personally have to adjust it in the palm of my hands when needing to reach the furthest corners with my thumb. It weighs 125.3g and comes in at 136.6×70.6×8.6mm, whereas the S2 is smaller and lighter – 125.3×66.1×8.5mm and 116g.

That famous 4.8” screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 does away with the S2’s display, and both have Gorilla Glass (the S3 has Gorilla Glass 2). The S3 has a resolution of 1280x720p compared to 800x400p. But, despite the Gorilla Glass 2, the S3 fared no better than the iPhone 4S in drop tests recently (4S uses similar technology to the S2 glass). The jaw-dropping resolution compensates for this, though.

The cameras on both phones have 8MP with LED flash, autofocus and smile detection. The Samsung Galaxy S3 front camera, however, leaves the S2 way behind. Its rear camera has a burst mode and can record HD video AND take stills. ICS has given the S2 camera a new lease of life thanks to a few new features since Gingerbread, and the smaller front camera is irrelevant unless you do loads of video chatting.

The S2 has Ice Cream Sandwich now, but should have Jelly Bean by the end of 2012 just like the Samsung Galaxy S3. The US S3 has a dual-core Snapdragon chip, compared to the S2 A9 Cortex 1.2GHz processor.

On to storage – the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, with microSD support up to a further 64GB. The S2 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB varieties with add-on support to the tune of 32GB. This should be enough for most people, unless you take loads of HD videos.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 gives you 12 hours of talktime compared to the S2’s nine hours, and it has all the latest features like Smart Call, Smart Stay and S-Voice. If you’re at the end of your contract, plump for the S3, but if you’ve got a while to go, then we would suggest waiting for the other top Samsung devices coming our way like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. You may even want to wait for the rumored next Nexus, which is believed to have similar specs to the S3 but which will offer the pure Google experience. You could, if you’re really patient, wait for next year’s Samsung Galaxy S4 as well.

If you disregard the better resolution, then the Samsung Galaxy S3 will feel like a minor improvement to the S2. The S2 hasn’t quite had its day yet and still looks good against the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S which are both still selling well.

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.