Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: Why It’s A No To S3

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has fulfilled its promise and is a hit worldwide. If you’re about to upgrade from your old Samsung Galaxy S2, do you step up to the S3 or wait a bit longer for something even better? Let’s compare both devices to find the answer.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S2: is it worth upgrading?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 size makes it awkward for some – I find I have to move it around in my hands to reach into the far corners with my thumbs. It weighs 125.3g and is 136.6×70.6×8.6mm. The S2 is 116g and 125.3×66.1×8.5mm.

The screen on the Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8”) walks all over the S2. In resolution terms it’s a winner, too – 1,280x720p compared to 800×400. One thing to remember, though, is that the Gorilla Glass 2 on the Samsung Galaxy S3 isn’t any better than the on the S2. In tests from earlier this year which pitted the Gorilla Glass 2 to Glass 1 (Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4S drop test), both shattered almost as easy. Still, gotta love that hi-res.

The cameras on both phones are 8MP, with smile detection, LED flash and autofocus. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has more features, like simultaneous HD video and stills capture and a burst mode. The ICS upgrade has livened the S2 camera up with some new features too, and if you don’t do too many video chats, you won’t care about the titchy front camera upgrade for the S3.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is waiting for Jelly Bean just like the Samsung Galaxy S3. Under the hood the US S3 version has a dual-core Snapdragon chip that beats the A9 Cortex 1.2GHz dual-core S2.

You’ll get 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage options in both devices, but the S3 gives you the option of micro SD storage to the tune of 64GB. The S2 can only expand up to 32GB, but this shouldn’t matter unless you take lots of HD videos.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 will give you 12 hours of talktime, and the S2 will give you nine just like the new iPhone 5. The S3 also has Smart Stay, S-Voice and Smart Call, so if you’re ready for a new phone, grab a Samsung Galaxy S3. If you’re still tied in for a few months, wait to see what else Samsung has got going, like the Note 2 or the next Nexus. You could wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4 which people are whispering about coming as early as March 2013.

Apart from the screen resolution, the Samsung Galaxy S3 will not be noticeably different to the average S2 user. After all, the S2 has a lot going for it still. Its sales figures are holding up well against the Nexus and the iPhone 4S at this moment too.


Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.