You may already own a Samsung Galaxy S2 and are considering whether to recycle this phone and upgrade to the new Galaxy S3. The information contained in this article may help you to decide.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is a high end smartphone in its own right and prior to the release of the S3 was very highly regarded, so does the Galaxy S3 offer enough extra technology to make it worth selling your S2 and upgrading?
In terms of looks the S3 with dimensions of 136.6 x 70.6 x 80.6mm is the larger of the two handsets, with the S2 measuring 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm. They are, however, both very slimline with only a marginal difference in profile. The S3 being bigger is a little heavier, weighing 133g compared to the 116g of the S2 but the more rounded form of the S3 makes it more comfortable to handle.
The screen of the Galaxy S3 is hard to beat and arguably the best screen of any smartphone. It is a huge 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 306ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S2 by comparison sports a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED screen with a lower resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a less impressive pixel density of 217ppi.
With regard to operating systems and storage capabilities the S3 does come out on top. The S3 has devices available with 16GB and 32GB internal storage in line with the S2 but there is the addition of a 64GB version. Both handsets have a microSD card slot to expand storage but with the S3 you can also gain up to 50GB of cloud storage via Dropbox for the first two years. Similarly the Galaxy S2 runs on the Android Gingerbread operating platform and the S3 has the newer Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Whilst the Galaxy S2 has an advanced 1.2GHz dual core processor such is the speed with which technology advances in the smartphone industry that the 1.4GHz quad-core chip of the S3 surpasses its predecessor. Both Galaxy devices come with 1GB RAM. As you would expect the S3 comes equipped with a larger battery than the S2 but this is needed with a faster processor and energy draining screen so does not necessarily gain the S3 any overall advantage in battery endurance.
There is not a great deal to set the two Galaxy models apart when it comes to their cameras. Both the S3 and the S2 are fitted with rear mounted 8 megapixel cameras. The advantage the S3 has is that there is now virtually no shutter delay and the camera features have been improved to make its use easier. The Galaxy S3 does have a slightly better camera to the front, with 1.9mp compared to the 1.3 megapixels of the S2.
So it is clear that when comparing the Galaxy S3 vs the Galaxy S2 the S3 wins in terms of technological specifications despite the fact that the S2 is a good smartphone.