The Korean giant Samsung seems set to dominate the smartphone market. Its flagship model the Galaxy S3 soared to the top of the leader board and its predecessor the Galaxy S2 isn’t far behind. But as well as their premium handsets Samsung has released a plethora of other devices, each aimed at a different target market. For someone about to sell their old mobile and purchase their first smartphone, or for those recycling their old smartphone and wishing to upgrade, choosing a Samsung device has become somewhat confusing. This article aims to give a little clarity to some of the available options in the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S3
To start at the top the new Samsung Galaxy S3 is no doubt the most powerful of the Samsung Galaxy Range. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and runs Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Apart from the sheer power of the S3 its appeal is in its large 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD touchscreen with an excellent resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. If you want a smartphone with an impressive display, fast processor and great gaming the Galaxy S3 fits the bill, but the S3 is not a smartphone for those on a budget.
Samsung Galaxy S2
The predecessor to the S3, the Galaxy S2 was a huge hit for Samsung. When it was released the S2 was a genuine rival to the Apple iPhone and despite the arrival of the Galaxy S3 the S2 remains a firm favourite. This is because it still offers top end specifications but at a lower cost than the Galaxy S3. Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor it has the ability to function quickly and smoothly. It has a vibrant and clear 4.3inch screen and in 2012 received an upgrade to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
When the Galaxy Nexus arrived on the market it came with ICS as standard. Now it is due for an update to the highly acclaimed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS keeping the Nexus a step ahead of many other models. Fans of ICS and Jelly Bean get to enjoy the pure version of these operating systems with the Nexus as Samsung has not added their own UI to it. The Galaxy Nexus also stands out because of its physical form. Slightly curved it sits nicely against the face. With a crisp and bright 4.65 inch screen and a 1.2GHz processor the Nexus has many winning features.
Samsung Galaxy S Advance
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is a more affordable device. With a 4 inch display and a 1GHz dual-core processor it gives a nippy and smooth performance without making such a hole in your pocket.
Samsung Galaxy Note
With its whopping 5.3inch screen the Galaxy Note is not a compact smartphone. In fact the Note has been dubbed a “phablet” due to its large dimensions. However, whilst it may be a tad large for making calls the Galaxy Note’s huge screen is excellent for viewing videos or using the Internet. Be aware though, that it is also a real drain on battery power.