Samsung has released the new Galaxy S3 this month and there’s already a lot of hype around it. That’s mostly due to the fact that the Galaxy S2 was so warmly received by the online community and at the time, was seen as one of the few important competitors for the iPhone 4.
Right now, most Galaxy S2 owners are looking for reasons to upgrade to the Galaxy S3, and that’s understandable given the improved features. If you love your Galaxy S2, there’s no reason not to love the Galaxy S3 even more.
In this article we’ll put the two phones side by side and take a closer look at what enhancements you’ll be getting when you upgrade to the Galaxy S3.
Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3
Processor and OS
We’ll start by comparing the two processors. First of all, the Galaxy S2 comes with a dual-core Exynos 4212 chipset running at 1.2Ghz, while the Galaxy S3 gets a quad core processor from the same family, clocked at 1.4Ghz.
The 1.4Ghz Cortex-A9 processor powering the Galaxy S3 is probably the best reason to upgrade from your Galaxy S2. A quad-core processor like this one will greatly enhance the user experience and is claimed to be one of the fastest processors on the market at this moment.
As for the OS, the S2 still rolls out with the Android Gingerbread OS which you can choose to upgrade to the new Android 4.0. This means rooting your Galaxy S2 and voiding its warranty though, so if you’re having a hard time choosing between the Galaxy S2 and S3, you’d better choose the Galaxy S3 and get the Android Ice Cream Sandwich immediately.
Design and Display
One of the features that captured the attention when the Galaxy S2 first came out was the amazing Super AMOLED Plus screen with 16M colors. Now, the Galaxy S3 adds HD to this amazing display and improving your visual experience even further. It’s another huge plus for the Galaxy S3 and definitely a reason to upgrade.
The Galaxy S2 comes with a 480×800 pixels resolution and 217ppi while with the Galaxy S3 you will get a 720×1280 pixel resolution with a 306 ppi and all of this on a wider screen that with the S2, measuring 0.5 inches more. Another improvement is the enhanced Coring Gorilla Glass technology in the Galaxy S3, now at the second version.
Another important feature for any smartphone right now is the camera. There’s not much to say about the differences between the cameras found in the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3. Both smartphones feature a rear 8MP camera and a 2MP camera on the front. The Galaxy S3 now adds the ability to capture film with the aid of the front camera at 720p.
You’ll get pretty much the same features with the Galaxy S3, including autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging and you will be able to record video in Full HD at 1080p/30fps.
Memory and Battery
The Galaxy S3 adds a 64GB version, in addition to the 16GB and 32GB options. More internal memory means you can store more HD video captured with your cameras and a lot more space for your other files, including your personal media.
The Galaxy S3 comes with 1GB of RAM, so there’s no improvement here, as for the storage space, you can extend it using the MicroSD card on-board.
One of the important enhancements coming with the Galaxy S3 is the Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery in comparison to S2’s Li-Ion 1650 mAh. The quad-core processor will most likely need all the power it can get and the new battery seems to offer just that.
Main reasons for Upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S3
- First and foremost there’s the quad-core Exynos 4212 chipset that wll enable you to enjoy more power than with the Galaxy S2
- The new 4.8-inch AMOLED screen with HD
- The S-Beam features will enable file-sharing at superior speeds, either using Bluetooth, WiFi or 3G
- Wireless charging
- Direct Call
- Popup Play
- Enhanced battery
These are the main reasons why you should choose to upgrade to Galaxy S3 and enjoy a high-end smartphone and one of the few worthy competitors for the iPhone.