Comparison - Samsung Galaxy S II vs Galaxy S III
07 May 2012 – The Samsung Galaxy S II was announced in February 2011 during MWC, while the Galaxy S III was announced just last week in May 2012 at Samsung’s Unpacked Event in London.
The Galaxy S III (S3) is the latest Android flagship from Samsung, as well as the successor of the Galaxy S II (S2). They are equipped with 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. Instead of going for a zero button design like the Galaxy Nexus, the S3 still retains the Home, Back and Menu buttons from the S2.
On the surface, the S3 is bigger than its predecessor due to a larger display (4.8-inch vs 4.3-inch). In addition, it has a 1280 x 720 HD resolution, which S2 only has 480 x 800 resolution pixels. Unlike the S2, the S3 uses the Super AMOLED display without the “Plus”. However, this does not mean the S3’s screen is inferior to the S2.
The S3 also gets a barometer and a LED notification, in addition to the accelerometer, gyroscope, light and proximity sensors that are found in the S2.
Powering the S3 is a 1.4GHz Exynos system-on-a-chip (SoC) quad-core processor, approximately double the processing power of the S2 that is powered by a 1.2 Exynos SoC dual-core processor. Like the S2, the S3 is one of the few quad-core phones was announced in the market.
Despite both devices running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), S3 comes with Android 4.0.4 right out of the box and is using the latest iteration of the TouchWiz user interface which Samsung rebranded it as “TouchWiz UX Nature”. The company also touted that the phone is smart enough to “understand” the user. For example, the S3 will give you a little vibrating nudge when you pick up the phone to tell you there is a missed call or incoming SMS while you are away. The S2 on the other hand is preloaded with Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) with the standard TouchWiz UI 4.0, which then upgradeable to Android 4.0.x.
In the camera aspect, the S2 and S3 are equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. Of course, the S3’s camera has a few upgrades than the S2 does not. The S3 is using a new camera module that allows you to take instantaneous shots at 3.3 shots per second. Plus, Samsung also includes a Burst mode which takes eight continuous shots of the same subject and automatically picks the best one. It also supports active face detection which tracks your friends’ faces even when they are moving around. Taking photos while recording a video is also possible with the S3.
Both devices basically support all the basic connectivity options including HSDPA 21Mbps, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS. The S3 is equipped with a more energy efficient Bluetooth 4.0 than the S2’s Bluetooth 3.0 and supports GLONASS and NFC connectivity. NFC allows you to use the S-Beam feature to transfer your music, photos and videos by touching two compatible devices. LTE/4G support is country dependent for the S3.
Storage-wise, the S2 and S3 have the common 16/32GB options. Samsung also plans to extend the storage of the S3 to 64GB. Both phones have a micro SD card slot. The S3 could accept cards up to 64GB, double the storage limit that the S2 can accept. A bigger capacity battery of Li-Ion 2100 mAh (nearly double the battery capacity of the S2) is found on the S3 to support the larger display and speedy processor.
To wrap up, the Galaxy S II could be thinner and lighter, but the Galaxy S III is bigger, faster and better in terms of both hardware and software. The S3 will be definitely cost more than the existing S2, but it will be worth your investment for a top-notch Android phone that is designed for humans.
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Samsung Galaxy S III
3.5G HSPA + WiFi 802.11 a/ b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 8.0 MP camera, 16/32GB Memory + microSD (Up to 64GB), Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the successor of the Galaxy S II that runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung nature-inspired TouchWiz UI. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution pixels, 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
There is an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash that is capable of recording 1080p full HD video at 30fps and take photos simultaneously. It is also a quad-band device and supports HSPA+ (21Mbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, energy efficient Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and GLONASS.
Samsung Galaxy S II
3.5G HSPA + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 8.0 MP camera, 16GB Memory + microSD (Up to 32GB), Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 480 x 800 resolution (which is an increase of screen size, though it retains the same resolution seen in its predecessor), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz UI 4.0.
It boasts an 8-megapixel camera which is capable of capturing videos at full HD 1080p @ 30fps. The Samsung Galaxy S II also has HSPA+ (21Mbps) network support, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as an HDMI-out with mirroring and DLNA for media sharing.