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Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

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Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
In this comparison, we're using the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which comes with a quad-core Exynos CPU and 1GB of RAM. The U.S. versions come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 2GB of RAM, as well as LTE, except for T-Mobile's, which lacks LTE.


Introduction:


The Galaxy S series of phones is the dream of every Android fan. Being the best of the best, these handsets have always represented the best that Android has to offer, mostly due to their spectacular specs sheets and real-life performance. The Samsung Galaxy S II, which came out last year, was so successful that it could hardly be challenged by any model that launched in the year following its release. However with this new breed of quad-core smartphones, Samsung had to refresh its otherwise still strong offering, by introducing a successor. That successor is, naturally, the Galaxy S III – a beast of a phone that comes to reaffirm Samsung's leading position and fight off the contenders looking to dethrone it.

However, since we know that a lot of you guys are still rocking that trusty GS II, we wanted to take a look at how the new model compares to the old one, and exactly how much of a reason there is in upgrading from the GS II to GS III.


Design:

The form-factor of the new handset might hold all the reasons you need to make the jump, but it might as well keep you away from the new Galaxy S. The reason we're saying this is because it's much bigger, due to having a much bigger screen. While the Galaxy S II can be seen as a compact phone these days (even though its 4.3” display was considered massive a year ago), the Galaxy S III is very big. In terms of usage comfort, it's obvious that the S II has an edge.

The Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (right)


As far as materials and construction go, the S III and II are about equal. They are both made of plastic (though the plastic of the GS III should be of the polycarbonate type), and both feel solid enough when held in the hand. If you prefer a glossy finish, the Galaxy S III might appeal to you more, while the S II's plastic is matte. Both have strengths and weaknesses. For example, the glossy finish of the GS III will probably get a bit more attention, but it will also attract more fingerprints.

Bottom edges - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Top - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Left - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Bottom edges

Top

Left

Right - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Backs - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Rear cameras - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Right

Backs

Rear cameras

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II (top, right)




Display:

If you need a screen as large as possible on your cell phone, then upgrading to the new Galaxy S will be a no-brainer. With a gargantuan 4.8” panel, the Galaxy S III easily dwarfs the 4.3” Galaxy S II.

Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Of course, with such an increase in size, the S III also needed a bump in resolution. That's why it's now sporting a 720x1280 res, guaranteeing a high pixel density of 306ppi. The pixel density with the Galaxy S II's 480x800 pixel resolution is just 218 ppi. However, the S II relies on the traditional RGB pixel arrangement, while the HD screen of the S III uses a PenTile matrix. The result of this is that the effective resolution of the S III isn't really 720x1280, but a bit lower. Still, it's high enough to make everything perfectly readable. There's a bit more pixelization observed with the display of the Galaxy  S II.

Both handsets use the Super AMOLED technology (the Galaxy S II actually uses Super AMOLED Plus, which means that it has the RGB matrix of which we told you in the previous paragraph). This basically guarantees having ultra-saturated colors and incredibly deep contrast levels, which is all cool. However, the good thing in the Galaxy S III is that it allows you to change the color saturation level. This way, if you prefer having more natural-looking colors, you can simply choose the “Natural” preset, which is missing on the GS II. Samsung has also improved the color temperature a bit with the Galaxy S III, which now sports slightly warmer colors, although there still room for improvement in this respect.

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-degrees View:



Samsung Galaxy S II 360-degrees View:



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posted on 17 May 2012, 09:46 4

1. thethird92 (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 May 2012)


The GSIII is well...

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:51 5

2. NarutoSora18 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


GSIII~i am getting thee!!!

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:53

3. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


Reason n

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:54

4. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


According to the review, is S3 almost the same as S2 except the screen and the processor?
How about the additional functions?

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 10:22 1

54. kellymark97 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


It Captures amazing pictures with zero shutter lag using the 8MP camera and Best Photo option, takes 3.3 shots per second and allows me to select the best of eight images taken when Best Photo is turned on.I would say a consumer would only need to spend a few hours with the GS3 to know its a superior product through and through.If any one still using Samsung Galaxy S II then i would suggest to upgrade it with SGS3 .The SGS2 is selling for $255 according to this price report http: //w ww.movaluate.com/samsung/galaxy-s-ii-t-mobile-tita​nium

posted on 17 May 2012, 09:57

5. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


The gs2 on ics gets 4100 on quadrant. and it also supports sdxc cards

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:02

7. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


But with the ancient FAT32 format.

posted on 18 May 2012, 00:27

34. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


the gs2 on ice cream sandwich has three screen color saturation settings like dynamic,standard, and movie. why is phonearena so desperately trying to make s3 look much better? it is a better phone than gs2 due to the things it actually has. you dont need to create stuff up. and if the reviewer doesnt know these things then shame on you. and mine gets 52 fps average on nenamark2 and my best is 53.1 fps

posted on 19 May 2012, 10:57 1

44. illiad (Posts: 101; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


gawd man!!! this is a **GS3** review!!!!

If you are gonna get a NEW car, do you just lamely say "um I like my old car.... :'( "

or are you just gonna be like this guy???
http://thegadgetfan.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/20110802smartphone.gif

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:00 12

6. Ricolef (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Galaxy S2 is still a good phone, but the Galaxy S3 is a Überphone!!

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:17

10. Lawii (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2012)


GS2 also supports microSDXC cards, well, at least it works with my Sandisk 64GB. Though it's not perfect --

But how about that SWYPE keyboard? -- no one seems to mention this in their review, anybody got a clue?

posted on 24 May 2012, 15:30

46. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


hey i have a plan on getting gs ii instead of 3 but u said 64gb is not perfect by that you mean laggy ??

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:18 1

11. shadez10 (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


i think S3 isnt that a worthy successor to the S2 because it didnt really surpass the S2 in many ways... Most are still the same except the processor, huge screen, S voice, and new UI..

posted on 17 May 2012, 12:31 7

23. sniper1087 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Really look how many things they added, a lot of changes were done, Hd display at 306 ppi, quad core processor, bigger screen only being 16 percent bigger than the S2, better color balance, the processor also is more battery efficient, 20% better battery life, S-Voice, Smart Stay, buddy photo share, Direct call, Smart alert, Social tag, S beam, plus other effects that makes the phone work nicely, in my opinion this is a great phone I will be getting it and will be enjoying it.

posted on 27 May 2012, 16:49

52. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)


I agree with sniper1087.

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:33 7

15. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Guys its better to wait for galaxy s4,i m still happy with my s2,love u s2 muuah

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:36 1

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4600; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


+1 for your love. LOL! :D

posted on 17 May 2012, 10:37

17. chriski333 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I need a usa release date now! Before those greedy bastards at Verizon take away my unlimited data plan!

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:21 1

21. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Just got the Ics update today on the S2.
Liking it.

posted on 17 May 2012, 15:29

28. Manos (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 May 2012)


HTC One S vs Samsung Galaxy S II
REVIEW INDEX
Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 05:24 , by Daniel P.

One of Phonearena reviews.
The GS 2 ICS get's a 4039 score on Quadrant.
How did you manage to get almost 1000 less than that?

posted on 17 May 2012, 16:48

29. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)


I currently have Samsung Galaxy S II ...and I love this phone!
Then next month I am planning to upgrade to Galaxy S III! Hehe
But what I don't like is why they only have MICRO-SIMCARD SLOTS instead of the standard SIMCARD size? :(

posted on 19 May 2012, 11:00

45. illiad (Posts: 101; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


:( its the new standard...:(

posted on 17 May 2012, 17:31 3

30. Iphone4 (unregistered)


S2 look better the s3 only design wise

posted on 17 May 2012, 17:55

31. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


much true....

posted on 27 May 2012, 16:47

51. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)


For me, the new galaxy (S3), is more sexy. Hahahaha

posted on 18 May 2012, 01:19

35. mayur0701 (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 May 2012)


hey guys
PLZ HELP ME.........
i want to buy GALAXY S 2
should i wait for few days to get gs2 price down
bcoz i think when GS3 will come to market samsung might down their old dual core mobile prices....

posted on 18 May 2012, 02:27

37. tiara6918 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


If you are not after the latest handsets then maybe you should wait a bit longer until the price of the galaxy s 2 comes down more. In hongkong I even saw the original galaxy s(i9000) at a price of about $302,they are still selling it even though it's an old handset but that also depends on the location you are residing on and which store you will purchase it.

posted on 18 May 2012, 02:41 1

38. mayur0701 (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 May 2012)


thanx for the suggesion
right now gs2 i9300 is around 27,000 (indian rupees)in gujarat,india

posted on 24 May 2012, 15:32

47. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


get it from buytheprice.com , you can get it for 16,300rs.

posted on 18 May 2012, 05:31

39. angelesmec (unregistered)


I want Samsung Galaxy S II I9100, I am also not after the latest phone and I really like SGSII since last year, now that I have a job and not a student anymore I will be getting it probably July 2012 1st week, I have Php 16,000 right now on my savings. The lastest price here in the Philippines is Php 24,990 just a few more weeks of waiting..The only thing that bothers me is the availability..until when will SGSII be available? I really like it and i'm nervous of the said matter.

posted on 19 May 2012, 00:34

41. tiara6918 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


In other stores it is Php 22,000(I suggest you look around different stores and compare their prices before buying one). The availability also depends on the store you are going to buy it...so far, I don't see the galaxy s(i9000) anymore but the super lcd version only. Don't worry they probably would not pull-out the sgs2 just yet...just wait a few more months

posted on 27 May 2012, 16:45

50. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)


Yes... I currently have Galaxy S2... and it's so nice.
The screen, performance, photos, almost everything!

But I am interested with the new Galaxy Serie.
It's time to upgrade. Hehe

My rating for Galaxy S2: 9/10
Very good.

posted on 18 May 2012, 21:51

40. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Clear BLOW OUT in my book. SOFTWARE ALONE GS3 WINS HANDS DOWN..

posted on 19 May 2012, 10:21 2

42. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I will get the S3 & continue to enjoying my GS2 running Resurrection ICS 1.9

posted on 25 May 2012, 10:11

48. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Would be great if samsung and HTC do a smartphone together. With Samsung's greatness in making phones and HTC'S UI and how HTC designs phone, the smartphne would be awesome!

posted on 26 May 2012, 16:00

49. Dr_fajardo (Posts: 32; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


can u read pdf´s files for long time on galaxy s3? (my s2 just long about 3 hours)

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 20:21

53. Jodabro (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I'll stick with my GS2, a couple of reasons. First the one not mentioned, Gorilla Glass 2, seams to fail more then the thicker original. Two I have the latest version of the GS2, which came with a few of the newer samsung apps. Three the older RGB matrix is better.

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