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Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

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Interface:

At this point, both the Samsung Galaxy S III and S II run Android 4 ICS, but the versions of their TouchWiz interfaces are a bit different. The S III comes with a number of cool features designed to enhance you user experience. A good example here is S Voice – the Samsung alternative of Apple's Siri, or SmartStay. For more details on these, as well as the other new features in the Galaxy S III's TouchWiz Nature UX, please refer to our Samsung Galaxy S III Review.

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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by TouchWiz 4.0 UI - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

All in all, both UIs are pretty much the same, with some mostly cosmetic refinements in the GS III.


Messaging:

One would think that typing on the bigger screen of the Galaxy S III will be much easier, but this isn't exactly the case. While the portrait keyboard is indeed bigger, we don't like the fact that the keys on the landscape QWERTY of the GS III are so small. Overall, there probably won't be a significant bump in typing speed if you get the new Galaxy S and use the stock keyboards. If you want to make the most of the 4.8” screen, it would be wise to search for a really god third-party QWERTY keyboard.

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S II - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S II - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II


Internet:

Probably due to the faster quad-core processor and some optimization of the software, the browsing experience is superior on the Samsung Galaxy S III. Although they are pretty good on the GS II, scrolling and zooming are even smoother on the Galaxy S III.

Samsung has also made some polishing touches to the browser in the S III. For example, since the browser of the S II is a bit closer to the stock ICS browser, every time when you scroll upwards, the address bar pops-up at the top of the screen. Since this can get a bit annoying, Samsung has chosen to get rid of it in the S III, which is a smart move.

Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II

Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S II - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S II - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S II - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II
Surfing the web with the Samsung Galaxy S II - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Samsung Galaxy S II


Processor and memory:

The processor is among the main hardware improvements made by Samsung in the new Galaxy S. While the 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor of the Galaxy S II was all the rage last year, 2012 is obviously the year of the quad-core CPUs. Because of that, the Galaxy S III ships with a faster, 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, which is absolutely brilliant not only when it comes to benchmarks, but also in real-world performance.

The Galaxy S II is fluid and all, but the S III really takes things to the next level with its buttery-smooth animations and transitions, as well as ultra-fast loading times.

The amount of RAM on both devices is equal – 1GB, so there's no improvement in this area for the GS III.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
Samsung Galaxy S II 3113 6076 51

The Galaxy S II comes in 16GB and 32GB flavors, whereas the Galaxy S III steps things up a bit with 16 GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. In addition, while on the GS II you can install microSDHC cards of up to 32GB in size, the GS III actually allows you to use microSDXC cards of up to 64GB. So if you have the habit of keeping your whole life stored on your mobile phone, the Galaxy S III should prove to be more suitable for you.

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