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Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2 (In Depth)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cyprusx, May 6, 2012.

  1. cyprusx

    cyprusx Newbie
    Thread Starter

    This is a complete list of all the upgrades that have been made to the Galaxy S3 over the S2, Software and Hardware (if i have missed something let me know)

    Galaxy S3


    64GB Microsd exFAT Support
    Apt-X Codec Support ( Improved lossless Bluetooth audio)
    Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    Backside illuminated sensor (takes better photos at night)
    Battery life Improved (2100 mAh)
    Barometer sensor
    Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
    Bigger Screen (Better web browsing, Improved Multimedia experience with a larger screen)
    Burst Shots (up to 20 pics)
    Eye tracking technology (Smart Stay -no more going to sleep while reading a webpage)
    Faster Mali-400 GPU
    Faster Shutter speed
    Front Camera HD video
    GLONASS support
    Gorilla Glass 2
    HD screen
    Internal Storage Improved 64GB
    LED indicator
    Louder Speakers (2x 2W Speaker)
    NFC support (S beam- can transfer files up 300 Mbps)
    Quad Core -Exynos 4212 Quad (Benchmarks shows its the fastest Chipset ever and uses less power)
    RGB sensor
    S Pen support
    Slimline back (no more ass sticking out)
    Audio Quality Improved (Wolfson DAC )
    Thinner Bezel
    Wireless Charging Support


    50GB Dropbox (free on-line storage)
    Allshare cast – Allows you to mirror your screen onto a TV or monitor wirelessly -Need a dongle)
    Direct call (don't need to press the "call" button any more)
    Improved Social Network integration
    Improved Voice Commands ( don't need to press any buttons, very use fall when driving)
    Pop up Play (multi task while watching a video)
    Smart Alert ( don't need to turn on your phone to see if u have a missed calls or msgs, automatically vibrates when you pick it up to let you know)
    Simultaneous HD video and image recording

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  2. Savage24

    Savage24 Lurker

    Well this is why I feel the need to make the move from apple to android! Have pre ordered my s3, can't wait to bin the 4s!
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  3. Nuukeer

    Nuukeer Newbie

    You forgot one of the most important differences: The SGS3 has a Wolfson DAC instead of the disastrous Yamaha one found in SGS2.
  4. Android26

    Android26 Android Enthusiast

    Great list that really puts things in perspective cyprusx!
  5. jinwons

    jinwons Android Expert

    Great summary list indeed. Thanks for putting this together.
    I was a little bummed by 1Gb RAM, but otherwise it seems more like major upgrade than I thought. Especially better camera and enhanced mic/audio are nice because those are important for my wife's phone. She will like smart stay feature too.
  6. Justinyao

    Justinyao Newbie

    The front camera of S 2 is 2.0 M, but that of S 3 is only 1.9 M. Why?
  7. Tommydaniel

    Tommydaniel Android Expert

    The S3's FFC is Back-side illuminated and can record in HD, where the S2's FFC isn't Back-side illuminated and can't record in HD.
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  8. supermichael1

    supermichael1 Newbie

    What is the difference between those two smartphone? I live in Europe, which is important to say since USA and Europe are different.

    What new things does Samsung galaxy S3 have that Samsung galaxy S2 doesn't have?

    What can't the samsung galaxy S2 do that the Samsung galaxy S3 can do?

    I am thinking of buying one of those two but I am not sure which one to get. I can get the samsung galaxy S2 cheaper, but is it worth getting Samsung galaxy S3?

    I don't know a lot about samsung galaxy S3.
  9. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy

    I moved your post into this thread as it directly applies here, in case anyone wonders why you would ask these questions inside the post you were ultimately linked to.
  10. supermichael1

    supermichael1 Newbie

    Didn't samsung galaxy S2 have a HD screen or is the HD screen added new to samsung galaxy S3?
  11. Crafty

    Crafty Android Enthusiast

    new to S3
  12. ardyer

    ardyer Android Enthusiast

    There was an lte s2 hd that was released in Korea and was set to be released as the skyrocket hd in the USA, but appears to have been canceled. Otherwise, the s2 didn't have hd screens.
  13. Morat

    Morat Well-Known Member

    They weren't terrible, but they weren't HD either (on the S2).

    S3 is a major step on from the S2, but the S2 is still a very nice piece of kit and has aged well in the current market.
  14. GS3Central

    GS3Central Newbie

  15. Remeniz

    Remeniz Android Enthusiast

    I'm liking the phone.

    Should be much more productive on the S3 with the bigger screen and faster CPU.

    I might have to upgrade early...

  16. surf1

    surf1 Member

    Plus with the backing support on XDA it's a killer phone, no quams here about keeping my GSII for another year, still smooth and fast. The new look of the GSIII is kinda mehhh to me but tons of killer features, think I'm more inclined to wait to see what the next Nexus will be like this winter. Be interesting to see what the US versions look like for the Galaxy, since we get capacitive buttons, and some speculation about different looks for U.S. variants.

    One thing I love about the i777 GSII is the size, it's perfect, not big and not small.
  17. zanza

    zanza Well-Known Member

    at least sell it man :) no need to bin it
  18. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Android Expert

    GSIII may not seem like big upgrade over GSII in first look. But the list of features above amounts to quite substantial upgrade. I like the improved mic/audio, camera, micro sd file format.

    And no one knows the real clock speed of quad Exynos in GSIII yet as they didn't confirm it in London. Everyone is just assuming 1.4Ghz from their previous statement on quad Exynos 4. But it stated that will be the minimum speed. So I guess it might be 1.5Ghz like in Samobile leak just a week prior to London event.

    Samsung Exynos
  19. heavychevy

    heavychevy Android Expert

    I'm just wondering when Samsung will make a phone that does the basics. Like gps, call and data signal, overheating etc. Always seems to be lacking in a major area in a very annoying way.
  20. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Android Expert

    Samsung has had reception issues with only CDMA phones (like Charge, GSII Epic touch, CDMA/LTE Gnex) that use their proprietary non-qualcomm radio chips. But their other phones using Qualcomm radios and most of their GSM phones are just fine on signal reception.

    Even those CDMA phones with their own radios affected only some small number of users and most of others are still fine with it. In my experience, I didn't have any severe voice/text/data issues with Samsung phones and they seem to be on par with HTC, LG or even better sometimes. So if US versions of GSIII come with S4 krait, I don't think there is too much concern on it.
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  21. Sword Fish

    Sword Fish Android Enthusiast

    I think one of the best new features is the LED message indicator. My company makes me put a pin lock screen on before I can access work email and having to type my pin in everytime I wanted to check and see if I had a new email or missed call was crazy!

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 release date was May 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.8" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad processor, and 2100mAh battery.

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