Our reader Mr. Satya Gupta asked:
I have been the biggest fan of the Galaxy S2 and was a bit disappointed with the release of S3 which was expected to be a lot better. Although i like the current S2 of mine its battery is not that good. S3 has got a better battery. I am thinking to buy the S3, but still confused. should I go for it? or is the S2 good as of now and I think of purchasing something better or even an iPhone if the new model comes in this year.
Mr. Satya, The Samsung Galaxy S III has just come in, so we would reserve some of our comments and statements until we have a hands-on experience of the device, but frankly we would suggest not to upgrade if you are already an Galaxy S II user and just looking for those few new features. Still there are a few features and upgrades that might impress the users and make them interested in upgrading. Remember the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S buzz and those features of the iPhone 4S like Siri? it was popular initially but later on most of the users got bored of the same. Some even regretted upgrading the device, but for the users who didn’t have an iPhone 4 and directly bought the 4S, were happy because there are many new features they got to know about. It’s all about the reason for upgrading or purchasing.
If you are in just a similar situation where its hard to decide whether to stick to the Galaxy S II that you have or to upgrade to the newest one, there are many factors to consider before you go with a decision. I will limit the discussion to just two devices – Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy S III.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn’t come as a real big surprise or with any real stunning features, and for the first time we are seeing the typical Apple-like upgrade where quite a few features are kept at the same level as in the predecessor. The Galaxy S III came in with a larger screen a better processor but the camera is still of the same quality, and the design is not exceptional and quite many of us are a fan of the S2 design.
Basically it all depends on your needs, so lets start with the operating system. The Samsung Galaxy S III is coming with the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and initially the S II had come with the Gingerbread OS but now the S II is able to upgrade to the ICS, so you won’t see much of a difference in the user interface, which the same TouchWiz in all the Samsung Galaxy devices. Though the increase in the screen size from the 4.3 to 4.8-inch, there is nothing much changed in the interface except the number of quick access icons at the bottom, which have become five from the four previously.
A user with heavy multimedia stuff? Galaxy S III is for you. It has got some excellent upgrade in the internal system, with the processor clocking up to the speeds of 1.4GHz and its a quad-core processor, upgraded from the dual-core 1.2GHz in the S II. Now, if you are a frequent user of the MS Office stuff from the mobile phone directly, or have a habit of capturing videos and pictures more often then the processor requirement would surely be satisfied by the one ported in the Galaxy S III. One big reason for an upgrade, if you really need something faster and responsive than the current S II in your hands.
Larger screen, yet looking like a phone – When the still-popular Galaxy Note had arrived in the markets, many had a thought on how weird it would look when you make calls using the Note, because of the large screen size of 5.3-inch (although a few didn’t mind making calls on the Galaxy Tab 7-inch). Now the question would not remain, as the Galaxy S III has come in with an intermediate, 4.8-inch screen which is quite large but would still make the device look perfectly like a phone. The increase in screen size is surely a good reason to upgrade.
Better Battery? Would it be enough for the screen and processor? Having an upgraded battery is always a steal. But it again raises a doubt, would it be enough when its not just the battery but the processor and screen size along with it, which are upgraded? We don’t have an answer for that right now, until we do a hands-on, but am sure the company would have optimized the stuff to make the battery last longer, or else there is no point boasting about it in promotions. From the 1650 mAh to 2100 mAh is quite an upgrade and speaks for some advantage for the users.
There are not only the reasons for upgrading, but a few against it too. Here are a few reasons why one should stick to Galaxy S II and not upgrade to the Galaxy S III –
Again Android, and again the same version – It’s not the Galaxy S family which gets any new version of Android OS, and it was the Galaxy Nexus which was the flagship for ICS, so you are not going to experience something new in the interface. If you are sticking to Android and wanted something new in the interface, better wait until a new OS version is out. You could think of upgrading the device and the OS version later on.
Camera is not upgraded – Seems Samsung hasn’t made up their mind in upgrading the camera in any of their devices. When the Galaxy Nexus was launched, what surprised the users was the 5-Megapixel camera which was expected to be a 12MP one, as the S II already had a neat 8MP lens. The Galaxy S III doesn’t have anything different, but the same camera so if you are wondering if the larger screen would show better photos than the S II, it won’t.
Price expected in India is shocking – As always its the Indian users who choke after finding the prices to be too high, when compared to what they are at other places. The Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to be priced at Rs. 42000 in the Indian markets, and if that is true, one shouldn’t at all think of upgrading because you are seeing just the upgrade of the screen size, processor and battery for the high price. Better to wait until Google comes with the next Android OS and its flagship model, which again might be a product of Samsung.
Having talked from both the sides, the final decision is of the user based on whether they feel it’s fine in upgrading because they wanted a better processor and a larger screen, or would be happy with their Galaxy S II because they expected a better camera and an affordable price. If you have finally decided to go for a new Android phone and considering the Galaxy S III, its a good option, but before that you should also check the HTC One X compared with the Galaxy S III to see which one fits you.
If you are new to Android or are not thinking about the upgrade but directly wanted to buy the SIII, here are the reasons why you should buy the Galaxy S III.