Samsung has had a great year with the Galaxy series of smartphoes and they have relesed another one. The Galaxy SII is one of the highest selling smartphones in the world today and The Galaxy R (I9103) or Galaxy Z is considered to be the budget version of the worlwide hit Galaxy SII(I9100) . Both these devises look very similar!
Let’s have a look at how these devices match up to each other:
The Galaxy S II is the thinnest and the lightest phone in the world beating even the iPhone 4. It is just 8.5mm thick and weigs only 116g. Its dimensions are 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. In comparison, the Galaxy R is slightly more heavy weighing in at 135g. its dimensions are 125 x 66 x 9.5 mm.
When it comes to the display the SGS II supports a massive 4.3 inch screen while the R is slightly smaller with a 4.19 inch screen. But the real diffrence between the two is that the Galaxy R has a WVGA Super Clear-LCD screen instead of the SUPER AMOLED Plus found in the SGSII. These displays are among the best in the world, even comparable to the iPhone’s Retina display. But remember the SUPER AMOLED screen has a higher contrast ratio and brighness than the SC-LCD. Both these phones have a 400×800 resolution, 16M-color and come with a Gorrilla Glass display.
The main difference between the Galaxy R and the SGS II is found in its multimedia hardware. The S II has a massive 8.1 megapixel camera with a single LED flash with a pixel density of 3264×2448 pixels. On the other hand the Galaxy R comes with a standard 5 megapixel snapper with a pixel resolution of 2592×1944 pixels and with LED flash.
Both these models come with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization. Coming to the video capabilities the SGS II leads again with FULL HD 1080p video recording at 30fps and combined with the SUPER AMOLED Plus screen give one of the best video viewing experiances u can find on a phone.
The Galaxy R is capable of HD recording of 720p @ 30fps. Both the phones have a front facing secondary camera enabling them to make vidoe calls.
Operating System and User Interface
Both the phones comes with Android OS 2.3.3 out of the box and with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz 4.0 UI which is more custamisable and more visually appeling than TouchWiz 3.0 found in the Galaxy S1. So in terms of the user experiance both these phones are neck to neck.
These two heavyweights match up to each other more or less in this section.They support GSM bandwidth: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900. Both support HSUPA and HSDPA (850 / 900 / 1900) which gives them a maximum speed of upto 21 mbps on 3G.
Both have similar WLAN band support-SGS II with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot and the Glaxy R with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA. Bluetooth connectivity wise they both have bluetooth v3.1+HS which provies greater speeds than v2.1 commonly found in most phones. Both have micro usb v2.0 support.
A-GPS support for locaion and navigation are also present.
The Samsung Galaxy S II comes with either 16/32 GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot which can support opto 32GB taking it to total of upto 64GB. The Galaxy R comes with only 8GB of internal storage and microSD slot supports upto 32GB. U also get a 8GB SD card with the SGS II out of the box.
Processor and Battery
Samsung Galaxy S II has a Dual-core 1.2GHz with 1 GB RAM while the Galaxy R has 1 GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM.
Though both the processors might sound similar they have 1 big difference, the Galaxy R boasts a NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 AP20H mobile super chip with ULP GeForce™ GPU for quick Web browsing with Adobe Flash Player support, full HD video and higher quality gaming solutions, while the SGS II has Mali-400MP GPU in its Exynos 4210 chipset. It’s quite difficult to determine a clear winner on this as both are almost equal in performance.
Galaxy R comes with a 1650 mAh battery claiming to have 9 hours of talk-time and upto 620 hours standby time while the Galaxy SII also has a 1650 mAh battery claiming to have 710 h of standby time and upto 18 h 20 min of talk-time.
There’s a gyroscope sensor, Digital compass and FM Radio on both of them. Packs up quite much on entertainment on the move!
Even though the Galaxy S II is one of the most powerful smartphones out there, it is quite costly and might not fit in your budget. The Galaxy R variant offers more or less the same features and at the same time be lighter on your pocket. But if you really want powerful multimedia options or want the best of the best, then the SGS II will fit perfectly in your pocket, just make sure you spend a few bucks more.