The Galaxy Spica from Samsung is one of the first Android phones from them and the Galaxy 3 was released later, but with specifications on the technical side much lower than the Spica. Both the phones fall un the low end Android smartphone category and provide real value for your buck, but there are lot of more aspects which you should consider before buying the phone. Read on to find out the differences between both the phones as we compare them in detail:
The Galaxy Spica has a 3.2 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 320×480 and also has an Accelerometer for Auto-Rotate but the Galaxy 3 comes with the bigger screen of about 3.2 inches and has Accelerometer too, but has a lower resolution of 240 x 400 pixels only. Galaxy Spica however doesn’t have a proximity sensor on it which is quite a drawback.
Galaxy 3 also has a multi-touch screen which allows pinch zoom of images and other gestures on screen but the Spica does not support that. Both the displays support upto 16M colors and the lack of multitouch on the display is really bad as it hinders the full Android experience.
Galaxy Spica has a 3.2 Mega pixel camera and the Galaxy 3 also has a 3.2 Megapixel camera which supports Autofocus and both of them shoot at a maximum resolution of 2048×1536 pixel pixels, and they both support Geo Tagging.
Both phones record video too, at the rate of 15 frames per second. Both phones do not have a secondary camera on them, and that’s just the standard feature on all low end phones.
The Galaxy Spica has 180MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which supports upto 32 Gigabytes of storage. On the other side, the Galaxy 3 has 500MB of inbuilt storage and supports microSD upto 32GB. Both the phones come with a 1GB microSD card out of the box.
Both the phones have three HSDPA bands: 900 / 2100 and give maximum speeds upto 7.2Mbps.. Wi-fi bands are the same with both supporting the latest bands of Wi-Fi, the 802.11n and the older ones like b and g well. GPS is available on both the phones and Bluetooth 2.1 is available on Spica and 3.0 on Galaxy 3, along with A2DP. Both phones have USB connectivity via the standard Micro USB port and support USB 2.0.
Wifi Hotspot/Portable Hotspot feature is available only on the Galaxy 3 which runs on Android 2.2 but the Spica running 2.1 Eclair does not have it.
Operating System and UI:
Both the phones are based on Samsung’s TouchWiz UserInterface over Android. The Spica and Galaxy 3 run on Android 2.1 Eclair and Galaxy 3 is upgradable to 2.2, Froyo. Gingerbread, Android 2.3 is the latest version of Android and that isn’t available on both the phones though.
Battery and Processor
The Galaxy 3 and Spica have a 1500mAh battery. Samsung claims upto 650 hours of standby time and 11.5 hours of talktime on 2G on the Galaxy Spica and on the Galaxy 3, around 620 hours of standby time and 15 and a half hours of talktime on 2G. Quite a nice improvement on the Galaxy 3’s battery.
The Galaxy Spica has an improved Samsung 800 Mhz processor over the Galaxy 3 which has a 667Mhz processor on it.
Other points & Conclusion
Both the phones provide value for the buck and are nice low end alternatives to other dumbphones or smartphones with an outdated Java based OS or something. Android on these devices work really well if you are looking for some nice entertainment and apps coupled with email and other features. The Galaxy 3 might work out slightly on the higher side of the wallet but packs a lot of features for that money and comes with a nice camera while the Galaxy Spica is a cheaper device with no multi touch or proximity sensor, not allowing you to enjoy the Android experience wholly. Put in some extra money and go for the Galaxy 3, it is a total worth.