Android Q&A – Should i Upgrade from Galaxy S I9000 to S2?

Question :

Galaxy S Vs Galaxy S2Hello Amit, Hope you are doing good and I have a quick query. And need your expert advise on the same. Currently I am using Samsung Galaxy S (I-9000). And willing to shift to Galaxy S2. One of my friend got Galaxy S2 and I was comparing it with Galaxy S before buying.

I have come across following observation, At 0% brightness on both the devices, the blacks and whites are looking more crisp onto Galaxy S. Even the Galaxy S2 screen is better in terms of technology.

I even played the same video onto both devices at same brightness settings and again, Galaxy S was more natural than Galaxy S2. Have you come across this observation? Can you please comment on it. Due to this observation, I am currently holding my decision to buy Galaxy S2. So eagerly need your expert view.

Looking forward for your reply.
Regards,
Anoop.

Answer :

There are two aspects of technology that are the existing and the future.as you told you already own a Galaxy S which just does everything what Galaxy S2 does. Keeping apart the hardware part which S2 definitely holds an edge but practically speaking Galaxy S2 is not worth spending 30k INR knowing the fact that it almost does everything which sgs does.

Very soon there is an all new lineup of processors which is the Tegra 3 which is far more superior than Tegra 2. Also, considering to the fact that there are hardly any apps which needs a dedicated dual core processors, investing good amount of money at this point of time is a real waste. Tegra 3 processors are way faster than the Tegra 2 processors.

So, in a nutshell its not a worth the money spent considering the fact that you already own a Galaxy S. If one doesn’t have a high end android phone then as of now SGS 2 is best.

24 comments

  1. Dear Neal, i have cellphone I9000B, what is the best firmware for my phone?

    currently i have the 2.3.3 GingerBread.VJJV3

    Thank you very much for your help.

  2. with sgs i always found the ram was 85% used up. i did an upgrade. sgs2 is just a wonderful phone. specially the social hub, readers hub and game hub is simply superb. the reason i am not upgrading my rom on sgs2 is that i am worried i may lose those applications. but sgs is a great phone too, tried all the custom roms in 3 months straight. thanks to android advices.
    Amit if i upgrade to 2.3.4 will i be able to use the hubs in sgs2??

  3. Dear Neal, 10 days back I got my new Nexus S GT9023. Yesterday, when I tried to download Angry Bird from market place, and at the same time receiving some file from laptop by bluetooth, and seeing the Gallery, suddenly the Gallery became blank. I also noticed that another Angry Bird copy started downloading of its own. I tried to stop the downloading but could not stop. I also noticed that the Total RAM (used + available) reduced from 310~315MB to 270~275MB. To stop download, I switched off the handset and restarted after few minutes. But Angry Bird was still downloading. When the downloading was complete, it did not install and there was no Angry Bird in my mobile.
    Why this happened? How I can get back the 40 MB valuable RAM? Is my handset memory & internal storage corrupted? Pls. give some guide to get rid of it.
    One point is that, I can not see much problem using the phone, though I feel some sluggishness compared to the brand new device.

  4. I agree with your advice as to not going for the SII if you have a high end android phone, but your information about the SII having a Tegra 2 chipset is wrong. The Tegra 2 chipset is an SII variant, not sold in India. The Indian version has Samsung’s Exynos chipset. Moreover Dual Core processors may not have specific apps made for them, but they do enhance your overall experience while gaming, browsing and even general use and are more future proof.

  5. Hi,

    I want to know that, how can i use the internet of my PC in my Galaxy S i9000.
    Do i need to enable/disable anything as such??
    Shall highly appreciate your response.

    Regards,

    Abu

  6. I have a Samsung Galaxy S II… But I hate the black/dark blue bubbles around the words on the home screen and I really dislike Samsung’s messaging app. Is their anyway of changing these two things with out changing everything else? Btw it is samsung’s Touchwiz 4.0… Please help!

  7. I am upgrading from my E51. I was very confused whether to go for S or S2. There is no doubt that S2 is superior but at the current price tag a little expensive. add to that price has already fell 3 -4 ks in just two months (India)and with the announcing of S3 around September its going to see a major dip as well. So the ideal price by then in India would be 24- 25 K.
    The device is future ready and with the upgrade to Ice cream sandwich next year it is expected that many applications might test the dual core’s potential. Since I am expectin to have this device for the next two to three years I think goin for the S2 would be good. Postponing the buying decision for a couple of months will save me a cpl of thousand bucks.
    So my advice is if you r going for a new smartphone and if you don’t mind that 7-8 additional thousands its better to go for S2.

  8. i have bought a new samsung galaxy s2, the problem is this unit is a korean version. i am in the philippines, how can i convert it to american version? 

    also, whenever i make a call, it always ask if i will call korea or other countries. how will i eliminate this notification?

    thanks and regards,

    John A. Elefante

  9. i m having nexus s but as it doesnt have any zoom so i want 2 sell it n buy sgs2.nexus is very good phone but just 4 the sake of zoom….shall i buy sgs2?pls reply.

    • The problem is that mobile phones have digital zoom only. So more zoom means less quality and thus it’s not really worth using it. I’d suggest you to keep your Nexus S and wait for Tegra 3, then buy a new phone.

  10. Hi, I have recently bought a samsung galaxy s1. Mine has very bad lag and freezes daily. It is very frustrating. I was wondering if you had any suggestions please?

  11. Thanks for this Q&A.

    I think this is the real question for anyone who possesess Galaxy S. I too, gave my friend the same advice when comparing my Galaxy S to Galaxy S2. Moreover with 2.3.3 and 2.3.4 upgrades Galaxy S keeps getting better in terms of speed and performance.

    And one thing I need to point out is the Indian Market. All Indian users should keep in mind that the 3G market is just introduced and has a long journey to go before most of us comes on common ground to actually use it. So I think as for now owners of Galaxy S will enjoy the same benefits as that of S2 except the hardware.

  12. Thankq…then i just stick with sgs.