If you have been looking at purchasing a Samsung Galaxy handset, then the S2 and S3 mini are two very good options to look at. Both the phones come at a similar price range and that makes a comparison between the two a very useful topic for discussion. Here is a short and crisp comparison of the two phones.
Processor and Dimension
Let us first look at the specifications. The Galaxy S2 comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor that powers this device with a large 4.3 inches display screen. In comparison, the Galaxy S3 mini is equipped with a 1Ghz dual-core processor and a 4.0 inch display screen. Notice how these core specs on the S3 Mini are slightly lower than the S2? That’s been a deliberate strategy to launch the Galaxy at a lower price for customers with a lower budget. The Galaxy S3 mini is available at a price of around $412 while the Samsung Galaxy S2 is priced at $492.
Perhaps the biggest reason why I would go for a Galaxy S2 and not a S3 mini is the camera. The former comes with an impressive 8 MP camera whereas the S3 Mini has a 5 Mp camera. A lot of experts would tell you that camera resolution is just one part and there are several other factors to decide camera quality. But considering that we are comparing two phone cameras from the same manufacturer, we could well ignore the other aspects of the camera that is likely to be similar on both the phones and just go with the resolution.
Here is the tricky part. The S2 runs on the older Gingerbread version of Android whereas the Galaxy S3 Mini runs on the newer Jellybean OS. A layman user may not find too many reasons to pick one OS over the other, but if you are a geek, then you would probably want to own a Jellybean Android phone rather than one running on Gingerbread.
So there you go – specs wise, the S2 is definitely the better phone. But if you have a lower budget or if you are picky about running the latest Android version, then the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is what you should be going for.
There is nothing greater than when a new device is released and it is greater than the sum of its parts. After a bit of a usage of the new Samsung S2 phone we have concluded that this phone is certainly that.
The S2’s main strengths are its screen and its processor. However it does certainly have a strong facet in another number of areas and this is what makes it greater than its individual attributes. The device has a very smart 1.2GHz dual core processor that really can hammer the applications it is multitasking on into submission. This means the phone is fast enough to handle any form of streaming, browsing and gaming.
The huge processing power puts the phone at the top of the new smart phones as far as the latest phone engines go. The phone’s biggest strength comes in the glassy shape of its screen. The 4.3inch Super AMOLED Plus screen is excellent and shows some great contrast of colours and depth of shades.
The Android 2.3 operating system is also excellent and really sparks into life when you see the things it does with the Samsung created TouchWiz interface. The combination of applications and their use of the processor and screen make this a device to be reckoned with and it is no surprise that it is the top selling phone in the last few months, with more than 5 million Samsung Galaxy S2 deals having been picked up since the phones launch just a few months back.
Add to this the 8mp camera and the ability for it to record at 1080p and you are in for a very fun time indeed. The camera is excellent and the sensor very good and we were delighted displaying it on the TV at home via a DLNA connection.
The phone is also a nicely shaped slim device and weighs in at a tiny 116g and is only 8.49mm wide, though is slightly thicker towards one end because of the speaker. To be honest it is very hard to fault this phone and like the previous Galaxy S and the HTC Desire before it – it is an iPhone beater and great because of all its parts combined.
The absence of Apple at the Mobile World Congress has definitely given Google’s Android the definite edge over its competitors at the show in Barcelona this year. With the MWC for this year coming to a close today, everyone who’s been at the event has only one thing to say – Android is brilliant. With Nokia disbanding its own phone OS Symbian and partnering with Microsoft for Windows based Nokia phones, they did not have anything to offer this year. Almost every phone, be it the Motorola Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy S or the Sony Xperia Play smartphones or the Samsung’s second generation tablet or LG Slate, everything has been Android. There was Blackberry Playbook that was not running on Android but spoke of including Android apps and HP’s Tablet – TouchBook that did not use Android but WebOS.
So, this MWC belonged to Android completely.
Last year at the same time during the Mobile World congress, Samsung unveiled Bada – its own phone OS. After an year, Samsung has now announced Bada 2.0, the next version of Bada 1.2, Samsung’s own smartphone OS today. Bada 2.0 will feature NFC (Near Field Communication Support), WAC (Wholesale Applications Community), HTML 5, voice recognition and multitasking. Samsung would also providing a server development kit (SDK) allowing developers of other platforms as well explore the OS. The SDK would allow developers to look into the apps’ performance with the help of a faster simulator and advanced code.
Bada was first launched by Samsung in November 2009 and right now it is the 1.2.0 version that is in use. Samsung Wave (GT-8500) was the first phone to be launched on the Bada OS. Along with Bada, came the Samsung Apps, their own app store which is apparently growing quickly.
We had the news on Go Rumors yesterday that Apple is planning to buy Samsung PLS displays in order to improve the viewing angles on the iPhones. Rumor has it that these displays are going to be four inches in measurement, which would mean Apple would be bidding it’s usual 3.5″ touchscreen adieu. Guess this is Apple’s answer and an attempt to stay amidst all the Google Android devices which are now coming with bigger and better displays when compared to Apple. According to a buzz from upstream component suppliers of Taiwan, Apple would also be using 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processors.
Now, if the 4″ display would enable a retina display or something that is going to be better than that is still unknown. But if the rumors and the buzz from the Taiwanese company were to come true, Android devices would be left behind for sure.
The Samsung Galaxy S II was released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a little earlier today. According to reports, the new handset is looking fabulous with impressive hardware like a 1 GHz Samsung dual core processor, 8.1 mega pixel camera, Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen that measures 4.27 inches. Also , the phone is very slim, if not the slimmest.
Other hardware specs of the phone include HSPA connectivity which encourages high speed downloads and browsing experience, bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, Near Field Communication chips, 1GB RAM and a 2.0 mega pixel camera to the front which enables video chatting. Along with the Galaxy S II, Samsung has also released the next generation Galaxy Tab Tablet which runs on Android 3.0 or the Honeycomb.
More smartphones and tablets are also due at the Mobile World Congress in the next two days. We will have to wait and see which one meets the users’ expectations.
Android’s growing popularity is making everyone design products for the OS now. Adobe is planning to do a mobile compatible flash player for Android 3.0 based tablets. Flash Player 10.2 – the mobile version of the flash will be integrated into the hardware allowing it to decode the video which would save the battery power by a fair margin when compared to the software doing the decoding.
Also, Blackberry devices are also expected to get the Flash Player 10.2. At the moment, the version is being tested intensively on the Motorola Xoom, various other netbooks and the Blackberry PlayBook. As of now, this version of the flash is going to be released for the above mentioned devices, while the other devices have some compatibility issues which will be dealt with accordingly.
Adobe has already mentioned that Android users across the world have downloaded the flash version for their devices 20 million times in the six months after the launch.
The Mobile World Congress has finally kicked off. On the first day at the MWC in Barcelona, the South Korean giant Samsung and the Japanese giant Sony showcased their range of new smartphones and tablet devices based on Google’s Android OS. While Samsung showcased its Galaxy S smartphone and the next generation Galaxy Tab tablet, Sony Ericsson unveiled its Xperia Play – the playstation induced mobile phone. Sony is also planning to ship the new gaming handsets soon.
The MWC which is going to last two more days is going to see many more mobile products in the next couple of days with the like of RIM, Motorola and HTC eagerly waiting to unleash their products. No doubt, Android is the leading phone OS in the world right now and it is topping every other OS at the moment by some margin. But, Apple’s products are in the waiting and anything can happen.
The Samsung Galaxy Indulge, the new smartphone from Samsung which supports the latest 4G-LTE feature is being released by Samsung through MetroPCS. This new smartphone would be an extension to Samsung Craft that was released last year. Indulge apparently possesses several multimedia oriented features that is sure to keep its users indulged into it. Along with multimedia, the phone also comes with several other features like oraganisational tools and various entertainments. Despite possessing so many features, the phone runs at lightning speed, thanks to its 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Also, the 4G-LTE service that is going to be provided by MetroPCS is ure to improve the browsing experience of users.
The smartphone which was launched a couple of days ago, runs on Android 2.2, possesses a 3.5 inches HVGA screen, a 3.0 megapixel camera along with the alrerady mentioned Samsung’s Hummingbird processor.
According to the latest reports, Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry have overtaken Sony Ericsson and Motorola to claim the fourth and fifth spots on the top mobile phone manufacturers list of 2010. The top three places were shared by Nokia, Samsung and LG respectively. Although Nokia and LG have held on to the first and third places, their market share in 2010 when compared to the previous has come down drastically, no thanks to the iPhones anf Google’s Android based smartphones. Right now Nokia and LG are under a lot of pressure and it is also being rumored that Nokia might shelve its phone OS Symbian and join hands with Microsoft for developing smartphones. Ironically, Symbian also observed a steep decline in the last quarter of 2010.
The strong sales of Apple’s and RIM’s smartphones in the last quarter of 2010 has enabled them surpass Sony Ericsson and Motorola.