Leader on the smartphone market, Samsung always provides its users with high-end quality products at more than reasonable prices. But with a new device being released every few months, which one should you go for? Here is a comparison of two of their current most popular smartphones.
Display and Design
As far as picture and video quality goes, the two smartphones are identical as both Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy S2 feature Super AMOLED touch screens that render resolutions of 480x800 pixels. However, Galaxy S2 takes the lead as it comes with a wider display, 4.3 inch as opposed to the 4 inch screen featured on Galaxy S3 Mini, but things may vary as some users prefers Galaxy S3 Mini's display ant not the one from S2.
Size wise, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini proves to be thicker as it measures 9.9 mm in thickness, whereas its opponent Galaxy S2 is 8.5 mm thick. The weight difference is hardly noticeable as Galaxy S3 Mini weighs 111.5 grams, only 4.5 grams lighter than Galaxy S2.
Hardware and Operating System
Things are looking pretty tight as far as hardware specs go as both smartphones come loaded with 1GB of RAM and feature microSD slots to enable the expansion of the internal storage memory by up to 32GB.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini features a dual core cortex A9 processor that works at 1 GHz and also sports a NovaThor U8420 chipset. You can find it in stores in both 8/16 ROM variants.
Galaxy S2 is also powered by a dual core cortex A9 processor which in this case works at 1.2 GHz and features an Exynos chipset. However, you get more ROM with this device as it is available in stores in both 16/32 GB variants.
As expected with any Samsung device, the two smartphones run on Android. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini runs on the Jelly Bean version, whereas Galaxy S2 runs on Gingerbread, upgradeable to both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
Galaxy S2 proves to be best value for money if camera is an important feature for you. This device sports an 8MP primary rear camera with features such as LED flash and autofocus and a 2MP secondary camera at the front. This outperforms Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, which features only a 5MP primary shooter with similar features and a VGA unit at the front.
Once again, Galaxy S2 takes the lead as its battery is a Li-Ion 1650 mAh unit, which translates into about 8 hours and 40 minutes of 3G talk-time. This is an hour and a half more than what Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini can support with its Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is as you would expect if you had contact with any Samsung smartphone. The interface is the same, same apps, and if you used a Galaxy S3 or Note 2 before, you will feel quite restricted in the smaller space of its screen. Autonomy is better at S3 Mini, this chapter helps the fact that the screen is smaller, and the difference in resolution is not observed as well. But the camera is slightly weaker than the Galaxy S and Galaxy Nexus (also 5 megapixels). If you make more shots in the same place, one after another, tones can be changed, the color temperature may be too hot or too cold. Galaxy S3 Mini doesn't have performance problems. Of course, there is a Samsung Exynos processor series, and none Tegra, still has moments where it takes a little longer to execute an operation, but if it is not graphic intensive games, no problems.