Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2
While the Samsung Galaxy S2 went out back in February 2011 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is awaited by everyone. The guys at The Korean Times (the oldest English-language newspaper in South Korea) are known for their good relationship with Samsung employees. They found out that the latest Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone will be launched in February 2013, also at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and will be released in March 2013. This seems quite incredible if we take a second and think that the Samsung Galaxy S3 (it’s predecessor) needed about two months to become available all over the world.
Even though it may be considered old, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is not old-fashioned! The device has a price tag of $409.95 without any contract in the United States of America, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to be priced at $629.95, which is a significant difference of $220. But does it worth it or not?
The design of the new Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, it is said to be similar with the design of it’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, the edges will be smaller, in order to allow the screen to get even wider, while the device will be available in 5 different colors: black, white, gray, red and blue. Rumors say that the new Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t feature a physical button anymore (except of the sided one) in order to increase the size of the display.
If we return to the Samsung Galaxy S2 and take a look to this device, we’ll see a simple, elegant, classy smartphone. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S2 is available only on two colors, black and white, and back in February 2011 it was the thinnest smartphone ever built.
When it comes to the display features, we believe that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the absolute winner. The new smartphone by Samsung will feature one 5.0 inch screen (with 0.2 wider than it’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3) which develops a 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution. The technology used for producing this screen is the Pentile Super AMOLED technology, the same used at Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Note II, the display features 440 PPI which is a lot actually, and it’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2, again, just like the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is much more of an old-school device, even though, just like I said before, you can’t consider a phone old after being launched a year and something ago. The smartphone features one Super AMOLED Plus display, which develops a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The screen is only 4.3 inch wide, and it features 16 million colors, has only 217 PPI, and it’s protected by the first version of Corning Gorilla Glass.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Koreans at Samsung discovered the recipe of success: new design, improved hardware, user-friendly software. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was a device sold in more than 20 million units, the Samsung Galaxy S3 the same, so the Koreans decided to do the same with the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The latest smartphone of the Samsung Galaxy S series, the Samsung Galaxy S4, will feature one 2 GHz Quad-Core Cortex A15 processor, 2 GB of RAM memory, and again, just like the Samsung Galaxy Note II, world-wide available LTE connection. The graphics card chosen by the Koreans for this new smartphone is the Octo-core Mali T678 GPU, while the device will feature nano-SIM technology, and one 13 MP rear-sided camera. Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in 3 different versions, with 16, 32 and 64 GB of internal memory.
Returning to the Samsung Galaxy S2, this one features one 1.2 GHz Dual Core Cortex A9 processor and 1 GB of RAM memory. The graphics card used for this device is the Mali-400MP, while the smartphone features one 8 MP rear-sided camera, which develops a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. Unfortunately, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is available in only two versions: of 16 GB or 32 GB internal memory. Again, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S2 SIM card chosen technology is the mini SIM.
Now this is the best part! Unlike some rumors told, no, the Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t feature the Android 4.1 JellyBean! This new Samsung smartphone will come with the latest version of Android, the Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie. We are really excited about this new version, especially because of this new features, like Customization Center or Templates guys at Google have implemented.
Let’s talk a bit about this new Android features, and see how they influence the functions of this very new smartphone!
First of all, the Customization Center’s primary function will be to allow users to switch between various wallpapers and ringtones. This option will allow allow users to enable or disable OEM UI overlays like HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz. Users have been complaining of those since the very first day. It’s good to see that the manufacturer decided to do something about that.
The second of all, Samsung Galaxy S4 will also feature a function called Templates. This one will basically allow users to change the layout and appearance of UI elements, and to apply all kinds of Instagram-like filters to their UI.
Last but not least, the new Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie will feature improved battery life, a whole new and personalized experience of Google Play, the AOSP video player and so on. However, this features have not been confirmed until now. We must wait until the end of this month, when Google will start confirming some of this news.
Coming back to the Samsung Galaxy S2, this one comes basically with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, which is a great software but really, really old-fashioned. Of course, the device got an update to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and at the end of this month will also get an update to Android 4.1 JellyBean.
Even though the Samsung Galaxy S2 may be considered old by some of you, the device doesn’t seem that way. Actually, at this moment, the S2 is much more powerful than a lot of other smartphones available on the market.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is not the Samsung Galaxy S4! We believe that the newest smartphone of the Koreans at Samsung is absolutely incredible, and that it will beat each and every competitor. It has everything you could have ever wished from a smartphone!
But let’s just don’t forget that tastes ar different from human to homan. So, let us ask you: Which device you would buy? The Samsung Galaxy S4, or the Samsung Galaxy S2? Post your answers in the comment section right below!