For the sake of argument, let’s have another phone-against-phone faceoff, as we now take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S3 and a previous version of the Galaxy, the Galaxy S2 currently being sold on T-Mobile.
This variant is known as the Samsung Hercules, and is different from other Galaxy S2s as it has a larger, 4.52-inch screen. We all know the Galaxy S3 is going to be better, but would it be good enough to convince Hercules users to switch?
The Hercules/T-Mobile Galaxy S2 also stands apart from other Galaxy S2 variants because it has a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor. Normally, the Galaxy S3 would trump that with its 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 quad-core, but chances are the US version will come with a dual-core Snapdragon due to compatibility issues with 4G LTE. Both devices are even in terms of RAM at 1 GB.
As mentioned, the T-Mobile Galaxy S2 has a 4.52-inch screen, which is larger than the 4.3-inch version found on all other Galaxy S2s. Its resolution is 800 x 480 with a 206 ppi pixel density rating. The Galaxy S3, however, has a much larger screen at 4.8 inches, with better resolution and ppi – 1280 x 720 and 306 ppi respectively.
Camera quality seems to be even as both have 8-megapixel shooters at the back, but the Galaxy S3’s rear camera has additional features, mainly the ability to take live videos and snap still photos at the same time. The Galaxy S3 will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Hercules comes with the older Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with an update to ICS hopefully to follow soon.
The T-Mobile Hercules is a good phone and indeed better than other Galaxy S2 versions, but the Galaxy S3 may indeed be good enough to convince many a switch. Again, the decision lies in the hand of the consumer, but regardless of the choice, either handset is a good option for any buyer.