Samsung Galaxy S2 (32GB) vs. Samsung Galaxy S – Review

by Jerry D on February 18, 2011

So just how much more advanced is the new Samsung Galaxy S II over the original Galaxy S? It not only includes an LED flash, but much, much more. In fact, the result of this fight is almost embarassingly one-sided…

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Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The cutting-edge Galaxy S II includes 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (21Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0+HS. Samsung’s original Galaxy S comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP as standard. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Obviously, neither of these phones is a brick. In terms of size and weight there’s not much of a gap between the two. The Galaxy S II is 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm; while the Galaxy S is 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm. Overall, the Galaxy S is actually smaller, but it does have a smaller display. If weight is an issue, then the Galaxy S is 119g, while Samsung’s phone is 116g. There’s still not much in it. (2-0)



The Galaxy S II comes packing a built-in 8.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat/Skype.

The original Galaxy S, meanwhile, has a lower-spec camera – a 5.0 Megapixel model with a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels, plus autofocus, geo-tagging, touch to focus functionality, face and smile detection and HD video recording (720p). Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls. (3-0)


The Galaxy S II incorporates a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display, toughened up with Gorilla Glass to protect it from knocks and scratches. The screen is 4.27 inches in size and boasts a resolution of 480 x 800. Packing 384000 pixels into this screen size results in a pixel density of 218.501 pixels per inch (PPI).

The Galaxy S’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is less roomy, less vivid and slightly smaller at 4.0 inches. The screen resolution (480 x 800 pixels) is exactly the same. Compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 233.25. (4-0)


In terms of raw processing power, the Galaxy S II boasts a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor processor fresh out of the Samsung R&D lab. The Galaxy S, meanwhile, has a single-core ARM Cortex A8 chip, rated at 1GHz. It was fast last year. Not so much in 2011… (5-0)


The Galaxy S II launches with Google’s Android 2.3, which has been customised with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay and Swype text input. The Galaxy S debuted with Android 2.1 (Eclair) and an upgrade to 2.2 should be available, depending on your carrier. (6-0)


While the Galaxy S only boasts 16GB of storage as standard, the Galaxy S II comes with a better 32GB capacity. The Galaxy S II also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to a whopping 64GB. The Galaxy S’s overall capacity can be increased to a maximum of 48GB via its microSD memory card slot. (7-0)


Onto the final round and the Galaxy S has yet to score a point. It doesn’t look like doing so here either as the Galaxy S II also includes: GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi direct, stereo FM radio (with RDS), optional NFC support, a digital compass, gyroscope and an HDMI port. It also features four software ‘hubs’ – the Reader’s Hub, the Social Hub, the Games Hub and the Music Hub.

In comparison, the original Galaxy S features a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. As we said, it was a good specification back in 2010… (8-0)

The Samsung Galaxy S II (32GB) wins!

8-0? There’s little point in asking where the Samsung Galaxy S II is better than the original Galaxy S model? The answer is simply ‘everywhere’.

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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