Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on April 9, 2013

If you push the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini into a tech-fight with the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus, which one wins? Does the 4.0-inch screen on the Galaxy S3 Mini, outperform the Galaxy S2 Plus’s display? Does it feature a speedier processor? How does the Galaxy S2 Plus’s 8.9mm-thick casing compare? What we need is a simple side-by-side comparison…

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
Display 4.0-inch Super AMOLED 4.3-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 1.2GHz dual core
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.1.2
Storage 8 or 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with geo-tagging, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 3.0 with A2DP
Size 63.0 x 121.6 x 9.9mm 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.9mm
Weight 111g 121g
Talktime 7.0 hours TBC
Standby 430 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a stereo FM radio

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the Galaxy S3 Mini include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. 4G isn’t supported. The Galaxy S2 Plus has NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. It doesn’t have any 4G connectivity either.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Size/Weight

Time for a little size vs size. The Galaxy S3 Mini has dimensions of 121.6 x 63.0 x 9.9mm; the Galaxy S2 Plus is 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.9mm. The Galaxy S3 Mini is the bulkier handset of the two. The Galaxy S2 Plus is beefier than its opponent, weighing 121g. In contrast, the Galaxy S3 Mini weighs 111g. The Galaxy S3 Mini is losing after this round. Is it powerful enough to fight back?
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-2)

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Camera/Video

The Galaxy S3 Mini’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording. It has a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. Oh and there’s also a 0.3MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus beats its opponent with a higher-spec 8.0 Megapixel camera that also includes geo-tagging, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 2.0MP.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-3)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Display

The Galaxy S3 Mini comes with a display that features Super AMOLED technology. It measures 4.0 inches across and has a quoted resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Get the calculator out and the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement of this 4.0-inch display is 233.25.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini features a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 233.25.

The Galaxy S2 Plus’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen is only slightly bigger at 4.3 inches. The 480 x 800 pixel screen resolution is also identical. With 384000 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a forgettable 216.977 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-4)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Processor

As to which phone has the best processor, the Galaxy S2 Plus uses a dual core CPU, rated at 1.2GHz. The Galaxy S3 Mini’s engine is a 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (2-5)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus

As we take a breather for half-time, the Galaxy S2 Plus has a solid 3 point lead. But this fight is far from over. With five more points to be won, the Galaxy S3 Mini still has a chance to win.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Software

Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.1.2. There’s no winner in this round.
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (3-6)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Applications

A double dose of Google Play. So, again, no winner. That means that, at the end of this round, the Galaxy S2 Plus is still out in front by 3. With this gap in the scores, the Galaxy S3 Mini is all but beaten.
— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (4-7)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Storage

Time to compare storage. Samsung gives you a choice of 8 or 16GB Galaxy S3 Mini models. The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus comes with a single storage option – a 8GB model. The Galaxy S3 Mini also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 48GB. The Galaxy S2 Plus’s overall capacity can also be increased to 72GB via its microSD memory card slot.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (5-7)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S3 Mini and the Galaxy S2 Plus share the points (6-8)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S3 Mini also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In comparison, the Galaxy S2 Plus is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a stereo FM radio
— It’s a tie, one point each (7-9)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus wins! (7-9)

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: No
The best extras: Comparable

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