If you’re on a typical cell phone cycle, you don’t upgrade your phone that moment a new device comes out on the market. Most carriers are now trying to push the remaining stock of the Galaxy S4 before the Galaxy S5 takes over and as such, you may be looking to upgrade to a cheaper version of a still very popular smartphone. As such, we take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S2 was launched in February 2011 and is now three years old. The fast moving market of smartphones, this seems like almost an eternity, and if you are in Canada, it was the life cycle of a carrier contract. So, if you’re looking to upgrade your smartphone, you’ll be pleased to find that the Galaxy S4 packs a huge improvement over the S2.
|Galaxy S2||Galaxy S4|
|System||Android 4.1||Android 4.4.2|
|Display||4.27 inch Super AMOLED Plus 800 x 480 pixels, 217 ppi||5 inches, Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 441 ppi|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 4 Dual / Texas Instruments OMAP 4, 2 cores, 1.2 GHz||Snapdragon 600, 4 cores, 1.9 GHz|
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB|
|Internal memory||16 GB + microSD||16/32 GB + microSD|
|Battery||1650 mAh||2600 mAh|
|Camera||8 Megapixel / 2 megapixels||13 megapixels / 2.1 megapixels|
|Connectivity||HSPA, Bluetooth, USB||LTE Cat 3, HSPA +, Bluetooth 4.0, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0|
|Dimensions||125 x 67 x 8.49 mm||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight||118 grams||130 grams|
Note: Since the Galaxy S2 isn’t offered directly from retailers, both online and off now, it’s hard to try and compare the price between the two devices.
It shouldn’t surprise you at all: the Galaxy S2 is a popular smartphone and there are still tons of people who are using it, but if you're thinking that it might be a good idea to get a new smartphone, now might be the time. The S4 offers an improvement in almost all areas: screen size, hardware, battery, and more. Plus, with most carriers offering the device for little to no cost on a new contract, it couldn't be much better.