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Old 17-04-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Samsung Galaxy S2 or S3 mini

Hi guys,

I'm getting a new phone soon and i'm looking at between these 2 phones. Not looking at Note 2 or S3 because they are too big for my liking. Bulky to put inside my pants pocket.

so yea, I'm leaning more towards S2 but wanna hear what you guys think.

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Old 17-04-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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Hi guys,

I'm getting a new phone soon and i'm looking at between these 2 phones. Not looking at Note 2 or S3 because they are too big for my liking. Bulky to put inside my pants pocket.

so yea, I'm leaning more towards S2 but wanna hear what you guys think.

Thanks!
for that particular size between S2 and S3 Mini, i suggest a phone like Ace 2 or S3 Mini is good. S2 is older model than S3 Mini. However, S2 the screen is only bigger. Ace 2 is quite a good phone like S3 Mini
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Old 17-04-2013, 11:01 AM   #3
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Never get an older model when there is new model. Software upgrades will be very slow for older models, and hardware support is limited after 3 years from initial launch.

This is an opinion from a tech savvy guy. If you're not concerned with the above, then I will suggest s2.
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Old 17-04-2013, 01:15 PM   #4
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How about the new Samsung Galaxy Express? Almost the same as Galaxy S3 mini but comes with a faster power efficient CPU (1.2Ghz vs 1Ghz) and a higher battery capacity (2000 vs 1500). They have the same look and design. There are review stating that it can last about 2 days under normal usage.

I'm thinking of getting one due to same reason as you and I need a phone that can last me through a day. However it cost about 100 SGD more than S3 mini when comparing at no contract prices.

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Old 17-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #5
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Never get an older model when there is new model. Software upgrades will be very slow for older models, and hardware support is limited after 3 years from initial launch.

This is an opinion from a tech savvy guy. If you're not concerned with the above, then I will suggest s2.
I think while i okay with software upgrades being slow, you have a point there about hardware support. Because if it somehow malfunctions, i can get it fixed quite easily...just a question, is it hard to get repairs for the S2 at the samsung service center now?

I did look at some reviews of the s3 mini and it's pretty slow as compared to the S2.
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Old 17-04-2013, 01:47 PM   #6
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How about the new Samsung Galaxy Express? Almost the same as Galaxy S3 mini but comes with a faster power efficient CPU (1.2Ghz vs 1Ghz) and a higher battery capacity (2000 vs 1500). They have the same look and design. There are review stating that it can last about 2 days under normal usage.

I'm thinking of getting one due to same reason as you and I need a phone that can last me through a day. However it cost about 100 SGD more than S3 mini when comparing at no contract prices.
hey thanks for the suggestion! I didn't know there was this model, probably because it's quite new. I'll have a look at it!

It does seems bigger than what I'm willing to go for though...
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Old 17-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #7
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Personally, I'm still loving my S2 and would recommend it.

But it is an old model so despite the still decent specifications, you probably won't see official updates beyond Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

New models with LTE:

Sony Xperia V
Samsung Galaxy Express I8730
HTC One SV
Motorola RAZR M XT905
Samsung Galaxy S II LTE I9210
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Old 17-04-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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Personally, I'm still loving my S2 and would recommend it.

But it is an old model so despite the still decent specifications, you probably won't see official updates beyond Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

New models with LTE:

Sony Xperia V
Samsung Galaxy Express I8730
HTC One SV
Motorola RAZR M XT905
Samsung Galaxy S II LTE I9210
Indeed, S2 rocks. Now that you said it, the LTE model is a relatively new model right? That means there is still substantial hardware support for it?
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Indeed, S2 rocks. Now that you said it, the LTE model is a relatively new model right? That means there is still substantial hardware support for it?
You referring to the S2 LTE? It is newer than the original S2 but not by a lot.

I think it was launched last year together with the announcement of local telco 4G. But I highly doubt that Samsung will update it to next major Android version.

You can make some guesses from this: http://www.sammobile.com/2013/03/18/...alaxy-note-ii/
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Just get the galaxy express, if money is a concern then get the s3 mini.

No point getting the s2. Very old model.
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Old 17-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #11
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Just get the galaxy express, if money is a concern then get the s3 mini.

No point getting the s2. Very old model.
Haha I shall check it out soon! Hope it's not that expensive.
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Galaxy express selling for 490sgd judging from whymobile website, whereas 380sgd for galaxy s3 mini for no-contract set. Price is a bit on the high side for mid level phone.

Ok lah. The screen is slighly bigger by 0.5inch for express compared to S3 mini and I believe express, despite having larger screen and fast cpu, it will last longer than S3 mini.
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Old 17-04-2013, 10:35 PM   #13
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Galaxy express selling for 490sgd judging from whymobile website, whereas 380sgd for galaxy s3 mini for no-contract set. Price is a bit on the high side for mid level phone.

Ok lah. The screen is slighly bigger by 0.5inch for express compared to S3 mini and I believe express, despite having larger screen and fast cpu, it will last longer than S3 mini.
I read that the display for express isn't that good...
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The PPI may be a bit low but other than that I don't see major problems with display. It's almost impossible to find 720p display in this price range.

Samsung Galaxy Express review: Jelly Bean Express - GSMArena.com
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The PPI may be a bit low but other than that I don't see major problems with display. It's almost impossible to find 720p display in this price range.

Samsung Galaxy Express review: Jelly Bean Express - GSMArena.com
i think i better go down to the store to compare it...galaxy express may be a bit big, have to see.

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