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Samsung Galaxy S II vs Galaxy S : A Quick Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy S is still a great phone even with the arrival of the Galaxy S II just around the corner; the latter will be officially released on the 1st of May.

The S II is an incremental improvement on the S; both have WVGA resolution with the S II having Super AMOLED plus on a 4.3-inch screen, compared to 4-inch Super AMOLED screen for the S.

The S II has twice the amount of onboard RAM and onboard storage compared to the S (1GB, 16GB vs 512MB, 8MB); its Exynos 4210 also has twice the number of cores on the Hummingbird SoC, albeit at the same core speed.

The camera also represents a definite improvement; the S II has two of them, an eight-megapixel back facing and a front facing two-megapixel.

Finally, the S II is thinner (8.5mm vs 9.9mm) and lighter than its predecessor. Both will run Gingerbread by the end of the year and offer a more than decent battery life.

When it comes to contract prices, T-Mobile (opens in new tab) has the new device with 900 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB internet allowance on a two year contract for £30.64 with £25 cash back.

The same package (opens in new tab) from the same mobile operator but for the Samsung Galaxy S costs the same £30.64 but with a massive £140 cash back. Alternatively, you can get the same phone from Talkmobile with 300 minutes, 1000 inclusive texts and unlimited internet (opens in new tab) for £18 per month on a two year contract.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.