Samsung Galaxy S2 Gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update: How Is It Better Than Galaxy Grand?

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Samsung is one tech manufacturer who is constantly churning out new smartphone/phablet offerings every now and then. The Galaxy lineup of smartphones have received applauses from the consumers for their innovative features and impressives specifications.

Even now, Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S4, which will be the next flagship smartphone is the talk of the tech world. While the handset will be unwrapped today, March 14 in New York City, here is some interesting news for those who own Galaxy S2.

Well, Galaxy S2, the flagship device of Samsung in 2011 and still one of the hottest selling devices has received the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade in many regions. However, this is not an OTA upgrade and users will have to install Samsung Kies software in order to download and install the upgrade on S2 and thereby to enjoy the features of the platform.

The update is sure to bring a new feel to the smartphone with an improved user interface and additional features including Multi-Window as in Note 2 and the features of Jelly Bean themselves. It is to be noted that Galaxy S2 will get the pause feature on Galaxy camera, which will allow the users to pause the recording and continue later from the same place.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 Gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update

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At the same time, recently, Samsung came up with its Jelly Bean based Galaxy Grand, which is a budget oriented phablet. Galaxy Grand is currently available in India with dual SIM support and is priced at Rs 21,500. The handset is gaining enough traction from the consumers as it fits within the budget of many consumers.

In India, Galaxy S2 users will receive the Jelly Bean upgrade in a couple of weeks and hence, there will be two Jelly Bean devices within the same price bracket. Hence, consumers who cannot afford to buy Galaxy S4, which will be made available in the nation within two months can choose either Galaxy S2 or Galaxy Grand.

Eventually, the consumers might be pondering over what is so different between the two devices. Hence, Gizbot has come up with a spec comparison between Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Grand to offer a clear picture to the readers. Have a look at it below.

Form Factor: Galaxy S2 carries a dimension of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and weighs in at 116 grams, which is obviously thinner and lighter than Galaxy Grand boasting 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm in dimension and weighing in at 161 grams.

Galaxy S2 flaunts a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and 217 ppi pixel density approximately.

On the other hand, Galaxy Grand boasts a 5 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and 187 ppi pixel density approximately.

Obviously, the Super AMOLED Plus displays are better as they offer 50% more sub-pixels and also result in thinner, brighter and more efficient panels. Further, the display on Galaxy S2 is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass and has a higher pixel density offering better quality images.

Processor: Galaxy S2 is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor and Galaxy Grand is fitted with a 1.2GHz dual core processor. Definitely, the Cortex A9 chip in Galaxy S2 will power efficiency and peak performance along with offering support to lightweight devices.

Operating System: While Galaxy Grand has been launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS out of the box, Galaxy S2, which is two years old was initially launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and has received the ICS and now Jelly Bean upgrade. Hence, both the devices will be coming with new features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam, better camera interface and Google Now.

Camera: In this segment, both Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Grand fare well with an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and HD 1080p video recording and a 2MP front camera for video calling.

Storage: Galaxy S2 comes with 8GB/16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage. On the other hand, Galaxy Grand has 8GB onboard storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting a whooping expandable storage of up to 64GB.

Connectivity: In terms of internet connectivity, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Grand come packed with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, micro USB 2..0 and average download speeds of up to 5.76Mbps. However, Galaxy S2 scores more as it comes with optional NFC support.

Battery: Galaxy S2 is loaded with a 1,650 mAh Li-Ion battery offering up to 8 hours of talk time and 610 hours of standby. At the same time, Galaxy Grand comes powered by a 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery delivering 10 hours of talk time and 440 hours of standby.

Price: Galaxy S2 has witnessed numerous price cuts and is now available at Rs 25,900 and Galaxy Grand is priced at Rs 21,500.


Both Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Grand are two awesome devices from the South Korean tech firm, but still, they have their own pros and cons making them distinguished.

Specwise, obviously Galaxy S2 with better display, power efficient processor, support to NFC and improved battery backup can be claimed a winner. Nevertheless, Galaxy Grand comes with several exclusive features that came along with Galaxy S3 including Smart Stay, Direct Call, AllCast Share, PopUp Play, Buddy Tag and more. 

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