Pocket Burner: Samsung Galaxy S4 or Refurbished Galaxy S3 at Affordable Price?

The recent launch of Galaxy S4 by Samsung has unknowingly raised a war with its predecessor Galaxy S3. Given that the GalaxyS3 is in the market for almost more than a year and thus available at a heavy discount from many carriers, it’s even more lucrative, especially for customers on a budget. This model had its successful run last year and it is also renowned for dethroning iPhone from the prime position in the third quarter of 2012.

Is the Galaxy S3 still a better player in the market where Galaxy S4 exists?

If we consider price not the only factor, then there are aspects of the design, battery life, software, hardware and features that make one phone of the either win this prestigious race. Going a step further I am jotting down the major differences between the Galaxy S4 and the Refurbished Galaxy S3 (recently bought from Gobol) to help you make the smarter choice for that ultimate Smartphone.

Both phones have a similar external build, same dimensions and almost the same weight with few aesthetic differences to distinguish them. A key point of differentiation is that the Galaxy S4’s bezel has narrowed considerably, lending a sleeker appearance and thus sometimes causes an issue with the S4?s Home button with thumb tapping the screen not the bezel. Also going by looks alone, the displays aren’t significantly different. The benefits of full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution on such a small screen of Galaxy S4 are only felt in specific instances, such as watching movies and playing some games.

The Galaxy S4 Indian version features a Exynos 5 Octa core processor making it the quicker and more efficient but the Galaxy S3 still packs enough power to multi-task efficiently and to run the most complex applications. The Galaxy S4 launched with the latest version of Android Jelly Bean, 4.2 has pushed Samsung to update the G3 to Jelly Bean 4.1. If you value Smartphone that offers as much functionality as possible, then S4 is meant for you. If your needs are more basic, then you won’t miss out on much by going with the Galaxy S3.

The most talked about Galaxy S4’s camera gets a huge upgrade, jumping to 13-megapixels. Dual Shot is another attractive addition which allows users to use the front and back camera simultaneously. In nut shell if your priority is getting the best click from your Smartphone, then S4 is the better choice. However if you are happy with a good camera with decent images & it’s not in your priority list you won’t be disappointed in the S3.

The ‘Air view’ and ‘Air Gestur’ features of Galaxy S4 give the ability to preview and browse emails, messages and photos without even touching the screen. In my experience I observed that at times you have to try a little longer for the gestures to work. This might be because the phone’s sensors take time to initialize. Features like Smart Scroll are a hit and miss and don’t work if you’re wearing spectacles. These gestures control are nothing more than marketing gimmicks and you’ll probably not even remember them after a week or two of showing them off to your family & friends.

The biggest drawback to the Galaxy S4, is large, high-resolution display, multiple sensors, and quad-core processor is that all-day battery life is only possible if you employ every juice saving trick you know. The Galaxy S3 doesn’t struggle as much on this front and can more easily last all day And the most important factor for deciding upon a Smartphone for a budget constraint Indian like me is the price. And hence I will surely go for the Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S3 packed with all the features of the new one at just Rs.22000 rather than spend Rs.41500 (almost double) on a phone which has nothing new to offer except few updates than its predecessor.

Galaxy S4

Refurbished Galaxy S3

Display

Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixels

Screen Resolution: 1280 x 720 Pixels

Screen Size: 5

Screen Size: 4.8″

Touchscreen – Super AMOLED Capacitive Touch Screen

Touchscreen – Super AMOLED Capacitive Touch Screen

Camera

Resolution: 13

Resolution: 8

Digital Zoom: Digital Zoom with Auto-focus and LED Flash

Digital Zoom: Digital Zoom with Auto-focus and LED Flash

Video Camera: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8

Video Camera: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8

Music & Video

Music Player: Yes

Music Player: Yes

Video Player: Yes

Video Player: Yes

FM Radio: – No

FM Radio: Stereo FM Radio with RDS

Audio Formats : MP3, AMR-NB & WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3

Audio Formats : MP3, AMR-NB & WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3

Video: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8

Video: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8

Memory

RAM: 2 GB

RAM: 1 GB

Internal: 16 GB (or) 32 GB (or) 64 GB

Internal: 16 GB (or) 32 GB

Expandable : MicroSD upto 64 GB

Expandable : MicroSD upto 64 GB

Physical Attributes

Form Factor: Bar

Form Factor: Bar

Width: 136.6

Width: 136.6

Height: 69.8

Height: 70.6

Thickness: 7.9 mm

Thickness: 8.6 mm

Weight : 130 g

Weight : 133 g

Connectivity

Connectivity & Data Speed: HSDPA upto 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA upto 5.76 Mbps

Connectivity & Data Speed: HSPA upto 21 Mbps

Quadband: Quad-band GSM 850 /900 /1800 /1900 MHz

Quadband: Quad-band GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz

Wi-Fi: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA

Bluetooth: Bluetooth v4.0

Bluetooth: Bluetooth v4.0

Data Networks: GPRS, EDGE

Data Networks: GPRS, EDGE

Networks: GSM

Networks: GSM

Messaging

Push Email: No

Push Email: No

Text Messages (SMS): Yes

Text Messages (SMS): Yes

Picture Messages (MMS): Yes

Picture Messages (MMS): Yes

E-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

General

GPS: A-GPS, Google Maps, GLONASS

GPS: A-GPS, Google Maps

MP3 Ringtones: Yes

MP3 Ringtones: MP3, WAV Ringtones

Operating System: Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Operating System: Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Processor Type : Quad-Core 1.9 GHz (or) Octa-Core 1.6 GHz

Processor Type : Quad-core 1.4 GHz

Price

Rs.41500

Rs.22000

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27 Comments on "Pocket Burner: Samsung Galaxy S4 or Refurbished Galaxy S3 at Affordable Price?"

 

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Sahil Shah
May 31, 2013 7:51 pm 7:51 PM

Can anyone help me out.. Should I go for Galaxy S3 or Grand Duos as both have 1GB ram and just a bit of difference in processor. but Grand cost around 16k where as s3 cost around 22k. So is it worth paying almost 6k more?

Rohan
June 1, 2013 6:55 pm 6:55 PM

S3 anytime….. it’s actually a smartphone 🙂

May 31, 2013 8:10 pm 8:10 PM

Hi Sahil,
Its worth paying 6K more and to go with S3 .. 🙂

S.Sudhakar
May 29, 2013 1:40 pm 1:40 PM

Disadvantages of all android phones :
> No FM transmitter.

> Softwares cannot be installed in memory card without installing the third party software.

> No folder view (Inbox, sent, drafts, outbox, my folders, delivery reports etc) in the message area.

> Difficult to see the delivery report of each SMS later.

spiderman
May 29, 2013 2:27 pm 2:27 PM
1) I do use Nokia N8 & used FM Transmitter only once in last 2 years 2) If the phone is running fast & no hang while in multi tasking, I do not have any issues apps getting installed into phone memory 3) I do use Thread view as default in Nokia N8, than conventional folder view as you mentioned 4) Delivery reports option s there na? Very rarely used feature, but still it presents, so no problem Any other major drawback ? Planning to switch to Android with S3, N4 or Xperia ZL Symbian seems to be dead, All… Read more »
Pratibha Gupta
May 29, 2013 10:28 am 10:28 AM

I know this site gobol.in. Recently purchased a Panasonic LED at a discount of more than 50%. The concept of selling refurbished factory seconds items sounds good if you’re being provided with brand warranty. For a budget conscious consumers like us, it is a nice platform. And i agree with RDB that S4 is not worth the price it is pitched.

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