A new Galaxy is heading our way, the Samsung Galaxy SII Plus. It’s not entirely new, as it’s more like a refurbished SII, but it has been upgraded to feature some of the goodies of the more popular Galaxy SIII. And you guessed it, it’s once again time for a comparison piece.
We’ll be comparing the SII+ against the SIII, the Note II and the Nexus 4. Why these devices? We’re looking at the more common Android 4.0 Jelly Bean devices on the market, as well as the SII’s big brother, the SIII.
SII+: Probably the same as the SII with: Height:125.3mm , Width: 66.1mm , Depth:8.5mm, Weight: 116g
SIII: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, 133g
Note II: 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm, 180g
Nexus 4: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm, 139g
SII+: 4.3-inch, 480 x 800 pixel Super AMOLED Plus, Corning Gorilla Glass
SIII: 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) display, Corning Gorilla Glass
Note II: 140.9 mm (5.55″) HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720), Corning Gorilla Glass
Nexus 4: Vibrant 1280-by-768 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technology, gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, topped with scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
SII+: 8GB but can be upgraded to 64GB via microSD
SIII: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB user memory – can be upgraded to up to 64GB via MicroSD
Note II: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)
Nexus 4: 8GB and 16GB
Cellular and Wireless
SII+: Probably similar to the SII with HSPA+ 21Mbps/ HSUPA 5.76Mbps, EDGE/ GPRS Class 12, Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900, Quad band UMTS 850/900/1900/2100, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, BT v3.0+HS, USB v2.0, will have a version with NFC,
SIII: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz; 3G (HSPA＋ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz; 4G (Dependent on market); WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40; GPS/GLONASS; NFC; Bluetooth 4.0(LE)
Note II: 3G: HSPA+21Mbps; (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps / 50Mbps; Bluetooth v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; NFC; S Beam
Nexus 4: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC Android Beam, Bluetooth, GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz) and HSPA+ 21
SIII: 2,100 mAh
Note II: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh
Nexus 4: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby: 390 hours
Colors and material
SII+: Pebble Blue and Marble White – polycarbonate material
SIII: Garnet Red, Pebble Blue and Marble White – brushed polycarbonate material
Note II: Marble White and Titanium Gray – brushed polycarbonate material
Nexus 4: Currently featured color is black, but rumored to have a white version as well, no news yet on the material used
SII+: 1.2GHz dual-core processor
SIII: Exynos 4 Quad processor @ 1.4Ghz for HSPA version, and 1GB of RAM.
Note II: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
Nexus 4: Cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 processor, 2GB of RAM
SII+: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
SIII: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable to Jelly Bean
Note II: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Nexus 4: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
SII+: 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera
SIII: Main(Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI; Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI; Best photo
Note II: Main (Rear) : 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub (Front) : 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI, Best Photo, Best Group Pose, Low light shot
Nexus 4: High-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning 360° panoramas with Photo Sphere, shoot video in full 1080p and snap still shots while filming, instantly upload photos on Google+, 1.3MP front-facing camera
SII+: Probably the same as the SII with Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, A-GPS
SIII: Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
Note II: Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
Nexus 4: Accelerometer, Ambient light, Compass, Gyroscope, Barometer and GPS.
SII+: Has been upgraded with TouchWiz Nature UX user interface, Smart Stay, S Voice and Pop-Up Play
Nexus 4: Wireless charging, Google Now, Voice Search, Google Maps, Gesture Typing, Android Beam, Google Wallet, Music Manager
If you’re looking for a light smartphone, your best bet among the four devices is the SII+, but if you want something with lightning speed, the Note II would suit you more because of its processor, though you’d have to deal with its larger size.
If you want the latest Android version on a device, the Nexus 4 has it. All of them have voice search/assistant functionality, so that’s one point for the whole bunch. But if you’re looking for a device that has the right combo of features and size but don’t need too many bells and whistles, the SII+ would probably be the best option for you.