Starting today until this Sunday (3rd June 2012), DiGi is holding simultaneous roadshows at four locations across the country. Get a chance to hold and touch an S3 today to see if it is something that you would want to have.
Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur
One Utama, Petaling Jaya
KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru
Queensbay Mall, Penang
Samsung has finally released their ICS code for Galaxy S2 I9100G which is the version that many later buyers, especially in Malaysia, got hold of. Within a day of the release of the ICS update (India region got the release first), Codeworkx completed the first CM9 for I9100G. This brings an end to frustrated customers who watched on in envy as their I9100 siblings got an update much earlier.
While this release is still experimental, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of major known issues left in their todo list. With kernel sources from Samsung, I’m sure that Codeworkx will be able to clear the experimental stage and bring Galaxy S2 I9100G’s CM9 into a nightly release version.
If you own a Galaxy S2 I9100G and wish to get ICS on your phone, check out KIES for the Samsung Stock ICS or head on over to XDA to get CM9 for your phone.
Good luck and happy upgrading!
XDA’s CM9 for I9100G Thread
CM9 I9100G Known Issues
CM9 I9100G FAQ
CM9 I9100G Installation Guide
SamMobile’s Firmware for I9100G (Asia) <– You must be logged in to view and download
DiGi has released their Galaxy S3 plan and it is available for online pre-order. Their pricing may change after this pre-order period so whomever wants to get one, I think it is a pretty okay plan.
With a monthly RM68 plan, you can get the device for RM1149.
Or with a monthly RM88 plan, you can get the device for RM999.
The retail price listed for Galaxy S3 is RM2199. I was expecting between RM2200-RM2500 so I was quite on target. I also have to mention that this price is around the same price that Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 was released at earlier.
Those who don’t mind waiting, I’m pretty sure that the price will drop within the next six months. Maybe you can get it as a Christmas gift then.
Visit the DiGi link here.
GSMArena has just completed their comparison between Galaxy S2 I9100 and the Galaxy S3 I9300 here. Their conclusion – Galaxy S3 is the better phone but just by a hair. If you have a Galaxy S2, its likely that you don’t need to upgrade for now. S2 is still a pretty good phone and will last you sometime yet.
They also included some good comparisons so I recommend that you head over for a read if you’re still unsure whether to get a S2 or S3 or whether to upgrade from a S2 to a S3. As mentioned in the article, S2 already has the ICS upgrade but it is missing some of the newer features such as Smart Stay. However, you may have heard that the Android community has been working on developing similar features from scratch here.
My stand still remains the same. No point for me to upgrade yet. My S2 is still well alive and kicking. Earliest I’ll upgrade is probably S4 next year or the year after that. We’ll see when it happens.
Have you made your choice yet?
GSMArena has completed its round of testing regarding S3’s battery life. Before we get into the results, lets just recap that the S3 has a 2100mAh battery capacity which has to power a 1.4GHz quad core CPU and a 720×1280 4.8″ screen. As mentioned in my earlier post, I do not expect a huge margin of difference between the S2 and S3 when it comes to web surfing or videos. In talk time, there will be a good margin as the screen is mostly turned off during a call. As S3 is running on ICS, I feel that it is more accurate to be comparing with the S2 running ICS. As such, I will be making comparisons to the S2 ICS. Continue reading to find out if what I predicted came true.