Samsung has a specific model number for their every phone like GT-I19100 for Galaxy S II, where Galaxy S II stands for codename. People generally don’t bother looking at the model number they just blindly look at the name Galaxy S II and buy the device. Many people have failed recognising their device and have purchased GT-I1900G instead of GT-I1900. Is there any difference between both the devices, Yes there is.
Both the phones are actually same, as they are categorised below Galaxy S II. But both differ in performance.
Galaxy S II GT-I9100 is powered by 1.2GHz ARM CortexA9 Exynos 4210 and ARM Mali-400 GPU while GT-I9100G is powered by Texas Instruments OMAP4430 CPU and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. This is the main difference between both the phones leading to change in performance.
Drawbacks of GT-I1900G over GT-I1900
According to user reviews, though Samsung has mentioned the clock speed for Galaxy S II (GT-I1900G) to be 1.2GHz it doesn’t exceed 1.008GHz and that’s why some games might encounter problem while launching. Also custom ROM’s, MOD’s and patches developed for GT-I1900 are more as compared to GT-I1900G being very few. Poor 3D performance has been noted from GT-I1900G with low frame rates, and even small lags while jumping between apps (multitasking). Rest, both the phones are exactly same.
Benefits of GT-I1900G over GT-I1900
From the user reviews, it is found that Samsung has fixed the overheating issue which was found in GT-I1900. So GT-I1900G doesn’t overheat easily. Also, the quick battery drain problem from GT-I1900 is manually fixed in GT-I1900G (without software update).
Which phone to buy?
If you are planning to buy Samsung Galaxy S II from the market do check the model number which is located at the left bottom on the back face of the box. From the comparisons I conclude that, GT-I1900 is way better than GT-I1900G in case of performance as well as it is open for modding which most of the Android users are aware of. If you are wondering about battery life of GT-I1900, you shouldn’t worry because the battery problem is fixed from a software update (2.3.5).