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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini review
12 February 2014
Excerpt: Packing an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS in a smaller package than the original, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini offers Super AMOLED skills but it’s up against the Motorola Razr i, Sony Xperia P and the original iPhone 4. The Mini remains identical to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in design terms. There’s a slim plastic body and removable back panel for the battery, SIM and MicroSD card. On the surrounding edges, there’s just the power button and a volume rocker.
Pros: Slim profile, Jelly Bean Android standard (out of the box), Super light
Cons: Small storage capacity, mediocre camera, Expensive for its specs
Excerpt: While keeping some of the feel and design elements of the full-size Samsung Galaxy S3 , the Galaxy S3 Mini is offered as a less expensive alternative with a midrange feature set. Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of memory via microSD, the S3 mini sports a 4-inch, Super AMOLED display (480 x 800), 5 megapixel camera, and a 1500mAh battery rated at up to 11 hours of talk time (battery ratings vary enormously due to personal use behavior).
Pros: Good camera, Solid, comfortable design
Cons: Mediocre call quality, Some performance trade-offs
Conclusion: Whilst the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini might look the part, the handset fails to push the boundaries of its respective market like its big brother has managed to do. Pairing slightly disappointing specs and a run of the mill performance with a price tag that can offer so much more, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini fails to set itself out as a viable and desirable option. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini feels like a lazy effort from the South Korean manufacturer.
Excerpt: Packing an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS in a smaller package than the original, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini offers Super AMOLED skills but it’s up against the Motorola Razr i , Sony Xperia P and the original iPhone 4 .
Pros: Slim profile, Samsung apps, Jelly Bean as standard
Conclusion: The Galaxy S3 Mini is Samsung's way of providing the best-selling S3 experience to consumers on a budget and without the need for blistering specs. With its familiar design, Super AMOLED display, Jelly Bean features and decent camera, it's safe to say it's done just that. But at £300, there's simply no way that we can recommend picking up the Galaxy S3 Mini over the Google Nexus 4 , which can be picked up for £240 and £280 for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively.