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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Review: In Depth
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Conclusion: We really like the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, it might not offer the feature set of the Galaxy S3, but it looks near identical and offers the same experience - with a few compromises. The specification sheet puts the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini firmly in the middle of the mobile phone market, yet actually performs better. Our main problem with the phone is the price - £300 is too expensive..
Pros: Sturdy build, similar to Galaxy S3, Android 4.1, Excellent performance
Cons: Expensive, Screen resolution could be higher
Excerpt: Mini-size, maxi-performance? Samsung introduces a new compact version of its successful flagship model Galaxy S3. The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini GT-I8190 includes Android 4.1.1 and a super AMOLED touchscreen with a 4-inch diagonal screen measurement and is meant to round off the Galaxy Series in the lower end. Can you be convinced by the performance and the 8 GB internal memory at a low price of around 285 Euros (~$373)?
Pros: compact and lightweight, AMOLED display: bright and contrast rich, Use of Android 4.1.1, many apps available, main camera (720p videos, 5 megapixel, LED-flashlight), battery life, Decent performance in a compact, elegant chassis and the Micro SD card reader.
Cons: Transmitting and receiving performance only average, performance not very high, only 12 month warranty, front camera
Summary: Despite the name, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is the perfect size for many people, put off by the grotesque proportions of the latest Android super phones, and Apple’s closed off iOS software. And its looks and software are easy on the eye too. That said, Samsung’s once market leading Galaxy S2 costs around the same price SIM-free and on contract, so if you want a bit more bang for your buck - and screen real estate, the company’s 2011 flagship phone is still a worthy...
Excerpt: The Galaxy S3 mini looks almost identical to its bigger brother, the Galaxy S3, apart from a few minor, almost unnoticeable, cosmetic changes and of course the fact it's smaller. All the buttons are in the same place but the front facing camera and sensors have switched sides, as has the headphone port, and on the back the LED flash and speaker have moved slightly.
Conclusion: By emulating the fabulous Galaxy S3 in design terms, Samsung may have shot itself in the foot. The handset looks like it should be a smaller version of a great phone, but in fact it is cut down not just in size and that’s bound to disappoint many people. If you take that and then put the phone against something like the less expensive and better featured Google Nexus 4 then there’s really no contest.
Pros: Solid design, Good battery life, Nice motion-based features, Good camera options, Android 4.1
Excerpt: With the top end of the market practically sewn up, Samsung is looking to push that success into the middle of the pack with the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. It looks like the company's top phone, but the specs see it as more of a replacement for the Samsung Galaxy S Plus.
Pros: Great build and nice design, plenty of tweaking to offer a wide range of functionality, microSD card slot, good battery life
Summary: In looks, the Galaxy S3 Mini is nearly identical to its big brother, but smaller. There have been a few hardware downgrades from the flagship S3, but at a highly competitive price point this is still an excellent mid-range phone.
Pros: Pocket-friendly size, Android Jelly Bean
Cons: Mediocre screen resolution, Not as powerful as S3
Conclusion: We really liked the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. It ticks all the right boxes, and comes in at a very decent price. The truth of the matter is, though, that it's launching right smack bang against the Google phone, the Nexus 4. Every time we looked at the Galaxy S3 Mini we were impressed. It beats the Nexus 4 in many areas, it has microSD support and a fantastic interface, but the Nexus has the impressive stock Android.