Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini / I8190 / I8200
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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
4 October 2014
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...
Summary: 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, The processor could have been faster and the cameras should feature higher MPs.
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: The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is a smaller version of the top-selling Galaxy S3. The 4 inch screen, dual-core processor, Android Jelly Bean and S Voice speech recognition system make it a good performer, but you'll need to shop around for a good price.
Summary: The basics For those who couldn’t stomach the sheer size of its bigger brother, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is here. It takes the same pebble design cues as Sammy’s smash hit super phone, as well as cutting edge Android Jelly Bean software, and shoves it into a smaller four-inch shell. Is it a bargain for someone after something more, how shall we say, iPhone-sized?
Pros: Unlike the truly boring Sony Xperia J we checked out this week, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini’s got a bit of panache: it takes the same curved styling of the S3, and white hue to boot. It’s plastic, yes, but somehow it seems stylish too. And it runs almost exactly the same software too: Samsung’s homescreen and navigation screens are colourful and easy to use, and you’ll find the same excellent Pop-Up Play app as on the S3, which lets you watch videos whilst using anothe...
Cons: While it may sport similar software to the Samsung Galaxy S3, the S3 Mini’s hardware pales in comparison. The four inch screen, though compact, is a lower resolution 800x480, which looks grainy and old against the pin sharp HD display of its bigger brother. And the 1GHz dual-core processor, though fast enough for watching video and a spot of web browsing, isn’t as scorchingly quick either. The five megapixel camera takes spectacularly middling shots meanwhile, and the...
Summary: Looking for a decent Android smartphone, but don't want one as big and expensive as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X+? Then read our Galaxy S3 mini review to find out if this is the phone for you.
Conclusion: Despite the name, the S3 Mini has little in common with the original S3. But despite a considerably lower spec it's still a pretty decent smartphone with a decent level of performance. However, the game-changing price point of the Google Nexus 4 (around £239) which offers a quad-core processor, better screen and camera, plus the very latest Android, makes it seem very expensive for what's on offer.
Pros: Android Jelly Bean, fast processor, decent camera
Pros: Scaled down design, Android Jelly Bean, MicroSD support, Bright Screen, Given that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is based upon the Galaxy S3 , and we loved the design of that, we can safely say we really liked the design of the Galaxy S3 Mini. Its smaller stature than its bigger brother means it sits a lot more comfortably in the hand, and is more than operable one handed. MicroSD support is something that we thought would be almost second nature to modern smartphones, b...
Cons: Expensive, Dual core, Low Screen resolution, Samsung Apps, Samsung has yet to create an amazing keyboard, with its current offering being functional, yet nothing spectacular. It might be to Samsung's credit that the first thing that we thought of when writing this section was the keyboard, but the Korean firm should really take a few cues from HTC and SwiftKey. We also disliked the Samsung Hubs. We can see why they would be put there, yet given that the Play Store is ...
Conclusion: It's hard not to like the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. While its specifications are by no means as impressive as those found on the full-sized Galaxy S3, it's worth noting that it's much cheaper than its older brother at around £300 SIM-free.
Pros: Nice design, good camera, excellent battery life, runs Google's up to date Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
Cons: Noticed some lag, screen disappointing compared to the Galaxy S3., High price tag compared to similar or better phones.