Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini on par with on Motorola, HTC
27 September 2013
Summary: Its reliable specs and availability on four carriers make the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini an easy-to-find midtier buy, but you should also compare the S4 Mini with its substantial competition.
Pros: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini brings a strong feature set for a midrange phone, including Android 4.2, a dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. The Sprint version has excellent call quality.
Cons: The Galaxy S4 Mini has only 8GB of internal storage, and mediocre front-facing camera quality. Data was slow on Sprint's network.
Summary: It is true that this Galaxy S4 Mini is a smaller version of the pocket and top of the range Samsung home, even if they are the size and the weight to be lowered more than the cost. In fact, both the hardware sector for both the services offered, both in the media, it is not so difficult to find cost-effective solutions in the increasingly crowded middle of the market.
Pros: Android 4.2.2, solid construction, Performance, Balanced, Comfortable and pleasant to use, Excellent pictures in bright ambient light.
Cons: Awkward position for the microSD slot, Disappointing camera with low light, Price above average, Below average screen resolution.
Conclusion: Our biggest gripe with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is its price, given the phone's middling specs. So while it isn't bad by any means, its dual-cores, 8GB memory and qHD screen fail to compete with the cheaper, more powerful Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S3 or Sony Xperia SP to name a few. If you love the pocketable design and can find a great deal on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini therefore, you probably won't be dissapointed.
Pros: Compact form factor, Great battery life, Expandable memory
Summary: Little giant. Not long ago, it would have been unthinkable to give a 4.3-inch smartphone the title "Mini" - but times change. The new Galaxy S4 Mini is a smaller version of the current Samsung flagship. Can it live up to the Galaxy S4 name?
Pros: Good performance, Main camera results, Manufacturing quality, Communication equipment, Infrared port, Very good display, Despite the fact that it has a plastic case, the smartphone feels good in your hand - you get the sense that it's high-quality and tough. The Super AMOLED display does its job excellently.
Cons: Price, Slightly high temperature, Low resolution front camera, The Galaxy S4's Full HD resolution is enticing. We'd like to have seen a higher resolution on the S4 Mini.
Conclusion: We were happy to spend time with the Galaxy S4 mini. When we got the chance to first meet it, on June 20, in London , we didn’t know, form our brief hands-on, that there’s so much more to this miniature Galaxy S 4 than meets the eye.
Pros: The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini we reviewed is the GT-I9195, meaning it has LTE capabilities. It was supplied to us by our friends over at , Clove.co.uk, from where you can buy it/import it from. It will set you back £314.00 (£376.80 with VAT), which translates to about $465 (add 20% VAT, if applicable), for the SIM-free, unlocked device, with no contract.
Cons: -like performance, but it was definitely there with its bigger brother, the S4., The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini we reviewed is the GT-I9195, meaning it has LTE capabilities. It was supplied to us by our friends over at , Clove.co.uk, from where you can buy it/import it from. It will set you back £314.00 (£376.80 with VAT), which translates to about $465 (add 20% VAT, if applicable), for the SIM-free, unlocked device, with no contract.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is a remarkable mid-range smartphone that brings power and portability under one roof. It is fast, responsive, and surprisingly capable, but at the same time it is easy to operate and fits perfectly in pockets of any size. Sure, the smartphone may not be as feature-rich as its bigger brother – the Galaxy S4 – but when we take its petite proportions into account, we'd gladly take the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini as it is. Drawbacks?
Pros: Impressively light and portable, Built-in IR blaster, Easily runs even the latest 3D games, Model with dual-SIM support coming too
Cons: Less than 4GB user-available storage, 720p screen would have been more fitting for such smartphone
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S4 is both the predecessor to the Galaxy S3 and the younger brother of the Galaxy S4, and as such, it can be compared with both devices. Samsung effectively coined the winning formula of releasing a range of near-identical smartphones in varying sizes, from minis to phablets. But will the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini wow us as much as the flagship model did? And will it be an improvement on last year’s Galaxy S3?
Summary: T he Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is a smartphone with a fine format, of course, it is a bit smaller than the S4, but it has a bigger screen than the iPhone 5. In terms of format, I personally think that Samsung has managed to find the ‘perfect’ form factor. There are a number of small disadvantages, including the lack of notification lamp and the screen without HD resolution, although the latter is not visible for most users.