Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review


Galaxy S4 Mini is an Android smartphone with 1.7 GHz Dual Core Processor,1.5 GB RAM. It comes with 4.3 Inch qHD Super AMOLED Display, 8 GB on-board storage,Micro SD slot and 1900 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 may not be proving as popular as the Korean firm had hoped, yet that hasn’t stopped it extending the S4 range, equipping it with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and the baby Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini being reviewed here.

Being the baby of the S4 range, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini manages to slide in at a relatively reasonable price point, depending on where you look. SIM-free offerings have been seen as low as £360 (around US$545, AU$595), and you can get it for free on UK contracts starting at £25 per month.

This puts the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini right up against the well established Nokia Lumia 820, Sony Xperia SP, and the ageing, yet incredibly popular Samsung Galaxy S3. We even have to mention the increasingly likely arrival of the HTC One Mini, which is sure to follow in the 5-star footsteps of its bigger brother.

Samsung’s latest mini offering of its flagship S range follows not only the full-fat S4, but also the relatively recently Galaxy S3 Mini, which is a phone that certainly impressed us. With two reputations to uphold, the pressure is on for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

We’re also left a little confused by the need for a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, possibly something brought on by the way that Samsung’s nearest and dearest rival, based out in Cupertino, handles things.

Apple hasn’t, as yet, released a lower powered version of its flagship handset, instead relying on sales of a previous iteration. This begs the question, does Samsung need the Galaxy S4 Mini, when it already has the Galaxy S3?

This is something that we shall take a look at, but looked at entirely on its own, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz coupled with 1.5GB of RAM definitely sets the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini off to a decent start. A 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display adorns the face of the S4 Mini.

It’s also important to note that the Mini name is about as far as Mini goes. The 4.3-inch screen is larger than that of the iPhone 5, and the whole handset measures in with a smaller yet deeper frame than the Samsung Galaxy S4, at 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm (4.9 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches).

The plastic chassis is more fitting to a handset of this pricing and helps to keep the weight low at only 107g (3.8oz).

Size of phones is a hot topic, with many people feeling that modern flagships, and the rise of phablets, are just too large. We were showing off the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to friends, and one avid iPhone user commented that it was a far nicer size than the S4, and a lot easier to use, especially one-handed.

We’re not going to dedicate an entire section to the screen in this review, like we did on the Samsung Galaxy S4 review. That’s not to say that the screen is a letdown, because it’s leagues above the Galaxy S3 Mini screen.

There isn’t any super-fancy-super-charged-hover-over-the-screen tech involved like there is in the full Samsung Galaxy S4, but the 960 x 540 resolution, while not HD, is bright, clear and crisp.

That said, we found that we were able to operate the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with a pair of gloves on, which gets it a thumbs up.

Behind that screen and the plastic frame sits all the bells and whistles that you might hope for, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, 4G (confirmed for the UK, with 3G variants in other markets) and an infra-red blaster. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is also a TV remote.

Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini obviously follows in the footsteps of the bigger Samsung Galaxy S4, and every Galaxy phone in recent memory. The massive screen takes up the majority of the front real estate, a large home button adorning the base, and the back and menu soft keys sitting either side.

The thinner bezel is vaguely reminiscent of the iPad mini, and something that we thought was very impressive on both the aforementioned Apple device and the Galaxy S4.

Long gone are the days where phones and tablets had similar designs, square with chunky black bezels, with the curvier edges and almost edge to edge display making the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini feel like a premium device.

Colour-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini comes offering the now standard black and white, with a metallic band wrapping around the edge of the frame. It is something we’ve seen on other models, and it gives the S4 Mini a more premium feel.

The plastic back wraps around the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and like the S4 and other Galaxy models, is removable. We were very disappointed with the back plate, however. There is quite a lot of give in the plastic, as a result of the thinness to keep the depth and weight of the phone down.

Tucked away is 1900mAh worth of battery, which again is removable. For intense users, this might prove to be a bonus, because it means secondary batteries can be swapped easily. In all, we’re not overly fussed given how cheap portable USB charging packs are.

The microSD card is hidden behind the back cover as well, in one of the most awkward spots we have seen. It’s not only hidden behind the battery (so not hot-swappable), it’s also very fiddly to put the card in.

It’s always been a staple of the Galaxy diet, but given that Samsung devices have a heavy media slant, it’s very important that the 8GB (around 5GB after putting the Android Jelly Bean OS on top) is backed up with up to 64GB external storage.

In terms of photography, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini obviously doesn’t come close to the prowess of the Galaxy S4 Zoom that was announced alongside the Mini and the Galaxy S4 Active.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Specifications

– 1.7 GHz Dual Core Processor
– 1.5 GB RAM
– 4.3 Inch QHD Super AMOLED Display
– 8 GB On-Board Storage
– Micro SD Slot
– Dual SIM Support
– IR Remote
– Android 4.2.2
– 1900 MAh Battery.

Technology / Frequency Bands GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz HSDPA : 900/2100 MHz
Dimensions : 124.6×61.3×8.94 mm
Weight : 108 g
Form Factor : bar
Colors : White Frost and Black Mist
Size : 960×540 pixels
Type : color : SuperAMOLED
Colors : 16000000 colors
Secondary Display : no
Camera : Yes 8.1 MP
Resolution : 3264×2448 pixels
Zoom : yes
Flash : yes
Secondary Camera : yes
Flash : no

Bluetooth : Yes
Irda : No
Wlan/Wi-fi :Yes
USB : yes
GPS : yes

GPRS : Yes
EDGE : Yes
3G : Yes
Internet Browsing :Yes , Android Webkit browser

Audio Playback : Yes
Video Playback : Yes
Ringtones : 64 Polyphonic MP3/WAV/MIDI
FM Radio : No
3.5mm Headphone Jack : yes

Inbuilt : 8 GB
Memory Slot : Yes microSD/TransFlash

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