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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

 
5 out of 5 stars by 1 reviews
With similar specs to the iPhone 5 but closer to the price of the iPhone 4, the Galaxy S3 Mini is Samsung’s attempt to create a mid-range smartphone that still feels like a premium model. They’ve certain succeeded, creating a great alternative to the big screen and big price tag of the Galaxy S3 with a smart, stylish and more compact handset.

Design

Most of the design features of the standard Samsung Galaxy S3 are accounted for on this mini version; the glossy plastic, curved edges and sleek look are all present, but at dimensions of 122.55 x 63 x 9.9mm there’s less bulk to this model, and at 113g it feels lighter in the hand. The main difference between the Galaxy S3 Mini and its full-sized version is in the screen size, as this one comes in at 4-inches, the size of the iPhone screen rather than the vast 4.8-inches of the Galaxy S3. At 800 x 480 pixels, the Super AMOLED screen will still impress all but the nerdiest of smartphone users. The usual colourful vibrancy that you’ve come to expect from the Galaxy models is still present, and a brightness toggle in the phone’s interface allows you to adjust the screen to your preferences.

Performance

The 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM of the Galaxy S3 have been pared down for the Mini, which features a dual-core version processor at 1GHz and 1GB RAM. This does not, however, make for a slow performance, thanks to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being included from the outset on the phone; this software helps the Mini move swiftly and efficiently and certainly doesn’t feel like a cheaper performance.

Camera Quality

Although the 5MP camera lens may not meet the high standards of the S3’s offering of 8MP, it works really well anyway, with clear results and naturalistic colour quality in a good variety of lights. As you can expect from Samsung, there are plenty of features to play with on the camera app: various scene modes, shooting modes, colour effects, cartoon modes and many others. If you want to access the camera quickly to capture a moment, you can easily do so by turning the phone while holding the screen. Considering this is a pared down version of the high-quality camera available on the full-sized S3, this camera is especially impressive. There’s plenty of storage space to back up all your photos but if you run out of room, there’s also 32GB of extra memory available via a microSD card.

Battery Life

The S3 Mini contains a 1500mAh battery, which, although smaller than some other Galaxy offerings, is easily big enough to power your Mini well into the day and night, thanks in part to the decreased screen size and great battery saving technology. Power saving mode is also available in your notifications window, which can help add some hours onto your usage time, but with normal levels of use there should never be a problem with battery on this device.

Internet Browsing

The Samsung browser has been tweaked on the S3 Mini to make for a simple and effortless user experience, moving at a good pace and rendering pages quickly and easily over both Wi-Fi and 3G. Tabbed browsing is also supported which is great for multi-taskers, and shows no major shortcomings despite the Mini’s decreased specs and price tag.

Media Features

As soon as you plug your headphones into the Galaxy S3 Mini, your media options appear automatically. The phone’s media features include an impressive and intuitive music player that can categorize your music by tone and turn off when you fall asleep, and an FM radio that allows you to record stations for playback later. The video player is futuristic and features high quality video play back thanks to the screen quality of the phone, and also includes DLNA streaming. All in all, although this may be a pared down version of the higher-end Samsung devices, the quality of media you’ve come to expect from a Galaxy phone is still well represented on this device.