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2014 'mini' flagship versions roundup: which one would you get?

2014 'mini' flagship versions roundup: which one would you get?
Look, man, yet another "mini" version of a popular flagship handset! Samsung just unveiled its inevitable Galaxy S5 mini edition, all decked up in the perforated look of its bigger brother the S5, mimicking its every curve, and hoping to capitalize on the flagship's popularity. After all, why not equip it with a fairly small HD screen of your own making, put a processor that smartwatches run on now, and then charge just 20% below the flagship's price - hey, it's just like it, but for people who love their handsets smaller.

We kid, but Samsung arguably started all that "mini" craze with the S III mini, and hasn't looked back since. This prompted all other major manufacturers, and even some more obscure ones, to feel obliged to outing a "mini" variation of their flagships. The trouble is that, with only a few exceptions, these "minis" come with a price that is not worth a second look, if it wasn't for the naming scheme, and the visual resemblance to their respective flagship sidekicks in the store.

To illustrate that point, we are rounding up all the current 2014-crop minis below, and by the time you reach the last one, it becomes abundantly clear why manufacturers are doing this drill each and every time now. In addition, we are waiting on an eventual LG G3 mini, which is rumored to come with a 4.5" or 5" HD panel, depending on which speculation you believe, Snapdragon 400, and an 8 MP camera. An Xperia Z2 mini version isn't out of the question either, but there's not much heard on this front just yet. Check the list out, vote which of the current ones would you pick, if you had to choose, and tell us what is your general opinion on the "mini" craze in the comments.


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2014 'mini' flagship versions roundup: which one would you get?
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini 12.57% (263 votes) (263 votes)
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 52.29% (1094 votes) (1094 votes)
HTC One mini 2 11.81% (247 votes) (247 votes)
LG G2 mini 2.72% (57 votes) (57 votes)
Huawei Ascend P7 mini 0.43% (9 votes) (9 votes)
Oppo Find 7 mini 0.76% (16 votes) (16 votes)
ZTE Nubia Z5s mini 3.44% (72 votes) (72 votes)
I'll wait on the eventual G3 mini and Z2 mini, and then make up my mind 15.97% (334 votes) (334 votes)

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posted on 01 Jul 2014, 06:49 8

1. B-power (Posts: 253; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


I would get the s5 mini.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 07:09 19

9. xperian (Posts: 373; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Why? Z1 compact is cheaper and much better. There is no reason to get s5 mini unless you are samsung fanboy

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 07:30 14

13. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


What if he prefers an Amoled screen over a LCD display ? or he wants a removable battery ?

Its his opinion, choice and money. Just because you don't agree with him doesn't give you right to call him a fanboy.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 07:37 14

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Nobody would ever compromise so much just for a not necessarily better AMOLED or removable battery. But for a Samsung logo? Maybe.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 07:46 6

17. Leo_MC (Posts: 2225; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Why on earth would one prefer amoled?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 07:53 7

19. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


He didn't mentioned, so he is fan.

Fact is fact...

Z1 compact is better choice, waterproof, great design and quality, best camera, battery life is good, screen is great, etc......

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:07 9

22. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Like I said its his CHOICE and his money don't be so quick to pass a judgement and label him as you aren't aware of his preferences.

E.g.: He may need to travel a lot and probably prefers to swap the battery (which Z1 Compact can't). In this case, he may not need a powerful processor but a phone with removable battery. Not mention Amoled panel will also offer better sun light readability.

Its a diverse world.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:11 7

23. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Ask the 200 million Galaxy S customers.

http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-200-million-galaxy-s-sales-2014-2

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:12 1

24. enthasuium (Posts: 138; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


agree, it has unique features which others dont

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:15 2

25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


And price is also good. ;)

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:27 4

29. Awalker (Posts: 1654; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The amoled screens make colors more vibrant and blacks are actually black. It's the only thing I like about Samsung phones.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:29 4

30. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


They would give the same answer as you since you're one of them, right?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:40 5

32. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


It would still be a too big of a compromise. Z1 Compact still has one of the best battery life and removable battery can be replaced with external battery for example if it's such an important thing. And yes while AMOELD reflects less light, the difference would be minimal and besides we don't even know yet if the S5 Mini's display is any good.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:42 2

33. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Nope. I own a Moto G (only for few months tho) and an iPad Air. Both of which are LCDs.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:46 3

34. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Why don't you own a Samsung you always praise them so much?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:55 7

35. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Clearly you don't understand the meaning of choice. I'd pick the S5 Mini over the Z1C due to Sony's ugly UI. UPSM and removable battery. Those are enough reasons for me to spend my money, not yours, on a phone.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:05 5

39. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


How often do you charge your phone? And how often do you really use UPSM?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:11 1

42. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Why would anyone prefer a 640p display over 1080p?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:10 2

41. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I would for a AMOLED. :)
Maybe he would prefer Samsung for a more stable software, better customer support, frequent updates. Everybody has preferences.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:13 5

43. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


But I mean the device is just not on par.

*giggle* more stable software *giggle*

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:14 1

44. tokuzumi (Posts: 1110; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Some people just won't let go of phones with removable batteries. I remember the 2009-2011 timeframe, and people were up in arms that physical keyboard phones were disappearing. Those voices are mostly silent now (perhaps they just gave up, since no one was listening, or they found they were able to type just as well on an on screen keyboard - I don't know). Same way with the disappearance of expandable storage (although, this is making a comeback for the purposes of media storage). They may feel like something is being taken away from them, or just fear change. I personally haven't removed the battery from my S4 since I've had it. I have used a Nexus 5, and never had battery removal anxiety. I didn't even care that the storage was not expandable via SD card. But there's really no point to criticize someone else's phone choice. If it works for them, that's all that matters. If you didn't pay for it, it doesn't matter.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:16 5

45. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yeppp....I totally forgot this.... Price is main reason to buy.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:18 1

46. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Requires less processing power and used less battery etc.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:26 1

47. riachu81 (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


I had a Samsung s3, s4 mini and switched to a Sony Zr, which I'm still currently using. I won't buy the Compact Z1 because it doesn't have a removable battery. I'm constantly on my phone all day and don't want to compromise or have to constantly be careful of battery life. I simply open the back and chuck a new battery in.
Bring on the s5 mini.
I only hope the processor is powerful enough

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:59 3

49. T.Law (Posts: 418; Member since: 10 May 2014)


Give us a break, man. You're trying to hard.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 10:30 2

51. josephnero (Posts: 582; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


yeah.crapwiz on my S4 is damn stable.
Sarcasm

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 10:32

52. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Ok sorry I'll try to try less in the future.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 11:31 1

58. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


On my S5, once every two days. I turn UPSM when I know I'm not going to use it and at night. I honestly miss my S5 and consider going back.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 11:34 3

59. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The S400 is powerful dude.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 11:37

61. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


But does the UPSM benefit if the phone is in idle? I mean isn't it supposed to help on screen time?

And wait wait.. You don't have your S5 anymore? Or you're just not using it?

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