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

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Poll results: 2014 'mini' flagship versions roundup - which one would you get?
Samsung arguably started all the "mini" craze with the S III mini, prompting all other major manufacturers to feel obliged in 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 rounded up all the current 2014-crop minis last week, and asked you last week which one would you pick, if you had to choose. Needless to say, more than half of our 2092 of our respondents picked the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact as the best "mini" version to get right now, as the phone indeed offers a no-compromise approach to shrinking the Z1 flagship - it sports almost the same specs, but in a body fit for a 4.3" display, which is much more manageable in your hand than the flagship, which should be the whole point with the "mini" craze. Despite that the Galaxy S5 mini specs are nowhere near the flagship S5, it still scored a distant second in our poll, proving that the flagship naming scheme of Samsung is working. There's an important caveat here, however, as the second place actually went for the yet-announced G3 or Z2 mini handsets, so the scales might tip in their favor for the second place in the end. 

The HTC One mini 2 also scored well, since it has the premium design and BoomSound set of its larger sibling, but sports a 13 MP camera, and a much lower price, all in a fairly compact chassis. We weren't surprised to see the fairly unknown upscale Nubia brand of ZTE score well in our poll with the Z5s mini, which is arguably the second best value-for-money ratio in the lot, apart from the Z1 Compact. All in all, it seems that if a "mini" version is done right, there will be plenty of potential customers for it, while just slapping the word "mini" after the flagship title, but skimping on specs, might get you punished in the marketplace.

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

2092 votes

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posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:10 9

1. pwnarena (Posts: 902; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


no brainer

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:20 1

3. tech2 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


If you look at the spec sheet alone then yes.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:40 5

8. marcski07 (Posts: 377; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


what are you pointing out?

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:41

9. Settings (Posts: 349; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


They've done it with ZR might as well repeat it with Z1 compact.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 10:43

15. UglyFrank (Posts: 393; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Z1 then S5 is definitely a no brainer

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:20 1

2. cncrim (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


So obvious.

Mini is not actual mini, the size is almost same size as flagship.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:27 4

4. apple4never (Posts: 947; Member since: 08 May 2013)


with sony in the mini market, no one stands a chance unless they keep the specs of the full size flagships, The Z1 compact can and will destroy all of the tother minis

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:34 5

6. Duketytz (Posts: 476; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Tother minis sounds cute!:P

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:50

12. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2755; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


AAAAAAAAAAA! NOW THAT YOU SAID IT IT TOTALLY DOES

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:29 8

5. Lyngdoh (Posts: 224; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


" Samsung arguably started all the "mini" craze"
What about Nokia N97 mini, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini?

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:39 2

7. Settings (Posts: 349; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Might as well say Samsung popularized the "mini" craze.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:44 1

10. marcski07 (Posts: 377; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


yah, mostly the target market for this are "social climbers" to have a flagship's name look and feel with mediocre specs. well, i mean no harm to those who prefer the design but like it to be mini... if you know yourself you are not a social climber, then you are not. :)

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 09:57

14. Settings (Posts: 349; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Slightly disagree.
Many people doesnt like big screens more than 5 inches. Maybe their hands are so small but doesnt want features to be mini too.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 08:49 3

11. hafini_27 (Posts: 247; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


A mini phone should means small screen only. Not an inferior version of a flag-ship device

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 09:01

13. realjjj (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Only the Sony and the ZTE are not slow and when you factor in the price the ZTE wins by far, too bad it doesn't have microSD . Ofc it didn't got votes because most don't know the device.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 11:19 1

16. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 164; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


m8 mini like

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 13:35 1

17. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 55; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Z1 compact is the best!
Same specs to its bigger brother with beautiful 4.3' 720p IPS LCD Display! :)
-in my opinion :)

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 15:22

18. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


2000 votes and only 17 posts.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 20:30

19. yajia1 (Posts: 107; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


I dont see any problem with the Snapdragon 400 for smaller phones. We had slower processors on 5inch phones in the past and they hardly ever lagged. The S5 mini has all the sensors of the S5 including fingerprint and heartrate sensor. The only drawback wpuld be the price. By the time it is released, the Z1 mini would be almost half the price so right now, Z1 mini is the best one to get.

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