Samsung Galaxy S4 mini hands-on
Sure, we all love big screens, but sometimes the trade-off between functionality and portability becomes too big. For many consumers out there, a 5-inch display is unnecessarily big, and a handset with a 5" display is simply too big. So, what are those customers supposed to purchase, if they want a snappy Android phone? Unfortunately, most of the middle-class Androids out there can't offer the necessary level of polish, or enough features in order to be appealing in the eyes of the demanding user. That's where the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini comes in. Not that it's necessarily a monster phone like the Galaxy S4, in terms of specs, but it does seem to pack quite a punch.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini retains an almost identical appearance to that of the Galaxy S4. It's made of the same plastic material, and even sports the same exact dotted pattern, which gives it a somewhat more interesting look. It's a glossy, non-slippery type of plastic, which we definitely like, though it does feel a bit cheap compared to glass or metal.
Samsung has bumped the screen size from 4" in the S III mini, to 4.3" in the S4 mini. It's an appreciated size increase, while the handset is still very easy to hold and operate with one hand only. Resolution is qHD, which means 540 x 960 pixels. It might be a bit disappointing for some that it's not HD 720p, but with a pixel density of 256 ppi, things are still pretty easy to read on the display. There might be some small jaggedness here or there, but it's nothing that could hamper the experience of using the phone.
In terms of OS, what you'll find on the Galaxy S4 mini is Android 4.2.2, so it'll be perfectly up-to-date right out of the box. Naturally, there's also Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX, instead of the stock Android UI, along with the full suite of proprietary services, such as S Voice, S Health, S Memo, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps and so on. Samsung-made features such as Smart View, Air View and S Beam are also on board.
So, let's stop here for now, because we'll first have to spend some quality time with the phone before we can say anything with regards to the user experience itself. Stay tuned for our Samsung Galaxy S4 mini review!
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini images
1. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Better than the mini version of the S3! Now the price.....
7. Diego! (Posts: 507; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
I agree, it looks way better than the mini S3. Let's hope the price won't be sky high...
2. taikucing (unregistered)
17. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Perhaps not, dear fellow, lest we forget Sammy' has saved a few bucks on the screen panel and a few of the other innards. I think this will definitely be under $300 (if not $249). Remember, there are a lot of cheap-ass people out there who can't and won't justify a $700+ phone and, then, there's the other cluster of peeps' who just can't afford a $700+ phone (unless it's subsidized by Section 8).
Therefore, me' [ :) ] thinks that Samsung has an opportunity here to capitalize by targeting these two groups and i Applaude them for it.
25. GTR722 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
S3 mini launched at 360$ in amazon....I doubt this one will be less..maybe in some months it will drop to 300$
3. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
looks better than the real S4. even though identical
5. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
I don't think so!Big S4=small bezels and beautiful screen
12. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
you mean the top and bottom bezels?
id rather choose s4 mini coz the screen size is balanced to the bezels and phone shape.
4. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
i would rather wait for the mid/low range iphone than this :-(
6. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1627; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
I'm all for personal choice...but why...just why?
8. papss (unregistered)
Okay so they took what I found as important in a Galaxy and kept what was terrible.. Great job SS, I'm sure you will sell a buttload to the masses
9. damokles (unregistered)
In soviet russia, smartphone reviews you!
10. jlim33 (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 May 2013)
This is a good phone but the sad thing is it will be getting a low resolution screen and the speed,performance and the camera. I highly recommend getting the big s4 if money isn't your concern and if you want the full s4 experience. ( In my opinion)
13. red_fox (unregistered)
Not bad it's looks good but I guess price will decide its fate.
14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
4.3 inches? Hmmm this would be the first galaxy I would buy.......but then again the xperia SP would be a better look
15. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Then, why make billions when you can make MILLIONS!!!??
18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
What are u. Saying Dorothy? Getting an xperia is "going forward" compared to getting a Samsung......that would be "making millions" lol
20. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
I'm sorry but, I'm a bit of a size queen and until Sony can give me a good 5.5+ inches I'm not interested.
16. szaboagoston (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Ray, I like and respect your work, don't want to be rood, but please put the phone down on the table when you make a video. One get's crazy of you shaking it in your hand all the time, it doesn't give a professional impression.
19. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)
S4 is laggy compared to s3 based on my hands on...and seems more reviewers ageee... i had s3 before switching to samsung nexus recently....
22. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I think theyre doing a marketing mistake by calling it a Galaxy S4 Mini. Most people will expect the same experience from it aside from the big screen. Most people are stupid enough not to do their research. The Galaxy S lineup is one if their top tier and even though this is a great phone it still doesnt sport the specs of currect Galaxy S. Which will leave your grandmother disappointed once she sees your Full HD Galaxy S4.
It would probably be ok to use inferior specs, but the specs are just to far apart.
23. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Where's that mini HTC One? This phone wont come with all the GS4 software features so I feel like the HTC will be a much better midrange phone.
24. Ajmal14121 (unregistered)
does it have led notification?
28. JMartin22 (Posts: 1221; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
I don't know why Samsung has to skimp so bad on their midrange devices. HTC does midrange with better quality, I think.
29. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
you geeks forget, the big S4 is for you, the mini is for your GF! better for the handbag, and more for calls than other stuff!!
30. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2694; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
If it's priced around S3's price then S3 is far better option than this.