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Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review

Samsung Galaxy S III mini 8.9

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There's no reason to be disappointed because the camera of the S III mini is “only” 5 megapixels. Not only does it feature a great deal of options to let you try and get the most out of the picture, but it also shoots more than decent photographs.

Pleasantly looking like the rest of the TouchWiz UI, the camera interface features all the settings that you'll find in the manufacturer's higher-tier devices, including various scene modes, effects and so on.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review

Camera interface


As we said, the photos you can take with the S III mini are more than decent. They certainly aren't top class, as one might expect, but can easily beat most of the mid-range competition, and even some of the high-end devices out there. We like how the photos stay on the smoother side, when the camera is set to its default state. That doesn't mean it lacks sharpness, but the value in this is that you get a natural-looking and noise-free image. Macro shots also turn out quite well.

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy S III mini


A similar behavior is observed when the photos are being taken indoors. Once again, the camera prefers to sacrifice some sharpness for a smoother image that isn't plagued by noise. Using the LED flash in low-lit rooms can provide very satisfying results with decent sharpness and unusually low noise levels.

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review

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Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


The Galaxy S III mini can record video at an up to 720p resolution. The video is OK, with a stable, smooth frame-rate of 30 fps. Do not expect wonders from it, though.

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Multimedia:

You shouldn't expect anything out of the ordinary in this area. You can run pretty much any video you like on the Galaxy S III mini, and it'll play it for you, as long as you're gentle.

The music player's filtering options are in the form of tabs at the top part of the screen, and besides the standard functionality that you have in pretty much every phone nowadays, you also get a good selection of EQ presets and the Music Square feature, which lets you choose the type of music you want to listen to, based on your mood, and it'll automatically pick the best-fitting tracks for you. Basically, it's a square grid, with the horizontal axis going from passionate to joyful, and the vertical one from exciting to calm. It did work well with the tunes in our library.

Music player - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Music player - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review
Music player - Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review

Music player



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posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:01 41

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


oh haha just because this is a samsung it gets 8.9! Yay!!!,,,,
And Sony has better phones for cheaper prices than this also better looking.. so biased..

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:08 38

2. AbhiD (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Seriously dude... phonearena is extremely biased especially Ray S.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:35 23

21. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Brace yourselves ....Xperia T fanboys are coming

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 11:16 1

31. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You misspelled 'micheal h'

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:03 3

33. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


nice review Ray. i think its a very fair rating considering its a mid range device.

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 00:42 13

58. GTR722 (Posts: 262; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Nice review ??? lets see, Sony Xperia P, mid range device, 4inch 960x540 screen res, 8mp camera, 1080p video recording, aluminium body, almost same internal specs, 320$ bucks unlocked in Amazon...and STILL this "mini" gets a better score ?? seriusly PhoneArena, your bias against Sony is horrible.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 14:25 3

64. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


isn't one s also midrange?

how does this get higher than an one s

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 22:11 3

77. aiman61 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Hey! Lets look at xperia p. Its unremovable battery, battery only 1305 mAh, no sd card slot!! Its fair!!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:12 10

3. josephnero (Posts: 568; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


WTF.so this is better than Xperia T?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:04 24

17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4097; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Enough!!!
I'm tired of hearing about how Sony does not get what it deserves...go bark somewhere. This is a mid-ranged phone for Pete's sake, and you're comparing it with T??!!
I'm not a Samsung fan nor a Sony fan...nor do i hate them. But this has got to stop!
I won't buy this phone but I think this is quite a fair rating... And IT DOES COME WITH JELLY BEAN out of the box!!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:36 8

22. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Man, I'm a Sony fan (switched to galaxy S3) and I'm also getting tired of this silly fanboy ports.
You have no sense for criteria at all.

A score can't be taken literally, but in comparison with other phones of the same class.

Volkswagen gold can get a five star rating being the best in class, but that doesn't make it a better car than a 4. 5 star Audi A6

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:19 5

27. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4097; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm correcting your speech as "THEY have no sense of criteria at all"- you meant it that way didn't you?? :P

Every review i read, i see them complaining about how Sony Xperia phones are downsized here...i agree they manufacture cool phones but everything has it's up and downs...how i wish i can explain how every phone is not the same!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 11:39 3

32. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


So you guys are tired of people wanting to see equality? Is that what your saying? I think its only fair to keep putting it in their face until someone says "you know what? THEY"RE RIGHT"!!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:39 1

36. josephnero (Posts: 568; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


rating on PA is for Both midrange and highend.there aint a special class for mid and high ends so STFU

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:16 1

38. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Forget about Raw specs. Any Jellybean Android device will perform smoother than Xperia T.
Maybe this was the reason for the higher score.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:26 13

40. Ray.S (Posts: 351; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


No, it is not the same for both mid-end and high-end. Please read this page to understand how we rate the phones:

http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:32 2

41. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4097; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Josephnero...do some research before you bark those comments at some one and embarrass yourself!!!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:33 1

42. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4097; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Won't say anything...you know better what i'm trying to say!!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 14:03

45. josephnero (Posts: 568; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


ok.i adimt i was wrong and iam sorry about it.but you really need to learn to be polite.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 14:17

46. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


ummm no what are you trying to say? what i see is them constantly disappointed with biased reviews and them just asking for equality......whats wrong with that?

This phone should most definitely have received nothing higher than a 7.5 but they feel the need to make it higher and on the same level as true flagship phones......

Now if classification is what is missing here then PA needs to jump on that and stop making it seem as if every phone is basically being compared to true high end phones when we all know this phone isnt as high end as per say....The Sony Xperia T?......maybe?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 17:51 3

53. GayAtheist (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)


And I suppose telling people to "STFU" is polite, is it?

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 03:40 3

60. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4097; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yo, Joseph... So according to you 'STFU' is more polite than my "I'm tired of hearing about how Sony does not
get what it deserves...go bark somewhere."??
Mind you, i don't use those words to anyone irrespective of how they reply to my comment. If anyone here needs to be polite here, it's YOU.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 10:44

65. josephnero (Posts: 568; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


as i said iam sorry Nathan.sorry for being impolite

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 11:31 1

67. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4097; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Nevermind...forgotten and moved on. Chill...:)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:54

74. Junior19 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


If that is how you rate phones please explain how you are unbias towards the GS3. The GS3 Mini is a dumb version of the GS3 model so it's clear that they are in different classes. So for it's class you'll give it a 8.9 which is ridiculous when you compare it to some other recent phones in it's class like the GS Relay 4G. You'll gave that phone a 7 when it is clearly better than GS3 Mini. If the GS Relay's bulky size is it's only flaw, guess what? It has a physical keyboard. You'll gave this a phone a 8.9 just because it looks like the GS3. Completely bias if you ask me.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:12 14

4. antmiu2 (Posts: 334; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


8.9 really?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:15 11

5. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Repacked Galaxy S Advance, which is not even on par with Galaxy SII, yet it bears Galaxy SIII name for marketing purposes. So much for the Samsung not cheating customers...

However, it does look very good and shows how enormous screens don't make much sense, especially when you are bragging how "natural" your design is.

If only we got true high-end device in this size, it would be a real miracle for the Android industry.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:42 10

11. Victor.H (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 May 2011)


I've also played around with this phone, and the 4-inch form factor coupled with the S III design is a treat. Jelly Bean makes for a very smooth, polished user experience, so you wouldn't notice the otherwise mediocre processor most of the time. One thing I don't like about this is that it has features like S Voice which are light years away (not in a good way) from Google Voice Search, but except for that all along a very solid device.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:45 2

23. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Which phone do you use?
You are such a short sighted, conservative mind actually.
Try having an S3 for a while and then talk about big screens making no sense.
Let me remind you that first galaxy s was the same size as this and was truly a high end product.. yet it's the Galaxy s3 that had unprecedented success.
The miracle you talk about already happened.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:18 1

26. Seymur (unregistered)


Victor knows what he's talking about, darac.

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Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.1.1
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
STE U8420, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size4.78 x 2.48 x 0.39 inches
(121.5 x 63 x 9.9 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 14.16 hours talk time

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