Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini
Android 4.2.2 – that's the OS of choice coming pre-installed on both the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One mini. But neither handset uses the platform in its stock form. Instead, the Galaxy S4 mini sports a layer of TouchWiz UI, while the One mini relies on the latest variant of Sense UI.
Picking a favorite among the two interfaces is not an easy task since they both have their advantages and peculiarities. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, for example, is designed to appeal to a broader audience. It has a traditional home screen arrangement, with plenty of room for icons and widgets, while the apps are listed in the app drawer. At the same time, the multitude of major and minor tweaks and features introduced with the Galaxy S4 have been ported onto the S4 mini – Group Play, S Translator, S Health, Smart Pause, to name a few. Overall, it is nice knowing that the smartphone is loaded with goodies, but whether a typical user would ever need or notice them is a whole different story.
The modifications introduced with the HTC One mini, are slightly more radical. Therefore, they might not appeal to experienced Android users who are used to the system's default look and feel, although the company's UI implementation can actually be pretty practical. BlinkFeed is the default home screen, displaying a curated list of news and articles from a variety of internet sources, along with activity from social networks the user is logged into. The goal of this is to bring all information that matters to the user within a tap's distance – perfect for active social networking users and people who like to be constantly in the know. Traditional home screens, with icons and widgets, are available as well and are accessed with a swipe. Overall, the entire UI is simple, streamlined, polished, and easy to get the hang of. For more in-depth details, our HTC One review is where you need to go to.
The two smartphones come with on-screen keyboards that are of nearly identical width and height. That's why your input rate would depend solely on how used your thumbs are to the layouts of their virtual keys, regardless of whether you're a fan of two-thumb or single-finger typing. Personally, it didn't take us long to get comfortable with either of them. The keyboards are definitely responsive enough to keep up with our fast fingers.
Processor & Memory
Even though both smartphones have the same dual-core Snapdragon 400 SoC handling all computations, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini can provide slightly more raw processing power. That's because its CPU can sprint at up to 1.7GHz, while the HTC One mini has its processor cores capped lower, at 1.4GHz. Moreover, Samsung's handset packs 1.5GB of RAM while there's only 1 gig for the One mini. Having all that in mind, one might assume that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini feels faster and more responsive while being used. But in reality, we can't see much of a performance difference between the two. In fact, the S4 mini might start dropping frames if its homescreens are loaded with more widgets and shortcuts than needed, while the One mini retains its smoothness at all times.
In heavy 3D gaming scenarios, however, the Galaxy S4 mini has the upper hand not only because of the higher clock speed, but due to the lower resolution of its screen. As a result, there are less pixels that need to be driven, which produces higher frame rates. Nevertheless, rest assured that even the latest, most intense 3D titles would run just fine on both handsets.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)||Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
|Samsung Galaxy S4 mini||6783||13341||3762 / 33fps||2088 / 685|
|HTC One mini||5885||11363||2714 / 24 fps||2268 / 611|
Unfortunately, the HTC One mini does not offer the option for expandable storage via microSD cards. Therefore, you'll be stuck with its 16GB of internal storage space, out of which about 11GB are available for use. That's not a measly amount by any means, but it will surely run out fast for those who like to carry around photos, music, and other media on their device. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini does have just 8GB of built-in storage, less than half of which is user-accessible, but its microSD card slot can accommodate cards of up to 64GB in size. As a side note, both smartphones come bundled with free premium Dropbox subscriptions for 2 years, which is pretty cool.
Internet & Connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini comes with a very fast web browser. So does the HTC One mini. That is why responsiveness isn't an issue no matter which of the two you choose to roam the interwebs with. But the One mini has the advantage of having a higher-res screen. As a result, small text in pages is sharper and easier to read. A potentially handy feature found on HTC's mini and not on the S4 mini is Adobe Flash support. However, the plug-in doesn't work perfectly on all web pages, at least in the HTC One mini's case, which explains why it is turned off by default.
When it comes to connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is one step ahead of the HTC One mini. While both handsets are available in LTE or HSPA+ variants, depending on the market, the S4 mini is offered in dual-SIM configuration as well, allowing one to use the services of two carriers simultaneously. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has NFC and a built-in IR beamer, allowing the user to take over their TV or home entertainment system. The HTC One mini has neither NFC support, nor any IR communication capabilities. Naturally, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS are present on both smartphones, along with an FM radio.
1. boosook (Posts: 982; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Very simple bottom line: the S4 mini is for geeks, who will value the number of megapixels, the higher cpu frequency and amount of ram, the better results in benchmarks and the SD card slot. The One Mini is for everyday users, who will benefit from the better readability of the screen, smoother interface, better sound quality (both in the earpiece and with the dual speakers) and premium design and materials.
2. nexusdude (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
Wait, WHAT? Which particular GEEK would buy the S4 mini?! It would be a shame to consider yourself a geek with the Galaxy! The mini versions from Samsung are made for women. And before anyone gets offended almost every woman I know (incl. my own mother) is drooling herself over the S3 or S4 mini ads. On the other hand if I wanted to show off it would be with HTC's features (HD display, Beats, BoomSound etc.).
4. skyline88 (Posts: 315; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
not every man/male has got BIG hands/palms, what if the geek is a 8-year-old school kid?
7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Do you realize that talk goes about HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and they both has 4.3 inch screens and overall similar dimensions.
26. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Displays are same size , but not the devices. HTC makes as usual bricks.
28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Displays are same size , but not the devices."
Does I have said that devices are the same size?
I have said:
"they both has 4.3 inch screens and overall SIMILAR dimensions."
"HTC makes as usual bricks."
HTC One Mini: 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm
How is that "brick" ?
5. maccess (Posts: 595; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
so you think beats and boomsound is for the geeks?? you're jocking right?? feature wise s4 mini much more suite for geeks actually.. you know geeks like features not beats audio..
13. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)
Thanks you have offended me, i use the S4 mini and I am a boy. oh wait. you ain't human. You're just some random Cyanogen mod mascot.
25. nexusdude (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
You probably understood me wrong. I myself loved the idea of the S4 mini because it's close to the perfect screen size/performance/features ratio and would have used it myself if it wasn't for the ridiculous price compared to the Nexus 4. It's just a trend amongst women (at least where I live) and the second choice to a white iPhone 4s/5.
32. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
Let's talk about cameras, shall we? People value the "QUALITY", but because of some manufacturers, they think higher megapixels are higher quality. This is wrong but HTC FAILED to prove that. The pictures are average but not great. I would buy the HTC One Mini but the S4 Mini had me in the camera department. Also, I find touchwiz slightly more attractive.
Stock Android FTW.
6. Tcool (Posts: 39; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
I go for HTC One Mini, I like stereo sounds both loud speakers and headphones.
27. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Front speakers are BS. They sound a bit lowder but like tweeters when speakers a so small. No bass.
When, with back speakers you make bass-reflex-box with your hand when hold it, and have much more bass
Learn a little about acoustuc , or check it out.
8. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
hmmm its a tough one but the one is for me!
9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2591; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Both are craps, Xperia ZR is better than these.
10. calim (Posts: 19; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
What about the Sony SP? Or the ZR if you're willing to go one step larger.
18. boosook (Posts: 982; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
SP is much bigger. These are for people that consider pocketability THE most important thing. Otherwise, it's clear that there are many better choices (in Sony, the SP or even better the ZL).
21. buccob (Posts: 1396; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Actually the HTC One Mini and the Xperia ZR are very similar in size... the One Mini is just a little narrower and slimmer.... but pocketability is basically the same...
On the other hand, screen buttons on the ZR makes the screen to be smaller than 4.3" except for multimedia
12. Alex123 (Posts: 219; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
And the price here One mini is US$520 >>S4 mini $375
HTC will never ever know how to manage selling product that is why Samsung deserve the best android seller.
One mini just has a better display and resolution with aluminum body, beside that S4 mini better in all aspects.
14. o0Exia0o (Posts: 348; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
What about these 2 vs the droid mini? I thank that the droid mini would win even with all of the VZW bloat on it.
15. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
sony xperia ZR faaaaar better than these 2
17. boosook (Posts: 982; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
The ZR is not small compared to its screen size, the ZL is. Anyway, both are bigger.
23. buccob (Posts: 1396; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
the ZR is actually quite similar to the HTC One Mini in size...
But you are correct the ZL is much more impressive for its screen size...
though the ZR would be in a more competitive price range
20. Jason2k13 (Posts: 641; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
HTC one is clearly the winner in PA's review, but its the opposite on GSMarena.
either way, id probably chose the ONE mini, but i have a feeling the standby time on the galaxy mini is alot better.
24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
doesn't matter, the Droid Mini kills these.
30. phonepro (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)
tbh if today I didn't tell you the cpu frequency of the two devices, could you really feel the difference between the 1.7 GHz and 1.5? What I am saying is the difference between the speed in the two devices is probably not caused because of the CPU but the resolution like you mentioned. seriously i think the 1.7 on the S4 mini is just to make the geeks feel better rlly doubt you could feel the difference between the 1.5
31. gigaraga (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
The S4 Mini is better than the One on almost every aspect, and the SP and ZR suck, they don't even compare to these two.
35. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)
In my opinion, anyone who hav opted for either of these devices are blindly ignorant!! I'm still having a hard time believing the fact that these 2 phones are priced similar to Xperia Z (US$500).
As a regular consumer, I would save my hard earned money and spend it wisely on either Xperia SP (USD305), Xperia ZL(US$440), Xperia ZR (US$480) or Xperia Z (US$520).
Even when u just compare these 2 against Xperia SP which is almost $200 cheaper, U can clearly see Xperia wins hands down!
36. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
sony fan are the ignorant.
in here xperia SP cost 399$, xperia Z 610$ drop 100$ from 710$, xperia ZL 540$ and xperia ZR not here yet so i dont know the price.
as a regular consumer i will read this first: Xperia-SP-WIFI-range-ISSUE
there are alot other option like LG L9 2 or optimus G or galaxy S3 or lenovo k900 which still cheaper than xperia z zl zr series and still give good performance and without wifi bug :D and bad wide angle visibility.
i stop using sony when they charged me 200$ for repairing my one month old xperia GO, they should sell it without warranty.
u can clearly see sony xperia is not winning anywhere with bad service center.
38. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Dude I myself is an owner of Xperia SP, bought 2 months ago for US$307 and so far has no issues regarding WiFi, it works like charm everyday.
LG and Lenovo r not widespread here so can't expect good service quality. S3 is stil US$60 more expensive than SP. And btw, all the prices I stated are retail prices from local retailers, not from Sony showroom. I never bought any phones Sony showroom, too expensive with slow service.
37. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 162; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
only htc one very nice and feel great best design and best material wow best display
39. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)
samsung is getting boring it uses the same old and dull design always
40. tylerburns117 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
The HTC one for sure its a great phone and the speakers are great and there is this Kickstarter project with matching charger cables for all the new smartphones. On kickstarter search JUICIES+