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.


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

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
12.57%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
52.29%
HTC One mini 2
11.81%
LG G2 mini
2.72%
Huawei Ascend P7 mini
0.43%
Oppo Find 7 mini
0.76%
ZTE Nubia Z5s mini
3.44%
I'll wait on the eventual G3 mini and Z2 mini, and then make up my mind
15.97%

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92 Comments

1. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I would get the s5 mini.

9. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

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

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

22. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

32. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

35. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

39. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

58. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

61. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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?

62. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I switched to the M8 and probably switching back when Samsung gives back my S5. UPSM virtually uses 0 battery when the phone is idle. I would turn it on at night at 50% and nine hours later it's still on 50. It's literally the greatest thing to happen for battery advancement.

41. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

43. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But I mean the device is just not on par. *giggle* more stable software *giggle*

49. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

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

52. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

51. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

yeah.crapwiz on my S4 is damn stable. Sarcasm

64. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

A lot more stable than what your beloved Sony offers.... I hear horrible stories of sony bugs everyday. Also the seemingly better spec package tempted me to recommend Sony phones over Samsung's to my close ones(xperia z to uncle, xperia sola to sister)..... Now they both are bashing me for those horrible phones....

66. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

At least on the Z2 there's not a single bug I've seen. Wow they must be quite mean. Bashing you just because they didn't test what the bought... And anyway saying they are horrible phones? Yeah niiice try...

68. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So, why did both Z and Sola eventually started outing horrible battery life? Why they overheat?, why the 13mp camera has such a terrible image quality? why the Z's glass back has a large scar-like crack without a drop? Why the rubber flap wore out in 6 months? Ask them how horrible bugs(including a reboot everyday) came after the android update(4.0 destroyed Sola, kitkat is still buggy for Z, though the 4.2 was simply terrible).

70. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sounds like any other Android phone. As for those cracks, there is explanation for them. Or do you think it just suddenly cracked while it was on the table? And you probably don't spy on your uncle 24/7. He might have dropped it. Something might have hit it. What I find interesting that so many people rage about how horrible Sony products are, but when I buy that product there's nothing wrong in them. Does Sony make working products only for me or what? I don't think so. I don't trust what the internet says. .

73. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Sounds like any other android device... I have two droid devices near me, they are helluva stable....okay forget the crack story, wut about other issues. Also you have just got your z2, wait for a sony update and z3 release, lets see how sony treats your z2. You know what, you simply hate samsung, thinking how these ugly phones sell more than your beloved sony, User Experience and brand recognition! Seriously get out of this delusion, I was like you when the S3 released(yet owning an s2)... I thought why people dont buy one x instead of this ugly phone, but I'm glad for them now, atleast they are not left out, another example... Sony midrangers having better looks and specs than galaxies yet they don't sell.... Because xperias have inferior displays and cameras despite better resolutions. Sorry for the long post, but i hope it enlightens your teen mind. :)

74. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nah I don't mind reading :) I'm actually very curious to see how my Z2 is going to recieve updates and whether they're gonna be stable or not. One thing I know that right now it's as stable as it can be. Also it seems that Sonys stepping up the updates since Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 Compact already got 4.4.4. Is not really that I hate samsung. Yes I think their phones suck. Mainly because of design and UI and the extra features they have are not important for me at all. Like the fingerprint or heart rate stuff. For me stereo speakers and noice cancelling are a lot more useful in day to day use. Of course they work fine.

76. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Good that it somewhat enlightened you. :)

75. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

And as for that worn out flap I just wanted to say that my previous phone (Nokia N9) had a USB cover flap. In literally almost all N9 or Lumia 800 I see the flap is broken. I always wondered how's it even possible, cause my flap is still nicely in place and feels sturdy. It really depends on how you treat the device.

44. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why on earth would one prefer amoled?

23. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

33. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

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