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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79 Comments

89. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

big anufacturers need to realise that they can't just rely on brand name alone. so many months have passed and there is nothing even close to the z1 mini. only overpriced useless minis costing as much as a z1 and more than a g2... ridiculous.

85. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I would get the Moto X...

81. raky_b

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

i don't get it!!! is there really so many folls that would give 480 euros (600$) for this samsung's "mini"!? in this moment it has 13% of votes, more then 230 people....i don't know are they too much money or sammy is paying them, mayby they are samsung lovers, but even if so, i gues they don't know there are still S4 for lower price

83. raky_b

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

and one more thing, can you call Iphone 5C MINI??? ok, it's still expensive,still cheaper then then S5 mini, but it's better phone then most of this minis!

79. KangLee

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

What's the point of mini device when you can get similar spec Moto G for less than half of price. Moto G also comes with almost stock Android which is better than any of them.

86. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Even Moto X is cheaper than most of these "Minis"...

90. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

What specs of the Moto G are similar to the Z1 compact apart from .2" difference in screen size?

67. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

After seeing improvement that Sony do in terms of updates, with the launch of Android 4.4.4 for Z1 Compact. There is no doubt for me to choose Z1 Compact over the other "mini" phone. I understand some people prefer samsung pentile amoled and user removeable battery over the IPS and non user removeable battery on thr Z1 Compact. But for me Z1 Compact screen is more than enough thanks to high brightness and contras, there is also X-Reality to make images and videos more clearer, sharper and colorful. Z1 Compact has impresive battery life even without some power saving mode, but there is also Stamina Mode, Low Battery Mode, Location Based Wi-Fi and queuing background data if i need to improve battery life and magnetic connector would make charging much more easier than micro usb or wireless charging. If all of that is not enough power case like thishttp://shop.brando.com/Power-Jacket-For-Sony-Xperia-Z1-compact-Z1f-3200mAh_p10993c1659d003.html will make Z1 Compact last longer.

65. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

As poll results show.. Z1c FTW.. The best Mini of the year I would be say..

57. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Its like the SD600 is extinct now.

53. lionheart97

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Z1C anyday... Im using it for almost 2 months... And its perfect... Battery lasts forever (52 hours) with stamina mode

50. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

I cannot take the z1 seriously. The main or the mini. Same for Oppo, ZTE, or Huawei. The reality is that if it's GSM only, that cuts out over 150 million American subscribers. I appreciate the wireless insiders and fans on this site but it is a super vast minority in the reality of wireless. No amount of nerd rage will ever stand up to a mass market. Ask Apple. They have it cornered, sadly.

56. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Could You elaborate on that? What cuts out over 150 million American subscribers? is there some kind of band, that is not supported? GSM only? -3G, LTE, WIFI is not GSM only. I'm not trying to attack anybody. I just like knowing things about electronics, and since I live across the ocean from You, I don't know, what are You talking about. I would appreciate, if You could explain, what technology is Z1 missing.

60. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He's mad because he has Sprint - a CDMA based carrier in the US that's terrible and isn't compatable with most phones from around the world. GSM > CDMA

78. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It'd be up to Sprint and Verizon to get Sony to make phones for them. Verizon doesn't allow unlocked phones, and Sprint has too few customers for a manufacturer to produce an unlocked CDMA phone.

48. riachu81

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

If the z1 compact had a removable battery, I would've owned it already. Bring on s5 mini. Take my money

38. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

.......

40. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

....?....

28. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Z1 Compact, but it's still a bit too big for my preferences. What happened to this world, that 4,7-4,8 screens are considered mini? Am I supposed to wait for micro series?

27. Reynolds1

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

Z2 Mini all day... but if I had to choose now, Z1

26. HoPhonTab

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

I would get the S5 Mini if the price of it is lower than Z1C but if the price of it is same as Z1C or higher I would get the Z1C Lol

82. raky_b

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

only if it is half of Z1C price, otherwise there is no reason to buy it. there are much better phones even for half price (i.e. Nubia from this text), and if you like the lookor you from all android's like just samsung, then there are S4 for 30% lower price then this peace of crap

21. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The Z1C should be crowned Smartphone of the Year 1. It is has no overall equal. 2. Unlike any other smartphone made in 2014, it doesn't need a successor.

54. lionheart97

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Ikr... Its the unbeatable and it has the perfect size

55. lionheart97

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Ikr... Its the unbeatable and it has the perfect size

18. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Honestly i wouldn't choose one because i prefer big schreens but if i have have to choose the I would get the s5 mini.

20. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Any other reasons than SS?

36. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You seriously need help if you have to question this.

37. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lol holy jeebuz.

14. ancellim

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

In my country, Z1C costs the same as Z1, $798, One mini and S5 mini costs about $500.

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