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

Poll results: 2014 'mini' flagship versions roundup - which one would you get?
Samsung arguably started all the "mini" craze with the S III mini, prompting all other major manufacturers to feel obliged in 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 rounded up all the current 2014-crop minis last week, and asked you last week which one would you pick, if you had to choose. Needless to say, more than half of our 2092 of our respondents picked the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact as the best "mini" version to get right now, as the phone indeed offers a no-compromise approach to shrinking the Z1 flagship - it sports almost the same specs, but in a body fit for a 4.3" display, which is much more manageable in your hand than the flagship, which should be the whole point with the "mini" craze. Despite that the Galaxy S5 mini specs are nowhere near the flagship S5, it still scored a distant second in our poll, proving that the flagship naming scheme of Samsung is working. There's an important caveat here, however, as the second place actually went for the yet-announced G3 or Z2 mini handsets, so the scales might tip in their favor for the second place in the end. 

The HTC One mini 2 also scored well, since it has the premium design and BoomSound set of its larger sibling, but sports a 13 MP camera, and a much lower price, all in a fairly compact chassis. We weren't surprised to see the fairly unknown upscale Nubia brand of ZTE score well in our poll with the Z5s mini, which is arguably the second best value-for-money ratio in the lot, apart from the Z1 Compact. All in all, it seems that if a "mini" version is done right, there will be plenty of potential customers for it, while just slapping the word "mini" after the flagship title, but skimping on specs, might get you punished in the marketplace.

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

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



1. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

no brainer

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

If you look at the spec sheet alone then yes.

8. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

what are you pointing out?

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They've done it with ZR might as well repeat it with Z1 compact.

15. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Z1 then S5 is definitely a no brainer

2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

So obvious. Mini is not actual mini, the size is almost same size as flagship.

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

with sony in the mini market, no one stands a chance unless they keep the specs of the full size flagships, The Z1 compact can and will destroy all of the tother minis

6. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Tother minis sounds cute!:P

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


5. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

" Samsung arguably started all the "mini" craze" What about Nokia N97 mini, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini?

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Might as well say Samsung popularized the "mini" craze.

10. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

yah, mostly the target market for this are "social climbers" to have a flagship's name look and feel with mediocre specs. well, i mean no harm to those who prefer the design but like it to be mini... if you know yourself you are not a social climber, then you are not. :)

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Slightly disagree. Many people doesnt like big screens more than 5 inches. Maybe their hands are so small but doesnt want features to be mini too.

11. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

A mini phone should means small screen only. Not an inferior version of a flag-ship device

13. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Only the Sony and the ZTE are not slow and when you factor in the price the ZTE wins by far, too bad it doesn't have microSD . Ofc it didn't got votes because most don't know the device.

16. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

m8 mini like

17. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Z1 compact is the best! Same specs to its bigger brother with beautiful 4.3' 720p IPS LCD Display! :) -in my opinion :)

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

2000 votes and only 17 posts.

19. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

I dont see any problem with the Snapdragon 400 for smaller phones. We had slower processors on 5inch phones in the past and they hardly ever lagged. The S5 mini has all the sensors of the S5 including fingerprint and heartrate sensor. The only drawback wpuld be the price. By the time it is released, the Z1 mini would be almost half the price so right now, Z1 mini is the best one to get.

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