Poll results: 2014 'mini' flagship versions roundup - which one would you get?
posted by Daniel P. / Jul 04, 2014, 8:05 AM
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
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posted on Jul 04, 2014, 8:10 AM 9
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If you look at the spec sheet alone then yes.
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 8:20 AM 1
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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
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 8:27 AM 4
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" Samsung arguably started all the "mini" craze" What about Nokia N97 mini, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini?
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 8:29 AM 8
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Might as well say Samsung popularized the "mini" craze.
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 8:39 AM 2
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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. :)
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 8:44 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jul 04, 2014, 8:30 PM 0
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