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Samsung Galaxy S III mini Review

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Oct 2012, 07:55

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is designed to bring most of the goodies of the Galaxy S III in a significantly smaller form-factor. However, the S III mini is more intriguing than your typical mid-range model, as it has the privilege of being named after one of the best and most popular Android phones around...

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posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:40 4

29. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Uh.. oops , I thought I was replying to Appleconspiracy.. my mistake for hitting the wrong box.
I agree with Victor

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:18

34. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Actually you did, it´s Saymur who made the mistake! lol

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:44

44. Seymur (unregistered)

You don't say ? Taylur

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 14:33

47. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

I shouldn´t really write fast: two mistakes in a small sentence!
I just wanted to tell darac that he actually answered correctly, to Appleconspiracy, not to Victor.
He didn´t do any mistake, just his comment appears under Victor´s cause he was the second answering to Appleconspiracy.
Sorry about he name change!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:21 1

28. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4321; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

He knows that...errrr....don't he??? :-?

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 03:43

61. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

darac, there's a difference between something that is possible to use normally (like 4.8" screen) and what is optimal for normal usage (like ~4" screen).

Samsung Galaxy SIII has enormous screen that is possible to use relatively easily, but it's not optimal. It's rather on the extreme side, stretching the limits of comort.

Also, there is a difference between benefits of big screen and benefits of adequately sized smartphone. It's not one and the same, although those are connected categories.
That being said, the optimaly sized smartphone is not the one that has optimal (very large) screen.

And having enormous screen is not a miracle at all. The opposite would be a miracle, because for almost two years now we don't have optimaly sized high end smartphones except iPhone.

Learn those differences and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:22 6

6. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Hmm...if the 8.9 is in comparison to the "midclass" of smartphones, then I agree with the score.

However, if the 8.9 is based on the entire field of smartphones available today, 8.9 seems a little high.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:48 4

14. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

Galaxy s advance got a 8 and it belongs to the middle tier. This phone costs 100 dollars more and the only improvements from s advance are 256 mb more ram and jellybean out of box (I know jelly bean is much better than gingerbread but samsung has promised to update s advance directly to 4.1 from 2.3). I don't think this phone deserves more than 8.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:25

35. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

its for mid range only not for all the phones.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:27 1

7. anshul0000 (unregistered)


posted on 19 Oct 2012, 15:09

50. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

I was wondering the same: first review I see without benchmarks? Sounds really fishy, probably the SoC is as weak as eveyone suspects and only Jelly Beans is saving the day for the phone.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:27 2

8. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

OMG, Sony fanboys stop whining!
go cry over "sony-not-updating-your-phones article"

Galaxy Ace is better than any Sony product!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:48 3

37. josephnero (Posts: 593; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

like Icecream update for Original galaxy s?yeah right

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 14:41

48. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

lol ..!
original Galaxy S, released at 2010, and yet he got an update with some ICS features .. while HTC canceled DHD update
and please don't talk about the crapy SE x10 lmao !!

seriously .. stop whining .. and defending Sony at the same time, forgetting that Sony just fu*ked the customers !

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 22:47

76. heliorodrigues (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Dec 2012)

Sony cares about costumers unlike samsung, sony already update most or their devices to ICS and soon will update most of them to jelly bean including xperia U... unlike Samsung update like 4 or 5 devices... in their list lol... samsung have the worst costumer support ever... smartphones like the galaxy W will not even be update... so your argument is bit no sense... for dont say a bad word like stupid...

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:29 3

9. papss (unregistered)

So this is almost equal to the LG G? I think not.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:45 1

13. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

Or we can say equal to revolutionary iphone 5

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:34

10. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

Why is Samsung so opposed to making a high quality small scale smartphone :( I just want a 4-4.2 GSIII.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:42

43. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

So you can use the powerful chip for hours of browsing and gaming?
Have a hd resolution so you can enjoy hd movies?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:44 6

12. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

I think its too much as phone costs 500$.
Man i can get a Nexus7 and a Gnex for same.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:01 4

15. slaggyb (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

I have read the whole review and still wondering why 8.9 is awarded to this phone? Mediocre processor. The galaxy s ii is still 10times better with or without jelly bean. who's still making phones with wvga resolution when 1280x720 is becoming standard.
Just cos is branded as galaxy s iii mini doesn't make it special in anyway..
This site is gradually transforming from iphonearena to samsungarena smh!.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:02 6

16. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

This is totally biased. Xperia T is a great phone overall & it got 8 out of 10. This is almost the same as S advance and it got 8.9

Htc one S was launched at the beginning of the year & yet for a mid end phone it is still a much better phone than s3 mini

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:09 2

18. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Woo woo woo...see what i got on gsmarena. SGS Advance has STE U8500 Chipset While SGSIII Mini has NovaThor U8420 Chipset.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:10 4

19. Dro (Posts: 27; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)

If this gets an 8.9 then the Razr m & i should both get 10. Seriously!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 21:12 1

54. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)

My thoughts exactly. Razr m has so many important things going for it:

-its smaller in every dimension and has a larger screen with many more pixels
-Has an s4 processor which is only beaten by a few devices
-Crazy battery life (see gsmarena battery tests)
-Higher quality build with aluminium, glass and kevlar.

Only negative to this phone is that:

-Android 4.0 (update will come to the phone before the end of 2013)
-No s-voice/google now feature until 4.1 update
-non removable battery

So how does razr m get a 8.5 and get beaten by this poor performing gs3 mini.

I really think that the razr m should have beaten this - perhaps when its gets the 4.1 update phonearena will do another review

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:23 2

20. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

8.9 is kind of high but its reasonable since this has jellybean and a removable battery over the new Xperia lineup

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:57 1

24. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

Ho..i Heard iphone has new feature of non-removable battery...& get 9 star in P.A

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:09 3

25. verty (Posts: 125; Member since: 07 May 2012)

I think I will not read any article by Ray S again. He is so biased. Sammy reigns supreme!!!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 11:16 3

30. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

4" screen?! apple will not stand for it, that is EXACTLY like the iphone!




posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:24 1

39. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

I bet as soon as PA found out it had "Samsung Galaxy S3" in the name it was an automatic +8 for this phone. After all they ruined a lot of reviews during the time the S3 was being released. Anything non-Samsung couldn't even get close to an 8, aside from the N7.

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