Call quality:

Phone calls made with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini are of above average quality. The earpiece, in particular, sounds nice and clear even when it isn't set at the maximum volume level. If needed, its volume output can be pumped up with the tap of a button, although doing so takes a toll on sound quality. Our voice sounds a tad artificial on the other side of the line, but it is still loud enough to be easily understood.

Battery life:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini packs a 1900mAh removable battery – a capacity that is above the average considering the smartphone's class. Its manufacturer has yet to reveal any specific ratings as to how long the phone should last on a single charge, but our testing shows that it has a very decent longevity. A day of average usage is guaranteed.

Conclusion:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is a remarkable mid-range smartphone that brings power and portability under one roof. It is fast, responsive, and surprisingly capable, but at the same time it is easy to operate and fits perfectly in pockets of any size. Sure, the smartphone may not be as feature-rich as its bigger brother – the Galaxy S4 – but when we take its petite proportions into account, we'd gladly take the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini as it is.

Drawbacks? Well, we were hoping to see a 720p screen on the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and not a qHD panel. Not that the display chosen by Samsung ins't usable, but we think that something better should have been picked for a smartphone that has “S4” in its title. Also, perhaps the low amount of on-board storage is worth noting. However, that's not too big of a deal since the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini offers a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Overall, users who need an average-sized Android smartphone that doesn't skimp on specs and features would be extremely pleased with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Those who are on the looks for a decent dual-SIM handset should go try it out as well.

Software version of the reviewed unit:

Android 4.2.2
Build number: JDQ39.I9195XXUAME1

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini Video Review:


Pros

  • Impressively light and portable
  • Built-in IR blaster
  • Easily runs even the latest 3D games
  • Model with dual-SIM support coming too

Cons

  • Less than 4GB user-available storage
  • 720p screen would have been more fitting for such smartphone

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

8.4
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