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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini

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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini

Introduction


In Android-land, a good smartphone is more often than not a large smartphone. Screens of 5 inches and above dominate the high-end segment, meaning that anyone who wants the very best must learn to live with a handset of not-so-pocket-friendly proportions. However, there is a handful of smartphones that pack lots and lots of bang in a small, compact package – a combo sought after by a considerable fraction of users. And right now, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One mini are among the best specimens fitting the description.

On one hand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One mini seem to have a lot in common. They are both compact, easy to handle, equipped with 4.3-inch screens, and rich in terms of features. That makes ranking one of them above the other rather tricky. But the more we play with these two minis, the more differences between them we can list. In fact, we can pretty much give you a clear picture as to which smartphone you'd be more satisfied with, depending on your needs and preferences. Read on to learn more.


Design


We can't deny it: the HTC One mini is the better-looking handset among the two. It isn't leading by miles, but we'd still give it our beauty award any day as we're quite fond of its seamless unibody construction and premium metallic design. As for the plastic-made Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, it definitely catches the eye, but it simply lacks the One mini's character.


Both smartphones are narrow enough to be used very comfortably with a single hand. However, the Galaxy S4 mini is a little bit easier to handle – it isn't as tall as the HTC One mini and its screen is positioned closer to the bottom edge. In other words, the furthest side of the S4 mini's screen is closer to the user's thumb, which makes it easier to reach.


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The power and volume buttons on the HTC One mini – positioned on the top and right edge respectively – lack travel and don't provide much feedback. Reaching the power key is frustratingly hard since it is usually too far away from the user's index finger. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, on the other hand, comes with an excellent set of physical buttons. All of them are easy to reach and respond with an easy-to-feel click.




Display


That the HTC One mini has the better screen is as clear as day. While both displays have the same area and share a diagonal size of 4.3 inches, the HTC One mini's panel delivers much higher resolution and pixel density – 720 by 1280 pixels vs 540 by 960 pixels for the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. And the difference is easy to notice when the two smartphones are put side by side. Anything from text in web pages to the pictures in the image gallery is sharper, more detailed, and easier to make out on the HTC One mini due to the higher pixel count.

Color fidelity is also better on the HTC One mini. Its Super-LCD3 screen displays very accurate hues across the entire spectrum, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, packing a Super AMOLED screen, tends to boost color saturation, albeit not by much. We're also very pleased with the One mini's outdoor visibility. Its screen is brighter and reflects only a fraction of the light that hits it. The display on the Galaxy S4 mini has a low reflectance rating as well, but it isn't as bright, which makes it not as easy to see under broad daylight.

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