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.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

HTC One mini

HTC One mini

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches

132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

HTC One mini

HTC One mini

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches

132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

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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40 Comments

1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Very simple bottom line: the S4 mini is for geeks, who will value the number of megapixels, the higher cpu frequency and amount of ram, the better results in benchmarks and the SD card slot. The One Mini is for everyday users, who will benefit from the better readability of the screen, smoother interface, better sound quality (both in the earpiece and with the dual speakers) and premium design and materials.

2. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Wait, WHAT? Which particular GEEK would buy the S4 mini?! It would be a shame to consider yourself a geek with the Galaxy! The mini versions from Samsung are made for women. And before anyone gets offended almost every woman I know (incl. my own mother) is drooling herself over the S3 or S4 mini ads. On the other hand if I wanted to show off it would be with HTC's features (HD display, Beats, BoomSound etc.).

4. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

not every man/male has got BIG hands/palms, what if the geek is a 8-year-old school kid?

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Do you realize that talk goes about HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and they both has 4.3 inch screens and overall similar dimensions.

26. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Displays are same size , but not the devices. HTC makes as usual bricks.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Displays are same size , but not the devices." Does I have said that devices are the same size? I have said: "they both has 4.3 inch screens and overall SIMILAR dimensions." "HTC makes as usual bricks." HTC One Mini: 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm How is that "brick" ?

5. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

so you think beats and boomsound is for the geeks?? you're jocking right?? feature wise s4 mini much more suite for geeks actually.. you know geeks like features not beats audio..

13. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

Thanks you have offended me, i use the S4 mini and I am a boy. oh wait. you ain't human. You're just some random Cyanogen mod mascot.

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Are you drunk?

25. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

You probably understood me wrong. I myself loved the idea of the S4 mini because it's close to the perfect screen size/performance/features ratio and would have used it myself if it wasn't for the ridiculous price compared to the Nexus 4. It's just a trend amongst women (at least where I live) and the second choice to a white iPhone 4s/5.

32. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Let's talk about cameras, shall we? People value the "QUALITY", but because of some manufacturers, they think higher megapixels are higher quality. This is wrong but HTC FAILED to prove that. The pictures are average but not great. I would buy the HTC One Mini but the S4 Mini had me in the camera department. Also, I find touchwiz slightly more attractive. Stock Android FTW.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I would choose HTC One mini.

6. Tcool unregistered

I go for HTC One Mini, I like stereo sounds both loud speakers and headphones.

27. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Front speakers are BS. They sound a bit lowder but like tweeters when speakers a so small. No bass. When, with back speakers you make bass-reflex-box with your hand when hold it, and have much more bass Learn a little about acoustuc , or check it out.

8. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

hmmm its a tough one but the one is for me!

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Both are craps, Xperia ZR is better than these.

11. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

hardly c**p but i do like the ZR

10. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

What about the Sony SP? Or the ZR if you're willing to go one step larger.

18. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

SP is much bigger. These are for people that consider pocketability THE most important thing. Otherwise, it's clear that there are many better choices (in Sony, the SP or even better the ZL).

21. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually the HTC One Mini and the Xperia ZR are very similar in size... the One Mini is just a little narrower and slimmer.... but pocketability is basically the same... On the other hand, screen buttons on the ZR makes the screen to be smaller than 4.3" except for multimedia http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/HTC-One-mini,Sony-Xperia-ZR/phones/7702,7845

12. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

And the price here One mini is US$520 >>S4 mini $375 HTC will never ever know how to manage selling product that is why Samsung deserve the best android seller. One mini just has a better display and resolution with aluminum body, beside that S4 mini better in all aspects.

14. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

What about these 2 vs the droid mini? I thank that the droid mini would win even with all of the VZW bloat on it.

15. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

sony xperia ZR faaaaar better than these 2

17. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The ZR is not small compared to its screen size, the ZL is. Anyway, both are bigger.

23. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

the ZR is actually quite similar to the HTC One Mini in size... But you are correct the ZL is much more impressive for its screen size... though the ZR would be in a more competitive price range http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/HTC-One-mini,Sony-Xperia-ZR/phones/7702,7845

16. TechFreak

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

Clearly One Mini is the better phone!!

19. newbey123

Posts: 700; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

One Mini hands down

20. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

HTC one is clearly the winner in PA's review, but its the opposite on GSMarena. either way, id probably chose the ONE mini, but i have a feeling the standby time on the galaxy mini is alot better.

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

doesn't matter, the Droid Mini kills these.

29. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Good review.

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