- Ian Morris , Pocket-lint
Solid battery performance, brilliant sound quality and a really nice form factor make it lovely to use.
- Evan Selleck , Phonedog
The Galaxy S4 mini is a smaller Galaxy S 4, in just about every way you can think of. It offers a smaller display, less storage, a smaller camera, and cuts here and there that will obviously be felt by the owner. That is, unless you've never touched the Galaxy S 4 or its other iterations out there....
- Comfortable to hold.
- Good overall phone performance.
- Bright, easy to read screen.
- Awkward microSD card location.
- Low screen resolution.
- Small onboard storage.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is not just a smaller version of the company’s flagship phone, the Galaxy S4. While it does share many traits with the S4 - such as the polycarbonate structure and camera and button locations - there are in fact more differences than similarities.
The most noticeable difference of course is size. The S4 Mini is shorter, thicker and not as wide as the S4. Engadget’s Brad Molen notes that this difference leads to “more rounded edges and a stronger grip” as a result.
In terms of hardware, reviewers agree that while the specs are a general downgrade from the S4, the phone still performs well. The Mini comes with a 1.7gHz dual-core processor, 1.5MB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. However, all reviewers found the 8GB of storage to be extremely low with PC Advisor noting that most of the memory is filled up by the operating system and Samsung’s heavyweight software. They go on to note that “Samsung now clearly states that the Galaxy S4 mini has 5GB available to the user.”
Despite the lack of onboard storage the S4 Mini does have an expandable microSD slot. Unfortunately, Thomas Thorn of TechRadar mentions that the location is awkwardly hidden behind the battery and the card itself is “very fiddly to put...in.”
Many reviewers were also not overly impressed by the screen resolution, although PC Advisor notes that a 540 x 960-pixel resolution and 256ppi pixel density is now “quite acceptable.” Despite the low resolution, the screen itself is reasonably sharp and easy to read, including at full brightness in direct sunlight.
Despite some issues, expert consensus is that the S4 Mini is a solid phone. Perfect, Engadget says, for consumers “who love the GS4 design and firmware but are looking for a lower price point.”
Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)
A miniature Galaxy S4 for smaller pockets and wallets
If it came in appropriately priced, and with a better screen, we’d recommend it highly
For fans of the Galaxy S4 who want a smaller device, this is one to look at. We like the smaller profile, and think the size has a lot to offer those who are looking for it. It’s not the monster some tech enthusiasts like to see, but it does pack a bit of a punch. Web surfing, email checking, messaging, and light gaming were a snap with the Galaxy S4 mini.
In terms of pitfalls, we give you the screen. It may sound a bit unfair to continually bring this point up, but the screen is your only interaction with the device. The screen here is simply lacking, and for a device with... Full review
A small smartphone that doesn’t drag poor performance and low-end specs
Lacks the appeal of a mini flagship
Doesn't offer quite the full GS4 experience, but it comes close enough
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini comes close to providing the full GS4 experience in a smaller package, but there are some notable omissions.
The biggest disappointment to me is the screen. I understand that Samsung needed to reduce the size in order to shrink the phone's footprint, but it dialed the resolution back to 2011. The rest of the hardware looks good and functions well. Voice calls are generally good, signal performance was adequate, and battery life delivers a day's worth of use.
The software is nearly as advanced as the full-sized phone, but nixes some of the fea... Full review
Yet another stunning handset from Samsung, with enough tricks and gear to keep you happy for a long, long time
Small but equally compelling
A highly competent mid-range phone
Scaled down S4 design, bright screen, excellent camera
Mid-range smartphone outperforms some of its high-end competition
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