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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is a decent mid-range smartphone, and manages to outperform some of its high-end competition.

Pros:

Nice design, great screen, smooth performance, excellent battery life, good camera, plentiful storage for all types of users

Cons:

Casing can get grubby, Samsung's Touchwiz user interface can be overbearing

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: ££380

Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone is, as its name suggests, a smaller, cheaper version of the firm's flagship Galaxy S4.

The handset, which at £380 sits at the top-end of the mid-range spectrum, sees Samsung looking to further expand its dominance in the smartphone market and trying to steal the HTC One Mini's thunder.

Design
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini holds few surprises when it comes to design, featuring a scaled-back version of the Galaxy S4's polycarbonate chassis.

While we weren't huge fans of the Samsung Galaxy S4's design, as its creaky casing seems a little cheap compared to the HTC One and iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has managed to win us over. The plastic casing seems more suited to a mid-range smartphone such as the Galaxy S4 Mini, and its smaller dimensions make the metal trim around the phone seem more prominent than on its high-end sibling, giving the handset a more luxurious look.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini design

The Galaxy S4 Mini isn't actually all that mini, since it's 4.3in screen is larger than the display found on Apple's iPhone 5. That said, it's very comfortable in the hand, measuring 125x61x8.9mm, and tipping the scales at 107g. We'd have preferred that there was a bit of texture to the handset's rear however, with the glossy plastic proving slippery in hot weather.

Our only other gripe is that, like most white phones, the Galaxy S4 Mini can quickly go from clean and shiny to covered with smears and fingerprints. However, the handset is also available in black for those with particularly grubby mitts.

Screen
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini features a 4.3in 540x960 Super AMOLED display, with a pixel density of 256ppi. While that sounds like quite a downgrade from the 5in 1920x1080 screen found on the flagship Galaxy S4, the Super AMOLED technology makes things look crisp and vibrant, and the HD 720p display offers detailed images and crisp text on a par with some high-end phones available on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini screen

Outdoing most high-end phones, the Galaxy S4 Mini screen is almost edge-to-edge too, keeping the device compact. However, it struggles when it comes to viewing angles, with the screen almost illegible when the phone is used in bright sunlight.

Next: Performance, operating system

Processor: Dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
Display: 4.3in 540x960 Super AMOLED display
Storage: 8GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
Camera: 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash, 1.9MP front camera
Connectivity: GSM/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi,
Operating system: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Touchwiz overlay
Dimensions: 125x51x8.9mm
Weight: 107g

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Carly Page joined The INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012. Before becoming a full-time geek, Carly studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln, and dabbled in the music journalism industry. Carly's main coverage areas include mobile devices, mobile software, telecoms, mobile operators, social networks and anything Breaking Bad related.

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