Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

80
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Score
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Samsung Galaxy S III mini review: a small Galaxy with few stars

Summary

If you were hoping for a mini Galaxy S III, this isn't it. If, instead you fancy a decent mid-spec phone with a modern design, this is a great choice.

from $220.99+
Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Same software experience as the GS3
  • Attractive, modern design
Cons
  • Slower performance than on the GS3
  • No NFC or S Beam
  • Mediocre display
Samsung Galaxy S III mini review: a small Galaxy with few stars

Samsung made a bold move when it announced the Galaxy S III mini. Here was an Android phone with the potential to take the iPhone 5 head-on. While the original Galaxy S III is clearly the flagship, its 4.8-inch display means it's literally too much for some people to handle. By matching Apple's screen size inch for inch, it could have been pitched as a device aimed at winning over some iOS fence-sitters. However, when you look at the specifications: a dual-core 1GHz processor, WVGA (800 x 480) display and a 5-megapixel camera, it's clear that Samsung had other ideas, opting to fish for a more mid-range customer instead.

Fast forward to the present, and it's no longer a matter of intellectual debate as to what the mini is all about: the phone is here, and on sale in much of Europe for £299 / €379. So hubris, brand appeal and pundit talk aside, is this the real-deal Galaxy S III, just for smaller hands? Or is it a budget phone simply wearing its elder sibling's tuxedo to the ball? We spent some time getting to know the phone in an attempt to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

80
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.0
Display
7.0
Battery life
8.0
Camera
6.8
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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