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Now, let me start this review off by saying this phone has been the first phone I have ever owned that has had no major problems after a year of constant usage. The main problem with smartphones nowadays, at least in my experience and those I’ve spoken to, is that they seem to have an 8-10 month usage time and then will inevitably start to slow down and become a shadow of what they were quite quickly.
I have owned a HTC desire and a HTC Wildfire and both have disappointed me to no end, I have loved this phone’s performance throughout its lifetime. I can safely say that the generic problem with smartphones that I mentioned above is not present here.
General and Pricing
This is the baby of the Galaxy range; released in July 2013, it is for the more relaxed consumer that does want a good phone but not a mini tablet in their pocket. I personally chose the Galaxy range as I wanted a phone I could use with one hand tapping the screen. I had heard great things about it from friends and through my own research I discovered the pricing mixed with the feel was right for me, my experience with both my HTC phones was terrible so the highly acclaimed HTC one was not on the cards, at least not for me.
Now the pricing, to give a view of how much value for money this product was when it was launched, I will provide the price I purchases at, the general price at launch and now.
I have been with Orange (or EE now) ever since I got my first phone, for around 8 years, so I do get a good contract due to my loyalty to them. I paid £100 upfront for the handset and my contract is 1GB of data, 1800 minutes and unlimited texts for £15 a month. I did see this as a good deal because the handset off contract was, at its lowest £360 and on contract it was free but £21 a month with 1000 texts, 500 minutes and 250 MB data, all the figures are taken from EE. Right now the phone can be bought brand new for £189.99 (Amazon) and on contract from around £18, with a similar package to mine across the board.
It has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. Not a very ‘mini’ screen as it is bigger than the iPhone 5’s screen.
I did sometimes have trouble reaching the very top of the phone but generally one handed use is fairly easy. The screen is made with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, in my experience it is a very strong and durable screen, I use the phone without a screen protector or case and I don’t have a single scratch.
On the topic of durability the back case is quite flimsy as it is plastic and the phone itself isn’t the most durable, but it isn’t as delicate as the weight would suggest. I have dropped it many times and the phone hasn’t bent, but the silver on the front of the phone did start peeling. It weighs 107 grams, this is very light when you first pick it up it’ll feel like a feather especially if you’ve had a heavy phone. It will take time getting used to the weight but it is worth it, I do prefer a lighter phone. It is easier to use in almost every way.
The phone has an internal space of 8GB you cannot get an expansion on this but you will generally get a free 8GB micro SD from your provider. The internal space uses up 3GB on internal space so you will have 5GB to use for anything else. I personally bought a 32GB micro SD and I have 15GB left so maybe it was a bit overkill , though I will never run out of space now! You do have capability to use an SD card that goes up to 64GB. It also has 1.5GB of RAM.
It has Bluetooth functionalities and can run a 4G network unlike its predecessor. It is preloaded with Android OS V. 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) but I have recently upgraded to v. 4.4.2 (Kit Kat)
It has a dual core 1.7 Ghz Krait 300 processor which will run many games at full capacity without trouble, I have faced minor lag with some games bur for the most part it does run smoothly
The Phone has the option of coming in; White Frost, Black Mist, Blue, Pink, Orange and Purple. When buying from a provider I personally found I was only offered the White Frost or Black mist editions, it would be a hard buy to try and find the other colours but it may be possible, probably at the expense of a few extra pounds.
The battery has an endurance rating of 54 hours and a talk time of 12 hours.. that is when you get it. Now here comes the first negative I found the battery life on my phone to be a major problem after around 6 months, the battery life was so bad to the point it wouldn’t even last half the day with use and barely the whole day if I had barely used it. I ended up having to buy a new battery and charging case at a £25 cost to myself as a result. I was surprised at this seeing as this battery is the new lithium ion type that is in all smart phones since around 2013. I was treating it as so, you charge it from around 70% to 40% to look after the battery, the old nickel batteries would’ve needed to be run down completely and then charged for optimum use which is what some people do with these batteries which destroyed their lifetime. I didn’t do this I treated it well so I am not sure why it happened to me, could be an isolated case, though I have heard of others with the same problem.
Receiving the phone and after
In the box you’ll get the phone itself, the battery, a USB lead, the plug to connect it to, a pair of Samsung headphones, they are good quality but nothing special and I wouldn’t think worth any more than £15 and the instruction booklet
Once I had charged the phone and turned it on, you are greeted with Touchwiz, a launcher that is pretty simple to use with good customisation. It is a good launcher for those that do not particularly care about the ins and outs of their phones. I did like this launcher but at around 10 months of owning the phone I decided to get a launcher that was a little more complicated but offered much more customisation for the little tweaks, for perfectionists like me. In the end I went with the Nova launcher which let me add little tweaks such as the picture in the background moving with the pages as you swipe across, with Touchwiz it was just a still image, the ability to change the colour of the writing, how the apps look and generally better functions.
The camera is 8 megapixels and take some very clear photos and video I am very happy with the quality even when shaky, it is a very good quality camera not as good as the 13 megapixels that the full S4 had but everything is shrunk in the mini version and I wouldn’t think you needed any better quality to be quite honest.
Phone and Contacts
The phone and contacts apps are as good as I feel possible. There are options to link friends Facebook, Google +, Twitter etc. Accounts to their mobile numbers, generally if you have not added a photo of them locally their Facebook photo will be used as their contact photo. The phone act shows the numbers and names of those that have called you for around 3 months and will show you the duration of those calls after they have terminated, something I previously had to check with my provider. I also do like that you can personalise the tones for each specific person if you so wish, so you can tell who is texting/calling you.
Sound and Volume
Sound and Volume is something that is not the greatest on this phone. I do feel that the phone is quite quiet, when there is a substantial amount of noise you will not be able to clearly hear the music/ video you are playing at the time. I have tried to play music at Thorpe park and you just couldn’t hear it, I feel that Samsung have tried to rectify this. They have a built in feature called GroupPlay which means that if anyone else has a Samsung device from the S3 onwards can connect their phones and the same song at the same time will play from both phones increasing the volume, It is a nice feature that does work well but unfortunately cannot make up for the fact that the phone is quiet generally. This is only through normal audio playback though. The text message tones and phone call tones seem to be of a higher sound, I am not entirely sure why but I cannot complain.
Now another not so great point would be the fact that there are quite a few pre-installed apps that you cannot uninstall despite never using them or having no want to do so. They do take up unnecessary space and are a nuisance that clog up your app screens. I do understand the system settings and Google as this is Android but apps such as ChatOn, BlurbCheckout, Deezer, Dropbox, Google +, Google Hnagouts, TripAdvisor and I think some others. These are unnecessary and should be removed, it is impossible to do so although you can disable them which means that they will still be installed but unusable taking up a little less space. I do find this annoying seeing as none of these apps are necessary to run the phone. The only way to remove these apps for certain is to ‘root’ your phone which is the same as ‘jailbreaking’ on an Apple device, this voids your warranty and has a chance of ‘bricking’ your phone (destroying the OS and making It effectively a brick, it won’t be usable and in effect you would’ve just lost your phone)
Now this is a fairly biased section I will talk about how phone’s design makes it look and feel and comment on ease of use. When picking up the phone I have mentioned that it is very light, once you are used to this feel it is much more comfortable than a heavier phone because you feel that it really is modern, it really is powerful and it isn’t weighing your pocket down. I feel that the phone itself does look very modern, the front and back camera don’t look out of place, the speaker is fairly small, the Samsung text on the front and back looks nice and the fact there is one home button and two buttons next to it (there is nothing protruding out of the phone, they are touch activated buttons), one menu and one a back button, that light up when pressed it truly feels modern and sleek. Not a sub- par version of the S4 which it could be, understandably interpreted as such.
The positions of the buttons make the phone easy to use, the power and volume rockers being on opposite sides of the phone making them easy to access and as I have mentioned the home button and subsequent touch activated ones next to both are a very nice edition. I would like to add one negative to the very short list. That in the rain the phone is pretty much unusable which is a pity as many other smartphones are easier to use in the rain and the fact that
Bringing all this together I would, if forced to give this phone a numerical rating, a 9/10, for the technology available when it came out, I do realise there ae much better phone out now, but you do also have to realise technology moves at a very fast rate, for its time this is the rating I would give it. I feel that the very few negatives aren’t enough to make me hate this phone, it is the first phone that I will have no trouble carrying out my full 2 year contract with.
This is the first touchscreen-only phone that I have used for more than a couple of weeks. I got it as a free upgrade and chose this model because I have liked other Samsung products I have used.
This phone is quite easy to get used to although some of the settings menus can be a bit confusing, especially on a couple of applications. The home screen etc can be personalised and one thing I particularly like is the writing on the lock screen. This can be changed and the colour edited as well.
I was previously using the memory card from my old phone, but after a while it stopped storing pictures and would not even let me transfer any from the phone onto it. I changed it for a Samsung card and have had no problems, so I would recommend this even though others are cheaper.
Despite this phone being the 'mini' version, the phone does feel quite big and I am unable to hold it comfortably in one hand. This isn't a big problem most of the time, but it does make it annoying, especially when trying to text or make a phone call when you only have one hand free.
The application data on this phone always seems to be running out, as well as the storage space. The latter has been better since I got a larger memory card but it is still annoying. The battery is better than some others, but when you are out with no charger available it does go down pretty quickly.
Best Phone Ever. Bought one a couple of months ago, and loved it since. Even though it's not as good as the S5 (which my wife owns) It Is Also Cool to Own.
Samsung are good phones they brought this phone for the people who dont want the big screen or cant afford the samsung galaxy s4. It does what it needs to and does it well it might not have all the tech of the samsung galaxy s4 has but its took the bits we like from it so thumbs up
I bought it 6 months ago and i am really pleased. This phone is one of the best in the market right now. The processor is really fast (1,9GHz), so Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is suitable for everyone who likes to play games or download a lot of demanding apps. The sound quality of this phone is really nice and the built-in speakers are quite good for a smartphone. In my opinion its size and its display is excellent to run apps, watch videos etc. An other really attractive option is the design. I believe it is much better than the iPhone''s one. Finally I loved the camera of Samsung S4 mini, which has a lot of nice functions and takes awesome shots.
i bought this phone from ebay last month. in few working days i got this. accessesories comes with it are earphone, charger, datacable, menual . after using it about a month ihave no problem with this device . i am fully satisfied with this device.many features are available in this. and camera quality is very nice.all the hd games work in this like gta sanandreas with high resolution. and can watch movies hd 1080 p. one thing i notice about this device is its battery backup is reaaly nice. since i alresy have galaxy s 3 but it dont have good battry backup and lag some times . but in this device i thing i have never seen any lag.or any app that crases accept some hd games .but the build quality for daily users are very goid. and handy device .with good bright and big disply .i dont have ever any issue about hand grip of device . it really fits in hands thogh. i prefer it to whom who loves to surfing ,playing games ,watching movies,chating. best buy .
When it comes to mobile phones, I like to choose one that is relatively simple and easy to use. In all honesty, I'm not to bright when it comes to the technical side of things when it comes to phones and PC's and the like, so will just tell you about what I know and like about this phone.
I have had this phone for little over a year now. What I like about this phone is that you can adapt it to how you like it. You can swipe the screen and add 'pages' to it with apps and gadgets that you want and need. I particularly like the fact that you can add and delete pages depending on the amount of gadgets and/or apps you have on your phone. For instance, on one page I have got my emails, Whatsapp, facebook, camera, gallery, Skype, my cloud drive and the game Solitaire on one page. And on another page I have an app about the weather and my favourite contacts.
I like the fact that you can arrange any apps and gadgets you got on your phone on different pages and how you can personalize it to suit your needs. Although I'm not a big fan of playing games on my phone, I only have Solitaire installed, I do like apps that can help me in life, like Google Maps, which is already pre-installed on the phone.
The screen dimensions are 9.5 cms long and 6 inches long. I find this suitable for me, and the phone is lightweight too and easily fits into your pockets. I find the phone quite sturdy. I do, however, have mind in a case, but even on the rare occasion I have dropped it, it's been alright. I've never got it wet or dropped it in water, so can't comment on how waterproof it is.
CAMERA AND VIDEO
The camera I find takes excellent pictures and the quality of the pictures is really good and clear. I find the same applies with videos I take with this phone too. I have taken videos in the past with it, and the picture and sound quality is really clear. It is also easy to transfer photos and videos over to the PC. I plug my phone into my PC and transfer them over that way. You can put a picture of your choice as a background picture which I like.
When adding contacts to your phone, I like how you can add a picture to the contact, and it will show by the contacts name in the menu. You can add them to a group, ie, friends, family, work etc. And you can also add their address, email, and more than 1 phone number. I find this useful as I am often forgetting peoples addresses and email addresses. You can also make video calls from this if their phone is adapted for this too. You can also add contacts to your favourites, the favourites is shown on your screen. I like this option if you contact a certain person a lot.
SOUND AND VOLUME
Another thing I like about this phone is the volume on it. I am hard of hearing in one ear, so need my devices a bit louder than normal so I can hear them. So I have this phone as loud as it will go. I find the ring tone I have which was pre-installed on the phone loud enough for me to hear. This also applies to the tone on any text messages I receive. The handy thing about the ringtone and text message tone is you can set a specific tone to a person. This can be handy so you know who is calling or texting you.
Would I recommend this phone? On a personal level, yes I would. I love my little phone and it suits me for what I need. I like the way you can make it look how you want to look, change the ringtones of each contact and the picture quality of the phone is really good.
This phone is currently being sold in Argos for a starting price of £359.95.
NOTE: This review can also be found on Ciao under the same username.
I have used Samsung for the last 3 mobile phones I have had and I have to say, I am the least impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Don't get me wrong, it is a very compact phone, light and has an easy to use touch screen, however the battery life is now starting to get ridiculous! I use my phone for maybe 15 minutes of calls, 10 text messages maximum and around 15 minutes on Facebook each day and the battery lasts for a maximum of 2 day's! I had the Samsung S2 before this phone and used it for the same things and that battery lasted around a week! On the plus side, the phone is very easy to use, the touch screen is not overly sensitive so it is easy to navigate around the different applications, send texts, answer calls etc. It also comes in black or white so you have a choice of colour to suit you.
I have had this phone for about four months now, and it is the only phone I have never got bored of. I changed from an apple I phone four S, because I wanted to try out other options.
You are able to use google play, which has a wider range of apps than apple in my opinion. You are also not tied to samsung software. You can download music for free through an app. Samsung don't seem to just be wanting to grab your money, they want you to have a good experience.
The phone is attractive, large and very light
The camera is brilliant with loads of good features such as beauty shot, panoramic view etc.
The phone doesn't come with any anti virus so you have to download your own, but it is free and there are some really good ones such as avast.
As you can make the touch sensitivity as high as you like, it's easy to end up pressing loads of random buttons in your pocket, but you can turn the sensitivity down.
Overall I love this phone, and will get the s five when it is out without even seeing it as the galaxy has a good reputation. I would definitely recommend this phone to a friend.
~~* INTRODUCTION *~~
After my phone contract ran out I was debating on either to stay with contract phone or to simply go with pay as you go, after a few days of debating I decided on staying with the phone company and got a new contract with them. I was browsing the shop online for a new handset, as I didn't like the nokia one that I had for 2 years, so I decided on this Samsung phone which was cheaper to get a contract with then the old nokia that I had, so was pretty happy.
~~* IN THE BOX *~~
You will get the handset
Usb lead to charge your phone
And not forgetting the instruction booklet.
~~* INFORMATION *~~
First glimpse at the phone I was happy with it, and that was without playing about with it to see what it can do as a phone and also with what features it had inside. After fully charging the phone I decided it was time to have a play with and see how it felt and what it could do, even though I only tend to use my phone for the odd phone call and texting, and sometimes to read emails.
The 4.3 inch amoled screen makes the phone much brighter in the colours and very clear, compared to the nokia I had. The screen on this Samsung helps with what it can fit on the screen, I love large screens on phones, but some phones have a large screen but tends to cut half the picture off when setting it, or the colours seem to suffer and is pixelated, but glad to say this has nothing like that.
The photos that I take with this phone are very clear, and again the colours are deep in colour, I do use my phone quite a lot when taking photos as I do not have a camera, this is something that is essential when choosing the phone, I need a good camera, and with this phone having a 8mp camera, it never lets me down. I have also noticed when taking photos I have not had any photos that are either blurred or red eyed which you get with some phones.
I have also use the video recording on the phone as I recorded my sons Christmas play, and when playing it back there was no fault with it what so ever, so I was very happy, it was very clear like when you record of a camcorder, I don't tend to do a lot of recording on the phone as it isn't my thing, but that was a special play that I needed to store and remember.
The phone itself is fast with everything it does, whether browsing the web, reading emails or even playing games, When switching between web sites it never lags or slows down, it never freezes, but I guess that is down to the 1.7GHz duel core processor inside the phone. The dual core processors means that you can access double the amount of apps, we browsers as you would normally do on a phone with just a single core, and won't slow down or freeze up your phone.
The 8 GB storage allows you to download games, apps, songs and games and store them to your phone, although I don't keep songs on my phone as I have an iPod to do that, and I listen to all my songs on there. I do however use my phone occasionally to play games mostly Facebook games, so the space I have on my phone is simply for storage for my photos that I have taken with the phone.
~~* ABOUT THE PHONE *~~
The phone itself is easy to use, and with it being 125mm by 61mm it fits into my hand with ease, it doesn't bulk through pockets as it is very slim at just 8.94mm I have even put this phone in my purse when I haven't got any pockets that's just how slim it is. Also it's not very heavy either which is always a good thing in a phone weighing at just 109gms, which won't weigh you down when carrying it around with you.
The phone does come with certain apps installed mostly to do with google, like google maps, google plus, Gmail, google apps store, and many more. Unfortunately you cannot delete these from the phone, as I have tried to free up more space on the phone for more important things, but never mind. I do use some of the services as the google store sometimes and Gmail.
The sound quality on the phone is very clear, crisp and loud for a phone. There are a few ringtones that come on the phone, and message beeps, and that is really the only sound I have on my phone. I use the phone sometimes for alarms when I need to get up in a morning or even when I have a crafty nap in the afternoons. Also when I use the phone for phone calls I have noticed it does cut out most if not all background noise, so its loud and clear when I call someone which is also important.
~~* LOOK AND FEEL *~~
The look of the phone is sleek, slim and very light to handle which is everything in a phone, you don't want something that is bulky and heavy. The white smooth case hugs the 4.3 inch screen, giving the phone a very expensive look and feel to it. The phone is also dust and water resistant which is also a good thing, now I haven't tried putting the phone in water just in case, but this is what the woman on the phone told me, I have never seen any dust on the phone, so that bit must be true.
Like I have mentioned the white case is a very smooth touch, but that doesn't mean it's hard to handle or carry round with you as there is still enough grip to the phone. The phone is small enough to hold in one hand with ease, so at least you can multitask much easier.
~~* AVAILABILITY AND PRICE *~~
I mentioned in my introduction that I got this on contract with virgin, but you can get this phone on pay as you go from places like:-
Amazon at £253
Argos at £389.99
Car phone warehouse at £549
These are just places I have found that sell the phone, but I would shop around.
~~* FINAL OPINION *~~
Well what more can I say that what I have already said, well the phone works with android jelly bean 4.2, which is a popular operating system for phones. Do I think the phone is worth what I pay a month? Yes I do, would I pay for the phone if I had to? Yes I would, it does everything I want it to do with no faults. I haven't dropped the phone or anything yet so cannot comment on the durability, and hopefully this won't happen. I have to say I am very happy with this phone and I don't think I will be changing it for a while. Although it does everything I need and want it to do it does brilliantly.
As a 46 year old male I thought I was far too old for one of the latest smart phones, as all I usually did was ring and make calls. I could not be more wrong. It is stylish and compact and a thing of beauty and seems to surf the web faster than my (very) old laptop. I am still discovering everything this phone has to offer and so far it hasn't disappointed. With the help of my techno savvy 9 year old, it appears a bright new world has been opened to me. It is fast and light and even bounces well I can now watch youtube on the go, checking emails and staying in touch with work and is an ideal companion for that long commute to work either reading, checking out the papers or playing angry birds, and yes, it even makes calls and receives texts
I got this smartphone a month ago and I have to admit that its the best phone I ever had!
The display is absolutely great due to its brightness. An argument to buy this phone is also the processor, which is clocked at 1,9GHz, so this phone is also suitable for everyone who likes to play games or watch videos.
The sound quality of this smartphone is really nice. Also a good feature is the equalizing section at the mp3-application. It allows the user to make the sound fit the music genre. So when you're listening to rock music and choose the "rock" equalizer setting, it sounds a lot better!
The built-in speakers are not really good, but I think that's rather normal for smartphones.
The new chassis of the S4 reminds of the iPhone, but I personally like it, because it guarantees a nice handling.
A disadvantage I found is that while charging or playing games which use a lot of the processor's power, the backside of the phone gets really warm. Besides, the battery life may be not really long lasting, but that depends on the kind of using it. After a day at work my S4 Mini usually has 60-70% left, but if you use it permanently, it might decrease a lot faster!
I really enjoy this phone! It is very light and fits in the hand perfectly unlike some of the other models which are huge. I've had some of those before but I can't even hold them in one hand comfortably. So this one is perfect for me. It is also extremely very fast and powerful. I love it.
Sadly though I do believe there are two problems with it. One is the internal memory of the device, I looked around EVERYWHERE and couldn't find any information about it. It is only 8Gb so if you need more, you might want to look around for another phone. It must be due to its size that they had to limit the internal storage. The good thing is that you can always get more storage in the Micro SD, of course, another expense.
Lastly, it doesn't operate as smooth as I want it to when I play games on it. I unfortunately cannot figure out why, but it is a concern of mine.
Overall though I really recommend anyone buy this if you need a light, normal sized and operational smart phone.