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The Samsung was one of the first cell phones that I have owned and I have to say that its not a bad decision.I love how fast the phone responds when I scroll through it and its easy to find the apps.Its got a nice pill shape to it wich is why Samsung has been on my list evertime when Im in the market for a phone.The battery last me a very long time wich is a big difference comparing it to the cheap Nextel phones I used to have.I love the facts that all the music that I have downloaded with the phone is easy to access... I can download many apps on the Samsung.In the terms of hardware, that's ultimately where the commonalities cease. As you'd expect, the 4.3-inch Mini is much easier to handle than anything with a 5-inch screen or larger. After reviewing so many big smartphones, I find it a little weird to switch back to a device that my fingers can actually wrap around. At 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, it's shorter, narrower and thicker than the GS4, but all of these measurements lead to more rounded edges and a stronger grip as a result. In humid climates, this actually comes in quite handy, as the slippery contours of the phone would make it much easier to pop right out of our sweaty hands .Overall the Samsung s4 mini is a phone that I would defenitley recommend it for anyone I say go for it!
* The first thing I noticed was how fast apps run on this phone and how quickly I can transition from one app to another one. Having upgraded from the often sluggish S2, I am very pleased with the speediness of the S4.
* The phone has a microSD slot so that I could put in my 32GB card with all of the videos and music that I like to have with me. Many mid-priced to cheaper phones do not provide a microSD card slot, which to me is a waste of time.
* For me, this is the perfect size of phone. The screen is larger than the iPhone 4 or 5; the screen size is the same as the Galaxy S2 but the body is smaller than the Galaxy S2
* The screen is clear and bright
* The camera takes excellent quality photos outdoors. In fact, to reduce the amount of memory that each photo takes up, I have reduced the camera quality slightly.
There's nothing that I am unhappy with. However, some things which you might consider:
* Do you want a larger screen? Most top-end phones have significantly larger screens. I wanted something that fit my small to mid-sized hand so this works for me. If you have thick fingers, you might plump for a larger screen on which it is easier to type
* Do you want the fastest performance? This is NOT a quad core phone so if you are looking to play games which rely on lots of screen animation, this may not be the phone for you.
A very good phone for those who in particular want a mid-sized phone.
We all use our smartphones differently, so we feel it’s important to touch exactly how we use our devices prior to reviewing them. I personally don’t put too much emphasis on actually making phone calls with smartphones as I tend to communicate with friends and family through texts, instant messages and social networking.
While I’m traveling, I tend to keep up with my emails through my smartphone and pass the time either listening to podcasts or browsing through my Facebook news feed or randomly browsing news aggregators such as Reddit. On occasion, I have been known to spend some time browsing YouTube, although it’s pretty infrequent.Samsung didn’t make any drastic changes to the overall look and feel of the Galaxy S4 from the Galaxy S3, so if you’ve familiarized yourself with the phone, then you’ll feel right at home with the Galaxy S4 Mini. The front of the S4 Mini features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display which has a physical Home button sitting just below it along with a capacitive Home and Back button. A Samsung logo sits directly above the display along with the phone’s speaker, front-facing camera, sensors and a small LED for notifications.
Surrounding the Galaxy S4 Mini is a brushed metal frame, which has been synonymous with the Galaxy S line. The placement of buttons and ports are unchanged from its larger Galaxy S4 as you’ll find its power / sleep button on the right side of the device, volume rocker on the left, microUSB port below and a 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster and microphone sitting on its top. The rear of the S4 Mini is still made of a plastic material, which has been the topic of debate for many smartphone aficionados for years now. For the S4 Mini, Samsung jazzed up the look of its rear by offering a mesh look, which it also did for the original Galaxy S4. It certainly adds a bit more detail to the rear of the S4 Mini as just having a plastic rear cover in a solid color can be a bit boring. All in all its a good phone I did not mind mine and I have had a lot of cell phones lol. Thanks for reading my review! :)
This is from the carphone warehouse site
"The battery certainly isn’t mini in the S4 Mini. At 1,900mAh it’ll give 300 hours of standby time or 12 hours of talk time. The operating system is Android Jelly Bean, version 4.2.2, and combining this with a 1.7GHz dual core Snapdragon 400 processor makes it run perfectly. Its 4.3” screen uses 720p qHD resolution, so it’s very sharp, giving 256 pixels per inch (PPI). Flip it over and you’ll find the impressive 8MP camera, while the front camera is 1.9MP. There’s 8GB of built-in storage, plus space for a microSD card up to 64GB (cards sold separately)."
This is the one thing I have to mark the phone on very highly. I am clumsy and have dropped the phone several times and there are scratches and marks on the casing which is to be expected but it doesn't look that bad and the screen is still as good as new.
"Ease of use"
It's easy to use. It also seems to hold a lot in terms of storage. I do have a small memory card in there but have also downloaded a lot of apps over the year and it is only just starting to need clearing out.
It also runs reasonably fast and have never had to much problem loading webpages if it's slow its because of the internet connection.
One thing I do find is that it has a tendency to freeze and stick for no reason, whether that is at the unlock screen or when trying to use it which can be really frustrating. It does unfreeze pretty quickly but it is worth noting.
It has an 8mps camera which works well for my needs.
This is the main reason why I have marked the phone down as the battery life on the phone is terrible. I have to charge it at night and during the day and that is after conditioning it properly. So much so I have had to buy spare batteries and chargers to try and keep it going . I expect to charge a smartphone every night but not during the day as well. It's so annoying especially if you are trying to get home after work and your phone dies.
My charger that came with the phone also stopped charging after a while so I had to prop the phone up to get it to charge. I've since bought a new charger as the cable bend after those problems and it seems to be okay charging.
While the phone has a lot of good features the battery time is a major let down for me as it just doesn't work with my life and at around £250 sim free it's a lot of money for a phone that dies on my commute home. I am due an upgrade soon and I don't think I will be sticking with Samsung.
My partner has this phone and as of yet no complaints off him! I often use this phone, and I also don't have much to complain about. Enjoy my experience using this phone.
There are so many good points to this phone, here's a list of just a few:
1) very stylish looking, with nice curved edges
2) lightweight and perfect size to fit in your pocket, which is great for my partner as he never carries a bag! Lol.
3) great camera, the camera takes awesome pictures. They're very clear and it focuses really quick.
4) it's fast, fast whenever I'm using apps etc on the phone.
5) the layout, I love the layout of the software on this phone! It's easy to use.
6) it charges quickly, so soon can play on the phone again after the batteries ran out.
However there are a couple of bad things in my opinion about this phone alrhough they are minor. They are:
1) the battery life is awful, find that the phone is always on charge as it runs out of battery really quickly.
2) the keyboard seems squished because of the small screen meaning it's harder to type on the phone and always making mistakes!
3) too many unnecessary apps already downloaded on the phone. Most of these are useless and don't understand why you have to keep them.
But all in all, this is a great phone, would definitely buy another samsung. Recommend to all family and friends!
I bought the Samsung Galaxy phone as an alternative to the iPhone. It was significantly cheaper than an iPhone and it came with a better camera and a higher resolution screen. The phone is lightweight and easily fits in your pocket. The phone is stylish and its touch screen is good quality with a resolution screen and it is very responsive to touch.
The one thing that really grated on me with the iPhone was the battery. It would evaporate
before my eyes as I browsed the Internet.
It was a source of constant irritation. However the Samsung Galaxy has a good battery that charges quickly and dies not run out quickly. It takes a long time for the battery to run out. The Gakaxy is easy to use and browsing the Internet is simple.
The camera which comes with the phone is very easy to use and it has a high resolution and takes good quality pictures. The other thing that is good about the phone is that it is stylish and desirable and when you come to sell it you can get a decent sale it exchange price. With this phone you are definately nothing paying for the brand or the image as you are with an iPhone. You are paying for the technology which is as good or better than Apple's.
Thus phone lasted me 2 years and I never had a single problem with it. It is durable, simple to use, reasonably priced and stylish. However it cannot match the desirability of the iphone.
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.
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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.