Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review
- Fits great in the hand
- Nice screen
- Micro SD
- TouchWiz is a drag
- Plastic design feels cheap
- Less features than the S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has one major problem - while it may resemble the design of the South Korean company's ever popular flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S4, it's far from just a shrunken version of the same device.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini lacks the processor grunt, the sharp screen and a number of features found on its bigger brother, but can it still compete with other mid-range handsets like the HTC One Mini, Nokia Lumia 625 and to some extent, the more expensive, iPhone 5c? Read on to find out!
With the size of phone displays getting bigger by the month, it's no surprise companies are deciding to shrink everything down a bit and produce 'Mini' versions of their top-selling flagship devices.
It's fair to say that Samsung's first attempt to create one of these devices - the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, was pretty much a failure. It had an awful display, poor camera, a disappointing amount of storage and hardly deserved to be named after one of our favourite phones of 2012.
Can Samsung improve upon things this time around? In some ways yes, but there's still that lingering feeling that this device could have been so much more.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: Size and build
Picking up the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, the first thing you'll notice is just how well it sits in your hand. The slightly curved rear nestles nicely into your palm, and the fact the display is only 4.3 inches means you can easily use it all with one hand. This is a nice change from the 4-7-inch to 5-inch range of displays found on devices like the HTC One, LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4.
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini sits nicely in the hand, it doesnít really feel very good. The same slimy, slippery plastic casing that was used on the full-sized Galaxy S4 is still sticking around, picking up an enormous amount of fingerprints and oily residue.
The plastic rim around the device, deceivingly trying to mask itself as metal, just adds to the budget feel of the phone.
One positive point to take from the use of plastic is its durability. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini feels like a sturdy device and one that could take a fair bit of beating before it starts to show wear and tear.
We were testing out the white model, which Samsung labels as White Frost, but there's also a black model - Black Mist. The white colour just increases the plasticky feel even more, while the black version does look a tad slicker.
Measurements-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini comes in at 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm, weighing just 107g. In comparison, the HTC One Mini measures 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm and is a touch heavier at 122g, while the iPhone 5c - which only has a 4-inch display comes in at 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97, with a weight of 132g.