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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini review | Introduction

Published on: Tuesday, November 12th 2013                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Galaxy S4 mini review

F or the smartphone fans that found the Galaxy S4 too big or too expensive, Samsung has introduced a mini version. The new Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (GT-I9195) is currently for sale by various online providers at a price of approximately €325 EUR / $360 USD / £325 GBP without a subscription. In this Galaxy S4 mini review, we will see if this Samsung smartphone meets our expectations, or if it is not more sensible to spend €150 more and buy a ‘grownup’ S4. In terms of specifications, the mini version is not really going backwards, but of course, the S4 mini will have to make more concessions than just the format.

Read on and see how we assess the new Samsung Galaxy S4 mini in this extended practical test.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini smartphone review

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini smartphone review

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean - 1.7 GHz Dual-core processor - 4.3" touchscreen - 8.0 MP camera

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini test

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini test

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini phone design

The familiar design of the Samsung Galaxy S models also applies to the S4. The Galaxy S4 mini does its name justice, considering it is almost exactly the same as the S4, but then a size smaller. The Samsung S4 mini is sold in white (White Frost) and blue (Black Mist). This smartphone does not have a surprising design, however, we are very happy with the format, as we have never held a smartphone that was so comfortable to handle. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini’s dimensions are 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm and it weighs 107 grams.

Galaxy S4 mini Android smartphone

Galaxy S4 mini Android smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini cell phone

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is equipped with Google’s newest operating system, the Android Jelly Bean 4.2. Samsung has placed the Touch Wiz interface on top of that, which makes different functions easier to access. In contrast to the Galaxy S4, the mini version does not have Multi Windows, Air Gesture, Air View and the S-heath app. This may be a disappointment for fans that love these unique phone functions, but personally, I think that few people will actually miss these functions. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini’s menu is really fast, thanks to the 1.7 GHz Dual-core processor, and hitches are seldom.

 
 

Our Rating!

Design
90%
User friendliness
80%
Features
80%
Performance
85%
Price / Quality ratio
75%
82%
Review rating
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
 
 
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