Half an eternity after the phone has been launched, and without help from Samsung, we have finally managed to get hold of a test specimen of Galaxy S4 Mini. Our testing shows that the Samsung does not have anything they need to hide from us.
Samsung like to milk their brands. Galaxy S3 was joined by an S3 Mini shortly after release and this year’s model, Galaxy S4, has been followed up by no less than three additional models with S4 in the name. In addition to Active and mobile sportluren S4 S4 camera Zoom and we have seen a S4 Mini too. For some reason many expected last year that S3 Mini would be an exact copy of big brother, but with less screen. The disappointment had not, of course, wait when it turned out to be a budget model with only the name and the design similarities, but it did maybe that expectations of S4 Mini was not quite so big this year.
It is almost a bit sad actually, because even though it is not a monsters model in miniature (something only the Sony seems to have no interest in doing so far in Japan and with exclusive Xperia Z1f, with the same specifications as the Z1 aside a smaller screen), it is still about a competent handset for the price.
Appearance is, of course, if a scaled-down clone of Galaxy S4, for better or worse. Of course, it is still about glossy lacquered plastic consistently, something that makes the phone feels cheap and also makes it a lot of slippery than might be desirable. Despite the hearty plasticky of is still good bounce in buttons and a moderate weight in construction because it feels terrible, but probably has the Samsung come as far as it will go in their attempts to get the thin plastic that feels luxurious.
With a minimodell says it almost itself that certain features scaled away, but in the case of S4 Mini, there are extras that are missing in big brother. Sure, the camera is nerpetad to eight megapixels, some features (which you probably never would lack) of Touchwiz does not exist and sensors such as temperature, barometric pressure and humidity are not included. Just the sensors have Samsung, on the other hand, has been exceptionally bad at showing up for practical use, so there may not be any great loss. However, what has been added is an FM radio, Galaxy S4 lacks. It still works that way that you need to have a wired headset plugged in, but it is at least.
The screen has also strangled down a little bit but not as much as we expected. With less screen real estate, we are, of course, a lower resolution, but it is still about a superamoled display that beats most of it among competitors ‘ LCD displays.
A funny detail is also that Samsung chose to keep the IR port on the top side, so that the phone can be used as a remote control for your television. Samsung’s own Watchon app, on the other hand, is a bit too limited to be completely useful.
The slimmed-down camera doing actually quite okay. Speed is not a major failure on both image quality and features that are of good class even though it is a compact Executive car marketed we’re talking about. The combination of camera and Samsung’s agreement with Dropbox, which gives users 50 gigabyte extra storage space free for two years, are just as welcome as always, if you have the automatic backup of the images turned on.
Something Samsung had with long in their smart lurking, but that comes a bit extra to pass this type of cheaper phones, is the simple mode for the home screen. With it turned on, the most you can about Android and replaced with something that probably would fit quite well in a senior telephone from Doro. For an experienced Android users, it becomes quickly frustrating, but it is a direct option for first-time buyers of smart phones that don’t feel totally safe with everything that can be done. Just that in combination with the cheaper price fits extremely well. This type of simple modes is to fix via different Launchers from the Android market, but for the oinsatta, it is nicer if there are built in from the start.
Another slimming down is the choice of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 instead of the 600 model that sits in the Galaxy S4. It does, of course, to the pure performance drops slightly and it appears that the phone does not always respond as quickly as we might have liked. On the whole, however, do not delete it, but most of it will run without any major problems. An additional advantage is the support for 4 g network, which cannot yet be regarded as standard in the mid-range although it is becoming more common.
Battery life is at an acceptable level, where we get out more than five hours in our battery tests. However, what is a bit troubling is how the battery meter behave. Down to 20-25 percent battery power is the Hill pretty smooth, but after that it seems almost to be a free fall, and it is difficult to determine if your phone will die within five minutes or a few hours.
Although it is not a Galaxy S4 but with smaller screen, as were expectations for last year’s S3 Mini, we can still say that this is a really good phone for the price. Most functions that are actually useful in Samsung’s Touchwiz interface is there, that the DLNA support and media playback, and in many ways it does not feel as if something really missing in either hardware or software path. Often mid telephones have no or few points that feels almost painfully saved, but here it is generally a good balance of what you get for your money.