The "1-Minute" Review
- Mediocre call quality
- Some performance trade-offs
While keeping some of the feel and design elements of the full-size Samsung Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S3 Mini is offered as a less expensive alternative with a midrange feature set.
Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of memory via microSD, the S3 mini sports a 4-inch, Super AMOLED display (480 x 800), 5 megapixel camera, and a 1500mAh battery rated at up to 11 hours of talk time (battery ratings vary enormously due to personal use behavior).
Reviewers generally found the S3 Mini’s display acceptable, despite being less pixel-dense than some of its competitors, “the Mini's resolution is still within range for its size and delivered the rich colors that AMOLED displays are known for,” according to CNET. And PC Advisor said, “although it might be manageable, we're not bowled over by the screen quality.”
The 5 megapixel camera comes with LED flash, autofocus and a host of Samsung software for shooting and editing photos. “Pleasantly looking like the rest of the TouchWiz UI, the camera interface features all the settings that you'll find in the manufacturer's higher-tier devices, including various scene modes,” according to Phone Arena. The camera can also record video at up to 720p resolution.
Additional features of note include motion controls (Direct Call, Smart Alert), Smart Stay - which keeps the screen on as long as you’re looking at it, NFC, customized notification bar and a power saving mode.
What the Critics Are Saying...
Prices (Where to Buy)
Samsung released the Galaxy S III mini on October 12, 2012.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S III mini user manual here.
Samsung backs up the Galaxy S III mini with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Galaxy S III mini has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.