- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck
One year ago, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini would have easily been a standard-sized smartphone.
- GSMArena team , GSMArena
Samsung has executed the hardware and software of this Galaxy remarkably well.
- Clear, vibrant display
- Respectable battery life
- IP67 water resistance
- MicroSD card support
- Frustrating fingerprint scanner
- Plasticky design
- Mid-tier performance
- Weak low-light camera performance
With a smaller screen, slightly slower internals and a much lower price tag, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini hopes to dominate the mid-range market. But will it live up to the hype of its much-touted bigger sibling? Let’s take a look at the reviews and find out.
In many ways, the S5 Mini is simply a shrunken version of the S5. Trusted Reviews sums up the phone’s appearance well, stating, “The S5 Mini is every bit the spitting image of the S5.” The phone features a soft, dimpled back for excellent grip, tactile buttons, a chrome-like bezel and maintains the P67 water resistance of the full-size S5.
While not metal like some of the other choices in this price bracket, the phone’s grip and construction receives positive reviews. Most agree with Android Central, calling the phone’s design “Solid, but nothing special.”
With a 4.5-inch, 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display, the screen features the same pixel density as Apple’s Retina displays. Reviews all mentioned great outdoor visibility, snappy colors and crisp text. Trusted Reviews called it “a great screen” while TechRadar called it “impressive.”
One area where the S5 Mini differs from its larger predecessor is performance and internal specs. The phone features a quad-core 1.4GHZ processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Reviews were consistent with Android Central saying, “It's fast enough as to not feel slow, but there's a tangible difference compared to the top-level Android phones of the moment.”
Unfortunately, when really pushed, the phone appears to expose a bit of its weakness. TechRadar says, “The lack of flagship power becomes more apparent when you fire up more intensive apps.” However, all reviews agree that the phone has plenty of power for most users and average day-to-day tasks.
Fortunately, there does appear to be a benefit in scaling back the performance. Battery life on the device rates as the best in its class. Most reviewers noted exceptional battery life with CNet predicting, “If you're fairly careful with your usage you should be able to get a day out of it.” Should you need to charge your phone during the day, TechRadar found that an hour of charge time offered nearly 50-percent of a charge.
The S5 Mini’s 8MP rear camera and 2.1MP front-facing cameras were received generally well. Reviews noted a muddled appearance to low-light shots but found outdoor and well-lit shots to be detailed and crisp. Android Central called the camera a “competent mid-range shooter.”
Other features of the phone include support for microSD cards and a built-in heart monitor that powers the extensive S Health fitness app suite.
There were a two concerns listed in most reviews. Both TechRadar and Android Central feel that the phone is price slightly higher than it should be compared to its competition. Also, the fingerprint scanner on the phone is just as finicky as the scanner on the S5 with Trusted Reviews calling it “a hit and miss affair.”
Overall, Android Central sums up reviews well when they say, “If you place value on features, you'll find plenty to like here.”
Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)
Another slight improvement
Mini not mighty
The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a respectable handset that offers ample speed, a bright and colorful screen and good battery life. What lets it down is the build quality, which is chunky and plastic.
A year ago this phone would have been a really impressive mid-range handset, but now with more competition on the market - notably the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and, for a bit more money, the larger Motorola Moto X - it struggles to appeal as much.
Sure, Samsung has crammed the S5 mini with impressive features such as waterproofing, a fingerprint reader and heart-rate monitor -... Full review
Great camera experience, good screen, and flagship hardware features
Flagship Samsung style in a more comfy, but less powerful, form
As it did with the S4 Mini and S3 Mini before it, Samsung has taken its flagship phone, watered down all of its specs, but kept the name of the top model. Those of you looking for elite specs in a more comfortable form will be disappointed. Instead, I suggest waiting a few weeks for more info on Sony's just announced Xperia Z3 Compact, which packs the same top kit as its brother, only in a smaller size. We'll be reviewing it soon.
That's not to say the S5 Mini is a bad phone, though. Its screen is bright and bold, it has enough power for most things you're likely to want to do wi... Full review
Latest small smartie with impressive specs
Handles the basics with aplomb
All in all, the Galaxy S5 Mini is a decent phone and has a good go at reproducing the user experience offered by its bigger and more prestigious sibling.
When placed against other so-called 'Mini' spin-offs it fares well in terms of tech specs, however, there are a few devices out there not being pitched as scaled-down flagships that are possibly better all-rounders - the Motorola Moto G instantly springs to mind.
If you can look beyond the plastic build and bang average camera though, and aren't tempted to jump aboard the good ship Windows Phone by Nokia's recently an... Full review
Isn’t exactly the shrunken S5 we were hoping for
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is a good phone despite all the bits that aren’t quite as good as its bigger cousin. Screen, camera and processor power are all significantly diminished here.
They don’t dramatically reduce the overall experience for the more casual user, but the more hardcore amongst you have a right to stick your nose up, at least a bit.
If the Galaxy S5 Mini was a little cheaper we’d have no issues with the alterations. However, now that the S5 isn’t hundreds more, I think Samsung could have priced this mobile phone a bit more compe... Full review
A great mid-range Android smartphone, but with equally slimmed-down specs
A very good, smaller take on the S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is the best mini Samsung has come up with so far. It’s made some big improvements on the S4 Mini particularly in the screen, battery and camera departments. It's not an automatic choice, though.
That's mainly because the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which is rumoured to be replaced by a Z2 Compact in the not too distant future, has a more powerful Snapdragon processor, a better camera and if you shop around can be bought for less. There's little to choose between this and the HTC One Mini 2 either, though the latter looks and feels slicker.
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A great little phone that's just too expensive
Darn, there are no reviews yet for this phone.
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