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Always On: Unboxing Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini

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Always On: Unboxing Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini

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Check out the S4 Mini running Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2, with a dual-core processor and a pretty great camera.

Inside this box I have the Galaxy S4 Mini. It's a lot like the Galaxy S4 then you have the same features, but a smaller screen and a smaller price. Let's see if this little budget-friendly phone will impress me and you. It's a small box. Tamper evident tape. Oh, it looks so tiny. It's totally a Mini. This is gonna be hilarious by the way 'cause this Mini, I think, is that size that most phones used to be, remember like 2 years ago. All right, let's get it out of here. I continue to love Samsung's packaging by the way-- eco elegant, I call it. Oh, look at that little nubbin, so cute- 4.3-inch display, it's like almost the size of an old iPhone. It's so teeny. I'm cracking myself up here. All right, it is super lightweight, it's for that sub sort of people who still wanna put their phone in their pocket, which due to radiation concerns, I do not recommend but to each his own. Let's get the battery outta here while I figure out what else is in the box. We have a little quick start guide, some earphone thingies, our international power brick, headphones, charging cable and finally, the battery. Let's put that in here. Definitely have a little bit of that plasticky Samsung feel, for those who like that or don't like that. It's impossible to get the back off, apparently. Seriously, it-- let's gonna deal with that. Am I missing something? Well, if I break a nail in this Mini, I gonna be mad, of course if I break this Mini, I'm gonna be madder. I did it. I'm less in love with the packaging, but the packaging in this case is the phone. I have to say I am astonished of how small this feels compared to today's modern mini phablet, an actual phablet. So, let's turn it on and have a look at that display. Some people are really gonna find this to be the perfect size because the Galaxy S4, even since the S3, has ballooned to, you know, 4.6-inch screen, a really big phone. This is nice and tidy. There you have it. I'm gonna go through some of the setup here and while I do that, let's talk about the specs. The Galaxy S4 Mini has a 4.3-inch super AMOLED display. It's a 960x540 resolution which is a little disappointing, but remember this is the cheaper model. It runs a 1.7 gigahertz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Processor, powered by 1.5 gigabytes of RAM. It has just 8 gigs of onboard storage, although, it is expandable via microSD up to 64 gigs. It runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz UI, you're either a fan of that or you're not, but you can always customize at least a little bit. The Mini is an LTE phone that also has Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth. It has a removable 1,900-milliamp hour battery, which our editors say can last a full day of moderate to heavy usage. The camera on the S4 is 8 megapixels compared to the S4's 13 megapixels and it also has a front facing HD camera. It does get many of the features of the bigger S4, like smart stay which keeps the display on if you're looking at it, motion control for pausing video or audio and group play for sharing music with other Samsung phones. The full unlock price is $580 US. The S4 Mini does seem like a perfectly premium phone and in fact its price is not that much lower than the S4 at $580, so I would say this is not a budget option. This is all about having a phone that's smaller than something like a Nexus 4, smaller than the big brother S4, something maybe closer in size to an iPhone. It's really all about your pocket and if that's what you're most concern with, it's a good one. Check out CNET's full review for all the details on the S4 Mini.
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