At some point, Samsung, Motorola, and HTC got together and made a pact that all midrange variants of their flagship phones would carry the cutesy diminutive of "mini" as part of their name. And so the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was born.
However, the Mini isn't actually that small. It is smaller than the 5-inch Galaxy S4 flagship, sure, (pictured) but with a 4.3-inch display, the "Mini" still possesses more screen space than any iPhone.
The specs are perhaps the most shrunken thing about the phone, with everything scaled down from the marquee S4, from the qHD screen resolution to the 8-megapixel camera, to the dual-core processor and 8GB of internal storage. And of course, there's also Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Shorter and lighter than the HTC One Mini, but with the same size screen, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vies for my pick as the best Android phone of this class. I gravitate for the One Mini for its stellar looks and smoother OS implementation, though the S4 Mini is a more than solid performer.