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Hands on with Samsung's smaller Galaxy S4 Mini

TouchWiz on top

Smaller, indeed

Camera experience

Tools aplenty

Shooting modes

Colors

A little gleam

Samsung's smaller Galaxy S4 Mini may look like just a shrunken knock-off form the original S4, but the handset is an in-betweener for phone-buyers trying to save a buck or two.
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As with the entire Galaxy S4 line, the Mini runds Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sammy's customized TouchWiz interface on top.
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The S4 Mini is definitely smaller than the S4, with a 4.3-inch instead of a 5-inch display. You can see that it's almost compact in the hand.
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The S4 Mini has an 8-megapixel camera versus the S4 original's 13-megapixel shooter. That's no short stick -- Samsung's image quality is typically good.
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Samsung packs a lot of software into its camera app. You won't find everything there is in the S4 original, but there are still plenty of modes and effects.
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Here's a closer look at the Mini's shooting modes, which include Panorama and a continuous burst shot.
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The S4 Mini comes in black and white for now, and shares the same finely textured visuals on the phone's back plate, like little pinpricks.
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Plastics dressed up with a gleaming, brushed finish compose the Galaxy S4 Mini, and most of the phone in this lineup.
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