The Good The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini delivers Android 4.2, 4G LTE, NFC, and a solid 5-megapixel camera for just $1 on contract.
The Bad Mediocre call quality and internal speed hiccups are two trade-offs for the price; you'll especially notice shutter lag.
The Bottom Line First-time smartphone buyers get a lot for a little with Samsung's year-old Galaxy S3 Mini, but keep in mind that this is no high-end performer.
Best entry-level Android $1 can buy
One dollar on contract. That's pretty much all you need to know about why AT&T is selling an Android phone that's a year old, and why anyone would choose the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini over many other "minis" -- the, , and included.
It doesn't hurt that this baby S3 has a pleasing design, a modern Android 4.2.2 OS, and a reliable camera. On the other hand, the smartphone is slower than most, and although the Mini debuted as a midrange Galaxy S3 alternative, its hardware specs are entry-level by today's standards. Although its credentials trail behind, the S3 Mini is pretty great for what is essentially a free phone, and an ideal 99-cent investment for smartphone first-timers.
A word about Minis
Although new to AT&T, the S3 Mini in fact kicked off the trend of manufacturers issuing a slightly smaller, more scaled-back alternative to the premier smartphone that nevertheless kept the phone's basic look, feel, and design elements.
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