Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The Good The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini brings a strong feature set for a midrange phone, including Android 4.2, a dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. The Sprint version has excellent call quality.

The Bad The Galaxy S4 Mini has only 8GB of internal storage, and mediocre front-facing camera quality. Data was slow on Sprint's network.

The Bottom Line Its reliable specs and availability on four carriers make the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini an easy-to-find midtier buy, but you should also compare the S4 Mini with its substantial competition.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Reliable multicarrier, midrange contender

Start with a Samsung Galaxy S4, shrink it down, then replace its insides with midrange components. That, in a nutshell, is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. And for some cell phone customers, that's just about ideal.

Although smaller and lighter than the S4, with every spec scaled back, this Mini is no slouch. Its 4.3-inch qHD display, Android 4.2 OS, 8-megapixel camera, and dual-core processor charmed AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular enough to commit to the smaller S4 sibling. There's a certain reliability, too, that comes with Samsung's almost cookie-cutter version of Android, which isn't quite as ornamented with software extras as the Galaxy S4 flagship, but retains a lot of its gestures and even the IR blaster for controlling your TV.

However, the processor sometimes feels sluggish, internal storage is limited at 8GB (though you can expand it by another 64GB), and the front-facing camera takes grainy photos and videos.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Diagonal Size 4.3 in
  • Weight 3.88 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, magnetometer, gyro sensor
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features Group Play function, Samsung Adapt Display, infrared remote control
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