Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs Galaxy S3 Mini - which is for you?

Samsung loves to make miniature versions of its flagship smartphones and we're trying out a couple of the best handsets
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs Galaxy S3 Mini - which is for you?

Samsung loves to make miniature versions of its flagship smartphones for those of us who don’t want to use two hands to send a text message or look like Dom Joly when we make a phone call. Now it’s launched a small version of the S4 called the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. How does it stack up against its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini?


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
The power of the S4 Mini is amazing. The smartphone is equipped with a 1.7GHz dual core processor from Qualcomm, something that six months ago would have made it one of Samsung’s top of the range models. The punchy processor gives you plenty of power to run all your favourite apps and games and is paired with 2GB RAM so you can multitask with ease too.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Although noticeably slower than the S4 Mini, the S3 Mini is no slouch. Packing a meaty 1GHz dual core processor from ARM, you’ll be able to move from app to app smoothly and quickly and its 1GB RAM will still allow you to run some pretty big apps.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
The S4 Mini is pushing the boundaries of what’s comfortable to use one-handed with its 4.3″, widescreen touchscreen but amazingly the device is narrower, slimmer and lighter than the S3 Mini. The extra screen size and its 9:16 widescreen ratio (the same ratio you’d get on a new TV) make it ideal for watching movies and playing games. The high pixel density, 256 pixels per inch, means you’ll see fantastic detail whatever you’re doing.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
The S3 Mini has a slightly smaller 4″ touchscreen that’s packed into a stouter body than that of the S4 Mini. This gives the phone a sturdy feel and means the whole screen can be reached with one thumb and while its 3:5 screen ratio (normally seen on computer monitors) isn’t so perfect for movies, it is the standard for most apps. The smartphone also has a very respectable screen quality with a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
The S4 Mini has been given a pretty good camera as Samsung recognise the importance of a decent snapper. Its 8MP camera can capture full HD video and has some cool features to help enhance your stills. HDR mode makes the colours in your images really stand out even if you’re taking shots in bright lights by taking three shots at different exposures and putting them together. There’s also Sound & Shot, a feature that captures a burst of background noise to give your photos atmosphere. The S4 Mini is also equipped with a 1.9MP front camera for great selfies and clear video calls.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
The camera on the S3 Mini is featured packed too. The 5MP snapper can also record in HD at 720p resolution and has some great stills modes, such as Smile Shot that only lets the phone take a photo when your subject is smiling. You’ll also get a VGA front camera so you can still take pictures of yourself and make use of Samsung’s in-built video call feature.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Mobile phones are mobile, so for most of the day you’re not going to be near a power source. The S4 Mini has a pretty sizeable 1900mAh battery which should give you around 300 hours of life on standby or up to 12 hours of talk time. Taking its fancy screen into account you’ll probably be looking at around seven hours of video playback, plenty for the average day out.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
The S3 Mini has a relatively small 1500mAh but due to its fractionally smaller screen and toned down processor it can achieve a massive 400 uninterrupted hours on standby. Talk time efficiency is down to around seven hours but video playback is said to last just less than eight hours. So if your day lasts longer than the average person, or you like to use your smartphone a lot when you’re on the move, the S3 Mini wins this category.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
4G is the latest in mobile internet technology, giving you around five times the speed of a 3G connection, and the S4 Mini is ready to embrace it. Providing your network covers you with a 4G signal you’ll be able to browse the web, stream videos and update Facebook in record time, ensuring you never miss a beat.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
This is a bit unfair on the S3 Mini as 4G hadn’t arrived in the UK when Samsung brought the phone here but it did equip the phone with the fastest possible 3G modem. So, if you’re not covered by 4G yet, both phones will give you the same superfast 3G speeds for getting online when you’re out and about.

The spec differences in a nutshell.
Purple highlighting shows the highest spec.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini [Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini black] Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini [Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini blue]
Size 124.6 x61.3 x 8.9 mm 107g 121.6x 63 x 9.9 mm 111.5g
Display 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen 4″ Super AMOLED touchscreen
Processor Qualcomm 1.7GHz dual core Cortex A-9 1GHz dual core
Camera 8MP 5MP
Front facing camera 1.9MP VGA
Connectivity NFC, Wi-Fi /b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, Infrared Wi-Fi /b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.04G
Battery Talk time:up to 12 hours
Standby time: up to 300 hours
Battery size:1,900mAh Talk time: up to 7 hours 10 minutes
Standby time:up to 430 hours
Battery size: 1,500mAh
Memory 8GB on board storage, microSD up to64GB 8GB on board storage, microSD up to 32GB

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