Galaxy S3 Mini http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/474/0 en-GB Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Samsung Galaxy smartphone at a price and screen size that won&#039;t stretch your bank balance (or fingers) too much? Yes please </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-press-1_4_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Samsung Galaxy S3</a> is sitting pretty at the top of <a href="/top-10s/smartphones">Stuff's Top 10 Smartphone list </a>thanks to its blazing fast quad-core processor, superb camera and innovative software, so it's no surprise to see Samsung aping it with the Galaxy S3 Mini – the S3's younger brother aimed at anyone looking for the Galaxy experience at a price and screen size that won't break the bank or stretch any fingers.</p> <p>But with Google changing the game once again with its ridiculously priced <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4,</a> can the Galaxy S3 Mini compete?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-hands-on-1_1_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-mini-review-press-2_4.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You'd be forgiven for thinking that the Galaxy S3 Mini is a <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">regular S3</a> that's shrunk in the dryer. With the same rounded design and slippery polycarbonate body, the two look nearly identical, bar the size difference. Despite its smaller footprint the Galaxy S3 Mini is only 20g lighter than its older brother and the two feel equally as weighty in the hand, although not uncomfortably so.</p> <p>The Galaxy S3 Mini is actually slightly fatter than the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">regular sized S3</a> too, and measures in at 9.9mm. We'd put this down to having less room to play around with internally, but in all honesty, unless you're a spandex-wearing crime fighter, the S3 Mini will go unnoticed in your pocket with no problem at all.</p> <p>Its miniature size makes it much easier to manage with a single thumb and it should fit comfortably in most hands. Sweaty-handed gadgeteers should still watch out for that slippery plastic though which could result in the dreaded concrete floor dance of death.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-mini-review-press-3_4.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-mini-review-hands-on-10_1_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ports and connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aside from the standard headphone jack and micro USB port, the Galaxy S3 Mini is sporting a regular-sized SIM slot and – to the joy of media hoarders – an honest-to-goodness SD card slot, which will help negate the 8/16GB of internal storage options on offer.</p> <p>The latter is becoming more of a rarity as the benefits of the cloud are being pushed onto consumers, with even <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Google's flagship Nexus 4</a> and the <a href="/review/htc-one-x-plus">HTC One X+</a> both lacking expandable storage options, so it's a nice surprise to see SD support in this mid-range offering. NFC, as with the <a href="/review/apple-iphone-5">iPhone 5</a>, is absent – a reminder of the S3 Mini's budget status.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-hands-on-8_1_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini's screen lies at the heart of its miniaturisation. It shares the same pentile SUPER AMOLED display as the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a>, but has been cut down to an <a href="/review/apple-iphone-5">iPhone 5</a>-matching 4 inches, with a rather meagre 800x400 resolution.</p> <p>That's not enough to give the S3 Mini a Retina Display membership card and – coupled with its pentile display technology – means that text and icons just aren’t as sharp as those found on higher end devices.
 In regular use this doesn't cause much of an issue, but load up a web page and you'll be hard pressed to read small text without having to zoom in.</p> <p>Still, thanks to its AMOLED DNA the Galaxy S3 Mini dishes out deep, richer blacks than those found on LCD displays as well as a little more colour saturation, which for some people is preferable. Side-by-side comparisons with the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a> do show that the S3 Mini's colours are more washed out however.</p> <p>So Samsung has gifted its mid-range phone with a more than serviceable display. But the <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">LG-made Google Nexus 4</a> with its brighter 1280x768 True IPS Plus display, coupled with its game-changing £240 price tag means that you'd be settling for a less capable display for more cash by choosing the S3 Mini. Not exactly a great sell.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-hands-on-3_2_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-hands-on-4_1_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S3 Mini might only be carrying a 5MP camera, but it produces decent shots in good lighting conditions without too much noise. The white balance could do with a little tweaking as we found the regular S3's snapper produced truer whites, but overall the S3 Mini should serve your Facebook/Twitter/casual photo needs very well.</p> <p>Low light shots came out with more noise than the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">S3's</a> camera, but weren't completely disastrous. 720p video recording (no full HD here folks) isn't too shabby either, though we did notice the odd flicker every now and then during playback. Again though, compared to the <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Google Nexus 4's</a> 8MP camera with (admittedly below par) full 1080p video recording, the S3 Mini falls more than a little short.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-hands-on-6_2_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS and power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S3 Mini packs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight out of the box. No, that's not the latest, shiniest version that graces the likes of the <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4</a>, <a href="/review/google-nexus-7">Nexus 7</a> or <a href="/review/google-nexus-10">Nexus 10</a>, but it's still recent enough to prevent you from feeling like you're missing out on a tonne of new features, especially as you're still getting Google Now.</p> <p>And thanks to Samsung's TouchWiz overlay, you'll be getting a few neat tricks that not even the latest stock Android OS can provide. That's right, the Galaxy S3 Mini packs in the same extras as its larger sibling, such as the Smart Stay feature which keeps the display on if you're looking at it, and the Pop up Play window which overlays a mini video window over any open app. Which brings us on to...</p> <p>... Power. The Galaxy S3 Mini is rocking a 1GHz dual-core processor which, on paper, offers substantially less fire-power than its S3 sibling and the <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Google Nexus 4</a>, both of which harness mighty quad-core processors.</p> <p>In regular usage however we weren't often left wanting for more grunt. True, there are a few UI lags and stutters here and there, but overall Jelly Bean is perfectly useable, bolstered by the S3 Mini's 1GB of RAM.</p> <p>HD titles like <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inxile.BardTale">The Bard's Tale</a> were able to run at full settings, even with an episode of Futurama playing over our character's ramblings in Pop up Play mode, albeit not as smoothly as on the S3.</p> <p>Can you guess what's coming next? That's right, another <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4</a> comparison. It's 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor is an absolute beast, and will provide a much smoother experience down the line with more demanding HD titles and movies, not to mention multi-tasking.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-hands-on-5_2_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-hands-on-7_1_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life is an area that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini performs well in. Our standard video test (looping a video at 50 per cent brightness with Wi-Fi and email sync on) resulted in 9 hours and 12 minutes of battery life, besting the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a>, <a href="/review/htc-one-x-plus">HTC One X+</a> and <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4</a> by an hour or more. Smaller screens and less grunt under the hood do have some benefits, after all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" alt="Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S3-Mini-review-hands-on-2_2_0.jpg?1372823882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S3 Mini is Samsung's way of providing the best-selling S3 experience to consumers on a budget and without the need for blistering specs. With its familiar design, Super AMOLED display, Jelly Bean features and decent camera, it's safe to say it's done just that.</p> <p>But at £300, there's simply no way that we can recommend picking up the Galaxy S3 Mini over the <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Google Nexus 4</a>, which can be picked up for £240 and £280 for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively.</p> <p>For less than the price of an S3 Mini, that'll nab you the fastest mobile processor around, a pin-sharp 4.7in display, superior 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, and of course the latest and greatest versions of uncluttered Android updates before anyone else. It's a no brainer – unless you've got freakishly small elf hands that is.</p> <p><strong><a href="/top-10s/smartphones">Stuff.tv's Top Ten Smartphones&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/113744365591130339010#113744365591130339010/posts">Esat Dedezade</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A solid, shrunken down version of its bigger brother but we can't recommend the Mini over the cheaper and far superior Nexus 4&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini/review#comments Galaxy S3 Mini Samsung Smartphones Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:57:11 +0000 Sophie Charara 423537 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini hands on review http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-hands-review/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Find out how the Galaxy S3 Mini measures up to its big brother as we go hands on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Mini-hands-on-review_0.jpg?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini">in depth Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini review</a> here. </p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini hands on review – at a glance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stuff has been using the full size <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Samsung Galaxy S3</a> for some time – so we were initially worried that the dainty <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-officially-revealed">Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini</a> would be crushed in our burly paws. Despite some trepidation in taking a step down in size and specs, we were pleasantly surprised. In fact, it's refreshing to take a step back from screen size inflation and recognise that a 4in Super AMOLED does the job fine – without stretching our pockets or burning a hole in our wallet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Mini-hands-on-review-video-pop-up-play_0.jpg?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_228.png?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini hands on review – speed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A dual core 1GHz processor was top of the line just six months ago, and now it’s running the show in this mid-range mobile. When compared to its 1.4Ghz quad-core toting big brother the S3, the smaller Mini holds up fine. Running Android Jelly Bean it seamless flits between apps, fires up the camera instantly, runs videos over tasks without lag, loads web pages with haste, and even handles games like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/angry-birds-star-wars">Angry Birds Star Wars</a> far easier then our attempts to play it competently.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Mini-hands-on-review-camera_0.jpg?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_0_180.png?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini hands on review – build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mini has the looks, build and overall feel of the top of the range Galaxy S3 – only smaller in this 115g mass. When we read the specs, in spite of it packing NFC, we were worried the Mini would be nothing like the larger S3, but with it here in hand there’s little difference. Sure the screen isn’t as sharp and the load times on downloads might be a little slower, but not to an annoying degree, and for the money we can’t complain. Plus the flash sitting below the camera actually looks cooler on the Mini. And if the 8GB storage isn’t enough it’ll even take a microSD for expansion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Mini-hands-on-review-comparison_0.jpg?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_1_143.png?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini hands on review – size </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In spite of the 4in Super AMOLED screen, which sounds large, the phone feels tiny – making even the 3.5in iPhone 4S seem bulky. That’s thanks to its minimal bezel and efficient use of space – well done Samsung. So you’ve got a pocket friendly phone that makes texting a stretch-free experience. But without zooming in on web pages you’ll be making a trip to your eye doctor sooner than you’d like. While fine for watching films with that bright colourful sAMOLED – the WVGA (480x800) resolution just doesn't measure up to the 4.7in display on the Galaxy S3.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Mini-hands-on-review-angry-birds-star-wars_0.jpg?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_2_125.png?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini hands on review – affordability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At £300, even a mid range phone like the Galaxy S3 Mini isn’t cheap these days. But it's money well spent – you get the full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience in a portable package, with a 5MP camera that's plenty good enough for snaps. But £280 will net you the new 16GB <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/google-nexus-4">Google Nexus 4</a> – which packs in the industry leading quad core Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8MP snapper, wireless charging, Android 4.2, and 4.7in IPS+ HD display. But if you don’t want that larger screen and don't mind paying a bit more, the Galaxy S3 Mini certainly fits the bill.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Mini-hands-on-review-video_0.jpg?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-twitter-banner_230.jpg?1364398153" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini hands on review – verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you want to save money and don't mind a smaller screen (and for dainty-handed gadgeteers that might be a benefit) then the Galaxy S3 Mini is ideal. But with the top of the line Google Nexus 4 available for just a bit more – or even an<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/apple-iphone-4s"> iPhone 4S</a> if size is the key selling point – there are other options out there. For a premium quality feel and look, that runs fast enough to keep up with all but the most taxing tasks, the S3 Mini really is a worthy smaller sibling to its elder S3 brother.</p><p><strong>You may also like</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/christmas-gift-guide/5-of-the-best/cost-no-object-these-are-the-christmas-gifts-for-you">Cost no object? 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Try this smaller one-handed model on for size </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini_3_0.jpg?1364398208" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini_2.jpg?1364398208" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_496.jpg?1364398208" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has announced that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/2012/10-october/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini.jpg" target="_self">Galaxy S3 Mini</a> will be available for smaller-handed gadgeteers to pocket from November 8th.</p> <p>Although the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has a smaller 4in Super AMOLED display, 5MP camera and lower capacity battery than the full fat Galaxy S3, it's still packing its older brother's 1.4GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB RAM as well as Android Jelly Bean.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-uk-release-date-announced </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-uk-release-date-announced/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-uk-release-date-announced/news#comments Galaxy S3 Mini Samsung Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:01:03 +0000 Esat Dedezade 423348 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini officially revealed http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-officially-revealed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4-inch version of the flagship phone dials down the specs as well as the size </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini_1_0.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_651.jpg?1364399445" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has officially unveiled the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/rumour-mill/4in-samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-coming-october-11th">Galaxy S3 Mini</a>, a 4-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone that sports a similar design to its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">bigger, flashier brother </a>while dialling down the features and specs – and no doubt the price tag.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-officially-revealed </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-officially-revealed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-officially-revealed/news#comments Galaxy S3 Mini Samsung Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:50:46 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 423071 at http://www.stuff.tv 4in Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini coming October 11th http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/4in-samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-coming-october-11th/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pint-sized Galaxy S3 phone may buck the trend for small smartphones with lower specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Mini_0_0.jpg?1364399468" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Mini_2.jpg?1364399468" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_3923.jpg?1364399468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Bucking the trend for bigger mobile phone screens, Samsung is set to release a 4in version of its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a> smartphone.</p> <p>Confirming rumours that a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is coming, Samsung Mobile Communications head JK Shin revealed that the company will be launching a "4in Galaxy S3" on October 11th in Germany.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/rumour-mill/4in-samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-coming-october-11th </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/4in-samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-coming-october-11th/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s3-mini/4in-samsung-galaxy-s3-mini-coming-october-11th/news#comments Galaxy S3 Mini Samsung Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:48:53 +0000 Stephen Graves 423029 at http://www.stuff.tv