5 things we like about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (and one we don’t)

by Jerry D on July 12, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini fits a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display into a good-looking 107g body. But that’s not all that it has to offer. There are several core features that catch the eye…

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 154x300 5 things we like about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (and one we don’t)We LIKE its 4G support – The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini includes 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) networking for super-fast mobile broadband (where networks support it).

We LIKE the screen – The 540 x 960 pixel resolution is not technically HD and the Pixels Per Inch rating is a ho-hum 256.047. But the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display uses technology that delivers bright and vivid colours without hammering battery life.

We LIKE the camera – Samsung hasn’t skimped on the camera in this S4 Mini. It features an 8MP lens plus a range of features that include autofocus, touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR mode, panorama mode and 1080p full HD video recording

We LIKE Android 4.2.2 – The Galaxy S4 Mini runs the latest version of the Android OS. Version 4.2.2 (aka Jelly Bean) is faster and it benefits from a redesigned camera app plus an all-new Gesture Keyboard.

We LIKE all those cool extras – The S4 Mini squeezes in a jamboree bag of useful extras. These include: GPS/A-GPS for navigation, NFC for wireless data exchange, an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, S-Voice, S-Travel, S-Health, optional dual SIM, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality.

We DON’T LIKE the stingy memory allowance – This Mini version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 only comes with 8GB of memory, which will fill up fast once you’ve downloaded a few games, taken photos or videos and filled it with your music. That said, the phone’s microSD slot enables you to expand this meagre default by up to 64GB, giving you a total of 72GB-worth of storage space. So it’s not all bad.

To see how this phone compares to other devices, see the full Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini specs.

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