The Galaxy S3 (III) Mini is an amazing, yet strange twist in the Samsungâ€™s strategy in conquering the world of mobile phones. The S3 Mini looks very much like the Galaxy S3, but is smaller and quite frankly packs much less power. Find out more about it in this concise Galaxy S III Mini Review.
What we liked?
We loved the design of the Galaxy S3 back when we reviewed the T-mobile version of it. So, if you like the looks of S3, the Mini will appeal to you. The screen is smaller (4 inch) and packs much less resolution than its daddy (800×480 vs 1280 x 720), but it is good enough to run any game or app available on the Play Store.
It comes loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly bean operating system, unlike Galaxy S3 that came with ICS and was later given Jelly bean treatment. Jelly Bean brings extra-ordinary smoothness and buttery smooth animations.
Galaxy S3â€™s TouchWiz UIâ€™s improvements are inherited to the III Mini. While most of them are not so useful, a couple of them really are such as Smart Stay (prevents screen from turning off if you are reading something) and Smart Alert (tells you about missed calls and messages). You also get S-Beam, NFC and Wi-Fi direct.
What we did not liked?
The S3 Mini is no way as powerful as its bigger brother. Blame Samsung for fitting it with the guts that are even weaker than the Galaxy S2. That said, it is not sluggish at all and you should have no problems in playing any of the CPU and GPU-heavy titles. We still would have preferred a quad core Exynos CPU from Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3.
If you are a heavy user, do not expect it to last you through the day. Samsung Galaxy S3 came with 2100mAh battery but this Mini comes with 1500mAh battery.
Samsung did not maintain the resolution to the Mini, so you do not get 1280 x 720 pixels like S3. This also makes it loose to the iPhone 5 that has 1136 x 640 pixel display.related queries: Galaxy S III Mini Review, how much is a galaxy s, samsung galaxy aspire s3 mini design