I don't get it why people compare S5 mini with S3, they maybe have the similar specs but the design and the UI experience is same as on bigger S5
Samsung galaxy phones are great and perfect but we looking into the future to get phones whose applications runs separate and battery usage meant for calls and other communications.
Thanks and waiting to see future android phones.
I have just purchased two of these phones and went back to buy the Gear 2 Neo watchses to work with them but have discovered they are not compatible with this phone.
When will Samsung Mini have this oprion?
The camera app freezes sometimes: It shows just black in the viewfinder. Even the three Android buttons stop responding.
review_s5_mini, 02 Sep 2014Guys I just purchased this phone. My small review of pros/cons vs review done by GSMArena: ... moreThanks for the review. How is loudspeaker loudness, and is it true there is no USB on the Go ?
I just purchased this phone. My small review of pros/cons vs review done by GSMArena:
- Super AMOLED display colors in very bright sunlight outdoor are "psychodelic". The S5 mini's pump-up contrast feature looks very very bad (much worst than in "big" S5!). However "readability" is perfect.
- there is no possibility to enable haptic feedback for back/home/switch apps physical buttons!. This feature is "cutted out" vs normal Galaxy S5. also there is no haptic feedback for samsung keayboard (but you can download & enable it in for example swiftkey)!
- no microphone noise cancellation. You can hear background noise.
- phone is slow in some games. Also there is noticable delay in some app launching, coming back to home screen, etc. This is especially visible for power users.
- battery is not so good (I disagree with gsmarena measurement). One day of moderate usage is max what you can expect.
the truth, 22 Aug 2014s5 mini is a slightly faster s3 even got the same graphics card mini is for fashion not for powerMali-400-s3 mini
JT, 31 Aug 2014I saw many comments said Z1C much better than this S5 mini. Agree for its specs. But i used Z1... moreThat is right i tried the mini Sony and the fonts are far too small with not enough light: very hard to read. With Samsung you can get huge fonts even on a small screen...But S5 mini still not available here in Thailand...
I saw many comments said Z1C much better than this S5 mini. Agree for its specs. But i used Z1C just for a week and i decided to sell it. Reason? Xperia screen's backlight is worst than other phones i ever used (Z2 & Z1C are the same), smaller screen with higher ppi means not a powerfull phone but a phone that suites for powerfull eyes (if you know what i mean).
Anonymous, 29 Aug 2014No, S5 Mini does not support USB On-The-Go.Thanks. That is disappointing. Many phones much cheaper has Usb OTG... I will have to look for another small phone.
S5 mini has bigger display so it is easier to write by it. Also replacable battery, louder audio, different materials etc. It is a matter of preferences.
Can someone with the phone check if it accepts USB on the Go ?
I need to be able to connect a memory stick to my phone..
The bundled software for the main camera uses typically 1/17 s shutter speed in dim conditions when using auto mode and auto ISO setting even if you use the LED light. For me that is too long time; I get blurry images too often when I shoot handheld. 1/30 s would be better with that optics which has 31 mm focal length equivalent in 35 mm film. I prefer sharper images, even if there was more noise in the image. Unfortunately you can not increase the ISO setting above 800 manually even if auto ISO may use higher settings (at least according to Exif data).
Metering tends to overexpose at least in matrix metering mode; you may get blown out highlights in your subject in a sunny day. Furthermore, manual exposure value correction corrects less than expected, and consequently results incorrect Exif data. You can't choose the metering point in spot metering mode. You can't set it to meter in same point that you tap to focus.
"Picture stabilation" helps to obtain better tones and less noise in dim conditions, but I am unsure, if it helps in stabilating image. It is somewhat mystical; it may even hide some Exif info concerning the exposure.
Even if you tap to focus, focusing returns to the center of the image soon automatically (except when recording videos). If you trigger while it performs automatic focusing, you will likely get an out-of-focus image. I wish there was manual focusing option like in Nokia Camera or in LG G2, for instance.
Automatic white balance seems to work pretty well, but I am not convinced by the manual white balance settings.
If you want a good cameraphone, I do not recommend buying this phone before Samsung provides proper updates for the camera software. To ensure that it will get those updates, consider sending feedback to Samsung (like I did).