Have mine for about 5 years. Still works great, only upgrading now to get 4G.
Battery still good. Have sat on it plenty of times, dropped few times onto hard surfaces. Never had a protector or case. Great size for the pocket. sigh ... =).
My nine yr old daughter is asking for it, or may re purpose for some dedicated purpose, like aquarium management system.. hmmm
This is the first smart phone for me, purchased in USA, as it was not introduced in India.
As the ROM was not getting updated, I learnt how to do it and updated with a custom version with Cyanogenmod Kitakat.
However after an year again, while trying for the next update, Lolipop I made some mistake and the phone went ALMOST dead. It will boot but stop with model number display only!
I preserved it as I was addicted to SAMSUNG already. Changed two more phones the latest one being again anothe Samsung
A month back I went to a service shop and he said the phone is still good and gave it back with original ROM. I am happy and still using it, as I procured my second SIM just for using this mobile.
I wonder why this was not introduced in India!
Was Samsung afraid that if this model is continued, may be their next models will continue to face stiff competition from this old model itself?
This mobile phone is pocketable and reliable. I still use this from launched until today.
More reliable who,e charging, nobody will run at me and blow me up while it's charging.
This phone is lasting me long and the amoled screen never burn out from 2012 😵
You know why this phone is good? Its because of the chip they use, the one and only novathor
Jeff~, 12 Dec 2017I had this phone for about the time it was launched. around November 2012. Still have it work... moreMy this phone last time only last for 4 years from 2013-2017 then cpu chip blow up and died
I had this phone for about the time it was launched. around November 2012. Still have it working until today, Had the battery replaced once. If you compare it with todays phones battery wise. it won't last that long. But for 5 years, I can say that this is a solid phone! pretty happy for the service it provided for me :) FYI. I am still using this until today 12/12/17
Macbeth, 26 Nov 2017I hate how smaller versions of phones have to have compromised specifications!!! Don't get thi... moreYo man, iphone SE it was not even designed while this smartphone Samsung S3 mini phone already made history. After 5 years, this is a very good phone yet and and many people still preffer this cheap and strong phone.
I hate how smaller versions of phones have to have compromised specifications!!! Don't get this phone! Get the iPhone SE! That is a small phone with no compromised specifications!!!
I just got this one few days ago to mess around with it. It was my sister's and then my mother's phone, and now she upgraded to J5 2015. Everything is still working fine, only thing changed on it was battery, since original died like two years ago. So yeah, I would really not recommend getting it today, but if you got one you can install custom ROM on it and it will definitely work better than laggy old touchwiz. I will also probably do that and use it as a backup phone. Overall, it seems unbreakable, and it's still going strong after like five years or something.
Why my Samsung gt 18190 it notified me NOT REGISTERD NETWORK when I make a nomal call
vector, 11 Aug 2017my s3mini doesn't recognize memory cards what should i doChange your micro sd from Fat to Fat32. It's a common issue with memory cards. If you don't know how to do it check out this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcmxZD0PNAY
Vito, 24 Jul 2017The Mine, was working well, but after 3 years/11 months instead put off and not gonna works ag... moreThat happened to my s3 mini about 2 years ago I think. It keeps going on and off or restarting. Just change the battery, make sure it's an official samsung replacement battery, and that on/off problem will be gone.