Hi Friends, (Point-2-Point Review, short & simple). Please comment if you find useful.
• S4 MINI DUAL I9192 ZKAINS
• My Purchase Price: Rs. 22000
• Month of Manufacture: Sep.2013
• Purchased by me in India
• Manufactured BY Samsung Electronics Pvt. Ltd., UP, India (written on Box)
• Made in Vietnam (written on Charger)
• Cell made in Korea, Assembled in Vietnam (written on Battery)
• 1 month Hand-on usage experience
• Adreno 305 GPU (Single Core based Architecture)
[Desired: Adreno 320 (Quad Core based Architecture)]
Eg. Xperia SP
• Internal Storage 8GB only
[Desired: atleast 16 GB]
Eg. Galaxy s3
• Screen 4.3 inches only
[Desired: atleast 4.8 inches]
Eg. Galaxy s3
• Resolution 540*960 pixels only
[Desired: atleast 720*1080]
Eg. Galaxy s3, Xperia SP
• Screen 256ppi only
[Desired: around 340ppi]
• Boring design
Comment: Certainly way better than Galaxy s3 but but but way INFERIOR to Xperia SP. Best among Samsung but worst as compared to other brands like Sony, HTC, etc.
• Battery Life is poor
Comment: I found while web surfing on 3G in Chrome battery is consumed @ 25% per hour & while gaming it consumes @ 20% per hour. But what great to see that while listening music it consume ONLY about 2.5%-3% per hour. BUT GSMarena’s test tells a different story!!! I am disappointed. I don’t know about other handset’s battery life.
• Android JB 4.2.2 only rumoured to be upgradable to KitKat 4.4
Comment: Galaxy s3 upgradable to JB 4.3 & Xperia SP planned upgrade to KitKat 4.4
• No TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
Comment: Handy feature sometimes. Galaxy s3 & Xperia SP has this feature
• No NFC
[NOT a big deal in India]
• No USB OTG
[Again NOT a big deal in India]
• Samsung Customisation of UI & every thing
Comment: Hey guys, next thought on you mind could be that its not a big deal & sony too has customised its UI. But believe me guys its not that simple. It is a big deal. Samsung customisation has made User experience really very friendly. Be it a notification panel or security or etc. It has unified User experience for good & friendly taste. Every minor to minor things useful in day-2-day life has been taken into account. Its hard to explain in words but for me I am loving it.
• Speaker Sound Quality & Loudness is AWESOME.
Comment: way better than Galaxy s3 & way way better than Xperia SP. Seems CONFUSEd!!! OK let me share my personal experience. I have long used to rely on GSMARENA’s sound quality tests. But I regret to reveal that I am highly disappointed now. Earlier I was using LG Optimus ONE P500. GSMARENA’s tests will make you believe that LG Optimus ONE P500 Speaker Sound LOUDNESS is better than even Galaxy s4 mini both in music & phone conversation. BUT BUT BUT this is NOT the practical scenario. I have compared both phones’s speaker sound thoroughly in many aspects via naked ear in many different situation & compositions & songs. I found that Galaxy s4 mini sound is way way louder than
Mu old LG Optimus ONE P500 whether it be phone conversation in speaker or hearing music on speaker. Also as per GSMARENA’s test Sound Quality of both phone does not have a day night difference but believe me they both have a day-night difference. Galaxy s4 mini sound QUALITY is way deeper & crispier than LG Optimus ONE P500. Even I have compared SPEAKER sound of Galaxy s4 mini & Galaxy s3 available for public display at ezone stores in India. I was shocked to see that s4 Mini sound is way superior to Galaxy s3. But the same cannot be concluded from GSMARENA tests. I am sorry GSMarena but his is true. It may be possible that the sound test GSMARENA has conducted since is of model I9190 NFC thus there is a difference on samsungs’s part on system & configuration used in I9190 NFC &I9192 Dual. I would like to request GSMARENA that, if possible, conduct a sound & BATTERY Test of I9192 Dual Model of s4 mini.
• Dual Sim
[Very important in INDIA]
• Only phone in range with sView Cover compatibility
Comment: really really useful.
• Super AMOLED Screen based on RGB Matrix 3sub pixels per pixel (Vibrant Screen & Battery Saver & great Viewing Experience BUT only abt 5-8 yrs Screen Life but replaceable]
Comment: better than Galaxy s3 PENTILE MATRIX only 2 subpixels per pixel & way better than Xperia SP’s useless & crap TFTs. Look guys as per me TFTs are worst choice for an expensive phone & what even worse is Xperia TFTs which have a poor viewing angles too. Sony boast of BRAVIA technology but as per me it only a less worthy gimmick by Sony. Rather Amoled screen gives better & more natural output that BRAVIA Mobile Engine.
• 8 MP Camera Quality is one of the best available in any 8MP class.
Comment: Way better than 8MP Xperia SP & Nexus 4. Even better than 13MP Xperia ZL. 5MP Camera is more than sufficient. Camera pixels does not decide camera Quality. It only decides the LEVEL of OPTICAL ZOOM you can do after capturing a pic. Even 4MP HTC ONE mini Camera QUALITY is better than any of 13MP Sony, Micromax & Karbonn & is par with 8MP Samsung Galaxy s3 & s4 mini & somewhat par with 13MP Galaxy s4.
• Screen Aspect Ratio is 16:9
Comment: Not a big deal BUT Neither Galaxy s3 NOR xperia SP has this advantage
Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Protection- Samsung OFFICIALS confirmed that none of their product possesses Corning Gorilla Glass Protection, neither they have this mentioned on their website.
Plz help me if anyone has a solution.
Network issues have been resolved via recent FOTA update.
Its all about personal preference but as per me never think of LG & SONY & others. If you want to invest in a smartphone only go for HTC or SAMSUNG. I love HTC but its to pricy & expensive. HTC One mini is a class in itself but when I heard the price I was shocked around Rs. 33500. Rs. 11500 more for a device which is inferior to Galaxy s4 mini in terms of CPU & RAM. Ofcourse Look is awesome, Sound is awesome but still its too pricy. I you can afford go for HTC otherwise stick to Samsung.
Only device which I can recommend in this price range as an alternative to Galaxy s4 mini is Galaxy s3. But I chose s4 mini as a matter of personal preference.
• Mega 6.3 (Rs.29000): Go for it if onlyif you wan a PHABLET.
• Galaxy s4 zoom (Rs. 29000): Not a phone & if you are a photographer go for Lumia 1020
• XPERIA ZR (RS.28000): Waste of Money
• Desire 600 Dual (Rs. 25000); Too expensive for a GPU, RAM, CPU, etc its offering
• Nexus 4 (Rs. 24000): Again a waste of money
• Galaxy s3 (Rs.24000): Stiff competitor of Galaxy s4 mini
• Xperia SP (Rs. 22000): Waste of Money
yuppeeee i got 4.4 update for my s4..its mindblowing update..ram usage is now just 300mb..camera style is totally changed like nokia 1020...thanks to 4.4
plzzz tell me which 1 to go for...xperia sp or s4 mini...the phone should be very good for gaming, should have very fast web browser, fast performance, loud music and good camera.plzz suggest...
Amit, 10 Nov 2013Yes Arijit, i am using this device since past 20 days. Network issue are completely resolved a... morethnx for your help.please give me another information,it is said to be a dual sim phone,where are the sim card slots?? and are both the sim microsim or normal size???also can i use both the slots for 3G???
Techno, 10 Nov 2013The network problem(refresh issue) in India is solved by firmware update given by samsung. Aft... morethnx for your help.please give me another information,it is said to be a dual sim phone,where are the sim card slots?? and are both the sim microsim or normal size???also can i use both the slots for 3G???
i am using this phone. Its awesome.. camera is super and its very fast internet speed.
Over all ultimate phone with 21000 budget....
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini also update from 4.2.2 to 4.3 or 4.4 and which is best "Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 Mini" OR "Samsung I9192 Galaxy S4 Mini" pls sugest me..
Gody, 10 Nov 2013no...don't buy this phone..lags a lot with small games like angry birds and temple run..my fri... moreDisagreed.
I got this one for 21K and can boastfully say this is the best Droid I have handled so far.
I have played games like :
EA Real Racing 3
Fast and Furious 6
Dead trigger 2
With absolutely zero lags. The overall experience was better than Xperia SP due to awesomely wide display viewing angles on the S4 mini.
This one is by far the best compact midranger out there in the market. Decent battey that has juice left even after a days usage, great screen and sound, and above all, this is the most ergonomic device to handle. feels really great in hand.
Here are my ratings considering a price tag of 22K INR after 1 month of usage :
Speed : 8/10
Memory usage : 8/10
Graphics rendering : 8/10
Web and other apps 2G/3G/Wifi: 8/10
2G/3G voice : 10/10
Gaming : 7/10
Music playback : 9/10
Video playback : 7/10
Dual Sim standby : 8/10
Ergonomics : 10/10
Build quality : 9/10
Freshness : 5/10 (S4's design language = S2ish S3)
Still Camera :
Focus speed : 10/10
Landscapes and HDR : 10/10
Daylight portraits : 10/10
Close-ups : 10/10
Night mode : 8/10
Indoors : 7/0 (noisy images, still usable)
Flash range : 9/10
Video camera :
Continuous AF : 10/10
Overall quality : 8/10
Sharpness : 8/10 (qHD panel)
Sunlight legibility : 9/10
Viewing angles : 10/10
Touch response : 10/10
Color rendering : 9/10 (tad oversaturated, but adjustable)
I will not rate this, but for me Touchwiz is the best UI. But recently , I've become a big fan of SmartLauncher (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ginlemon.flowerpro)
I use it on top of touchwiz and trust me, its the best user experience .. A minimalistic SmartLauncher with highly functional Touchwiz underneath..
nassar, 10 Nov 2013does I9192 support 3G in both SIMS ?Both SIM Slots support 3G. However, Only one sim can be 3G at a time, but you can always set which one is 3G and which one is 2G from device settings.
Its NOT LIKE some of the the older devices in which only one sim slot could handle 3G.
vicky, 12 Nov 2013Hi
m right now using xperia c which is dual sim but while calling from sim 2 I need to swich ... moreAs always, Samsung has an uncluttered, simple procedure.. You dont need to set sim2 as preferred. Just tap the Sim2 calling button and thats it.. As simple as that..
Source: Im a delightfully happy S4 mini duos user.
thunder, 12 Nov 2013does it have mini sim card slot or micro sim card slot...Yes it has micro sim
m right now using xperia c which is dual sim but while calling from sim 2 I need to swich the sim first as preferred sim which think I dont like so plz anybody who is using this phone plz tell me in s4 mini we need to do the same or it is dual sand by... if it will be dual stand by then m going to but this one...
Does “Samsung I9190 or I9192 Galaxy S4 mini” support live streaming video ?
And what do u say about “ADOB FLASH” Player ? plz reply..I m very confused…
Gody, 10 Nov 2013no...don't buy this phone..lags a lot with small games like angry birds and temple run..my fri... moredid you play the games with power saving mode on?? if you turn power saving off you will see the lags will gone (i guess this heppening cuz power saving mode restricts cpu usage)
for those who comlaining about gaming lags,you need turn off power saving mode then you will see the lags will gone(im always getting lags durring playing dead trigger or other games but after turn it off the games didnt lags for long time) but i recommends everyone to turn on power saving mode during standby cuz you will see massive battery drain
for those who comlaining about gaming lags,you need turn off power saving mode then you will see the lags will gone(im always getting lags durring playing dead trigger or other games but after turn it off the games didnt lags for long time) but i recommends everyone to turn on power saving mode during standby cuz you will see massive battery drain and rebooting your
I have been having issues with network(dual sim) and battery. Both got solved!
Thanks to Samsung for solving the network issue by sending the update.
And as for the battery. Initially i was getting very pathetic battery life. Even in standby mode the battery would drain like 20 % per hour. By early morning it would be around 10-15%.
To solve this i disabled most of Samsung's junk Apps that came with this phone. Thank God there was disable option. I dont even use Facebook's app as it keeps running in background even if you force close it(i use FB in browser). I disabled most of the gimmicky features which uses motion and gestures. And I use a simple task killer to kill the apps that i dont use peridically. Have set screen brightness to 30% most of the time.
And now i charge my mobile only once in 3 days !
The only issue i have is that my HDTV does not detect the phone through USB. It says USB device not supported. If this is also solved then this is my best mobile till now. I dont see myself changing my mobile atleast for the next 3 years (however number of core processors and ultra HD screens come out)