Well, it's been a month of using this device now, so I'll give my impressions of it and some pros and cons if it helps anyone.
Very handy and comfortable to use, nice screen, though not hd it's pretty good, I've owned sony xperia TX, T, and S3 among others (HD displays) and I don't see it as a big deal given the small screen.
The phone's overall very snappy, no hangs or any other funny things.
The performance is very good, multitasking is smooth, no complaints there.
A special mention deserves the camera which is super singly good, on par with S3, S2 (no shutter lag)
Video recording works good aswell. Decent to good low light performance with flash at close range or using night mode.
The battery endurance in my experience is great, you'll get about 2 days with moderate use and around 1 day off heavy use (working day for me)
The phone gets barely warm during moderate to heavy use, so no overheating issues whatsover.
Haven't tried many games, but GTA3 works well with some hiccups here and there, though perfectly playable.
May be a lack of optimization, compatibility, dunno really, didn't bought the phone for gaming honestly.
The duos version seems to be an active dual stand by phone (which I own)haven't tried it though.
As for the cons:
Well, to be honest, the biggest drawback on this phone is or was the lauching price (totally nuts imo)
No multiwindow option sadly, it's pretty much the only missing feature worth mentioning imo.
Smart this smart that and the other features from it's bigger brother (S4) looks more like something to show off rather than having a practical use in my opinion.
The smart stay feature is useful, but it seems like a hit or miss thing in my experience.
Well, I hope I shed some light on some things around here, and that it is of help to those wondering if it is worth it.
Yes it is, if you want a compact phone with good specs and good looks the S4 mini is a very valid choice.
anon, 31 Jul 2013This or S3 mini please?? whats the difference, is LTE 4G? I am in Australia thanks. S4 mini all the way dude, no question there.
You should check the 4g, Lte frequencies in your country though.
This or S3 mini please?? whats the difference, is LTE 4G? I am in Australia thanks.
Hi! I'm currently due an upgrade, I'm an iPhone user at the Min but fancy a change! I really want the s4 but am
Torn between the s4 and the mini???!! I'm put off by the size of the s4 (cos i have such petit hands) is the size difference in the mini that different ?? Which would be better to go for mini or s4??!?!?! Please help
Anyone know if this phone is compatible with Allshare Cast Dongle like s3, s4, note2 ...?
I found on the internet a PDF manual says yes.
The review of gsmarena also says yes.
My purchase decision depends on it.
Excuse my syntax.
Is this really a "dual sim"? because this is this is the important feature for me.just asking. thanks!
I use this cell for 5d. display is good, camra is awsome. but other phone is plastic dibba.
nice phone over all but screen is big if we give hte name mini to it
AnonD-169743, 27 Jul 2013is this phone dual standby? can u receive a call to 2nd sim, when u talk in a call from 1st sim?It is a dual standby phone. Samsung smart dual active means not dual active it is just sim 1 when call then sim 2 unreachable if u active smart dual the call has been forwarded to sim 1. So it is dual standbuy phone. Samsung just use smart dual, but everybody using that service with call forwarding option in other phones.