Rumors had said it that Samsung is about to wield a stronger rival to Apple’s fearsome iPhone 5. Yes, I can say that the latter is a champ in a lot of ways, but Samsung has tried to keep up and even overtake other phone manufacturers with its S3, which shook the usual trend to smartphones. The S3—with a very sophisticated build and handsome feature set—did compete well with the said rival, but a lot have still claimed it wasn’t that enough. Very recently, the rumored rival icon has been released, and is known to be the smaller descendant of the Samsung Galaxy S3: the S3 Mini.
The name provokes a lot of wishful thinking. As for me, I thought the new S3 is posed with the same equal power as its preceding brother, but in a lot handier way (because the S3 is really two-handed instead of one). The ‘mini’ title makes the S3 very marketable by name, but I was disappointed that the specifications were also miniaturized. While the S3 geared up for a quad-core processor, this new one is but dual-cored.
The aesthetics of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is actually less than an S3 but is more than the other Samsung phones’. With body dimensions of 4.8×2.5×0.39 inches, the Mini is nothing less than the usual smartphones we see today, but personally I wanted it to be smaller to make the name more fitting. I even thought naming the Mini differently like separating it from the S3 is much better since it is a lot different to its well-remarked bigger brother; putting the features down actually degraded my way of looking at the S3, and I believe you might thought of the same. Moreover, the weight of 111.5grams is nothing new for the word ‘mini.’
Though I am pleased with the same gorgeous display that I don’t think the diagonal size of 4 inches is a concern, the 800x480p display is not that great and crunchy compared to its big brother. More to this, the pixel density of 233ppi (306ppi for the original S3) is actually a no-match to competitors like iPhones who offer a greater and more resolute display at the same diagonal length. Nevertheless, the 4” display is but a considerable standard for smartphones of today, so I don’t think the display size of the Mini is a big thing to talk about.
Like I said, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini got a smaller palm for handling the usual things people have loved doing in the original S3. Aside from the said downgrade to a cheaper dual-core processor, the S3 Mini is nothing but a parasite to its brother by voiding out the LTE capability. What this means is that users cannot but connect to only 3G and some 4G networks without the usual speed the original S3 has ever promised and sustained. Summing up these slash-downs, we get an average smartphone with no advancement in speed and performance whether its browsing or everyday computing.
While the Mini sported almost the same pack of features as its bigger brother, the Mini is amazingly one of the first few smartphones to come up with the new Jelly Bean of Android as its standard platform. The S3 Mini still came with Samsung’s original TouchWiz interface that takes advantage of a remarkable file-sharing tool known as S-Beam, but we are still not proud to hear that he S Voice (one which acts like the Siri of Apple) did not have any improvement. If there be one advantage with this Mini over its rivals, it would be that of its NFC and DLNA capability.
Lastly, one big change with this downgrading is its camera. The original S3 has a good 8MP camera and a 1.9MP camera for live chats, but this Mini has only a 5MP camera that makes the phone sit back for the show, not to mention yet the VGA camera at the front. Overall, the shift of size did not bear promising fruits, and it just made S3 look backwards instead of going forward with its aspirations. We’ve got no solid price yet for this phone, but we are but expecting the market to sell this one in less than half the price of the original S3.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 19,000.00