What is the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini? Some might say that it is just a shrunken version of the Galaxy S2 and they might not be too far from the truth. The S3 Mini was supposed to be the S3, but smaller. Instead it proved to be a bit of a disappointment to say the least, especially as it is expensive. It costs £280 plus a compulsory £10 top-up at E2Save.
As mentioned before, the device's specifications resemble those of the S2. It has a dual-core system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 4in 800x480 pixel Super AMOLED display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, NFC, a front facing VGA camera and DLNA compatibility.
Given that the Samsung Galaxy S2 now costs less than the S3 Mini, it would be a no brainer to choose the former, especially if you don’t care about the only thing (other than the name) that the S3 Mini has copied from the S3 - its signature pebble like design.
Otherwise, if you’re just looking for a great smartphone, then the LG Nexus 4 handily spanks the S3 Mini. It doesn’t have a microSD card slot but the rest of its specs are miles ahead of Samsung’s smartphone. For a more in-depth look, check out our review of the LG Nexus 4.