My New Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Review

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I just got my new Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini from Maxis a couple of days ago, and so far I am loving every bit of it! Here are some of the basic specs to start with.

Screen Size: 4-inch, 480 x 800 Super Amoled screeen

Processor: 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9

Built in memory: I got the 8GB model. Comes in 16GB too

RAM: 1GB

OS: Android Jelly Bean 4.1

Dimensions: 121.6 x 63 x 9.9 mm

Weight: 111.5 g

Color: I bought the Pebble Blue model

Design:

samsung galaxy mini 2 samsung galaxy mini 3Samsung has gotten many things right with their cell phones, spearheading their way to becoming the world’s premier smartphone manufacturer. For starters, the got their sizes right. I personally feel that a 4-inch screen is the perfect measurement for a mid-sized smartphone.

It is small enough to fit comfortably in your hand yet has enough screen real estate so that you won’t need to squint or place the face 2-inches away from your face to read small texts and watch movies.

samsung galaxy mini 5 samsung galaxy mini 4Although it measures 9.9mm in thickness, it looks and feels much thinner than it really it. Thanks to its tapered sides and metallic back cover.

It is extremely light weight, often making me wonder how they could have possibly packed in so much into this little package. To achieve this lightweight, the have carefully chosen a select group of materials in its construction. For instance, the metallic looking back cover is actually a think piece of plastic, which  may or may not appeal to you.

The only physical butons on the phone is the home screen button (below the screen), the power button (on the right side of the phone) and the volume rocker (on the left side of the phone). There are also two touch buttons on both side of the physical home button.

Overall, I am really taken by the design of my Pebble blue Samsung Galaxy S3 mini. Despite its modest price tag, it looks rather expensive, is very solidly built and overall, has a premium feel to it.

Accessories:

samsung galaxy mini 6 samsung galaxy mini 7The phone comes with a charger, usb cable, a set of headphones and a small collection of ear sockets. I thought is was pretty thoughtful of Samsung to include a variety of ear socket sizes so that you can use one that fits your ears perfectly.

The headphones are white and has the sound quality of mid-range/expensive headphones. It has a volume rocker as well as a play/pause control along its cable (not in photos).

Functions and Performance

One of the biggest highlights of this phone is that it runs on Google’s Andoid Jelly Bean 4.1. I am not very well acquainted with its host of new features but I am enjoying its smooth graphic transitions and animations; small things like the smooth animation when you open/close an app folder and when you switch between pages/screens.

Some features has also been added to the swipe-down notification on top of the screen. When you access the notification bar by swiping it down from the top of the screen, you get instant access to the various commonly used setting controls such as brightness, settings menu, alert types, wifi, etc.

During this couple of days. I have been using the phone very often and heavily; surfing the web, running apps, downloading apps, playing games and videos for hours on end. While doing this, I realized that its battery life is a little longer than average. On heavy use (with wi-fi and data on), the battery can last 1+ days. On light use, I suspect the battery can last for 2 days or so.

This is all I have for now. The review will be updated in the future as I use the phone for longer periods of time. Watch this space!

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