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Is the samsung galaxy S4 mini currently the best iphone-sized android device?


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Old 19-07-2013, 14:33
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Shame if it is, the screen looks a bit crap (not full HD, not even 720p HD like the galaxy S3), and it only has 8gb of internal memory space - thats not a lot to install apps on, because apparently apps can't be put onto the memory card

also, what are your opinions of the s4 mini?
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Old 19-07-2013, 15:04
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No I would say it was the HTC one mini as it has a 720p display slightly less ram at 1GB instead of 1.5GB but has the boomsound speakers and ultra pixel camera that the HTC one does. It also has 16GB internal storage.
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Old 19-07-2013, 18:41
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But the s4 mini has expandable storage, more ram and imo better battery
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Old 19-07-2013, 19:22
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But the s4 mini has expandable storage, more ram and imo better battery
True it does have expandable storage but that isn't a must for everyone I can certainly survive without it. I agree it does have half a gig of ram more not sure how much difference this will make. Battery life in my opinion always comes down to optimization of the skins. I can easily get through a day which is what everyone needs on it's bigger brother. I think 1800 will be fine for this if it is optimized well s4 mini only has 1900 so it not a massive difference of any stretch of the imagination. I've never seen the battery life thing as a major thing as long as it gets me to 6-7PM at night that's all that it needs.

I think it is going come down to individual opinions with this if you want better video quality and audio the HTC one mini is obvious the winner in that fight. If you want expandable memory and more ram and removable battery than the S4 mini is the winner. Also obviously if you prefer sense or touchwiz is also an element to consider. Also the debate is also if you think the ultra pixel camera is better or you would rather have an 8mp camera.
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Old 19-07-2013, 23:52
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How about the xperia SP?
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Old 20-07-2013, 00:23
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How about the xperia SP?
Good point that is a good mid range phone as well. 4.6 inch 720p display. Can't remember anything particularly noteworthy of ofhand about this. Don't think it is water resistant like it's big brother.
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Old 20-07-2013, 10:00
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I have just got the s4 mini and love it, screen is fine didn't even realise it wasn't hd.


one feature that i didn't think i'd use but actually use it loads is NFC great for turning settings on/off in certain locations.
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:41
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I have just got the s4 mini and love it, screen is fine didn't even realise it wasn't hd.


one feature that i didn't think i'd use but actually use it loads is NFC great for turning settings on/off in certain locations.
Interesting I still haven't ever used on my phone as far as I can recall.
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:54
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I have just got the s4 mini and love it, screen is fine didn't even realise it wasn't hd.


one feature that i didn't think i'd use but actually use it loads is NFC great for turning settings on/off in certain locations.
can you check if you can install apps onto the SD card?

I'm getting conflicting info on this, apparently you can......

its kinda lame if it can't be done, because theres only 8gb of internal memory


also, hows the screen resolution then? does it look like 480p videos on youtube?
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:58
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whats 'NFC', and what is it used for?
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Old 22-07-2013, 10:42
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can you check if you can install apps onto the SD card?

I'm getting conflicting info on this, apparently you can......

its kinda lame if it can't be done, because theres only 8gb of internal memory


also, hows the screen resolution then? does it look like 480p videos on youtube?


Yeah you can install apps to memory card.

I had the S2 before and the screen resolution doesn't seem any different from that if i'm being honest
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Old 22-07-2013, 10:45
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whats 'NFC', and what is it used for?
NFC is Near Field communication

one example I use it to turn wifi on and mobile data off at home

it's really handy for saving battery.
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Old 22-07-2013, 14:26
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Isn't the S4 mini similar to the S3 mini - a marketing exercise to get money out of punters who see the S3/S4 name and think it will be similar spec wise? Doesn't this cost more than the Huawei P6 and Nexus 4, for instance? If you want compact/iphone size android isn't the RAZRi a better phone for way less money?
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Old 22-07-2013, 15:16
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Isn't the S4 mini similar to the S3 mini - a marketing exercise to get money out of punters who see the S3/S4 name and think it will be similar spec wise? Doesn't this cost more than the Huawei P6 and Nexus 4, for instance? If you want compact/iphone size android isn't the RAZRi a better phone for way less money?
Big thing for me was wanting fairly new phone as i was commiting to 2 years so wanted a fairly future proof phone. so LTE, 4.22 etc but with decent specs

out of all the phones i looked at the S4 mini was the best one.

out of all the phones you've mentioned none are LTE are they?
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Old 22-07-2013, 15:43
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NFC is Near Field communication

one example I use it to turn wifi on and mobile data off at home

it's really handy for saving battery.
So you have NFC switched on (which takes a little juice to run) in order to do something that you can easily handle with a home screen toggle .... ?
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Old 22-07-2013, 15:45
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Big thing for me was wanting fairly new phone as i was commiting to 2 years so wanted a fairly future proof phone. so LTE, 4.22 etc but with decent specs
Future proof and phones - the two do not go together. Just be happy with your purchase

My ex picked up an S3 Mini. She likes it. Not the greatest phone in the world, but it does all that she wants - and thats all you can ask of any such gadget.
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Old 22-07-2013, 20:00
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NFC is Near Field communication

one example I use it to turn wifi on and mobile data off at home

it's really handy for saving battery.
I don't get this. There are apps for turning on wifi when you are at home (based on your local cells), but this has nothing to do with NFC unless you have some kind of NFC "base" that you check in to when you get home.

Paint me confused
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Old 23-07-2013, 13:07
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So you have NFC switched on (which takes a little juice to run) in order to do something that you can easily handle with a home screen toggle .... ?
It uses less battery than keeping mobile data on when not needed for example.

I often forgot to switch stuff off when not using so as if said this saves my battery

I don't get this. There are apps for turning on wifi when you are at home (based on your local cells), but this has nothing to do with NFC unless you have some kind of NFC "base" that you check in to when you get home.

Paint me confused

sorry should have been clearer.

I bought some nfc tags off ebay. 1 have on my phone cradle which switches bluetooth and gps on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x82HtpDtE8M

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Old 23-07-2013, 14:37
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Gotcha. Btw you may like to look at Llama which can do lots of pretty sophisticated things based inter alia on (coarse) location.
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Old 23-07-2013, 14:43
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So you have NFC switched on (which takes a little juice to run) in order to do something that you can easily handle with a home screen toggle .... ?
That is bluetooth, not NFC.
As far as I know, NFC is 100% static at zero data transfer.
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Old 23-07-2013, 14:59
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Gotcha. Btw you may like to look at Llama which can do lots of pretty sophisticated things based inter alia on (coarse) location.
Cheers I'll have a look
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Old 23-07-2013, 18:03
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That is bluetooth, not NFC.
As far as I know, NFC is 100% static at zero data transfer.
What, you mean it doesn't use any power at all? Not possible ....
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