Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini review

Is smaller always more beautiful?

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Happily, Samsung has taken the majority of the stills camera settings across to the Galaxy S3 Mini's video recorder, including the flash. Well, it would have been silly not to. Recording up to 30fps, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini's video camera is no slouch.

Samsung knows that when you create videos on your Galaxy S3 Mini, chances are you are probably going to then forward that video on to friends, so it provides the ability to limit your videos in recording mode, making a very useful way of optimising for MMS.

We're not so sure people still use MMS to share videos these days, especially since the rise of YouTube, Facebook and other social networking sites. Sadly there is no setting to optimise for these sites, but you can choose video resolution from 1280 x 720, 720 x 480, 640 x 480 and 320 x 240.

In all honesty we can't see why you would want the lower resolution videos, unless you were trying to hide something.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini review

Samsung has also proved the Galaxy S3 Mini with the same colour effects, and again while they provide no real use to the recording, playing with the effects put a smile on our face and made things seem a little otherworldly.

The more useful settings include timers, exposure, white balance and guidelines. We know that the majority of users, like us, probably won't really use these functions, but we like tweaking them to make ourselves sound more professional when we show off to our three friends.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini review

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS, EDGE
SAR Value0.52 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy S III Mini
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 900, GSM 850, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported2
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time14.16 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height121.6 mm
Width63 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time460 Hour
Product NameGalaxy S III Mini Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineGalaxy S III Mini
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I8190MBABT
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With its gentle curves and comfortable grip, the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini continues the sophisticated design aesthetic seen in the Galaxy S III. Elegant natural design meets vivid viewing, thanks to a dazzling 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display that brings out the best in all your entertainment. With the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, you can enjoy a range of great apps and games as well as new functionality. And, with smart and intelligent services like Pop-up Play, Best Photo, Smart Stay and Social Tag, the Galaxy S III Mini helps make life easier and richer.

Limited Warranty2 Year