Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S3
Many were hoping for a more compact, pocketable Samsung Galaxy S3 when word of the Samsung S3 Mini got out, what they got was a mid-ranger with the look of the Samsung flagship, but not the same hardware punch they were hoping for. Having said that, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini does a fantastic job of emulating the premium Samsung Android experience, but how does it compare to the real deal?
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S3 - Design
In our comparison it’s easy to see how consumers could be mistaken for thinking the relationship between the two handsets is so close. Samsung hs paid special care and attention in bringing the most recognisable visual cues from the S3 into the S3 Mini. For starters, the S3 Mini is available in the same Pebble Blue and Marble White colour options which appeared on the S3 at its initial launch.
Both backs also have the same Hyperglaze finish on them and although the S3 Mini features more rounded corners, the feel in the hand, with regards to both texture and form, feels surprisingly close to that of the larger S3. The silver plastic border can be seen on each phone as well as the hardware controls, cameras and sensors all being found in approximately the same place, or in the case of the S3 Mini, at least mirroring elements of the S3.
Aside from the size of display and body, the only other notable differences in design are with the placement of the LED flash, which sits underneath the Galaxy S3 Mini’s camera as opposed to being found alongside the lens on the Galaxy S3 and the loudspeaker shroud which is an integrated slit in the plastic back of the Galaxy S3 Mini instead of being covered by a dedicated chrome grille on the Galaxy S3. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S3 - Screen
The Samsung Galaxy S3’s HD Super AMOLED display is one of the best around and competes with similarly specced flagship handsets. Meanwhile the S3 Mini display doesn’t quite offer a fair comparison, with the significantly smaller size (the S3 uses a 4.8-inch display whilst the S3 Mini uses a 4-inch screen) and lower resolution, side by side comparisons produce lacklustre results.
Standing on its own, the S3 Mini display is in fact very good. It may not have the 720p HD prowess of its bigger brother, but the responsiveness, brightness outdoors and colour reproduction show the same levels of vibrancy as the standard S3 and the resolution is high enough to give the S3 Mini’s display a sense of high-end all its own. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S3 - UI
There are now two elements between these more handsets then the UI. Both Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini play host to the latest form of Samsung’s UI, TouchWiz Nature UX and with all manner of tweaks and additions which provide extra functionality and customisation options to the user.
TouchWiz may not be for everyone, that’s always been the case, but the full, premium experience, complete with all its quirks is present on both handsets. The fact that the S3 Mini runs Android Jelly Bean out-the-box and the Galaxy S3 was upgraded to the same version of the OS, technically place the S3 Mini out in front, but both offer an equally rewarding user experience.
Samsung has not only include added tools for customisation with TouchWiz, but in its latest form, users of either device have access to a myriad of Samsung apps and services, such a S Planner, the Music, Video and Learning Hubs and more.
What’s more, despite the 1.4GHz quad-core at play in the S3 and the dual-core 1GHz chip under the hood of the S3 Mini, the UI seldom lags and when it occasionally does, the stutters are only apparent on the S3 Mini. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S3 - Price
SIM-free the Samsung Galaxy S3 is available for over ￡100 more than the Galaxy S3 Mini which retails for around ￡300 and the Galaxy S3’s price tag is as expected for a device of its status and hardware. Having said the user experience across both phones crosses a far smaller gap than the price than the hardware lets on. For around ￡300, the S3 Mini may come across on the expensive side and for those who simply want a scaled down Galaxy S3, it’s not quite device they’d hoped for, but it does perform very well in its own right.
Earlier we referred to the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini were referred as brothers, but it’d be fairer to say they’re more cousins. The S3 Mini shares more under the hood with the Samsung Galaxy S Advance than it does the S3, but to the consumer seeing both handsets on the store shelves, the S3 Mini elicits the same experience that you’d expect from the full-fat Galaxy S3. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S3 - Conclusion
Samsung has been smart, meeting consumers in the middle, with the S3 Mini’s looks and feel almost on par with the S3, but at the end of the day, it makes more sense to either spend more for the full Galaxy S3 experience, on spend less to have access to the same (and often better) hardware for less, even if the handset you choose is a little older than the S3 Mini in its shiny white (or blue) outfit.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE
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Samsung sat back and watched records break following the launch of their 2012 Android flagship: the Samsung Galaxy S3 and is still riding the wave of its success.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 piquing people’s interest too, the company knew that they only had to make minor adjustments to the S3 in order to keep it competitive and one such decision was to grant it with 4G (LTE) compatibility. The Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE is one of only a select number of handsets which operate on the UK’s first 4G network, provided by EE, but does the update out-do the original, or simply repackage the same device?
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE: Design
It should come as no surprise that beyond the suffix, the Galaxy S3 name still reflects a distinctive design. The handset features rounded edges and a rounded home button, giving a softer appearance than its predecessor; the Samsung Galaxy S2. The only distinct differences in the designs of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 LTE are purely cosmetic.
Unlike the Pebble Blue and Marble White colour schemes available on the S3, the LTE version is also available in Titanium Grey, a plastic that offers a sophisticated silvery, brushed metal look, which catches the light particularly well on the Hyperglazed back plate. In addition, the only other external identifier over the standard S3 is the ‘LTE’ logo adorning the lower portion of the phone’s back.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE: Screen
The Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 LTE both share a beautiful Super AMOLED 720p HD display that produces more accurate colours and better whites than older AMOLED displays, including that of their predecessor, despite its superior pixel arrangement. In real-world use, both displays proved equally impressive although compared to say; the Super LCD 2 display employed by the HTC One X, they didn’t have quite the same visual kick and brightness that HTC’s flagship droid offers.
Side by side, they were unsurprisingly equally matched, with additional controls for tweaking colour temperature and contrast welcome inclusions for different scenarios like watching movies. Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE: Performance
The first significant different between the the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S3 LTE is cosmetic, but there is one other notable addition that isn’t present in the standard S3 that is in its newer sibling. The S3 LTE features an additional 1GB of RAM to help things along, which not only bolsters processing web pages with that super fast mobile data connection, but accommodates faster loading times across all manner of applications, especially demanding 3D games.
Artificial benchmarking scores show obvious improvement in the S3 LTE over the Galaxy S3, but the gap isn’t huge, despite faster loading times on selected apps. The base hardware of the standard Galaxy S3 is already of such a high standard that there’s no significant advantage to the Galaxy S3 LTE’s addition memory, with the only really necessity being if you’re impatience extends to a matter of seconds.
Of course as the name suggests the Galaxy S3 LTE does have one clear advantage over its 3G-only brother which can be seen in our speed test results, which in fact showed that mobile data speeds were around six times faster down and approximately ten times faster up on EE’s 4G network. This blows the classic Galaxy S3 out the water, but does also account for one final more unusual difference.
A feature which seems to get culled when Samsung instill its handsets with LTE functionality is an FM radio and indeed, the Samsung Galaxy S3 features an FM radio app that isn’t available on the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, something else to consider. Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE: Price
The classic Galaxy S3 can be had SIM-free for an estimated RRP of ￡410, whilst the Galaxy S3 LTE is ￡80 more at ￡490. The price gap is torn even wider however when it comes to mobile tariffs, with EE’s monopoly of 4G mobile data in the UK meaning that their premium prices on data make for a compelling case against the Galaxy S3 LTE.
￡41 a month from T-Mobile will grant you a Samsung Galaxy S3 with a handset cost of ￡29.99. Tied to this 24 month tariff is unlimited calls, texts and 3G mobile data, whilst the same price for a Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE on EE requires an up front handset cost of ￡49.99 and grants the user unlimited calls and texts, but only 1GB of data for 24 months.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE: Conclusion
On paper, the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE is the better phone; a nicer aesthetic, superior hardware and incredible mobile data speeds, but all of this comes at quite a significant cost. The standard Galaxy S3 still operates on one of the UK’s most robust 3G networks and the phone is still one of the best devices in the world, rivalled by only a few other handsets.
If the speed is key to your mobile life, then the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE is your go-to choice, however the Galaxy S3 is hardly a step down and if you want to save a little money, the original is still the best.
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