Jul 15, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini vs iPhone 5 - Which one is Worth to Buy


Samsung GALAXY S4 Mini – Worth for Waiting?

Samsung recently released their new "Galaxy S4 Mini" and the world is anxiously awaiting the critical and public responses to the new release. But is the Galaxy S4 replica actually worth buying?

The name of the phone makes it clear that the main selling point for the Galaxy S4 Mini is the size. Samsung, notorious for their gargantuan smartphones (Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 8.0), understands that the size of their products deters many potential buyers.
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In the Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung significantly scaled down its big brother’s 5.0” screen size to 4.3”, but this also came with some significantly scaled down internals. The Galaxy S4 Mini, with a 1.7-GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2Jelly Bean, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of available internal memory, is not innovative by any means. The question is if the size of the original Galaxy S4 actually drove away consumers that would be willing to switch to the Mini, simply for the size. With countless other products that offer similar, or even better, specs with the same size, will the Mini pose a real threat to its competitors?

The main competitor for any cell phone is Apple’s iPhone, and the S4 Mini is no exception. The iPhone sets the standard for the smartphone industry, and, since the Mini is basically the Galaxy S4 with the iPhone’s size, it completely pits the S4 Mini against the new iPhone 5. While the iPhone 5 is still slightly smaller than the Galaxy S4 Mini, the Mini achieves the ease of operation and portability, which has been completely alien to Samsung’s flagship smartphones.

The iPhone 5 vs The Galaxy S4 Mini
To compare the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4 Mini, each of the specs must be analyzed and compared between the phones.

● iOS or Android? 

This could be the largest hurdle for the Galaxy S4 to jump, but at the same time, it could be a major selling point. Some iPhone users prefer Samsung products and the Android interface over the iOS but bought iPhone’s for the size. With the S4 Mini, Samsung could be drawing those lost customers back (although if they liked the Android OS that much, they most likely would have just found a different Android with a smaller size).

● Resolution

The iPhone 5 has an 1136 x 640 resolution whereas the Mini has a 960 x 540 resolution. At that size, the crispness of the image may not be totally noticeable, but it is certainly something to consider for those who will use their device for videos or movies.

● Processor 

Both have dual-core processors, but the S4 Mini comes in a 1.7 GHz and the iPhone 5 has 1.2 GHz. Again, like the resolution, this difference may not influence your cell phone use much, but it is definitely something to consider.

● Memory

The iPhone 5 has 1 GB RAM -- which allows you to multitask and run many apps simultaneously -- and 16, 32, or 64 GB options for internal memory. Meanwhile, the S4 Mini has 1.5, 2, or 3.0 GB RAM options and 8GB (5GB user available) internal memory with expandable memory up to 64GB. The S4 Mini wins in terms of memory because of the variety it provides and expandable memory.

● Camera/Camcorder 

Android and Apple camera qualities have always been slightly different from one another, but both come in at 8MP cameras with 1080p video. Still, you will notice some minor differences between the pictures that the cameras take. Also, the front cameras for the iPhone and the S4 Mini are 1.2MP and 1.9MP respectively, giving the Mini a slight advantage.

● Aesthetics 

The iPhone 5 has a modern, clean look to it, but it is also an older model and in need of reinventing. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has a sleeker look and is more accommodating for your hands. The iPhone 5 is also made of aluminum and glass, which gives it a more expensive feel but also makes it much more fragile.

● Price

The S4 Mini is, as expected, $560 to $600 cheaper than the iPhone 5. The price is a major deciding factor for many smartphone purchasers and influences many to go with Android phones.

Overall, the S4 Mini may not be the most cutting-edge device, but it does provide a great iPhone alternative for those with a lower budget or for those who are concerned about the size of the original Galaxy S4. For now, however, the original Galaxy S4 seems to remain one of the strongest and balanced smartphones in current times. The S4 Mini does not offer much, and the smaller size may not be worth the sacrifice in specs.

About the Author:

John Gower is an analyst for NerdWallet.Com, a personal finance website dedicated to helping you save money with tips on everything from the best phone to educational savings.


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