If you were seriously considering getting yourself the Samsung Galaxy S III, but at some point decided it was a bit too big to handle, you may want to check out the smaller version of the Samsung’s flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S III Mini.
The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini equipped with is 4-inch Super AMOLED display and loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now available in the US via Expansys for $449.99 without contract. The phone is unlocked, meaning it will be compatible with any GSM carrier, and it won’t require signing a service agreement.
Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III Mini – Overview
You probably wonder if all the Galaxy S III greatness will fit into its smaller brother’s body. We admit that some sacrifices had to be made. The most obvious one is the Super AMOLED screen, which is 4-inches measured diagonally. To be honest, it hardly qualifies as small and actually makes using the phone with one hand much easier. Unfortunately, it also means a lower resolution, which is 800 x 480 pixels.
Under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini you will find a 1GHz dual-core processor together with 1 GB of RAM and 8 or 16 GB of internal memory. The phone also has a microSD card slot compatible with up to 32 GB memory cards for optional storage expansion.
The device is equipped with a 5 megapixel rear camera with camcorder with auto focus, LED flash and 720p video capture as well as a VGA front camera, which can be used for video chatting. As far as entertainment is concerned, you will get a music player compatible with MP3, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), and FLAC formats, and a video player supporting H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, SorensonSpark, WMV7, and WMV8 files.
The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung TouchWiz user interface, which the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, benefitting from fast, fluid and smooth graphics along with a new Google Search experience featuring Google Now. Other Google services available on the phone include Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, and Google Downloads.
The phone is packed with intelligent technology designed to make interacting with the phone even more intuitive. For example, S Voice, which is natural language recognition software, allows you to unlock the phone, play a favorite song, turn the volume up or down, organise your daily schedule, or automatically launch the camera, all with simple commands. The Mini also guarantees easy and fast content sharing. With S Beam you will be able to send a 10 MB file in just two seconds by simply tapping on another S Beam-enabled device.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S III Mini offers Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi HT40, Bluetooth version 4.0 (LE) and GPS navigation with GLONASS.
Other features of the Galaxy S III include: Video Streaming, Readers, Music Hub, Kies, KiesAir, FM Radio with RDS, 3.5mm jack, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity, gyro and voice dialing.