We’ve become accustomed to seeing a raft of miniature handsets fly onto the smartphone market ever since the development of larger screened smartphones just a few years ago.
The Sony Xperia has the Xperia Compact, the HTC One has the HTC One Mini, but arguably the best ‘miniature’ phones have come from Samsung, with its S Mini line-up.
The most recent entry into this growing line of smartphones is the S5 Mini, taking the mantle from the hugely popular S4 Mini, but has Samsung done enough to make this latest handset a worthwhile investment?
We’ve decided to take a look, comparing the S4 Mini against its bigger brother in each and every aspect, to give you enough information to make an informed decision if you’re planning on upgrading!
Normally, a smaller phone would mean a much smaller spec list, but Samsung has been outside of the norm for a while now with its miniature line-up.
The S4 Mini itself boasted a very friendly 4.3” Super AMOLED display, coupled with 8GB of expandable internal memory, 1.5GB RAM and a dual-core 1.7GHz processor.
Also, a 1900mAh battery keeps everything running behind the hood, making for an all-round great smartphone, capable of running at some great speeds.
However, Samsung has really outdone itself with the S5 Mini; upping the display to 4.5”, keeping the Super AMOLED technology and even making it fully HD, no mean feat for a smaller phone.
The storage capacity is doubled to 16GB, which is also expandable, the 1.5GB RAM sticks around for a second showing, and a quad-core 1.4GHz processor again improves on the S4 Mini.
Topping off the spec sheet for the S5 Mini is a 2100mAh battery, which is around 10% bigger than its smaller compatriot, completing a pretty astounding improvement when comparing both handsets side by side.
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Whilst the differences are obvious in the specs, the cameras of both Samsung handsets are actually very similar, proving the quality of the S4 Mini’s efforts last year.
The same 8 megapixel lens is included in both handsets despite the year’s difference between them, but this doesn’t come as too much of a disappointment if we’re being honest.
Whilst it’s always going to be a bit of an anti-climax to see the same technology in two handsets, especially released a year apart, the quality of the snapper is more than enough to win us over in this regard.
It is nice however to notice that the S4 Mini’s 1.9 megapixel front facing lens has seen a slight boost to 2.1 megapixels on the S5 Mini; not a massive improvement, but one that will certainly help with selfies and video calls.
This is the S5 Mini’s strongest area by quite a chalk, offering up a tonne of features to completely blow the S4 Mini out of the water, mainly thanks to the S5 flagship’s improved selection of features.
The fingerprint scanner is the most notable inclusion from the flagship model, finding its way into the S5 Mini’s home button, allowing users to pay for things via PayPal, as well as for unlocking the handset.
The heart rate sensor is doubled up with the LED flash from the handset, again like the flagship version of the handset, offering up a simple way of integrating Samsung’s S Health app into your mobile life.
The IP67 rating ensures that your active lifestyle (or an accidental drop in the toilet) won’t be damaging any internal components, as it makes the miniature handset waterproof to around a metre’s depth for 30 minutes or so.
Also, Samsung has included its Kids mode, Knox and S Health features in the S5 Mini, to make for a huge improvement on the feature front for the latest miniature handset, clearly outgunning the S4 Mini.
Without a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was a brilliant miniature smartphone, appealing to Android fans with its more pocket friendly size and handy camera, but the S5 Mini is a clear upgrade over its predecessor.
Despite the use of the same camera on its back side, the upgraded specs increase the speed and memory capacity of the handset, and a bucket-load of new features makes for a more user-friendly handset in general.
Of course, if you’re looking to save some cash, the S4 Mini will be the best option between the two, as its price tag is sure to drop, but if you’re after one of the best miniature phones in the biz, you can’t do any better than the S5 Mini.
Written by Luke Hatfield