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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S5 miniNotebook: Samsung Galaxy S5 mini (Galaxy Series)
Processor: Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-400 MP4
Display: 4.5 inch, 16:9, 1280x720 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.12kg
Price: 449 euro
Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 19 scores (from 27 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 65%, features: 80%, display: 86% mobility: 88%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

87% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Big is now "Mini". One year ago, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini would have easily been a standard-sized smartphone. But it is smaller than the Galaxy S5 and does not offer all the features, either, so it is called "Mini". Where did the manufacturer save some money? And how does the Galaxy S5 Mini perform compared to other "Mini" devices?
70% Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review: Mini not mighty
Source: Pocket Lint English
Sure, Samsung has crammed the S5 mini with impressive features such as waterproofing, a fingerprint reader and heart-rate monitor - but how often will those actually get used? The heart-rate monitor in particular is no stand-in for the likes of Samsung's Gear Live or Gear Fit, one of which you'll likely want to get the most out of the built-in S Health feature. The S5 mini is a more affordable way to get Samsung's latest features and, of course, offers those in a more portable package than the larger-screen direction most of the flagships are headed. It's mini, but with the build quality and changing marketplace it's not as mighty this time around.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs HTC One mini 2 comparison review: Design and price beats additional features
Source: PC Advisor English
t's a close call here with two very similarly kitted out smartphones. However, the HTC One mini 2 pips it for us with its superior design, cheaper price tag and better software. We'd understand if you wanted to spend the extra for the Galaxy S5 mini's fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and IR blaster, though.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/16/2014
80% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Source: Recombu English
All in all, the Galaxy S5 Mini is a decent phone and has a good go at reproducing the user experience offered by its bigger and more prestigious sibling. When placed against other so-called 'Mini' spin-offs it fares well in terms of tech specs, however, there are a few devices out there not being pitched as scaled-down flagships that are possibly better all-rounders - the Motorola Moto G instantly springs to mind.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha comparison review: Explore the pros and cons of Samsung's S5 mini & Alpha smartphones
Source: PC Advisor English
Overall, the Galaxy S5 mini and Galaxy Alpha are reasonably evenly matched smartphones from Samsung. With just 0.2in difference between the screen size, your decision between the two will come down to metal vs plastic when it comes to design. Of course, there's also the matter of processor and camera, both of which the Alpha wins at, but a lower price and better storage options are where the S5 mini manages to fight back. It's a tough call, and will really depend on what you need from your device, so make sure you take a close look at our comparison review to help you determine which is best for you.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2014
80% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is a pretty good miniature take on the Galaxy S5. It looks and feels similar, and offers most – if not quite all – the features of its more expensive brother. Most important of the lot, you get the S5’s fantastic screen contrast and black level, and the option to have either more accurate or larger-than life colour. Look a bit deeper and you do see a few cuts here are there, though. The CPU is far less powerful, and some games just don’t look quite as good as they would on something such as the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Plus, the camera is a lot more ordinary than the Galaxy S5’s. It’s not bad, just not quite as remarkable.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 60% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is the best mini Samsung has come up with so far. It’s made some big improvements on the S4 Mini particularly in the screen, battery and camera departments. It's not an automatic choice, though. A very good, smaller take on the S5 that's only eclipsed by the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and cheaper 5-inch phones.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
70% Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review: A great little phone that's just too expensive
Source: PC Advisor English
Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S5 mini is a very decent Android phone. Our key concerns lie in its pricing and performance: while most users will find it more than fast enough for day-to-day tasks, the price tag is a lot higher than we'd like to pay in terms of what we get in return. The new dust- and waterproof casing is a nice touch, but the S5 mini isn't as good-looking as the HTC One mini 2, while the heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner are welcome but not essential additions.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
100% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review
Source: T3 English
This is a well-designed, powerfully specced phone that will suit all sizes of hands from the smallest to the most sausage-fingered - though the latter will need to type carefully. The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini succeeds because it's a more widely usable size than the bigger S5, and because it cuts few corners in the shrinking process. To include a fingerprint sensor, infra-red blaster and heart rate monitor on a phone that you can splash without ruining are significant achievements. And the size and software mean that it's very pleasing to use.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% The Galaxy S5 gets shrunk, but smaller isn't always better
Source: Techradar English
If you're taken with the Galaxy S5's design, fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, but can't afford its lofty price tag - or want a handset that's more manageable in the hand - then the Galaxy S5 Mini is a strong replacement.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review: Big enough
Source: GSM Arena English
On its own, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a merely a good midrange smartphone. Next to it's bigger sibling - it's probably Samsung's best mini to date. It retains what makes the bigger flagship desirable and cleverly mimics its superb performance so that it's easy to think the raw hardware power is equal. Samsung has made this smartphone snappy thanks to good software optimizations. The proprietary feature list is also pretty long as is usual for Samsung smartphones. The motion gestures are here, even if the air ones aren't available, the IR blaster is here as well - we only wish HTC had provided one for their mini smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/17/2014
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy S4 mini comparison review: New smartphone adds waterproof design, fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor
Source: PC Advisor English
The Galaxy S5 mini adds a reasonable amount of upgrades compared to the Galaxy S4 mini. These include better components, more storage, a waterproof design and newer software. Let's not forget the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor either. It's worth the extra £120 if you can afford it and will make use of those additional features.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/04/2014
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S5 mini comparison review: Price, specs and more
Source: PC Advisor English
The Galaxy S5 mini has the usual downgrades compared to the full-size Galaxy S5 including screen resolution, camera and processor. It has the same design, including IP67 certification, in a more compact device while retaining the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. We await a UK release date and price.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/03/2014

Foreign Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 2/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2015
98% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Source: Chip Test & Kauf - Heft Nr. 6/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 98%
90% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Source: e-media - Heft 21/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 90%
78% Klein, aber mäßig
Source: Gamestar German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 60% features: 85% display: 90% ergonomy: 75%
Kompakte Form, große Leistung?
Source: Area DVD German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/17/2014
64% Kompakteres S5 mit neuen Innereien
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 64% features: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
87% Schwache Performance aber reich an Features
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/08/2014
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 83% display: 85% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 90%
91% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Source: Computerbild - Heft 18/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 91%
81% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Source: Connect - Heft 10/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 81%
88% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 10/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 88%
Wird das Mini endlich erwachsen?
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/28/2014
96% Samsung Galaxy S5 mini im Handy-Test: Kompakt und beinahe tadellos
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 96% features: 95% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 95%
95% S5 mit Idealmaß
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/15/2014
Rating: Total score: 95% price: 74% mobility: 95%
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/11/2014
100% Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 5/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%

Comment

Model:

The phone is almost identical to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. This touchscreen smartphone features a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor with 1.5 GB of RAM. The 4.5 inch screen is 1280 x 720 pixel with 325 pixel density. It is capable of showing bright, vibrant colors.

It weighs little at 120 g and is available in charcoal black, shimmery white, electrice blue and copper gold. The S5 Mini comes with Android 4.4 (Kitkat) and Samsung's TouchWiz software. A rear mounted heart rate monitor and S Health application. The S health application, which can track how many calories you've burnt based on your activity, are belong to the included apps. There is also a significant decrease in bloatware in the Galaxy S5.

One of the winning features of the phone is its water and dusts resistance. The phone will handle being dropped into water with no issues. In addition to the water and dust resistance, it also features a fingerprint scanner. Unfortunately, the fingerprint scanner does not appear to work as smoothly compared to the swiper on the iPhone 5S.

The phone features a primary camera with 8 MP that comes with LED flash and a 2.1 MP front camera. It features an internal storage of 16 GB and supports microSD cards up to 64 GB. The Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery can last for up to 10 hours of talk time and 47 hours of music play.

ARM Mali-400 MP4: OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU for ARM based SoCs with 4 fragment processors and 1 vertex processor.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


3470 Quad: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


4.5":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.12 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

Samsung reviews


85%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-07- 5 (Update: 2014-07- 5)