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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and design are on the whole positive. The camera and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the build quality and usability get critical views.

screen, portability, camera, design, battery

value for money, features, usability, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

 

Samsung released compact versions of its flagship Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 phones, so it was no surprise when the Galaxy S5 Mini was announced. Although those Mini phones bore the name of their flagship brother, all were in fact heavily watered-down...

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini has the same rubberised design as its full-size brother, it's waterproof, with a vivid screen and decent camera.

Like all of Samsung's previous smaller flagships, the S5 Mini seriously waters down the specs of the top-end phone, meaning it's just a mid-range phone with a flagship name and high price. The plastic design feels far less luxurious than the metal HTC...

If you've been hoping for a fully-fledged flagship phone with all the bells and whistles of the the other elite mobiles just in a more compact size, prepare to be disappointed. The Galaxy S5 Mini matches the regular S5 in name and looks, but not in...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review

 

The Galaxy S5 gets shrunk, but smaller isn't always better

Water and dust resistant ; Decent battery life ; Screen is bright and colourful

Dodgy fingerprint scanner ; Interface isn't the quickest ; Plastic body feels cheap

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

 

The smaller S5 is good, but we want more

Bright, vibrant screen ; Very capable 8-megapixel camera ; Great battery life

Plastic back feels cheaper than on S5 ; Some missing TouchWiz features

Like most smaller AMOLED, the S5 Mini uses a PenTile array. This relates to the arrangement of sub pixels that make up a single pixel in the display. Samsung uses four sub pixels as opposed to three, which most smartphone displays use. Those sub pixels...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha comparison review

 

The Galaxy Alpha, on the other hand, seems to be Samsung's stab at the iPhone 5s (or maybe the upcoming iPhone 6), with a metal frame around the edge. The rear cover of the Alpha is still plastic, though.

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...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review

 

The Galaxy S5 gets blasted with the shrink ray

Good battery life Dazzling OLED display contrast Super-convenient waterproofing

CPU not super-powered Screen a mite less sharp than the S5 A bit pricey

This isn't just a small Galaxy S5, it’s a cut-down one, but it still offers a fairly top-notch phone experience

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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review

 

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...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Galaxy S4 mini comparison review

 

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S5 mini, but the firm is launching it first in Russia to be followed by a global release. This means we don't yet know when it will arrive in the UK but it should be within a couple of months. For now we can...

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...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Review

 

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini is a high-end compact smartphone, but just

An excellent handset for those looking for a compact smartphone, but Samsung could have priced it a little further from the Galaxy S5

An excellent handset for those looking for a compact smartphone, but Samsung could have priced it a little further from the Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review

 

Samsung's Galaxy S5 mini is a compact version of the company's flagship Galaxy S5. It's a great mid-range Android smartphone, but with equally slimmed-down specs it's just too expensive at £389. Read our Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review to find out why.

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...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Preview: a small phone that can get wet

 

The S5 Mini is IP67 water-resistant, just like it's big bro.

You can make a sure bet that the Galaxy S5 Mini will sellwell on its name alone, but so far the One Mini 2 is sounding like a more-usefuldevice to us, based purely on its camera. Of course, MP rating is by no meansan accurate way to judge camera...

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