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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini review

Tue Dec 11 2012, 16:54

Camera
The Galaxy S3 Mini has two cameras, a 5MP camera on its rear and a VGA camera on the front.  

As you'd expect, the 5MP rear-facing camera struggles to compete against the 8MP camera on the original Galaxy S3. However, although images aren't quite as sharp or detailed, the Galaxy S3 Mini's camera isn't all that bad. 

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini picture sample

It does a good job of capturing natural and realistic colours, a rare feature for a phone at this price point. There is also a plethora of options for those who like to tweak camera settings. You can add Instagram-style effects from within the camera app, for example, and you can also fiddle with shooting modes, exposure and focus.

The front facing camera wasn't quite as good, although it was clear enough to use for video calling. 

Battery and storage
The battery on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is surprisingly good. Although it packs a not so great 1,500mAh battery, the handset's downsized processor and Samsung's battery-saving software tweaks make for good battery life. 

We watched an hour long video on BBC Iplayer, for example, and the phone's battery barely budged. When used for checking emails, updating our Facebook and as a personal music player, we found that the device easily made it through the day.

Storage is another standout point of the Galaxy S3 Mini. The handset is available in both 8GB and 16GB models, and although there's no higher capacity version, this can be further expanded via microSD.

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