Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S3 mini?

My phone contract is up for renewal in the next few weeks. I currently have the Samsung Galaxy (the first one) and I like Samsung and Android etc.

I've liked the look and sound of the S3 but the major downfall for me would be the size -- it's just too big. What are peoples thoughts on the S3 mini? Is it just the size and resolution that's different or are there any major downfalls to it??


bearing in mind that the only things i really use it for is the occasional app, internet, a few pictures and texting.

10 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    Hi there

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is a really good smartphone that covers everything you mention in your question.

    A few main features are that is has a good Dual Core Processor which means the phone will run quickly and efficiently. It has a nice 5-Megapixel camera for great quality photos or for apps like Facebook.

    It also has good storage, so you can hold a lot of music, photos or videos on there.

    When people hear "Mini" they might think it's really small, but it's actually got the same size screen as the iPhone 5, and it's only referred to as Mini because it's smaller than the full sized S3.

    Here's a link to our Galaxy S3 Mini page, it covers all the specifications and details of the phone and has a few reviews too which could help you out:

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also a great handset and one of our best selling at the moment,. It has a 1.4Ghz processor which is amongst the most powerful on the market today so I’m sure you will find the S3 faster than your existing device. The camera is 8MP which is better than the S3 mini and the S3 has a 4.8” SuperAmoled screen, again bigger than the Mini. It has 16gb of internal memory and this can be expanded using a MicroSD card to give a maximum total of 80gb. S-Beam is also a neat feature which allows you to transfer documents, contacts, pictures etc instantly through NFC. It’s also available in multiple colour options.

    I hope this helps you with your decision.

    Chris : )

  • 7 years ago

    The Galaxy S III mini is nothing like the real Galaxy S III in both hardware and software. The Galaxy S III mini uses more cheaper, older and less powerful hardware than the Galaxy S III and not all features on the actual Galaxy S III is present on the Galaxy S III mini. That is the major downfall. It's not as good, it's slower, doesn't offer as much and etc. The only good thing about the mini is the how compact it is.

    The Galaxy S III is a much better handset, you may think it's big at first, but you'll get used to it after a few days. Most people do. I even see people with small hands holding the Galaxy Note II with no problems at all and actually likes it. So the Galaxy S III is the same, since it's smaller than the Note II, it's much easier to hold. The S III is faster and comes with more features than the mini and once you get the Premium Suite update, you also get Galaxy Note II features such as multi-view which allows you to run two apps simultaneously in a split view (one app at the top and one at the bottom).

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I have a samsung galaxy s3 and I never even heard of the mini but I searched it up and aww but remember bigger is better both of them are basically the same thing just depends on what you want to carry around im 13 and i dont have a problem with my phone at first it seems all big but you get used to it and yes you can still fit it in your pocket but it will stick out but thats no problem but anyways the galaxy is a really good phone so good choice but for me i would get the normal one since bigger screen.

  • 7 years ago

    The mini works and does everything the exact same way the S3 regular does. The only difference between the two is the size.

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  • Ian
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Get the normal sized one the mini is not only smaller but the spec of the phone is vastly inferior also to the full sized s3

  • 7 years ago

    SGS III T3 Phone of the year 2012. If size is an issue then you should opt for the SGS II which is the multi award winning phone including T3 Phone of the year 2011.

    The SGS II is far superior to the SGS 3 MINI in ALL areas and to chose it over the SGS II is a mistake

    Here is a side by side

    Source(s): phone GSM
  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    if yo think S3 is biger for you then go for S3's about your taste ...

    you can follow this link for more info o s3 mini....

    it is as good as S3 but mini in size and other hardware specs are bit lower like 5 MP camera,dual core 1 GHZ processor etc

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Samsung s3! The mini one isn't as good quality as the s3! :)

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Get the normal galaxy s3 its better

  • Sam
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Samsung is korean. I wouldn't donate my money to korea, china, etc

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