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AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, U.S. Cellular to Sell Galaxy S4 Mini

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I dont get it.

KOL4420

Oct 23, 2013, 11:09 AM
What is with all this "Mini" craze. I don't like the "mini" phone option however I guess a consumer would wan to sacrifice performance to have a "smaller" phone sigh.
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Doom Wolf

Oct 23, 2013, 11:17 AM
Well, some people don't like a device that needs both hands to be operational. Or some prefer a phone who's screen's small enough for them to be able to text with one hand. Others may prefer a mini since they have small hands. Some others may want the mini version to give it out as a present without having to spend so much.
Some others may want to buy the mini for their kids. And even maybe some of them are little people.
There are many reasons, though it may not be your personal choice, it may be others.
Cheers for choice!
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Rusty Shackleford

Oct 24, 2013, 3:32 AM
A lot of people don't want to carry around some big cumbersome device. Phones are fragile and yet are exposed to more abuse than most other electronic devices, and they are incredibly easy to steal. A lot of people don't want the expense of a device that stands a good chance of being lost, stolen, or broken.

As for the power most people really don't need it. Humanity somehow managed to survive until 2010 without the ubiquitous smartphone, yet somehow now not only is survival dependent upon it it requires top-of-the-line specs? Give me a break. The masses lie and say it is absolutely necessary for their job or schooling, yet in reality they just waste time of things like Instagram (the epitome of pointlessness) and Facebook. To top i...
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KraventheRaven

Nov 4, 2013, 8:11 PM
I for one hate this starting fad to have cellphones big and bulky.

To quote a semi-entertaining movie:

"Size matter in the spy (technology) world, inversely. Smaller is better"
(or something along those lines) - Owen Wilson, I Spy.

I mean seriously, phone size has gotten ridiculously inconvenient just so ppl can parade them and be noticed (compensating much?). Some can't even properly fit in your pants anymore! I can see it now:

"Is that a Samsung Galaxy S4 in your pocket or are you just glad to- OH MY GOD IT'S SENTIENT! RUN!"

If I wanted a large, phone-like surface that allows me to play games, browse youtube, read digital magazines or even act as a table... I'll but a gosh darned tablet!

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Rich Brome

Oct 24, 2013, 2:17 PM
Everyone wants something a little different (no pun intended.)

Personally, I can't stand the huge size of phones like the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One. So I want something smaller. Of course I also want a great camera, battery and other features, so the frustrating part of phones like this - for me - is that they compromise too much on features/specs. My ideal phone has the features and performance of the full Galaxy S 4 in something small, perhaps with a 4.3-inch display. I might like this S 4 mini if it had a better camera and 720p display, for example.

Put another way, look at the continued success of the iPhone. Clearly a lot of people prefer a smaller phone.
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KOL4420

Oct 24, 2013, 3:41 PM
That is exactly what I am referring to. I mean I understand the hardware limitation when it comes to the screen resolution and battery size but the processor and amount of Ram... is that really necessary for them to drop it down to dual core... when I had a dual core phone running 2.3 and then upgrading it to ICS it slowed down my phone I noticed a lot of lag.... I dont ever see myself going back to dual core once I got my Note 2.
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Rich Brome

Oct 24, 2013, 3:54 PM
I agree in general about low-spec processors in these smaller phones. I used an HTC First for a while, (for the size, display (720p), and design.) I didn't think the lesser processor would bother me, but eventually it was unbearable. They should have put an 8930AB or even 600-series chip in there.

However, it's not all about cores. I don't agree on that. In most situations, you're only using one or two of the primary cores anyway. Four is overkill for anything but the most demanding games and apps. For example, the 8960 (dual-core) in the Moto X seems to perform really well for most people.
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