It has been a long time since Mini devices were introduced to consumers who want to buy but cannot afford the premium models. In this case, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and Motorola DROID Mini are just a few of these kinds of gadgets. These smartphones showcase features patterned from the premium products but in a way that is more consumer and budget friendly. This review will tell us what these Mini gadgets can offer more than the other.
Build and Design
Considering the design and build, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm of dimensions, 107 g of weight and 4.3 inches of physical size. The handset has external buttons which include the volume control on the left and a lock key on the right. It is available in two colors if black and white.
The Motorola DROID Mini, on the other hand, has 121.25 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm of measurements, 130 g of weight and a similar 4.3 inches of physical size. It is made with a Kevlar body material and splash resistant protection. It has external buttons which include the volume control on the right and lock key on the left.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is sporting a Super AMOLED technology with 16M of color display. It is both capacitive and multi-touch along with other features which include the light and proximity sensor and scratch proof glass courtesy of Corning Gorilla Glass 2. It displays an average resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and 256 ppi of pixel density.
On the contrary, the Motorola DROID Mini showcases a TFT LCD technology but with a similar 16M color display. It is capacitive, multi-touch and bears light as well as proximity sensors. It exhibits a higher resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with 342 ppi of pixel density. It is also protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass which makes its scratch proof.
Operating System and Hardware
In terms of the software and hardware, the Galaxy S4 Mini by Samsung works with an Android version 4.2.2 TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 UI operating system with a Candybar form factor. The chipset is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930 with a Dual core 1700 MHz Krait 300 central processing unit and Adreno 305 graphical interface. There is a system memory of 1.5GB RAM while internal storage comes in 8GB plus 5GB of maximum user storage. A memory card slot is available for MicroSD, MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC for a maximum of 64GB. Also, it has a Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery.
The DROID Mini by Motorola, meanwhile, is sporting an Android version 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and Candybar form factor. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro chipset with a Dual core 1.7 GHz Krait central processing unit and Adreno 320 graphical interface. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage but without a memory card slot for expansion. It works with a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery which can last up to 13 hours of talk time.
Camera and General Multimedia
In terms of the details, the Galaxy S4 Mini exhibits an 8MP camera at the back and 1.9MP secondary one at the front. It features an LED flash with auto focus, touch to focus, face detection, panorama, night mode and voice activation. It has a camcorder which shoots video at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 30 frames per second which is great for 1080p HD viewing. Moreover, it also has multimedia features which include an FM, Stereo, music player and video playback which supports a wide range of file formats.
Lastly, the DROID Mini has a 10MP camera at the front and 2MP secondary one at the back. It has its own LED flash, auto focus, touch focus, face detection and Geo-tagging. The camcorder as well as the secondary camera can capture video at 1920 x 1080 of resolution and 30 frames per second which showcases both 1080p HD viewing. The multimedia features consist of a music and video player which is compatible with more than a few file types. Connectivity wise, this handset has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE and GPS positioning.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has a smaller physique but is also means that the handset has a lower quality of display. However, it has a positive hardware that comes with a considerable system memory and internal storage. The fact that it also has a memory card slot gives it a plus point. Nevertheless, the Motorola DROID Mini also has advantages of its own and one of these is its camera features. Its larger physicality becomes functional in terms of its better display features and although it does not have a memory card slot, it has a spacious enough storage that comes with it. In terms of this comparison, which Mini gadget has better features?