Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone is sleek, fast and packed with features – but it might be too bulky for some business users. Galaxy fans in the market for a smaller business phone have a solid option in the Galaxy S4 Mini. The handset sports the same design and many of the features of the 5-inch Galaxy S4, but in a smaller, more compact package. There are some notable tradeoffs: the S4 Mini has a slower processor, lower resolution display and shorter battery life than its big brother. But it remains a good pick for business users who demand a super-portable Android smartphone. Read on for three features that make the S4 stand out in the compact category.
Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, but not every user is interested in a hulking handset. The S4 Mini earns its name, with a relatively small 4.3-inch display and a compact frame. The phone fits right in your hand, and in your pocket, so you can stay productive on the go. Business users who need a smartphone that won’t weigh them down will appreciate the S4 Mini's small size.
The S4 Mini packs many of the software features that helped make Galaxy phones excellent productivity devices, including a customizable lock screen that offers shortcuts to your email, contacts list, text messaging app and more. It also comes preloaded with handy Samsung apps such as S Memo for note- taking and S Translator for quick translations. But the S4 Mini lacks some of the best business features of the full-size S4, particularly the Multi Window multitasking software, which lets you run two apps side by side. The S4 Mini's screen is simply too small for the feature.
What the S4 Mini lacks in killer specs, it makes up for in value. Prices vary by carrier, but the miniaturized handset can be had for as low as $50 with a two-year contract. That's far cheaper than the standard S4, which retails for about $200 with the same two-year agreement. The S4 Mini may lack top-tier hardware and some of the features of Samsung's flagship phone, but its price makes it a good buy for small business owners on a budget.