The 4.5-inch Galaxy S5 Mini (left) is much more compact than the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 (right).
It's not as powerful as its bigger brother, but Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini packs most of the same features that make the Galaxy S5 a great business phone. The 4.5-inch smartphone looks like a scaled-down version of the Galaxy S5, and it retains that phone's fingerprint sensor, as well as a slew of secure productivity apps. That makes it a good pick for business users who want the features of Samsung's 5.1-inch flagship phone, without the bulk. The S5 Mini's quad-core processor isn't as speedy as the Galaxy S5's chip, though it should deliver good performance for everyday business tasks. Here are three features that help Samsung's smaller phone stand out from the pack.
The S5 Mini holds two major security perks for business users. The first is the inclusion of a fingerprint reader embedded right into the Home button; just slide your fingertip over it to quickly and easily unlock your device. That's a plus for business users who need to access private business data on their smartphone. You can also use the scanner to access a private folder specifically for sensitive files.
The second way the S5 Mini makes you more secure is with the KNOX security suite, which includes a secure "container" for running apps, ensuring that private client data isn't accessed by other applications. KNOX also includes a secure email app, Web browser and more.
Multi Window mode
Like other Samsung phones, the S5 Mini supports Multi Window, a feature that lets you run two apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view, for better multitasking. Multi Window lets you use the calculator app while checking email or browsing the Web, for example. Most smartphones allow you to view only one app at a time. The 4.5-inch display on the S5 Mini is a bit cramped compared with the 5.1-inch screen on the Galaxy S5, but Multi Window could still prove useful on the smaller phone.
Good battery life is especially important for business users who use their smartphone for work. The S5 Mini includes a feature called Ultra Low Power Mode, which can help you squeeze a few extra hours out of your device when it's low on juice. Activating the feature changes the display to grayscale and disables mobile data when the screen is off, saving precious power. It also restricts which apps can be used, and disables Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to extend your battery life.