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RainGater 04-21-2013 06:09 PM

8GB Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Factory Unlocked International Phone (white or blue) $239 + Free Shipping
 
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It is a Galaxy SIII MINI. Yes, it's a MINI.

Bought a white one and for $239, I gotta believe it's one of the best deals out there!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI....0194140351

Specs:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i...i-5033.php

daisybeetle 04-21-2013 06:09 PM

8GB Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Factory Unlocked International Phone (white or blue) $239 + Free Shipping
 
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Johny641 via eBay has 8GB Samsung Galaxy S III Mini I8190 Factory Unlocked International Phone (white or blue) for $239.00 with free shipping. Thanks RainGater

Specs
  • Dual-core 1Ghz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Memory
  • 4.0" AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen Display
  • 1,500mAh Battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS

Review courtesy of Engadget

GoGoGadgetFlow 04-21-2013 06:45 PM

Wow.. I never knew there was such a thing as an s3 mini...

el31415 04-21-2013 06:49 PM

review
http://youtu.be/QkcAyk6lSQY

LoneRangir 04-21-2013 06:49 PM

So would this work with T-Mobile?

redextreme 04-21-2013 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LoneRangir (Post 58996074)
So would this work with T-Mobile?

Yes tmobile is gsm

Probashi 04-21-2013 06:51 PM

Nexus 4 8GB is $299. Isn't that better deal for $60 more?

nexus14 04-21-2013 06:52 PM

It's about $30 cheaper than usual

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb...0s3%20mini

RainGater 04-21-2013 06:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shahriar (Post 58996100)
Nexus 4 8GB is $299. Isn't that better deal for $60 more?

Well, with shipping and tax, Nexus 4 comes to $335. So, $95 difference - you decide :)

edged 04-21-2013 06:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LoneRangir (Post 58996074)
So would this work with T-Mobile?

Yes.


Was about to buy until I saw it was a S3..... mini? Never even heard of it. Not really in the market for a phone, but I'd probably spend an extra $60 for the Nexus 4 if I was.

blufetish 04-21-2013 06:53 PM

doesn't seem to have 4g

Outrager 04-21-2013 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LoneRangir (Post 58996074)
So would this work with T-Mobile?

You will get EDGE speeds on T-Mobile unless you're in one of the refarmed 1900MHz cities and even then depending on coverage you might revert to EDGE speeds depending on where you are. I wouldn't suggest buying this for T-Mobile if you need reliable 3G internet.

Also, for people who think this is just a smaller Galaxy S III, it's not. It also has lesser specs. Slower CPU, lower resolution screen, less internal storage, smalelr battery, and lower quality camera.

res0five 04-21-2013 06:56 PM

isn't t-mo 1700MHz and 2100MHz for HSPA+

Sephoroth 04-21-2013 06:58 PM

In case any of you are wondering, the phone does have notably worse specifications than the standard Galaxy S3. It has a display resolution of 800x480, a dual core Cortex A9 based CPU clocked at 1GHz (with Mali 400MP GPU), 1GB of RAM, and 5MP camera. It also lacks LTE connectivity.

For comparison, the Galaxy S3 has a 1280x720 display, a quad core Exynos (or dual core Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 225 for U.S. models which is still notably better than what's here), 1GB of RAM (or 2GB for Snapdragon models), and 8 MP camera (sure megapixel count can be very misleading but I doubt Samsung put a great lens on their budget model which rivals their flagship).

Disturbed_One 04-21-2013 06:59 PM

This will not work on TMo 3G (let alone 4G), it will work on their edge network.

Unless you live in a recently updated coverage area that's compatible with AT&T (or common) frequencies.

VincentYu781 04-21-2013 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shahriar (Post 58996100)
Nexus 4 8GB is $299. Isn't that better deal for $60 more?

I think the Nexus 4 is better since I have one. But people always fail to mention that the price of $299 does not include tax or shipping. I think the price is more like $335, which is actually close to $100 more than this deal.

saghey 04-21-2013 07:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VincentYu781 (Post 58996222)
I think the Nexus 4 is better since I have one. But people always fail to mention that the price of $299 does not include tax or shipping. I think the price is more like $335, which is actually close to $100 more than this deal.

This. I would probably jumped on this phone to replace my lost iPhone 3G but could not wait this long without a phone, so I picked up a GSII Skyrocket and flashed it to AOKP JB. all for $215 slightly used. I would say both phones are similar but the Skyrocket can get LTE.

SDRebel 04-21-2013 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redextreme (Post 58996098)
Yes tmobile is gsm

Its not a simple as that. Please refrain from answering if your knowledge is limited

Edit:
This phone wont have 3G/4G on tmobile or MVNOs unless in a refarmed area

RainGater 04-21-2013 07:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sephoroth (Post 58996202)
In case any of you are wondering, the phone does have notably worse specifications than the standard Galaxy S3. It has a display resolution of 800x480, a dual core Cortex A9 based CPU clocked at 1GHz (with Mali 400MP GPU), 1GB of RAM, and 5MP camera. It also lacks LTE connectivity.

For comparison, the Galaxy S3 has a 1280x720 display, a quad core Exynos (or dual core Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 225 for U.S. models which is still notably better than what's here), 1GB of RAM (or 2GB for Snapdragon models), and 8 MP camera (sure megapixel count can be very misleading but I doubt Samsung put a great lens on their budget model which rivals their flagship).

Well, let's see. You are comparing a $450+ unlocked phone with a $239. It's almost twice the price. That itself proves that it's a great deal. Dual core + 1 GB RAM + decent resolution for $239 is a wonderful deal - no matter how you slice it.

SDRebel 04-21-2013 07:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LoneRangir (Post 58996074)
So would this work with T-Mobile?

See my post above

Quote:

Originally Posted by shahriar (Post 58996100)
Nexus 4 8GB is $299. Isn't that better deal for $60 more?

Once you add tax and shipping it's close to $100 more...for an extra 50-60 more you can get an unlocked sgs3...and we can keep going;)

SDRebel 04-21-2013 07:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blufetish (Post 58996142)
doesn't seem to have 4g

It has hsdpa and hsupa, which in many cases has been called 4G...

fyu 04-21-2013 07:16 PM

this doesn't look like it will work on att 3g either?

SDRebel 04-21-2013 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadcrkd (Post 58996178)
isn't t-mo 1700MHz and 2100MHz for HSPA+

Yup...that or 1900MHz in some places

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sephoroth (Post 58996202)
In case any of you are wondering, the phone does have notably worse specifications than the standard Galaxy S3. It has a display resolution of 800x480, a dual core Cortex A9 based CPU clocked at 1GHz (with Mali 400MP GPU), 1GB of RAM, and 5MP camera. It also lacks LTE connectivity.

For comparison, the Galaxy S3 has a 1280x720 display, a quad core Exynos (or dual core Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 225 for U.S. models which is still notably better than what's here), 1GB of RAM (or 2GB for Snapdragon models), and 8 MP camera (sure megapixel count can be very misleading but I doubt Samsung put a great lens on their budget model which rivals their flagship).

It's also much cheaper than the s3

SDRebel 04-21-2013 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by saghey (Post 58996264)
This. I would probably jumped on this phone to replace my lost iPhone 3G but could not wait this long without a phone, so I picked up a GSII Skyrocket and flashed it to AOKP JB. all for $215 slightly used. I would say both phones are similar but the Skyrocket can get LTE.

I would have done the same

Quote:

Originally Posted by fyu (Post 58996390)
this doesn't look like it will work on att 3g either?

I truly believe it does, why would you say it doesn't?

BestDealer83 04-21-2013 07:21 PM

Skip this phone - even on jellybean it lags. There are much better options out there for the same price if not less.

Sephoroth 04-21-2013 07:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 58996326)
Well, let's see. You are comparing a $450+ unlocked phone with a $239. It's almost twice the price. That itself proves that it's a great deal. Dual core + 1 GB RAM + decent resolution for $239 is a wonderful deal - no matter how you slice it.

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply this isn't a good deal. I merely wanted to ensure no one was confused by Samsung's branding into thinking this is in any way similar to a Galaxy S III internally. While personally I would prefer opt for a Nexus 4 or a second hand high end phone of the previous generation, this seems like a great deal for those wanting new budget phones with compatible frequencies.

Michael02 04-21-2013 07:29 PM

The mini is a pile of shit, not worthy of its name. Don't bother.

deal_master 04-21-2013 07:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 58995632)
It is a Galaxy SIII MINI. Yes, it's a MINI.

Bought a white one and for $239, I gotta believe it's one of the best deals out there!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI....0194140351

Specs:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i...i-5033.php

What's the RAM on this one? Ebay listing doesn't mention about RAM? It better have atleast 1GB for ICS.

RainGater 04-21-2013 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deal_master (Post 58996590)
What's the RAM on this one? Ebay listing doesn't mention about RAM? It better have atleast 1GB for ICS.

It has 1 GB RAM.

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i...i-5033.php

TonyD 04-21-2013 07:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael02 (Post 58996558)
The mini is a pile of shit, not worthy of its name. Don't bother.


care to elaborate how shit is it?

kvijay9 04-21-2013 07:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 58996610)
Quote:

Originally Posted by deal_master (Post 58996590)
What's the RAM on this one? Ebay listing doesn't mention about RAM? It better have atleast 1GB for ICS.

It has 1 GB RAM.

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i...i-5033.php

Thinking its a good deal.. In for 1.. But will it work with AT&T? Also if I change my mind to go for metro pcs , will this work.

tadcrazio 04-21-2013 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by saghey (Post 58996264)
Quote:

Originally Posted by VincentYu781 (Post 58996222)
I think the Nexus 4 is better since I have one. But people always fail to mention that the price of $299 does not include tax or shipping. I think the price is more like $335, which is actually close to $100 more than this deal.

This. I would probably jumped on this phone to replace my lost iPhone 3G but could not wait this long without a phone, so I picked up a GSII Skyrocket and flashed it to AOKP JB. all for $215 slightly used. I would say both phones are similar but the Skyrocket can get LTE.

Good move. I had a skyrocket and absolutely loved it. Have a nexus 4 now love its speed but I do miss my skyrocket.

TonyD 04-21-2013 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kvijay9 (Post 58996694)
Thinking its a good deal.. In for 1.. But will it work with AT&T? Also if I change my mind to go for metro pcs , will this work.


yes, it will work with ATT (GSM), no it will not work with Metro Pcs (CDMA)

Chewie03 04-21-2013 07:45 PM

Galaxy S4 Mini in July
 
Tempting, but I wonder how much the Galaxy S4 Mini will be when it comes out in ~July...

Sharpey 04-21-2013 07:46 PM

Id rather buy s2 than this.

GreenForce 04-21-2013 07:47 PM

There is one big problem with samsung phones, after few months it start vibrating with no reason, there is no way to fix that issue, you can search the net to see thousand cases
I had 2 phones s3 had same problem and give up replacing with different phone!!!!

Just giving ahead some advice before you buy it!

TonyD 04-21-2013 07:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sharpey (Post 58996772)
Id rather buy s2 than this.


size matter?

corpomonkey 04-21-2013 07:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GreenForce (Post 58996786)
There is one big problem with samsung phones, after few months it start vibrating with no reason, there is no way to fix that issue, you can search the net to see thousand cases
I had 2 phones s3 had same problem and give up replacing with different phone!!!!

Just giving ahead some advice before you buy it!

Never had that problem with my GS2.

RainGater 04-21-2013 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BestDealer83 (Post 58996466)
Skip this phone - even on jellybean it lags. There are much better options out there for the same price if not less.

Care to give some alternatives for similar phones in this price range? You search for any phone and you will have positive and negative responses. Simply saying it lags doesn't really help anyone. Are you running some super-duper games that makes it lag or just basic operations is making it unbearable?

I, for one, am going to slap CM10 once I receive it. It's going to have all the bells and whistles of CM and once you remove Samsung bloatware, it will rock - if not already!

850csi 04-21-2013 07:53 PM

What do y'all reckon the resale will be on this?

I have a Nexus 4. I love the damn thing but honestly it's just too big for my taste. Thinking about buying one of these just to try it out.

Then again, I'd have to switch to straight talk. Prolly just going to stick with my N4. But I'm sad that these phones keep getting bigger and bigger. I have smaller than average hands for my size, but I'm 6'2" and feel like this phone is too big for my hands.


Anyone know of a 4" screen android phone better than this one?

dzap 04-21-2013 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TonyD (Post 58996674)
care to elaborate how shit is it?

'
It uses cheap shitty plastic all around. That's why.

But not a bad deal.

norazi 04-21-2013 07:56 PM

anyone know if this works with tzones?

insyder 04-21-2013 07:59 PM

problem is this particular seller does not have the best track record in shipping, quality and returns. A lot of negative feedbacks, and quite a bit of them on the SIII. Ebay sucks with this, I break my back to keep my 100% rating and this guy gets 50 negatives a month, and still is top seller. All you need with ebay is to provide a made up tracking within 24h to make it.

stasek 04-21-2013 08:03 PM

Looks like the Galaxy S Blaze (my current phone) has better specs - dual core 1.5GHz processor and it works on Tmobile :). Speaking of... Ever since going to the no-contract plans, it looks like Tmo has jacked up their prices on prepaid phones significantly :(. The L9 is $290 and the Blaze $410!!!! Sure you get the $50 refill cards, but come on - are you kidding me?

shippy 04-21-2013 08:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 850csi (Post 58996874)
... I have smaller than average hands for my size, but I'm 6'2" and feel like this phone is too big for my hands...


"...a man's gotta play with hands he's dealt."
[youtube.com]

shdw02 04-21-2013 08:06 PM

Country of Manufacture:

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

North Korean Made Phone?

I'll pass...

Outrager 04-21-2013 08:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 58996862)
Care to give some alternatives for similar phones in this price range? You search for any phone and you will have positive and negative responses. Simply saying it lags doesn't really help anyone. Are you running some super-duper games that makes it lag or just basic operations is making it unbearable?

I, for one, am going to slap CM10 once I receive it. It's going to have all the bells and whistles of CM and once you remove Samsung bloatware, it will rock - if not already!

From what I can tell, the CM10 port for this phone is in alpha and there are way too many bugs to put it on a phone you plan to use daily. But if you're getting it just to play around with then it seems like a fun thing to play around with.

butcom 04-21-2013 08:10 PM

Like stasek said, the Galaxy S Blaze seems to be a better option for T-mobile people, especially if you're going to load Cyanogen on it anyway. If you have no idea how to load Roms though, you will be stuck with ICS with the Galaxy S Blaze.

Here is a comparison:
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/.../7536,6824

z00mflight 04-21-2013 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GreenForce (Post 58996786)
There is one big problem with samsung phones, after few months it start vibrating with no reason, there is no way to fix that issue, you can search the net to see thousand cases
I had 2 phones s3 had same problem and give up replacing with different phone!!!!

Just giving ahead some advice before you buy it!

Three of my friends are still using their Galaxy S3's from about a year ago (which I recommended), no issues. I couldn't find anything on Google about this issue either.

If you mean the vibration from the t989 S2's (two generations ago), then yes, there were some ppl reporting getting their power buttons stuck.

I'd still go for the Nexus 4 though.

insyder 04-21-2013 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shdw02 (Post 58997060)
Country of Manufacture:

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

North Korean Made Phone?

I'll pass...

That goes to tell you how the US embargoes dumba$$es pointing paper rockets at us. :mad:

kvijay9 04-21-2013 08:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by insyder (Post 58997140)
Quote:

Originally Posted by shdw02 (Post 58997060)
Country of Manufacture:

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

North Korean Made Phone?

I'll pass...

That goes to tell you how the US embargoes dumba$$es pointing paper rockets at us. :mad:

Samsung is Korean company sir.

canonikon 04-21-2013 08:22 PM

work with t-mobile 4g?

Parachute07 04-21-2013 08:23 PM

Can anyone compare this to the Galaxy SII? I currently use an SII, but I seem to be having some connectivity issues lately and I've had a lot of difficulty with MoviePass locating me properly with the GPS to check myself in (which may just be a MoviePass issue, but my girlfriend doesn't have nearly as much trouble with her phone (iPhone 5). I tried an SIII, but it was too big for my hands - it wasn't comfortable to use with one hand. I'm curious about this phone, but I definitely don't want to take a step downwards from the SII. I don't play games on my phone - its purely for surfing the web and using apps like trip advisor, Ebay, Amazon, etc. And a lot of email and Slickdeals. I'm on Straight Talk (AT&T). I'd still get HSPA+, right? Any thoughts?

dzap 04-21-2013 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kvijay9 (Post 58997200)
Samsung is Korean company sir.

SOUTH Korean. This is clearly an error. They do not make these phones in North Korea (commonly known as the DPRK).


We really need to teach more geography in our schools...

whenry83 04-21-2013 08:24 PM

If you like this screen size and resolution, get the Pantech Burst instead for $120:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-PANTE...43b7c5a4f2

Faster CPU and more storage. CM10 being worked on and almost stable.

SD thread: http://slickdeals.net/f/5892452-PANTECH-P9070-BURST-UNLOCKED-4G-ANDROID-TOUCH-5MP-CAM-16GB-PHONE-BLACK-for-99-99-w-FS?t=5892452

TonyD 04-21-2013 08:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Parachute07 (Post 58997222)
Can anyone compare this to the Galaxy SII? I currently use an SII, but I seem to be having some connectivity issues lately and I've had a lot of difficulty with MoviePass locating me properly with the GPS to check myself in (which may just be a MoviePass issue, but my girlfriend doesn't have nearly as much trouble with her phone (iPhone 5). I tried an SIII, but it was too big for my hands - it wasn't comfortable to use with one hand. I'm curious about this phone, but I definitely don't want to take a step downwards from the SII. I don't play games on my phone - its purely for surfing the web and using apps like trip advisor, Ebay, Amazon, etc. And a lot of email and Slickdeals. I'm on Straight Talk (AT&T). I'd still get HSPA+, right? Any thoughts?


there you go http://smartphones.venturebeat.co...xy-S3-Mini

RainGater 04-21-2013 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Outrager (Post 58997088)
From what I can tell, the CM10 port for this phone is in alpha and there are way too many bugs to put it on a phone you plan to use daily. But if you're getting it just to play around with then it seems like a fun thing to play around with.

Yes, it's in alpha and not for the faint of the heart.

http://androidlegend.com/cyanogen...8190-cm10/

I mentioned CM10 to just prove a point that the lags can be avoided when you slap a custom ROM or better, root it and remove all the Samsung bloatware and see how it performs. If it still has issues, then I try few Custom ROMs before I settle on one. Only exception is Nexus 4 as I love the 4.2.2 stock without any bloatware.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/f...php?f=1835

I think this ROM is better: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2119219

Wildpir8 04-21-2013 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by insyder (Post 58997140)
That goes to tell you how the US embargoes dumba$$es pointing paper rockets at us. :mad:

I imagine they're made at the joint Kaesong industrial complex six miles north of the DMZ. North Koreans are probably doing the low paid assembly work but South Korean managers are running the place.

5thElement 04-21-2013 08:27 PM

No 4G, dont even waste your money...

insyder 04-21-2013 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kvijay9 (Post 58997200)
Samsung is Korean company sir.


I know where Samsung comes from but I also know that "Korea, Democratic People's Republic of" is also mostly known as North Korea.

dpham00 04-21-2013 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 58996326)
Well, let's see. You are comparing a $450+ unlocked phone with a $239. It's almost twice the price. That itself proves that it's a great deal. Dual core + 1 GB RAM + decent resolution for $239 is a wonderful deal - no matter how you slice it.

There have been deals for the s3 unlocked for a bit less. Heck, there was a deal for the note 2 factory sim unlocked with US warranty and operating on the largest 4GLTE network for around $400,with a bit of work.

It isn't a bad deal though if the specs work for you.

DJPlayer 04-21-2013 08:41 PM

these phones are no made in N. Korea.. they are made in N. Korea.. which in all awkwardness.. means the parts are made and N. Korea and then assembled in China.

fyu 04-21-2013 08:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 58996440)
I would have done the same


I truly believe it does, why would you say it doesn't?

The specs lack 850 for HSDPA
But 1900 is at&ts main 3g freq

Quote:

Originally Posted by dpham00 (Post 58997336)
There have been deals for the s3 unlocked for a bit less. Heck, there was a deal for the note 2 factory sim unlocked with US warranty and operating on the largest 4GLTE network for around $400,with a bit of work.

It isn't a bad deal though if the specs work for you.

Whoa, when was that deal?

NajibH 04-21-2013 08:54 PM

Too bad they charge tax on cali, or i'd have ordered one :(

SDRebel 04-21-2013 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chewie03 (Post 58996752)
Tempting, but I wonder how much the Galaxy S4 Mini will be when it comes out in ~July...

Prob around $400

Quote:

Originally Posted by 850csi (Post 58996874)
What do y'all reckon the resale will be on this?

I have a Nexus 4. I love the damn thing but honestly it's just too big for my taste. Thinking about buying one of these just to try it out.

Then again, I'd have to switch to straight talk. Prolly just going to stick with my N4. But I'm sad that these phones keep getting bigger and bigger. I have smaller than average hands for my size, but I'm 6'2" and feel like this phone is too big for my hands.


Anyone know of a 4" screen android phone better than this one?

You can also try a sgs2

spextar 04-21-2013 09:05 PM

So, ebay items from a dude named JOHNY is now on slickdeals FP. What's next?

dpham00 04-21-2013 09:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fyu (Post 58997414)
The specs lack 850 for HSDPA
But 1900 is at&ts main 3g freq


Whoa, when was that deal?

A few months ago. It was a bit of a hassle though, but good deal.

SDRebel 04-21-2013 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dzap (Post 58996886)
'
It uses cheap shitty plastic all around. That's why.

But not a bad deal.

In that case that would apply to the sgs3, note 2, and the rest....

clos36 04-21-2013 09:11 PM

Would this be a downgrade from an iphone 4s??

UberSmackTard 04-21-2013 09:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LoneRangir (Post 58996074)
So would this work with T-Mobile?

it's unlocked sooooo yeah

dbpaddler 04-21-2013 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shahriar (Post 58996100)
Nexus 4 8GB is $299. Isn't that better deal for $60 more?

Until they make a 72gb Nexus 4, no. And one with a removable battery.

niftydl 04-21-2013 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by clos36 (Post 58997738)
Would this be a downgrade from an iphone 4s??

Yes, the iPhone 4s is a much better all-around device.

The Love Spud 04-21-2013 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Parachute07 (Post 58997222)
Can anyone compare this to the Galaxy SII? I currently use an SII, but I seem to be having some connectivity issues lately and I've had a lot of difficulty with MoviePass locating me properly with the GPS to check myself in (which may just be a MoviePass issue, but my girlfriend doesn't have nearly as much trouble with her phone (iPhone 5). I tried an SIII, but it was too big for my hands - it wasn't comfortable to use with one hand. I'm curious about this phone, but I definitely don't want to take a step downwards from the SII. I don't play games on my phone - its purely for surfing the web and using apps like trip advisor, Ebay, Amazon, etc. And a lot of email and Slickdeals. I'm on Straight Talk (AT&T). I'd still get HSPA+, right? Any thoughts?

Despite the naming convention, the SIII Mini is a downgrade from an "old" SII.

Your better option on eBay if you want to stick with Samsung and don't care for the SIII is to pick up a "sleeper" among the older SII models like the SII HD LTE. Never released for the US, the Canadian model remains compatible with HSPA+ and US LTE bands. In addition, you get SIII-level specs in a package (size) right between that of the original SII and the SIII.

The model is SGH-I757M

Good luck!

Jon

The Love Spud 04-21-2013 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 850csi (Post 58996874)
What do y'all reckon the resale will be on this?

I have a Nexus 4. I love the damn thing but honestly it's just too big for my taste. Thinking about buying one of these just to try it out.

Then again, I'd have to switch to straight talk. Prolly just going to stick with my N4. But I'm sad that these phones keep getting bigger and bigger. I have smaller than average hands for my size, but I'm 6'2" and feel like this phone is too big for my hands.

Anyone know of a 4" screen android phone better than this one?

The Pantech Burst beats this phone hands down for CPU and storage for the price on eBay, coming in regularly at Buy It Now between $100-130. The LTE bands support AT&T and T-Mobile, though in markets which haven't been refarmed the phone will be stuck on Edge for T-Mobile.

However, 4" phones running or planned to run Jelly Bean are almost universally 1GHz CPUs. Given the great features in Jelly Bean (Google Now) it's hard for me to recommend going backwards.

As such, your best bet is to see if a choice among the "older" 4.3" phones will suit you.
You will find a great variety in this size range that have good hardware specs and support Jelly Bean.

Alternately, you can wait a bit longer to see if this year's product refreshes include a 4" model with less than bargain basement hardware.

Good luck!

Jon

mpkb 04-21-2013 10:31 PM

Is it just me, or is this pretty much a completely different phone? I guess the marketing geniuses at Samsung decided to use the same name "Galaxy S3" to describe a very different product. Not threadcrapping, and repped the OP for posting what sounds like a good deal. Just questioning Samsung's brand diluting move here. It worked though, it got a lot of people's attention.

Imagine if Toyota, Honda, or Ford pulled a marketing fast one like this...

The Love Spud 04-21-2013 10:39 PM

The Samsung Nexus S is generally considered ancient... and yet about the only difference between it and the SIII Mini is the presence of a MicroSD card slot.

You can regularly buy the Nexus S new on eBay at this price or less (esp. if you include refurbs).

As such... no... this is not a slick deal. Perhaps if this were a price new in retail (for those wary of eBay) you could argue the value (return policy, local stores, etc.). However, this is just a new low for a phone that was blessed with new marketing and not much else.

Good luck!

Jon

prankies 04-21-2013 10:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Love Spud (Post 58998294)
The Pantech Burst beats this phone hands down for CPU and storage for the price on eBay, coming in regularly at Buy It Now between $100-130. The LTE bands support AT&T and T-Mobile, though in markets which haven't been refarmed the phone will be stuck on Edge for T-Mobile.

However, 4" phones running or planned to run Jelly Bean are almost universally 1GHz CPUs. Given the great features in Jelly Bean (Google Now) it's hard for me to recommend going backwards.

As such, your best bet is to see if a choice among the "older" 4.3" phones will suit you.
You will find a great variety in this size range that have good hardware specs and support Jelly Bean.

Alternately, you can wait a bit longer to see if this year's product refreshes include a 4" model with less than bargain basement hardware.

Good luck!

Jon

The Burst is a great phone for the money, but be careful about the CPU recommendation. The Scorpion based processor in the Burst is pretty much neck and neck with the Cortex A9 in this phone. The Scorpion CPUs have to be clocked higher to keep up due to an older/inferior architecture and lack of L2 cache. So even though the Burst has a 1.5 Ghz Dual Core, it is pretty much on par or even slightly behind in some applications compared to the 1.0 Dual Core in this device (similar to Intel CPUs currently beating AMD clock for clock). The GPUs appear to be in the same class as well.

The Love Spud 04-21-2013 11:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by prankies (Post 58998456)
The Scorpion based processor in the Burst is pretty much neck and neck with the Cortex A9 in this phone. The Scorpion CPUs have to be clocked higher to keep up due to an older/inferior architecture and lack of L2 cache. So even though the Burst has a 1.5 Ghz Dual Core, it is pretty much on par or even slightly behind in some applications compared to the 1.0 Dual Core in this device (similar to Intel CPUs currently beating AMD clock for clock). The GPUs appear to be in the same class as well.

That's actually a really good analogy!

Those that want to look into the details need look no further than the usual resource for CPU comparisons:
http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...291-4.html

Good luck!

Jon

850csi 04-21-2013 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Love Spud (Post 58998294)
The Pantech Burst beats this phone hands down for CPU and storage for the price on eBay, coming in regularly at Buy It Now between $100-130. The LTE bands support AT&T and T-Mobile, though in markets which haven't been refarmed the phone will be stuck on Edge for T-Mobile.

However, 4" phones running or planned to run Jelly Bean are almost universally 1GHz CPUs. Given the great features in Jelly Bean (Google Now) it's hard for me to recommend going backwards.

As such, your best bet is to see if a choice among the "older" 4.3" phones will suit you.
You will find a great variety in this size range that have good hardware specs and support Jelly Bean.

Alternately, you can wait a bit longer to see if this year's product refreshes include a 4" model with less than bargain basement hardware.

Good luck!

Jon

Thanks for the responses y'all. Just going to stick with my N4 and realize that although I love the Nexus concept to death I'm clearly not the target market here. I'm expecting the N4's successor to be even bigger.

Switching to any phone that doesn't have T-Mobile 3G essentially means picking up another ~$150/year in cell phone bills - so, in a sense, the Nexus 4 is actually the cheapest option for me.



Then again, maybe all I need to do is grow a pair and carry my N4 without its case. It's a relatively slim case but still adds a lot. Feels like a different phone naked.

DontTaxBeer 04-21-2013 11:25 PM

ohhh, its MINI lol. i was about to say. i know that the Galaxy S4 is coming out this week, so i thought thats why they were getting rid of old stock.

The Love Spud 04-21-2013 11:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mpkb (Post 58998354)
Is it just me, or is this pretty much a completely different phone? I guess the marketing geniuses at Samsung decided to use the same name "Galaxy S3" to describe a very different product. Not threadcrapping, and repped the OP for posting what sounds like a good deal. Just questioning Samsung's brand diluting move here. It worked though, it got a lot of people's attention.

Imagine if Toyota, Honda, or Ford pulled a marketing fast one like this...

You've nailed the problem with any praise here: this phone is in absolutely no way related to an SIII other than by branding.

Of course, auto companies have done this for years. The results tend to be just as uneven:
The Mitsubishi Montero and Montero Sport
As with the SIII vs. SIII Mini, no relationship existed beyond the recognition of successful branding.
The VW Routan
What better way for VW to launch a minivan than by peddling... a Chrylser minivan

All of these examples aren't broken per se, so an SIII Mini or VW Routan is still a functional product. However, in all cases you do need to ensure that the assessment you make is based upon the core product and not the label.

Good luck!

Jon

jiwon0522 04-21-2013 11:41 PM

there was a rumor that this phone will come to US for tmobile under "galaxy exhibit", but it hasn't happened yet. i might get it if it's cheap due to good battery life.

mikeasaurus 04-22-2013 12:00 AM

I need some help. I am moving to rural Zambia and they have 3G access there. They have 2 carriers, MTN & AIRTEL. I don't know anything about 3G/cell phones.

It needs to have have...

-GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (they accept SIM cards)
-Unlocked

If anyone knows if the Galaxy S III mini is capable of this, please let me know. Thanks for your help.

TAGcaver 04-22-2013 12:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Love Spud (Post 58998678)
You've nailed the problem with any praise here: this phone is in absolutely no way related to an SIII other than by branding.

Of course, auto companies have done this for years. The results tend to be just as uneven:
The Mitsubishi Montero and Montero Sport
As with the SIII vs. SIII Mini, no relationship existed beyond the recognition of successful branding.
The VW Routan
What better way for VW to launch a minivan than by peddling... a Chrylser minivan

All of these examples aren't broken per se, so an SIII Mini or VW Routan is still a functional product. However, in all cases you do need to ensure that the assessment you make is based upon the core product and not the label.

Good luck!

Jon

Yes, it is shameful marketing for them to call this a "Mini s3." The Note 2 could've been called "Mega s3" perhaps, since their internals are very similar... but they didn't call it that. Then you have this complete impostor... They just said, "Hey, let's pick some random low-to-middle of the road phone, and stick 's3' somewhere in the title, and see if people are gullible enough to fall for it."

gourygabriev 04-22-2013 12:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shahriar (Post 58996100)
Nexus 4 8GB is $299. Isn't that better deal for $60 more?

THe nexus 4 practically beats this with every feature, but also remember that the nexus 4 doesn't have a micro sd slot, if that is important to you :)

gold_titanic 04-22-2013 12:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shahriar (Post 58996100)
Nexus 4 8GB is $299. Isn't that better deal for $60 more?

Where can i find it for $299??
Thanks in advance :wave:

nyczalex 04-22-2013 12:55 AM

Is it me or it doesn't look the same as a s3? i thought it was going to be a replica but smaller, guessed wrong

lorgoyf 04-22-2013 01:09 AM

I have a Samsung Galaxy S Advance which is very similar to the S3 Mini (same screen, soc, battery), albeit with only 768mb ram. The Novathor soc can run JB smoothly and 800x480 resolution is sufficient on a 4" display. For $240 this is a good deal.

Edit: This phone also has a replaceable battery unlike the Nexus 4. I ordered a 2450mah battery from Dealextreme for $6 to see if it can almost double the already good battery life.

young3 04-22-2013 01:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gold_titanic (Post 58998966)
Where can i find it for $299??
Thanks in advance :wave:

https://play.google.com/store/dev...80XzhnYiJd

transpizzle 04-22-2013 02:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by whenry83 (Post 58997226)
If you like this screen size and resolution, get the Pantech Burst instead for $120:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-PANTE...43b7c5a4f2

Faster CPU and more storage. CM10 being worked on and almost stable.

SD thread: http://slickdeals.net/f/5892452-PANTECH-P9070-BURST-UNLOCKED-4G-ANDROID-TOUCH-5MP-CAM-16GB-PHONE-BLACK-for-99-99-w-FS?t=5892452

Does that use a regular size SIM or a microSIM?

eggsalad 04-22-2013 03:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redextreme (Post 58996098)
Yes tmobile is gsm

Also make sure they use the same bands.

right?

RainFall 04-22-2013 03:54 AM

As others said, absolutely do not buy these international versions for use on T-mobile US

gtmaster303 04-22-2013 04:07 AM

If you're looking for a physically smaller phone (which is turning into quite a rare market these days, along with QWERTY devices), this is one of the best right now...
But for the specs, it's certainly not worth $240.

_A2 04-22-2013 04:27 AM

LoL, clown
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 58996306)
Its not a simple as that. Please refrain from answering if your knowledge is limited

Edit:
This phone wont have 3G/4G on tmobile or MVNOs unless in a refarmed area

No need to be a clown, eh?

He answered the question, did he not? Will it work on T-Mobile? Yes. Simple question, simple answer. There was no mention of frequency, speed, etc. "Will it work".


Now, since you apparently know so much more, then why not just expand on his answer instead of trying to shut him up because of his "limited" knowledge?

Naaaaaaaaaa... That would be too nice, and make too much sense LoL!! What a clown...

bob19740 04-22-2013 04:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TonyD (Post 58996810)
size matter?

Yes, sort of like doing 27 vs 18
wither it is centimeters or age in years is left to your imagination or gender or affiliation

baonguyen312 04-22-2013 05:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by transpizzle (Post 58999222)
Does that use a regular size SIM or a microSIM?

Micro one.

iloveadeal 04-22-2013 05:38 AM

will this work with straight talk?

gtmaster303 04-22-2013 06:02 AM

If you're going to buy from ebay anyway, I'm sure you can find one closer to $200 if you're patient and search a lot.
Not sure how this is FP :confused:

max1001 04-22-2013 06:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadcrkd (Post 58996178)
isn't t-mo 1700MHz and 2100MHz for HSPA+

no its 1900 and 2100

RainGater 04-22-2013 06:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Love Spud (Post 58998294)
The Pantech Burst beats this phone hands down for CPU and storage for the price on eBay, coming in regularly at Buy It Now between $100-130. The LTE bands support AT&T and T-Mobile, though in markets which haven't been refarmed the phone will be stuck on Edge for T-Mobile.

However, 4" phones running or planned to run Jelly Bean are almost universally 1GHz CPUs. Given the great features in Jelly Bean (Google Now) it's hard for me to recommend going backwards.

As such, your best bet is to see if a choice among the "older" 4.3" phones will suit you.
You will find a great variety in this size range that have good hardware specs and support Jelly Bean.

Alternately, you can wait a bit longer to see if this year's product refreshes include a 4" model with less than bargain basement hardware.

Good luck!

Jon

Yes, you can keep waiting for the next cheapest thing... Forever!

Whoa, you got something against the MINI or what? All your posts suggest that this is going backwards and you are better off buying something else. Already one user debunked the CPU comparison, so I don't have to go there. Did you even see how S3 MINI looks? You keep Pantech Burst and MINI side-by-side and see it for yourself.

Hardware wise, Samsung cannot keep the same specs as its big brother or else lot of people will jump from 4.8" to 4.0" - I know some in my family/friends cannot stand bigger sized screen. Nevertheless, for the specs + looks, the MINI is a sweet/geat deal - no matter how you slice it.

Slap in this baby and you get a high performance phone - http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2119219

fyu 04-22-2013 06:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by max1001 (Post 59000650)
Quote:

Originally Posted by shadcrkd (Post 58996178)
isn't t-mo 1700MHz and 2100MHz for HSPA+

no its 1900 and 2100

1900 is only for refarmed areas. 1700 is still dominant

lapchaser 04-22-2013 08:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sephoroth (Post 58996202)
In case any of you are wondering, the phone does have notably worse specifications than the standard Galaxy S3. It has a display resolution of 800x480, a dual core Cortex A9 based CPU clocked at 1GHz (with Mali 400MP GPU), 1GB of RAM, and 5MP camera. It also lacks LTE connectivity.

For comparison, the Galaxy S3 has a 1280x720 display, a quad core Exynos (or dual core Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 225 for U.S. models which is still notably better than what's here), 1GB of RAM (or 2GB for Snapdragon models), and 8 MP camera (sure megapixel count can be very misleading but I doubt Samsung put a great lens on their budget model which rivals their flagship).

an unlocked S3 for 230 and an unlocked Sii for 600,, the difference is obvious. what i would like to see is fi there are other phones that we can get for 230 unlocked and what the comparison there is right ?

lapchaser 04-22-2013 08:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by baonguyen312 (Post 58999994)
Micro one.

if i have a regular sim on an old ATT phone,, and if i get this phone can some one tell me how i can use this phone? is there a way to convert a regular to a micro sim?

muffin30082 04-22-2013 08:50 AM

My 2 cents --- As I have the nexus 4, I can say it is worth the extra money if you can swing it. Otherwise, me personally (and I am a big fan of Samsungs), I'd go with the LG L9 prepaid from Target at $199 +tax no shipping if you go to the store. It's a little cheaper the the mini and pretty good bang for the buck. It even has expandable memory which I wish my Nexus had.

Specs:
GSM
1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
GSM 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS I/II/IV/V
EDGE, GPRS Class 12, UMTS (WCDMA), HSDPA 21Mbps
5.03" (H) x 2.63" (W) x 0.36" (D)
4.20 oz.
16.7M Color TFT, 960 x 540 pixels, 4.5"

TheTalkingMule 04-22-2013 09:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gtmaster303 (Post 58999646)
If you're looking for a physically smaller phone (which is turning into quite a rare market these days, along with QWERTY devices)

Huh? For kids maybe, but a lot of people over 25 want near Galaxy SIII level performance, but reasonably sized. Personally, I don't plan on watching movies or playing 3D FPS games on my phone. I want a decent smart phone that will actually fit in my pocket.

gold_titanic 04-22-2013 09:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by young3 (Post 58999028)

Thank you!!!

BestDealer83 04-22-2013 10:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 58996862)
Care to give some alternatives for similar phones in this price range? You search for any phone and you will have positive and negative responses. Simply saying it lags doesn't really help anyone. Are you running some super-duper games that makes it lag or just basic operations is making it unbearable?

I, for one, am going to slap CM10 once I receive it. It's going to have all the bells and whistles of CM and once you remove Samsung bloatware, it will rock - if not already!

Im talking about regular day to day basic tasks - even when scrolling between different pages on the app menu - u could see that that project butter thing is not that smooth as in other devices that run jellybean.
If you already bought 1 then there is no point of suggesting u other devices since you already made the purchase.

RainGater 04-22-2013 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BestDealer83 (Post 59005072)
Im talking about regular day to day basic tasks - even when scrolling between different pages on the app menu - u could see that that project butter thing is not that smooth as in other devices that run jellybean.
If you already bought 1 then there is no point of suggesting u other devices since you already made the purchase.

I wouldn't want to buy anything else as I don't see anything in this price range. Usually, lags and other issues, like battery, can be best addressed by rooting and removing unnecessary bloatware. If it lags, like you say it does, then I am going to put this ROM (and try few others) to make it better.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2119219

Outrager 04-22-2013 11:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lapchaser (Post 59003468)
if i have a regular sim on an old ATT phone,, and if i get this phone can some one tell me how i can use this phone? is there a way to convert a regular to a micro sim?

You can either ask AT&T for it or you can cut up your normal size SIM card to the Micro SIM size.
Sometimes older SIM cards can't be converted to Micro SIMs though so you're better off asking AT&T for a Micro SIM replacement. And if you got it shipped instead of got it in an AT&T store you can be adventurous and try to cut up your old one to size. I've done it twice now and the first one wasn't compatible so it was a bust and the second one worked, but even following a printed template I had to shave off parts of the sides here and there until it fit in the SIM tray.

whenry83 04-22-2013 11:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by transpizzle (Post 58999222)
Does that use a regular size SIM or a microSIM?

microSIM

The Love Spud 04-22-2013 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by transpizzle (Post 58999222)
Does that use a regular size SIM or a microSIM?

It's a MicroSIM, so you may need to invest a few bucks in a SIM cutter, find a friend or helpful cellular front counter agent who will do the cut, get brave with some scissors, or perhaps (depending upon your carrier's policies/availability) swap your SIM tied to your account with a new MicroSIM.

That last procedure is often free (depending upon timing with the carrier) to impossible (certain prepaid carriers simply don't issue MicroSIMs).

I've cut my own in addition to managing swaps with T-Mobile. When doing swaps, sometimes T-Mobile would do it without even the suggestion of a cost, sometimes they'd do the swap procedure discounted to $0 as a "courtesy", and sometimes they'd try to charge me for the SIM. These kind of policies can be seasonal (SIM kits and activation charges can range from $0 to $20-40 and may or may not be waivable).

Good luck!

Jon

The Love Spud 04-22-2013 11:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by muffin30082 (Post 59003520)
My 2 cents --- As I have the nexus 4, I can say it is worth the extra money if you can swing it. Otherwise, me personally (and I am a big fan of Samsungs), I'd go with the LG L9 prepaid from Target at $199 +tax no shipping if you go to the store. It's a little cheaper the the mini and pretty good bang for the buck. It even has expandable memory which I wish my Nexus had.

Two big upsides you get here:
  • The purchase is available at retail B&M
  • T-Mobile users will be able to take advantage of the built-in WiFi calling functionality

The primary downside is the lack of Jelly Bean. Being LG, the likelihood of seeing an upgrade is low.
*Recent news has confirmed the domestic release of Jelly Bean for the L9. [tmonews.com] Thanks BestDealer83.*

At retail this is probably the best buy in this category for T-Mobile users, although overall there are definitely better handsets out there in this price range.

Good luck!

Jon

The Love Spud 04-22-2013 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Love Spud (Post 58998294)
As such, your best bet is to see if a choice among the "older" 4.3" phones will suit you.
You will find a great variety in this size range that have good hardware specs and support Jelly Bean.

Alternately, you can wait a bit longer to see if this year's product refreshes include a 4" model with less than bargain basement hardware.
Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59000686)
Yes, you can keep waiting for the next cheapest thing... Forever!


I think the better bet was definitely my first reccommendation: 4.3" models (such as the Samsung SII variants) are the best bang for the buck on eBay right now since they're less popular despite otherwise capable hardware.
Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59000686)
Whoa, you got something against the MINI or what? All your posts suggest that this is going backwards and you are better off buying something else. Already one user debunked the CPU comparison, so I don't have to go there.

Actually, I loved the analogy drawn in that "debunking" post so much I'll quote it again!
Quote:

Originally Posted by prankies (Post 58998456)
The Burst is a great phone for the money, but be careful about the CPU recommendation. The Scorpion based processor in the Burst is pretty much neck and neck with the Cortex A9 in this phone. The Scorpion CPUs have to be clocked higher to keep up due to an older/inferior architecture and lack of L2 cache. So even though the Burst has a 1.5 Ghz Dual Core, it is pretty much on par or even slightly behind in some applications compared to the 1.0 Dual Core in this device (similar to Intel CPUs currently beating AMD clock for clock). The GPUs appear to be in the same class as well.

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59000686)
Did you even see how S3 MINI looks? You keep Pantech Burst and MINI side-by-side and see it for yourself.

You are absolutely correct. I didn't consider aesthetics in this valuation, particularly because I didn't consider there to be a significantly strong argument for either candidate. The Samsung SIII Mini is as plastic as other Samsungs, just as the Pantech Burst is a low-cost phone with a plastic feel.

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59000686)
Hardware wise, Samsung cannot keep the same specs as its big brother or else lot of people will jump from 4.8" to 4.0" - I know some in my family/friends cannot stand bigger sized screen.

The key for Samsung is indeed to prioritize a single production line/margin. In truth, they've actually added diversity as of late by pushing Galaxy S and Note. They could, alternately, build many parallel flagships, including smaller phones, but the route they've chosen has worked well. The rumored SIV Mini may indeed determine if they will be making a serious turn towards further diversification (a Tall, Venti, and Grande if you will).

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59000686)
Nevertheless, for the specs + looks, the MINI is a sweet/geat deal - no matter how you slice it.

So here's the only place where we disagree.

At $100-130 the plasticy Pantech Burst is at its natural price. Below that would be a "deal".

I'm arguing that at $240 the Samsung SIII Mini has at last found its natural price. Below$200 would start to make it competitive with similarly competitive hardware. For the "slick" money on eBay, however, even Samsung devotees would surely find better.

The key contested point among the thumbs battling on this thread (versus those just trying to find a good deal on an android phone) is whether the Samsung SIII Mini went front page because it was a great price for the product or because it was named Samsung SIII.

Good luck!

Jon

BestDealer83 04-22-2013 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59005266)
I wouldn't want to buy anything else as I don't see anything in this price range. Usually, lags and other issues, like battery, can be best addressed by rooting and removing unnecessary bloatware. If it lags, like you say it does, then I am going to put this ROM (and try few others) to make it better.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2119219


The LG Optimus L9 eats the S3 mini.
The L9 was $199 even last year from T-mobile's website with a free $50 pre-paid refil card - while this S3 mini just dropped now to $239{lowest}.
I sold the $50 refill card that came with it to a friend for $50 last year - so really ended up spending ruffly $150 for the L9 it self. It has a better Dual Core Processor than the S3 mini - 1GB of Ram like the S3 mini - Bigger Screen than the S3 mini - better resolution as well - records FULL HD 1080P Video{Video Looks Great} unlike the S3 mini that records only in 720P.

Here is a video that I recorded with the L9 in 1080P demonstrating SSF4 on the PS3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4gnENvM0JU

As you can see it doesnt look half bad at all.

So really my friend - u over paid by $90 for a less better phone 6 months after I and thousands of other people who purchased the L9 as well at that time.
And whats the nice thing - Tmobile is rolling out Jellybean Update for the L9 today.

BestDealer83 04-22-2013 06:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Love Spud (Post 59006986)
Two big upsides you get here:
  • The purchase is available at retail B&M
  • T-Mobile users will be able to take advantage of the built-in WiFi calling functionality

The primary downside is the lack of Jelly Bean. Being LG, the likelihood of seeing an upgrade is low.

At retail this is probably the best buy in this category for T-Mobile users, although overall there are definitely better handsets out there in this price range.

Good luck!

Jon

Ummm not sure what you talking about but LG released Jellybean for the asian version of the L9 a couple of months ago and T-mobile is rolling out the Jellybean update for the L9 today!

RainGater 04-22-2013 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BestDealer83 (Post 59014766)
The LG Optimus L9 eats the S3 mini.
The L9 was $199 even last year from T-mobile's website with a free $50 pre-paid refil card - while this S3 mini just dropped now to $239{lowest}.
I sold the $50 refill card that came with it to a friend for $50 last year - so really ended up spending ruffly $150 for the L9 it self. It has a better Dual Core Processor than the S3 mini - 1GB of Ram like the S3 mini - Bigger Screen than the S3 mini - better resolution as well - records FULL HD 1080P Video{Video Looks Great} unlike the S3 mini that records only in 720P.

Here is a video that I recorded with the L9 in 1080P demonstrating SSF4 on the PS3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4gnENvM0JU

As you can see it doesnt look half bad at all.

So really my friend - u over paid by $90 for a less better phone 6 months after I thousands of other people who purchased the L9 as well at that time.
And whats the nice thing - Tmobile is rolling out Jellybean Update for the L9 today.

This one? http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_optimu...0-4955.php

It was released in Nov 2012 and they lowered the price right at the launch? That doesn't sound too good. And, you silently forgot tax? I am not planning to use it in T-Mobile network and this forces me to unlock the phone - It costs money too, right?

Specs wise, the processor is the same as S3 Mini - 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9. LG has a bigger screen and look at the pixel density - about the same (233 vs 234). Even if it's cheaper, the problem is my wife doesn't want a 4.7" screen - my Nexus 4 is too big for her. 4.0" screen is her ideal choice.

And, internal memory is 8 GB in Mini and 4 GB in LG. Mini weighs 3.92 oz vs 4.41 oz. If not for the $50 refill (and it's no use for me as I am not planning to sign up for T-Mobile), it's practically the same price (tax + unlocking fees). With all this said, I am not sure how L9 is eating S3 Mini.

BestDealer83 04-22-2013 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59015212)
This one? http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_optimu...0-4955.php

It was released in Nov 2012 and they lowered the price right at the launch? That doesn't sound too good. And, you silently forgot tax? I am not planning to use it in T-Mobile network and this forces me to unlock the phone - It costs money too, right?

Specs wise, the processor is the same as S3 Mini - 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9. LG has a bigger screen and look at the pixel density - about the same (233 vs 234). Even if it's cheaper, the problem is my wife doesn't want a 4.7" screen - my Nexus 4 is too big for her. 4.0" screen is her ideal choice.

And, internal memory is 8 GB in Mini and 4 GB in LG. Mini weighs 3.92 oz vs 4.41 oz. If not for the $50 refill (and it's no use for me as I am not planning to sign up for T-Mobile), it's practically the same price (tax + unlocking fees). With all this said, I am not sure how L9 is eating S3 Mini.

Your link is the wrong link.
I believe the Tmobile L9 uses the S4 chip while the S3 uses an inferior one if im not mistaken.
I paid $212.99 after taxes for the L9 with the Bonus $50 refill card. Even without the $50 refill as a bonus its a better deal as others mentioned.
Yes its 4gb storage on the L9 - but so what? I bought a 16gb micro sd card for $7.
Add the better and bigger screen The L9 is 4.5 inches - and for the record the 4.7 is for the asian L9{as in your link} - not the u.s/tmobile version.
U ignored the video recording mode in 1080P on the L9 silently yourself where as on the s3 mini is 720p.
I bought an unlock code for $2 - make it $222. Where is $222 and $240 for the s3 mini.
So once again - L9 was and is the better choice and its cheaper too.
Not all of us have wives like you are - so do note it as well.

RainGater 04-22-2013 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by BestDealer83 (Post 59015486)
Not all of us have wives like you are - so do note it as well.

Wives? Whoa! I can't even handle one :rolleyes:

RainGater 04-22-2013 07:50 PM

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RainGater 04-22-2013 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by BestDealer83 (Post 59015486)
U ignored the video recording mode in 1080P on the L9 silently yourself where as on the s3 mini is 720p.

I bought an unlock code for $2 - make it $222. Where is $222 and $240 for the s3 mini.
So once again - L9 was and is the better choice and its cheaper too.

I didn't ignore the video recording as I don't really use a phone camera for recording important events. IMHO, phone cameras are just for fun.

Since you keep insisting that L9 was and is the better choice, let's spend few minutes and read the reviews in Amazon for L9 and S3 Mini - shall we?

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Unl...ds=s3+mini

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Optimus-...B00AKG2XSQ

This one has more reviews for S3 Mini - 4.5/5 stars out of 245 reviews - pretty impressive! http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Gal..._sim_cps_3

Wonder why S3 Mini costs more than L9 even if the specs are same. Do you wonder why? There is a reason - aside from the specs/price, it's a better looking sleek phone ;)

BestDealer83 04-22-2013 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59016070)
Wives? Whoa! I can't even handle one :rolleyes:

lol u get my point

BestDealer83 04-22-2013 08:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RainGater (Post 59016408)
I didn't ignore the video recording as I don't really use a phone camera for recording important events. IMHO, phone cameras are just for fun.

Since you keep insisting that L9 was and is the better choice, let's spend few minutes and read the reviews in Amazon for L9 and S3 Mini - shall we ;)

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Unl...ds=s3+mini

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Optimus-...B00AKG2XSQ

This one has more reviews for S3 Mini - 4.5/5 stars out of 245 reviews - pretty impressive! http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Gal..._sim_cps_3

Wonder why S3 Mini costs more than L9 even if the specs are same. Do you wonder why? There is a reason - it's a better looking sleek phone ;)

I saw those reviews on amazon for the L9 already a while ago - they really dont mean much to me. Honestly Im telling this from some one who used both phones - the L9 is a better choice. I guess the only reason that mini costs more because of the name "S3" - only in a smaller size. There are even sony experia phones out there with a 13mega pixel camera for less than $250 also with Jellybean also with a dual core processor. I forgot what was the name but I know I saw one floating around here on slick deals.
As far as being slick - maybe - but the L9 is also pretty sexy by itself.

phonexpert 04-22-2013 08:38 PM

Why us this a top selling phone it does not work with any us 4g bands. Good price though...

buckeye_guy 04-22-2013 09:04 PM

prince now shows 279; I guess the deal is dea.

The Love Spud 04-22-2013 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by BestDealer83 (Post 59014814)
Ummm not sure what you talking about but LG released Jellybean for the asian version of the L9 months a couple of months ago and T-mobile is rolling out the Jellybean update for the L9 today!

The domestic release of the L9 update has been a big pleasant surprise for everyone.

http://www.tmonews.com/2013/04/lg...-incoming/

More commonplace has been updates such as those for the flagship G2X which remained Korea-only. This pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for any argument in favor of the SIII Mini. The only exception might be those with a very specific need for Bluetooth 4.0 (in the SIII Mini; the L9 includes only 3.0).

Good luck!

Jon

RainGater 04-23-2013 09:00 PM

Reviews to ponder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKUeO9drOgQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkcAyk6lSQY

RainGater 04-26-2013 10:16 PM

Got the device today and gotta tell you, it's one amazing piece of hardware, albeit plastic, but very well made - looks sexy too ;) It came in a Samsung packaged box with a seal - so, it's BRAND NEW - if you are wondering. Also, it comes with a European style power cord - but the seller sent me an adapter (very nice) so that we can plug it in our outlets here. It's not a big deal as I am sure you will have plenty of chargers around.

Would like to solve couple of mysteries:

1. Phone requires a mini-sim card and NOT a micro one.

2. Phone comes loaded in a foreign language - can't figure out what it is - but, when you power on for the first time, it will make you choose lots of basic setup options and since it's in a different language, you will have a hard time. Here is what I did: When it prompts you to enter Samsung Account Info, click on the Settings button. If you have another device running Jelly Bean or ICS, you can see what options are there so that you can go to the Language and Input menu and select Language and pick English.

If you don't have any other Jelly Bean device around, here is a shortcut: Inside Settings, the 1st menu is Wireless and network, second is Device, third is Personal. Click the Personal menu and inside that, the 4th option is Language and Input - Select this and click the first item, Language and after that, you will see all languages and easy to pick English. Whoa - it's tough to explain this and I hope you got it :)

Rooted using the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini ToolKit and removed some Samsung bloatware. It's smooth so far and maybe, I will try to load a custom ROM after a week or so after playing with the stock.

All in all, a happy customer.

TheTalkingMule 05-03-2013 11:33 AM

Anyone know if the Samsung Glalaxy S4 Mini will be coming to the US market?

james_2011 05-08-2013 10:50 AM

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, NEW, unlocked, GSM
Here's another link for the same price : 239.99 + free shipping

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-I...5f80492b09

cusco 05-08-2013 09:51 PM

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