Sep 19 AT 1:55 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

AT&T announces Galaxy S III Mini, we ask why

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini was Samsung’s attempt to shrink down their flagship into a smaller and cheaper device for the masses who can’t afford a full-size Galaxy S III. While the Galaxy S III Mini isn’t quite a small Galaxy S III due to weaker specs and worse performance, it was still a decent low/mid range device for its time.

But here lies the problem: this phone was released a whole year ago. Since then, Samsung has released a new flagship and a new mini version of that flagship. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini is available, so what were the people at AT&T thinking? They announced a phone almost no one wanted at launch a whole year late, and they have the guts to charge you a dollar.

Yes, this device will not be free. It will cost you $0.99 with a new two year contract. For that price, you get a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual core, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of memory with microSD slot, a 5MP camera, a 2,000 mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

My recommendation is that most of you stay away from this device. It isn’t ever worth buying a low-end Android phone an entire year after it is released, because Android phones age fast. Get something higher end. Get last year’s Galaxy S III, it’ll serve you well. It’s only a penny on Amazon with a new contract, so you’ll even be saving money.

If you’re still interested in this device, it will launch on September 27, so you can purchase it online or in an AT&T store. It’ll come with all the fancy software of its bigger brother, including S Voice, S Beam, Smart Stay and motion controls. But really, it isn’t worth it.

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Beginning Sept. 27, AT&T* will offer the Samsung Galaxy S® III mini for $0.99 with a two-year agreement. The Galaxy S III mini brings the high performance and intuitive ease-of-use of the Galaxy S III to an elegant, compact smartphone at a budget friendly price.

On Sept. 19, you’ll be able to pre-order the Galaxy S III mini at

“Our Galaxy family continues to grow and we’re excited to offer the Galaxy S III mini as an option for customers seeking a premium smartphone experience at an outstanding value, all on the nation’s fastest, most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president — Devices, AT&T.

The Galaxy S III mini is a 4G LTE smartphone that features a 4.0-inch Super AMOLEDâ„¢ display and runs Android 4.2, (Jelly Bean). Its compact size gives users a comfortable grip and is ideal for one-handed use. The Galaxy S III mini also comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of internal RAM and includes a 5-megapixel camera.

The Galaxy S III mini has all your favorite Galaxy features, including:

S Beamâ„¢ quickly and easily share files simply by tapping two S Beam enabled smartphones together. Or use Buddy photo shareâ„¢ to send a photo simultaneously to your friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.
S Voiceâ„¢ natural language recognition software lets you use your voice to unlock the phone with simple customized commands. Play your favorite songs, turn the volume up or down, organize your schedule, or automatically launch the camera and start taking photos.
Group Playâ„¢ lets you share music in “surround sound” so you can keep the party going. Group play also lets you collaborate and share photos as well as share files such sense PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents with other Galaxy devices.
Easy Mode is a great option for new smartphone users or simplicity seekers. Start out with a basic version of your home screen that keeps your favorite apps and features within reach.
Smart Stayâ„¢ uses eye-tracking technology and keeps the screen lit as long as you are looking at it.
Motions and Gestures provide helpful shortcuts, making everyday actions easier — and faster — than ever before.

Super AMOLED display offers a stunning 4.0-inch screen for a sharp, rich viewing experience.

AT&T has the fastest and now the most reliable 4G LTE network. According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.** And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study — and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest. ***

From the initial purchase to ongoing service interactions, AT&T is focused on providing an unparalleled customer experience. AT&T was recently recognized with two significant achievements, outperforming competitors for customer service and wireless purchase experience. J.D. Power awarded AT&T the “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance Among Full-Service Wireless Providers” and “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full Service Wireless Providers” in their 2013, Volume 2 studies.

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** Speed claim based on comparison of national carriers’ average 4G LTE download speeds for AndroidTM and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. Reliability claim compares data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

*** PC Magazine, June 17, 2013;,2817,2420333,00.asp

AT&T received the highest numerical score among full service wireless providers in the proprietary J.D. Power 2013 Wireless Purchase Experience Full Service StudySM — Vol. 2. Study based on responses from 8,693 consumers measuring 4 full service wireless providers and measures opinions of consumers who purchased a wireless product or service within last 6 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed January-June 2013. Your experiences may vary. Visit

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4G LTE speed claim based on national carriers’ average 4G LTE download speeds. Reliability claim based on data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. 4G LTE availability varies.

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • JQuest81

    Tell us how you really feel. :-)

    • scubabum

      Agree. This is a no holds barred article. Down to the point!

      Don’t get me wrong. The S3 mini is a great phone.
      But why AT&T is releasing this a year late, when the S4 mini is already out there (as the article already pointed that out)

    • Dima Aryeh

      Ha! Good one! Yeah it’s a bit of a rant.

  • nicotinemind

    Isn’t the S3 mini still on 4.1? Or has AT&T got something to do with that? Not from the US myself.

    • edjpereira

      Yep. Still on 4.1.2, waiting for the official 4.2 to be released by Samsung.

      And I must say, SIII mini is a very decent phone! Of course, it’s not in the same league as SIII, S4 and S4 mini, but the issue here really isn’t the phone. The problem is AT&T’s timing, which is less than poor.

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  • Nemowho

    You’ve asked why enough times now. Get over it.

  • jorge tx

    This appears to be to fill a hole in their line up.
    The Pantech Flex has been discountinued and now they have no free android phone.
    It is probably better than the Flex. The Samsung name if by far a better known brand than Pantech.
    It won’t sell great but it will sell OK.