Big or Small? The HTC One XL vs The Samsung Galaxy Mini S III

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It used to be that a small cell phone was the way to go. Mobiles started off being carried around in suitcases, and gradually got smaller and smaller until, by the late nineties, we were carry devices so small we could barely read the screen. Then smart phones came along, and phones started to get bigger again. As we needed to read emails and web pages it became necessary for phones to have at least decent sized screens. Nowadays it’s rare to find a truly small device, and with phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (which is almost a tablet sized machine), phones just seem to be getting bigger again. However, some companies, notably Samsung, do make mini lines of phones. Samsung makes mini versions of their Galaxy line, for example. We wanted to know if size really matters, so we decided to run a comparison. We took Samsung’s Galaxy Mini S III and put it up against HTC’s One XL, which being an XL phone is extra big. Is smaller better? Read on to find out…

Why the HTC One XL is Extra Good…

Okay, the XL doesn’t look like a giant, but it does have some impressive specs. It’s faster than the Mini, running a 1500 MHz processor, rather than a 1000 MHz one, making is snappier and more powerful as well as more responsive. Obviously, the screen is bigger, coming in at 4.7 inches rather than just 4 inches. But the display also has two and a half times higher resolution and thirty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch). This results in a display that’s noticeably brighter, more colourful and sharper than that of the Samsung. The built in camera is superior, giving you 8 MP as opposed to just 5 MP on the Galaxy, making for better photo quality and more finely detailed pictures. Plus it shoots video in full HD. Finally, you get an awful lot more storage on the HTC, which comes with a massive 32 GB of internal memory, instead of the mere 16 GB on the Samsung. For you that means more music, photos, games and data on your device. So the HTC is a pretty good package, whatever its size…

Why the Samsung Galaxy Mini S III is Disappointing…

Yes, it’s small. The Mini comes in around ten per cent lighter than the HTC (111 g versus 130 g), and about ten per cent smaller. But that’s it. We expect a lot from a Samsung phone, particularly from a Galaxy series device, but this one was pretty close to useless, it couldn’t hold a candle to the HTC…

Buy Big or Buy Small?

Buy big, every time. The days of miniature devices are over. Nowadays, to get the power, storage and decent screen size that we’ve come to expect from a smart phone, you need to go big. Alright, carrying a practically tablet sized device like a Galaxy Note II might be impractical, but at least go for a normal four and a half inch screen; anything smaller than that just isn’t going to cut it when it comes to looking things up on Google. Buy big, or go home.

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