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Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III

Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III Mini Unlocked Android Smartphone - 
White (amazon)

Product Features and Technical Details
Product Features

    GSM 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 900/1900/2100
    Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 4.0-Inch
    5 MP Primary Camera, autofocus, LED flash, Video 720p@30fps,
    Secondary VGA camera
    OS Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), CPU Dual-core 1 GHz, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct,
    Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
    8GB Internal memory; 1 GB RAM; microSD Memory card slot; Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh

  Size (LWH): 4.79 inches, 0.39 inches, 2.48 inches
  Weight: 3.2 ounces

Product Description
The GALAXY S3 mini runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)with a 4.0 display while maintaining the familiar Galaxy S3 design. The Galaxy S3 Mini is powered by NovaThor U8420 Dual-core 1 GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 5MP camera that does 720p HD videos. The Galaxy S3 Mini is full of graphical capabilities, fast screen transitions, and an upgraded Google Now service featuring contextual search. Over at the front, there's a VGA camera for conference calls. The 4.0 display is of Super AMOLED variety and pushes 800×480 resolution.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews

Great phone!, June 14, 2013
By Josely Tineo Olivo

 Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III Mini Unlocked Android Smartphone - White (Wireless Phone Accessory)
The phone is sooo great, I live in Venezuela and works without any problems with the phone companies, the OS is so friendly, Samsung created a very easy phone and office to the pocket.

It is so beautiful too and wonderful, June 14, 2013
By Carolina Reyes

 Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III Mini Unlocked Android Smartphone - White (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I can't handle it very well yet, but i very satisfied with it. It is so light. Thank you very much

I like it very much, June 14, 2013
By Paola
 Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III Mini Unlocked Android Smartphone - White (Wireless Phone Accessory)
It's a good size for an smartphone
The manual / instructions were in french so I had to get one in spanish from Internet

LOVE IT!, June 13, 2013
By De (Utah)
 Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III Mini Unlocked Android Smartphone - White (Wireless Phone Accessory)
This is my first smartphone. I researched for a long time and it had to have the following simple, but important features: Small enough to fit in my pocket, camera, video, text, and phone with audible, clear sound. This has all these features and so much more!

When I first turned it on it came in a different language, but the easy start up settings allowed me to change the language. I also downloaded the english version of the manual from samsung.com. Just google it, you'll find it. This smartphone is so easy to use and If you want the battery to last just disable the apps you don't want to use.

The camera is my favorite feature. I recently went on a trip and the pictures and video were awesome. I dare say better than my digitial camera.

I also love the calendar widget. I can enter all my appointments and tasks and it displays on my home page and keeps me on track.

I have T-mobile and everyhing synchronized beautifully. Even the employees at T-Mobile were blown away by my phone. They had never seen the mini and they thought is was so cute.

Anyway, if you're looking for something easy to use, this is it. I'm not a techy guru so I guess if you need fancier features then buy a huge brick phone, but I think this does just about everything a person needs. The only downside is that since its not sold in the U.S. a warranty is not provided and T-Mobile won't insure it. Why it's not sold in the U.S. is beyond me. I also bought my phone from Delta Mobiles and I didn't have any problems.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Galaxy S3 mini review March 5, 2013
 By marcony
Amazon Verified Purchase
It is a great phone. Here are some highlights:
- It has a regular size SIM card, therefore no need to cut it. When you travel abroad usually you get a local regular size SIM and save on roaming.
- it has a beautiful screen, just the right size. I wish Galaxy S3 had this screen because the one it has is way too big and can't be operated with one hand.
- Battery life is impressive, with just the voice and WIFI turned on it managed to run close to 4 (four) days on one charge. You can see that complaining on short battery life is not productive at all since it is not just phone's fault. There are many factors that contribute to short battery life: wireless coverage in the area you live, whether you have all possible social gimmicks turned on that keep draining your battery, running apps in background that are poorly written and waste CPU cycles, amount of time the screen is on and so on.
- Jelly Bean is easy flowing

I am not a app junkie and mostly use the phone as a phone with occasional use of apps when I am in WiFi hotspot range.
By achieving 4 days on a charge with no wireless data on, tells me how power hungry 3G and wireless data can be, and multiplied by horrific cell coverage, where instead of 5 towers we have just one, blasting at full power, we get this sub par battery life on the smart-phones. I believe LTE should be worse and drain you battery even faster, just in stand-by. Therefore we should blame the carriers and not the phones in 98% of the cases.
Hope this review is helpful. I am happy with the phone and would recommend it to my friends.

Affordable GS3 in a smaller form factor! January 25, 2013
 By Encrypted11

Amazon Verified Purchase
==UPDATE 3 Mar '13=== A Titan Grey, red and black version of the Galaxy S III Mini i8190 is also available with some of the very same Amazon sellers now!

So I bought this phone to replace an iPhone 4. Been having it for 2 years and the antennagate issue's been getting worse especially this year... So I thought I'd make a small phone upgrade and I got the S3 Mini.

My thoughts on this phone after using it for 3 months.


-Very light for its size, isn't too big
-3.5G is pretty fast (Btw the power saver feature can throttle your bandwidth aka internet "speed" apart from the processor)
-Android 4.1 preloaded
-Very smooth UI
-Still has the good multitasking feature on GS3
-(Call Quality) So I tested its battery life with voice calls. On one occasion, I had a 1 hour long call and it battery was down from 100% to 90%. So that equates to probably a 10 hr continuous talktime with a full charge. Very clear speaker
-Touching/Pointing is accurate
-Sensitive screen

-Battery Life (expected it to be better, still pretty decent though)
-Rendering lag on certain websites that contain a lot of images
-Screen resolution (Though the resolution isn't high, pixelation isn't obvious from viewing distance. Its not grainy and still very clear
-Direct Call isn't always responsive. I think the camera doesn't see your ear always while you're messaging or in the contact list. It might take 1-2 more tries.
-Screen contrast & brightness - Excellent indoors, good outdoors (without direct sun). Could have done better under direct sunlight ("By design" of AMOLED).

-"Actual" Free internal memory is about 4.5GB/8GB
-Contains some bloatware that autostarts and clogs the system by Samsung & Other parties I'll list them below.
-Minijack is a little soft with the volume.
-MAJOR CONS: You can't put your apps on the SD card without rooting it.. Firmware limitation on Samsung's side most probably :(

Bloatware in my opinion (These apps can autostart and they "revive" when you attempt to kill them) They clog RAM, have a toll on the battery life as they attempt to communicate with the internet or use the processor mainly.
To disable these services/apps -> Application Manager -> All -> Locate them -> Uninstall updates/Disable -> Disable -> Restart your phone
1.SNS (Facebook integration stuff)
2.Street View
3.Samsung Account
4.S Voice (If you don't need a voice assistant)
6.GTalk (You gotta be in the right context menu to sign out of GTalk/Gmail Chat)
7.Google Search app (there's already a Chrome)
8.Google Plus
9.Samsung Chat On
10.Polaris viewer 4.1 (It keeps popping up the dialogue asking you to purchase the pro version.. I disabled it and got adobe reader and a free office app)
11. Samsung's "Music Player" (Not a bloatware but its is quite clunky. "Google Play Music", Google's Music player app from the play store's a lot more easier to use and integrates better to the notification screen. Upon installation, turn "3D effect" off if you don't want your music to sound like its from a metal box.)

This phone's great for my use. As an ex-iOS user, I found the Android OS to be a lot less restrictive and apps were better integrated. Good call quality, good reception.

Out-of-the-box experience was 3/5 imo largely due to high amounts of bloatware that are turned on by default, if you tweaked these stuff by disabling them you should be able to optimise RAM usage and increase your battery life by a noticeable margin.

I bought a 16GB Micro SD for this phone because I thought apps would run on it but unfortunately, no. I do hope this feature will be enabled via a software update some time in the future.. because 4.5GB/8GB of unused NAND on the GS3 Mini's abit too low if you're a smartphone gamer (fortunately I'm not).

The biggest plus? Price. Absolutely great value and I am keeping this phone.

Overall, 4/5. :)
If this info's helpful, mark it as a helpful post to allow others to get the message. Honestly, I like Samsung hardware (look at my profile) but these are the pros & cons I've identified. I do like this phone but it isn't perfect, certain limitations listed above may be hated by some (SD card doesn't store apps), a non-issue to others. If you could live with those limitations, I'm pretty sure you'll love this phone.

Just an additional note to anyone interested in this phone FOR the SERIOUS buyers...

The Galaxy S3 Mini is NOT an officially sold product in the US, Samsung's probably tired of the Apple litigation and they're not wanting to create any circumstance that would create more accusations against them. To me, this is a loss for fellow US consumers.

On the product itself... most likely the seller(s) would have acquired the phone directly from Europe (probably the UK or Germany). This is a parallel imported product.
- Don't expect your manual or GS3Mini's "setup language" to be english. You should've seen this coming.
- As I've said in the review, network compatibility - your carrier's frequency - don't complain if your phone does not call if you haven't made this check.
- IMPORTANT: Since the product is a parallel import, YOUR TRUST to YOUR SELLER is KEY in this types of purchase. Consider the seller's:
1.Reputation and seller review. Poor delivery, opened/used product etc in reviews
2.The reputation and track record is a good indicator if the seller's handled the GS3 and its packaging properly (Lower chances of DOA)

-Assuming these 2 "factors" are considered, find out if the seller's item is "FULFILLED BY AMAZON" or the seller. You know what I'm talking about :) Amazon's extremely efficient shipment ETA.

-If prices are *almost* the same between a "Fufilled by Amazon" vs a complete 3rd party, go for the Amazon. If the 3rd party's giving you a better deal in pricing, you probably should give the 3rd party a try. :) I bought mine from a third party seller on Amazon personally.

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