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  Reply # 700048 12-Oct-2012 09:40 Send private message

Seems it is much the same spec as the galaxy S advance but styled to look like an S III. For the right price, this could be ok, but it seems there are going to be better options. It looks like an average mid range phone, but it also does not live up to the S III name by any means.

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  Reply # 704864 23-Oct-2012 06:14 Send private message

so apart from the S2 what other options are there?

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Samsung New Zealand today launches the GALAXY S III Mini, a compact version of its flagship smartphone – The GALAXY S III.

The GALAXY S III Mini brings the performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the GALAXY S III to an elegant, compact smartphone.

Stefan Lecchi, Head of Telecommunications at Samsung New Zealand, says the GALAXY S III Mini is ideal for people who want a device that’s practical and compact yet powerful enough to meet their everyday needs.  

“The GALAXY SIII has proven hugely popular in New Zealand with its instinctive usability and intelligence. Building on such success we are proud to introduce a new member to the GALAXY family – one that offers the same core benefits of the GALAXY SIII, but in a smaller size and at a lower price.”

The GALAXY S III Mini is powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. Jelly Bean has fast, fluid and smooth graphics together with a new Google Search experience featuring Google Now™ - which gives users fast access to information with just the touch of a button.

Stylish and compact, the GALAXY S III Mini shares its big brother’s design and simple elegance. Its thin curved frame delivers a rich, natural feel which is also reflected on its nature-inspired home screen, wallpapers and ringtones. Meanwhile, the GALAXY SIII Mini’s 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display provides a generous viewing experience that enables users to view multimedia and web content in brilliant colour and clarity. Its compact size gives users a comfortable grip and enables convenient one-hand operation.

The GALAXY S III Mini is designed to make interacting with the phone natural and intuitive. S Voice, Samsung’s advanced natural language recognition software, enables voice alone to unlock the phone with simple customised commands, play favourite songs, alter volume, organise a schedule, or automatically launch the camera.  

The GALAXY S III Mini also understands the user’s needs. With Smart Stay, the phone’s camera tracks the user’s eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as it’s being looked at. When reading a text message from a friend, Direct Call enables automatic dialling by simply lifting the phone to the ear; and Smart Alert conveniently alerts if there are missed calls or messages as the phone is picked up.

Content sharing is easy and fast on the GALAXY S III Mini. S Beam enables a 10MB file to be shared in seconds by simply tapping on another S Beam-enabled device including GALAXY S III or GALAXY Note II, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. The Buddy Photo Share function also means photos can be easily and simultaneously shared with friends pictured in an image directly from either the camera or the photo gallery.

The phone also supports Pop Up Play, which enables users to play a video anywhere on the screen while simultaneously running other tasks.

The Samsung GALAXY SIII Mini is available through Vodafone, Telecom and 2Degrees at selected retailers nationwide from late February in two fashionable colours: Pebble Blue and Marble White. RRP $599.

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