Samsung Galaxy S III Mini I8190 8GB Blue Unlocked GSM Phone with Android 4.1 OS,

Sleek and stylish, the ergonomically-designed Samsung Galaxy S III mini GT-I8190 cell phone takes functionality to another level. Designed with a 4-inch screen featuring Super AMOLED display, this Samsung Galaxy S III (O2) cell phone offers an enhanced view of the content, be it multimedia or websites. Running on the powerful Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, which offers a wide range of useful applications, this smartphone helps you with improved efficiency.

$ 254.13


  1. Daisy S "Daisy S" says:
    133 of 134 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Galaxy S3 Mini – Just Right Size With Many Features – Detailed Review, May 10, 2013
    Daisy S “Daisy S” (Hot Springs, AR) –
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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III Mini I8190 8GB Blue Unlocked GSM Phone with Android 4.1 OS, (Unlocked Phone)

    Great phone, one of the best, if not the best I ever used! In the past, I owned BIG SCREEN PHONES as Galaxy Note (with 5.3″ screen, too heavy and too big) and wanted something smaller that I could hold in one hand comfortably. Since I am a true techie, I researched this phone for all specs as soon as it was released on several websites. Since this phone has EXCEEDED all of my expectations, here is my very detailed review of this very special and fun to use Mini S3 phone. My goal in this review is to help in your buying decision one way or the other regarding this phone.

    Update 7/20/13 – The newest firmware/OS for the 4.1.2 was updated from Samsung May 27, 2013 and arrived in my phone’s Notification area today. So today I installed it directly on the phone. After the upgrade, this phone is lightning fast and the touchscreen is smooth, even smoother!..
    Hoping that 4.2.2 will be coming to the S3 Mini, so I’ll be checking from time to time, as from my research, it is possible that the S3 Mini MAY get the 4.2 OS but it will be a while longer…Till then, I shall keep on trying to update and keep you informed…


    – SIZE AND WEIGHT: Perfect size for me as it fits easily into my jeans pocket or smallest purse. And I purchased a leather vertical case that clips to my waistband so I take it with me to the gym to listen to my music or radio when I work out.

    – STANDARD SIZED SIM CARD: The S3 Mini has a standard Sim card slot (unlike the full sized S3 that has a micro Sim slot). Good to know as I did not have to cut my Sim card, I just placed it into the S3 Mini and I was good to go, and I did not have to set up the APN settings for Internet and MMS as the setup did this for me automatically). This is good to know if you want to use your regular Sim card and not have to deal with settings yourself. What a great feature.

    – Phone call clarity etc. – No matter what my location using this phone for phone calls the clarity of calls is loud and clear whether on the phone’s speaker, headset etc. I even had to turn down the volume quite a lot as the calls come in so well.

    – WiFi/3G (Internet): Connects to any WiFi I have tried very quickly and easily and the signal strength is excellent even when I am far from my router. And when not near a WiFi hotspot, I use AT&T for data and easily get 3G and found the data to be very fast, almost as fast as my home WiFi is. (For browser, I installed Opera Mini free from Playstore and found it to be a very easy to use and fast browser).

    – Overall speed, performance, smoothness, picture quality of the screen–very fast and peppy. And I found a way to SAVE on both memory and on battery. What I did was to go into Apps/ Manage Apps and DISABLED the apps I don’t use. Without rooting the phone, you cannot uninstall pre-installed factory apps, but you can disable them. Disabling the ones you don’t use makes the phone run faster and frees more memory! Since I am a techie, I know which ones to disable and which ones not to disable, so if in doubt, please ask me in the comments and I will be glad to assist you in this.

    – BATTERY LIFE: This phone has given me the BEST battery life of ANY smartphone or that I ever owned. And I use 100% brightness. For me, even at 100 brightness, if I use WiFi or Data just when I need it and then turn it off, I get all day into the night on one single charge! (I charge nightly and the phone is at 100% ready to go the next morning).

    – EXTERNAL SLOT FOR MICRO SD CARD – This helped to sell me on this phone as I can add my personal music, photos, videos and more to this phone!

    And I placed a 32g in mine for music, files etc. *Keep in mind where External SD cards are concerned: They are JUST for your personal files: music, videos, photos, and other files. When you install apps from Playstore or other sources, they store either in INTERNAL Memory Card or sometimes in the phone area (most store in the INTERNAL SD AREA). This is the law of the land where Android is concerned and ALL newer Android devices (including Samsung) work this way when storing your downloaded apps are concerned.

    This phone is advertised at 8GB of Internal space. The 8GB is the space BEFORE the drive was formatted, OS installed and then factory apps installed. So what I had on the phone BEFORE I installed any apps it had 4.75GB left. This is how it is on any flash drive, SD card, Hard Drive as formatting alone takes up space.
    Also, since 3.0 Android and above, you cannot save any apps to your personal SD card. Instead the apps are installed one way or the other to the INTERNAL SPACE. However, the good thing is that your personal files as photos, music, videos, and more can be installed to your EXTERNAL SD Card so you do have that space for yourself.
    **I have a few apps I downloaded from the Playstore, but no games so I still have about…

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  2. 196 of 210 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I love it! (english/spanish review), January 9, 2013
    Max! (Buenos Aires, Argentina) –

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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III Mini I8190 8GB Blue Unlocked GSM Phone with Android 4.1 OS, (Unlocked Phone)

    Hi guys,
    I must admit that I when I purchased this mobile, I was a little afraid. I had read lots of reviews and watched some videos on YouTube before the purchase. Anyway, I was worried mainly because of the screen resolution (480 x 800, that means no HD), the battery life and the size of the screen.

    I can tell you, this mobile is just awesome! It comes with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean installed, which is so beautiful and fluid. The screen is great, battery life is very good and the size of the screen is, in my opinion, perfect. I’ve never considered the “regular” Samsung Galaxy S3 because it is way to big for me. I wanted something quite small (although the screen is bigger than an iPod touch 4th gen), responsible, attractive and efective. This mobile is excellent for me! :-).

    The mobile accept 3G, it has smart stay, and all those “high-tech” features like his bigger brother the S3.
    I will reply any question you might have about this device and update this review next saturday.

    Hola! Debo decirles que antes de comprar este teléfono tenia un poco de miedo con respecto a la pantalla, ya sea al tamaño como a la resolucion de la misma (no es HD). Tambien estaba desconfiando un poco por las reviews que leí y videos que vi, sobre la duración de la batería. Sinceramente el telefono me ENCANTA, yo vivo en Argentina y funciona perfectamente con las redes de acá. La pantalla es realmente muy muy buena, todo se ve fluido y es increíble. El tamaño tambien es muy bueno, en mi opinion es el tamaño perfecto, ya que un Galaxy S3 de los comunes me parece excesivamente grande.

    El telefono viene con Android 4.1.1 y apenas lo compré se me actualizaron unos paquetes (pero sin cambiar de versión). Para los que pasen de un celular con Android 2.2 o 2.3, les puedo asegurar que estamos hablando de dos cosas totalmente distintas. Les cuento que lo que avanzó este sistema operativo durante los ultimos meses es impresionante.

    En cuanto a la cámara y a la batería, no tuve mucho tiempo de evaluarlos muy a fondo (durante estos días voy a subir un update de mi review sobre estos temas), pero incluso usando un fondo de pantalla de los dinámicos (live wallpaper) la batería ha durado todo un día.

    Con respecto al teléfono en general, anda perfecto sin ningún problema. Todo es muy fluido y no hay ningún tipo de lag.

    Cualquier duda que tengan no duden en preguntarme, les contestaré lo antes posible.

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  3. Russell Ericksen says:
    65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Confessions of an iPhone user, January 30, 2013
    Russell Ericksen (New York, NY) –

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    In summary: Good phone if you come with midrange expectations, hopefully Samsung will include better specs next time around.

    Recently my iPhone didn’t just crack, it shattered the very first time I dropped it. I’ve never been opposed to trying an android phone, just didn’t want to commit 2 years and a large sum of money to something I could potentially hate, in addition I’m not interested in phones that are approaching the size of my face. In short I’ve been quite impressed and the transition was simple as pie. This is not a competitor of the iPhone 5, the specs are just not there, this is a competitor of the iPhone 4S, so I will articulate the differences. At the time of writing this, the Galaxy S3 mini is a full $200+ cheaper (around 40% cheaper) than the iPhone 4S yet I feel nearly comparable in quality.

    Physical Size: The Galaxy S3 mini is nearly the same size as the iPhone 4S, minimally larger, even though it has a 4 inch screen vs. the iPhone 4S 3.5 inch. In fact, it’s so similar, the Glaxy S3 mini fits into the phone sleeve I bought for the iPhone. I have medium sized hands (like, literally, I work in a lab and wear size medium latex gloves), and I think this is the perfect size, my thumb barely reaches the top left corner while still holding the phone securely (i.e. with the first knuckle of my other fingers). I hope they keep future models in the 4″ (max 4.2″) range, a 5″ is just not necessary or comfortable to walk around with in your pocket.

    Display: Again, 4 inch display vs. 3.5 inch on iPhone 4s, though there are less pixels (480×800 vs 640×960, respectively, 38% less). You can look at this two ways, because you have a 4″ screen, you “get” to hold it farther away, or because of the lower pixel density, you “have” to hold it farther away (without noticing the pixels). This just means you just don’t get the same clarity if you want to examine something closely. That said, all you have to do is watch the video included in the Gallery of the phone to be wow’ed by the screen, the colors do pop and it looks very nice. Just when you are reading text, the pixels are noticeable, especially if you are accustomed to a “retina” screen.

    Responsiveness: iPhone users will know the responsiveness of the screen, when you move your finger it looks like you are pushing a coin across the table. On the Galaxy S3 mini, there is a tiny bit of delay, this is more noticeable when moving the finger fast. In addition, there can be some stuttering of the screen if it is processing/downloading something else. These don’t detract much from the phone but hope are improved in the next generation.

    Transition: First of all, I would highly suggest SmoothSync (contacts + calendars). I have all my contacts and calendars set up in iCloud and this software brings them to the Galaxy S3 mini in minutes, turned a potential nightmare into a dream. Next, the above said, there are some features, both physical- and software-based, that make up for the limitations. It has NFC capabilities, you just have to buy a NFC SIM card from your provider, which may be the source of some confusion, there also appears to be talk of a version without NFC though the once I received does have it. They have not set up NFC with my local transportation system yet, so I haven’t spent the $30 on the SIM card, will update if/when I do. There is a micro SD slot, so you can chose how much extra memory you want up to 32GB (the phone says 8GB but when I first started it had about 4.5GB free), if you need more room, you can easily expand which is not the case for the iPhone. For the software, it’s small but the live wallpaper looks really cool and I think makes up for the lack of pixel density. You can turn off/on GPS/Wifi/Bluetooth, etc. very quickly, just swipe down from the top and tap the icon. I like having “widgets” such as the music player right among the app icons, instead of having to open the app to play music, as well as a number of other small things. Software interaction is pretty similar, just have to get used to using the “back” and “menu” keys in addition to the home button.

    In case anyone was wondering, yes this does work for me in Singapore on the M1 network.

    So, again, overall happy with the phone, I will likely upgrade in about a year when I don’t have to pay a recontracting fee. I will keep an eye on this line and hope they make some changes in the next version. I feel like this is a trial balloon…they are testing to see customers are interested in “smaller” (still 4-4.2″ screen), which I definitely am. Some things that could be/I hope are improved:

    -Screen: Should be at least in the 600×1024 range, at 4 inches, this brings the pixel density close to 300ppi (like that of the ‘full size’ galaxy s3).
    -Processor: Bump up the engine to address the minor lag issues.
    -LTE: I mean, by next year it should be a pretty standard thing to include on…

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