by MACKENZIE MATIKONIS Staff Writer
Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled the Galaxy S4 Mini on May, 30, 2013.
As a smaller version of the new Galaxy S4, it is set to be launched in London on June 20.
The Galaxy S4 Mini is 4.9 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide, and 3.7 ounces, compared to the standard Galaxy S4, which is 5.4 inches tall by 2.8 inches wide, and 4.6 ounces. Otherwise, the two phones are almost exacty the same, except for camera quality and price, and of course size.
So what’s the point? Is it really that important to have the same device, only slightly smaller?
If they wanted a smaller one, why not just make it small in the beginning? You do not need a huge phone that does not even fit in your pocket.
Do you really need a phone that big? No. Companies have been making smaller phones since the first handheld mobile phone was developed in 1973.
I guess they are deciding to go backwards now and make them bigger.
“It’s stupid, you do not need something that big!” said freshman Erica Maretz.
And if you do want something larger, then get a Samsung Galaxy Note, which is about half an inch taller than the Galaxy S4.
Do there need to be so many different sizes that only vary slightly? Just pick a size from big or small, not from super extra large, extra large, large, medium, small, or extra small. It is really not necessary to have so many sizes.
Furthermore, there is the iPad and the iPad Mini. The iPad 4 is 9.7 inches, and the iPad Mini is 7.9 inches. That is a 1.8 inch difference. By the way, they are pretty much exactly the same.
Then there is the iPhone. At 4.9 inches, the iPhone 5 is three inches shorter than the Mini, which is not that much bigger.
“You have the iPad and the iPhone, you do not need anything in between!” said sophomore Heather Gursky.
The iPad and the iPhone are respectably different in size; the iPad is large enough to be a tablet and the iPhone is small enough to be a phone. The iPad Mini has no place. It may as well be called the iPhone Large.
Although the price of the iPad Mini and GS4 Mini are less than the standard devices, you can save money by buying one of the older, “obselete” phones or tablets, such as the iPad 2 instead of the iPad 3 or the Galaxy S3 instead of the Galaxy S4.
It is not necessary to have so many sizes for the same device.
The money put into making smaller phones or tablets could be used for technology research instead, so that at least companies could be ahead of their competition.
They probably ran out of ideas, or maybe they just are not smart enough to use their funds more wisely, for things like research.
One thing I know, I will not be wasting my money on a smaller version of something that already exists, and will probably be replaced with something newer and better within a month or so.
Would you waste money on one of these “mini” devices?