The Galaxy S III is one of the best phones you can buy. It's fast, it's beautiful, it's got guts most handsets can only dream of. Which is why it's so disappointing—inexplicable, even—that Samsung's Galaxy S III mini isn't just the same, but smaller. It's a lesser phone in every conceivable way. And that sucks.
The international version of the Galaxy S III has a quad-core processor, a near-retina display, an 8MP rear camera, the works. Here, in contrast, is what you get when you buy a Samsung Galaxy S III mini: a murky 800x480 display, a tiny tugboat of a 1GHz dual-core processor, a wimpy little 5MP rear-facing camera, and no 4G data. In other words, it's just the latest in a succession of underpowered smaller phones.