The Galaxy S4 is a neat phone, but man is it ever big. If a 5-inch device simply won't fit in your life, consider the Galaxy S4 Mini. This svelte device is headed to the US next month and it will be sold by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. The carriers should announce availability shortly, but no pricing is available yet.
The GS4 Mini retains the visual style of the Galaxy S4, but the specs have been reduced a bit. It comes with a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) screen, 1.5GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 1900mAh battery, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.2.2. The Mini should get a software update shortly after launch that adds support for the Galaxy Gear as well. It also packs most of Samsung's custom software features, but omits the gesture and head-tracking stuff reliant on the GS4's special IR sensor.
You have to make some sacrifices to step down to the smaller Galaxy S4 Mini, but it lives up to the name. The device is only 124.5 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm and 107g. Samsung will also have a line of smaller flip cases for the device.