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Samsung GALAXY mini Review

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Samsung GALAXY mini Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.

Introduction:


Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Android has started from high-end to reach the mid-end and even touch base with low-end handsets. It plays nice with all of them, but don't expect it to be all the same – you have to sacrifice some of its functionality. The Samsung GALAXY mini cuts the corners when it comes to price, but aims to deliver you the versatile and robust experience of an Android handset. Does it succeed? Read on to find out.

While we're completely in favor of the low price (the GALAXY mini will cost you $230 off contract), there is a couple of trades you need to make. First, of course you have to swallow the smallish low-res 3.14” screen with its 240 x 320 pixels. In addition, the average 3.0-megapixel camera lacks auto-focus. Finally, the lack of Flash hinters your browsing experience significantly – especially if you're into online video. But if you can live with that – you will be awarded with an affordable smartphone with a responsive capacitive screen, nice build and smooth, lag-free performance. But before we dive in the Android world, let's examine the exterior of this new Galaxy of a handset by Samsung.


Design:

In the Samsung GALAXY mini world, sizes are smaller and you'll notice this with the 3.14” screen. The rather modest display has a resolution of 240 x 320 and supports 262k colors, allowing you to virtually make out every single pixel on the screen. The low pixel density renders it hard to read smaller fonts, so common in the browser, and you'll have to zoom in to get a legible amount of detail. We would hate to blow the resolution issue out of proportion, but if image quality is of utmost importance to you, the GALAXY mini might not be the best affordable handset out there.

The Samsung GALAXY mini comes with a 3.14” screen - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
The Samsung GALAXY mini comes with a 3.14” screen - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
The Samsung GALAXY mini comes with a 3.14” screen - Samsung GALAXY mini Review

The Samsung GALAXY mini comes with a 3.14” screen


Samsung GALAXY mini Review

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After your look slides off the screen, though, is when you'll notice the simple yet stylish accents of the handset's design. The perfectly flat screen is surrounded by slopes and edges, but the curves have a soft feel working in concert with the matte finish of the plastic materials. These might be aesthetics of practical essence, but arguably this is the best kind of aesthetics. The overall look and size might not have been inspired by the Samsung Corby series, but the two handsets certainly look similar.

The front holds the earpiece and three physical buttons defined by the brushed finish of the main menu key right in the middle.

The sides of the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
The sides of the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
The sides of the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
The sides of the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review

The sides of the Samsung GALAXY mini


The backside features an inward curve with a very pragmatic non-slip textured finish. The easily removable battery cover houses a 3.0-megapixel flash-less fixed-focus camera unit and the speakerphone in the bottom. But despite the ease of taking it off, you'll only need to remove the cover in order to access the SIM card – the microSD card slot working with cards of up to 32 gigs is conveniently located on the right side along with the lock key. The left side holds the volume rocker, while on top a 3.5mm headset jack and a lid-protected microUSB are the final touches to the coherent design of the GALAXY mini.

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posted on 04 Apr 2011, 08:54

1. bling bling (unregistered)


a few bucks will give you a lg optimus one , please dont buy this unless you really want to ruin your hard earned money

posted on 08 Apr 2011, 06:43 1

3. sivapack (unregistered)


Hi dont believe the review, iam using it now, some feats, makes it worth buying
1. Cool Build, and with pretty large display screen, though name is termed as either mini
2. Nice Proximity Sensor
3. Pretty breezy UI
4. Well supported live walls
5. Good reception, nice audio play back both ear piece and ear phone
6. browsing good
7. Screen resolution pretty good for the budget
8. nice camera.camcorder, its really nice playback as well pics taken
9. Very responsive interface, no lags
10.Very good value for money
9.

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 03:29

4. EightBitJoker (unregistered)


I bought this phone a a few weeks back, and I'm happy to say that it hasn't disappointed me. Sure, it may lack flash and a decent camera but it does what it's supposed to and doesn't try to be something it's not. It's a pretty solid option for the $200 price range (Bought it for exactly $200 at a Samsung outlet). As for games, Angry Birds does suffer from stuttering frame rate but other games such as Fruit Ninja and Tilt Arena play without hitches.

Another option would be the LG Optimus ME but it has an even smaller screen (2.83 in. if I'm not mistaken)

posted on 15 May 2011, 23:15

5. aqua (unregistered)


I just bought this phone last 2 days. its very good value for money. What can I said 75% exactly like Iphone.

posted on 21 May 2011, 15:09

6. Moin (unregistered)


Can I use skype or google talk for voice call?

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:48

8. pot (unregistered)


i just want to ask....if im here in bangkok and my gmail activated here..and if going to singapore i would i do...my gmail in bangkok can' work in singapore?plsss help me asap..

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:50

9. pot (unregistered)


i just want to ask obout my gmail..if im here in bangkok and my gmail activated here...and im going to singapore what shouild i do...my freind ask me how because her gmail can't work in singapore...

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 08:27

10. ahsanaimer (unregistered)


One more vote for samsung galaxy mini.Its work like a charm :)

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 15:55

11. SamsungGalaxyFan (unregistered)


How much time does the battery takes to get dropped =?

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 08:13

12. about to buy (unregistered)


guys, the interface is different in some phones, the ones showed above have a pretty decent menu. i am afraid mine would turnout to be like this :(
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-GALAXY-mini_id5147/photos?image=26986

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 08:27

13. chuka (unregistered)


I am planning to buy this phone. Is it really worth it? Please give me more advices.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 12:57

14. Niegel (unregistered)


I'll have mine soon in a couple of days. :)

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 06:33

15. Ferizt (unregistered)


I want this Phone...

new smartphone

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 06:40

16. Barbra strisan (unregistered)


I am just about to get one soon and wanted to know if the touch screen was good because I have bad experiences with touch screens in the past and wasn't planning to get another but overall it seems good
And another question are there Any apps you can download for flash player?
Thanks again :)

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 01:16

17. avinash munnu (unregistered)


Excellent mobile... in Its range... And Worth For Money... Almost 3months Of experiance.... Excellent audio Quality.. Stylish Looks... goood camera quality and excellent ui... guys dont belive any reviews bcoz u wont get any mobile with in the price like this... with excellent features

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 13:43

18. vivek 123 (unregistered)


excellent value 4 money samsung brand android phone 3g wi fi touch big screen gps wht else u want

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 00:34

19. aamirsaeed95 (unregistered)


this phone is rocking 3 days battery timing with great touch like htc!!!!its functioins are totally like htc!!!!

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 09:41

20. dmayur (unregistered)


galaxy pop or xperia x8? which is better?

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 00:54

21. romeo (unregistered)


i have this phone, it's an amazing phone,,,,,best buy!!!

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 09:50

22. mr_uzzo (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


guys what do you think, it is ok to use the battery of this phone as a replacement to my battery?(i just bought a galaxy y last november 16 and im too disappointed with its battery life, i wonder if its ok to use some battery.))

please response

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 13:02

23. BardhiRKS (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


does this phone have led flash and ficet focus becuase i really need this.... Which is the best galaxy 5 or galaxy mini .... how cost galaxy 5 .. how cost galaxy mini

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Samsung GALAXY mini

Samsung GALAXY mini

OS: Android 2.3.3 2.2
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Display3.1 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (127 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size4.35 x 2.39 x 0.50 inches
(110.4 x 60.6 x 12.1 mm)
3.76 oz  (107 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 9.5 hours talk time

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