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Samsung GALAXY mini Review

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Interface and Software:

Android and Samsung should ring the TouchWiz UI bell and rightly so – on the software side of things, we're treated with the usual visuals courtesy of Sammy. Our final unit arrived with a standard edition of TouchWiz supporting pinch-to-zoom in menus and the homescreen as well as all the usual Froyo functionality wrapped into a buttery smooth package. The main reason for that lies in the low-res screen, the 600MHz processor and 384MB of RAM, which are just sufficient for simple tasks.

A quick run through the main features of TouchWiz has to mention the updated drop-down menu in the homescreen, which allows you toggling the connectivity switches. The contacts menu is simple – a swipe to the right on a contact's name starts a call, a swipe to the left – messaging, and finally a tap on it brings up the quick access menu with all means of communication available. Text input is also pretty standard and despite the small screen we had no trouble typing our messages with a great deal of speed and precision.

TouchWiz UI on the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
TouchWiz UI on the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
TouchWiz UI on the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
TouchWiz UI on the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review

TouchWiz UI on the Samsung GALAXY mini


Dialer - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Contacts - Samsung GALAXY mini Review

Dialer

Contacts


In terms of software, the GALAXY mini is bloatware free and loaded with most of the necessary stuff – the Google suite of apps which shines with its excellency, a file manager and Quickoffice as an office package. The office app, unfortunately, doesn't support document editing. And mentioning apps we reach a very sensitive topic for Android – fragmentation. The GALAXY mini is a blatant example of fragmentation. Even the office program suffers from jittery framerates, but don't even dare throwing a game like the somewhat popular Angry Birds! The load doesn't crash the handset, but looking at the horrifically slow performance, we almost wished it did.


Internet and Connectivity:

The Internet is where we all live nowadays and we were happy to see that the browser on the GALAXY mini functioned quite fluidly, despite (or possibly because of) its lack of Adobe Flash. Text, though, looks pixelized and you'll often need to zoom in to be able to even make out letters. In terms of speed, Sammy threw in a pretty robust connectivity package with dual-band 3G reaching 7.2Mbps on the downlink and support for Wi-Fi b/g/n, as well as Bluetooth 2.1. The GALAXY mini also supports all four GSM bands making it a true world phone.

Web surfing - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Web surfing - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Web surfing - Samsung GALAXY mini Review

Web surfing


One of the advantages of having Google Maps is the quick access to navigation and precise location services, aided by the included GPS unit.


Camera and Multimedia:

The 3.14-megapixel camera is modest in both ambition and performance. It produces some rather accurately colored shots on a fine day, but noise was an issue and indoor images tended to turn out pale with washed out colors. The fixed-focus camera unit was one of the shortcuts taken when Sammy decided to make this budget-centric device, but this shortcut is hardly justified - macro shots are impossible with a fixed focus camera and video capture suffers as well. The quality of the images is below average, see for yourself in the sample shots we took below. The only positive side is the presence of some manual settings like shooting modes including panoramas and smile shots.

Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Camera interface - Samsung GALAXY mini Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini - Samsung GALAXY mini Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Samsung GALAXY mini


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung GALAXY mini Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Video footage is captured at QVGA (240 x 320) resolution and 15fps, which makes it a viable option only for MMS messages.

Samsung GALAXY mini Sample Video:




The GALAXY mini has a smallish screen, but that's not to say that video playback isn't possible. Quite the contrary – the phone plays nice with MPEG-4 files out of the box, while for all other codecs like DivX and Xvid you'll need to stop by the Android Market for a quick download of, say, RockPlayer. We also loved the music playback – the nice clear sound from the loudspeaker on the back and the pleasant experience with headsets is definitely one of the phone's biggest pluses. Stereo FM radio with RDS is also there to entertain you on the go.

Samsung GALAXY mini Review
Samsung GALAXY mini Review


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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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