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Samsung GALAXY mini 2

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Interface:

Well, what do you know: the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top, and this is most likely the software that the device will run once it launches. The user interface looks more or less identical to what you have on all of Samsung's recent Android devices, save for the new lock screen and the tweaked animations here and there. We are really hoping to see an update to Ice Cream Sandwich at some point in the future, but since Samsung has yet to shed any light on the matter, it seems like such an update may not be on the agenda for now.

The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI installed on top - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Thankfully, the 800MHz single-core processor – an MSM7227a chipset by Qualcomm, handles navigation without much effort. As a result, the interface is pretty smooth in general, even though the software running on this device is still not in its final form. Interestingly, it remains usable even when we beautified its interface with a popular live wallpaper. The only thing that bothers us is that the on-screen virtual keyboard is way too small to be used comfortably in portrait mode, but in landscape mode it works just fine.

On-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
On-screen virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview


Internet browser and connectivity:

Believe it or not, the web browser on this little munchkin supports Adobe Flash out of the box. It also comes with several essential web browsing features, namely pinch to zoom, tap to zoom, and support for multiple windows. Sadly, text reflow is absent, but we hope to see it added in the device's final software version.

With the Samsung Galaxy mini 2, you can connect to the web either over Wi-Fi b/g/n or by using its 7.2Mbps 3G radio. You also get Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, A-GPS, and an FM Radio with RDS.


Camera:

The 3-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is as basic as it gets – with no auto-focus and no LED flash, which is why one should not expect much from it. We took a few sample shots under various conditions, along with a video sample, so do not hesitate to check them out. All we can say at this time is that they look good enough for an entry-level smartphone, although their quality might differ on a finalized unit.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2  - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2  - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2  - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

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Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Sample Video:




Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview
Expectations:

Given that it is marketed as an entry level smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is shaping up to be a pretty decent offering. Sure, it does not have much to stand out with, but at $280 off-contract, you cannot really ask for more than what the device already has in its arsenal. This might very well be the ideal device to get for your teenage kid, although it also seems suitable for anyone who wants to have a taste of the smartphone experience without spending too much cash. Of course, we will give it our final verdict once we get to review a finalized Samsung Galaxy mini 2 unit.


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Display3.3 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (176 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.31 x 2.31 x 0.47 inches
(109.4 x 58.6 x 11.9 mm)
3.77 oz  (107 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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