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Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review

Samsung GALAXY mini 2

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Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review

Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
Android smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, including cute and cuddly, as the case is with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2. This petite-sized entry-level device is the successor to last year's Galaxy mini, and as such, it comes with improvements both on the inside and on the outside. To start, the screen is not only slightly bigger, but also sports HVGA resolution whereas the previous model had a modest QVGA display. Furthermore, the 600MHz processor has been ditched in favor of an 800MHz single core chip. But is its $270 launch price tag justified by what you get in exchange? Let's check the smartphone out and see...

The box contains:

  • Wall charger
  • Data cable
  • Quick start guide


As you might expect out of an entry-level smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is made out of plain old plastic. There is a chrome-like shiny bezel around its side, while the back cover sports a fine texture that adds a little bit of extra grip and keeps fingerprints at bay. So yeah, no fancy materials anywhere in sight, but thankfully, the handset looks presentable and feels properly built.

The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 looks presentable and feels properly built - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 looks presentable and feels properly built - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review

The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 looks presentable and feels properly built

Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review

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Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
What we are quite happy with is the way the Galaxy mini 2 fits in the palm. It feels like a pebble and rests naturally without being too small to use comfortably. All you need to operate the device is a single thumb. Additionally, the lock key and the 2-button volume rocker are very easy to find and respond with a nice click when pressed. As it is on any recent Samsung Galaxy device, underneath the handset's display we have a physical home key and two capacitive buttons for the home and back functions – properly spaced out and not prone to accidental presses.

Volume key and microSD slot (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review

Volume key and microSD slot (left)

Power key (right)

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2

Back - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
Camera - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review



Battery compartment


Occupying the front of the Galaxy mini 2 is a 3.27-inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels (176ppi), which is okay for a low-level smartphone. In terms of quality, we are treated to a fairly accurate color reproduction. Only shades of red appear slightly undersaturated, but we don't consider that a dealbreaker in any way. Be aware, however, that the screen's surface reflects a lot of sunlight, which greatly reduces outdoor visibility. It is also inconvenient that an ambient light sensor is missing, meaning that users have to adjust the display's brightness the old-fashioned way – manually. 

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posted on 16 May 2012, 04:22 1

1. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

i should have bought thins one instead of galaxy y
i cant play temple run, world of goo and good games like that

posted on 16 May 2012, 05:49 4

2. Jericho (unregistered)

Hey phonearena the other day when you posted the LG optimus L3 review you gave this phone i think 4/10 and you are giving this phone 7.5 just because its ''SAMSUNG'' The price between these two differ alot and the specs are almost the same except for the screen resolution and in your review you said the performance lg optimus L3 is good and it has a better design. And now the pricing


the galaxy mini 2 costs like 249 dollars which is the price of xperia ray and neo v while optimus L3 costs 154 dollars


the differfence is a about 90 dollars and you guys compared optimus L3 to xperia ray the difference between those to is about a hundred dollars you guys are being biased i don't want phonearena to be biased because this is one of the best(for me its THE best) tech websites but you know this is not fair. I need are reason why you are being so biased.

posted on 18 May 2012, 00:18

3. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

I am not a typical Samsung fanboy but i have used handsets of both samsung and LG and so far i have concluded the following

1. Samsung is way ahead in the userr experience and other things in which LG doesn't even come close
2. Lg optimus l3 may be good on the design but man, it's resolution really sucks who would want to buy a phone with a resolution in which almost 30% of the apps from the android market is not even supported and using the phone is the pain to the eye and image looks far pixelated wheras the samsung has a decent screen and it is way important as the screen is the thing which helps us to enjoy the contents of a cellpone
3. My LG Optimus Black cracked on falling from a height of about 2 meters but my Galaxy mini that i have used before have fell several times and is still alive, and that is the phone i am currently typing from, that means it is still alive

4. LG Optimus L3 is targeted towards the one who wants a good looking phone at a decent price while the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is targeted towards those who want to have a proper decent smartphone that can do all things that Android can except some really HD gaming

and many apps aren't even supported for the LG Optimus L3 cuz it has the s**tty QVGA resolution of the 2001..

So just shut up and don't compare these two phones

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 19:28

4. dianitaysendyloves (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)

excelent movil :)

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 11:03

5. AndroidLTU (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

plese help me. I can't choose between samsung galaxy ace and mini 2. Which has a better battery life? I know, mini 2 is newer and has a better processing power, but ace has a better camera and Gorilla Glass display. Please help me choose the better :) P.S. it will be my first smartphone and first touchscreen :)

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 03:00

6. m4r13 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 May 2013)

The Galaxy mini 2 already has an upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Did you include that?

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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.3 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (176 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
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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