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Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

5.3/10 AVG.
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5.3/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 currently has an Informr score of 5.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is a simple Android smartphone that’s as entry-level as it gets. Or is it? Samsung is in the business of pumping out noteworthy Android smartphones for those on a budget. How does the Galaxy Mini 2 stand out?

The Mini 2 was designed to be a very affordable yet quite capable mobile phone with the Android operating system. It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles that might be present in other more expensive handsets. But it does feature a couple of interesting things on its spec sheet.

Firstly, it has a 3.27-inch HVGA screen, which is definitely better than the QVGA-variants that are available in competing products. Also, it has an NFC chip inside it, making it compatible with services like Google Wallet. Its other features include a 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, and FM radio.

With an 800MHz single-core CPU and 512MB of RAM, the Galaxy Mini 2 is certainly not the most powerful handset out there. However, having such innards allows it to last over 8 hours of moderate to heavy use per charge. That’s about average battery performance for a device in its price range, given that it has a 1,300mAh battery.

It may not be the best-looking or the best-performing handset out of the low-cost bunch worth considering, but there’s no denying it provides plenty of bang for the buck.

Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

1. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the default operating system, which is good because there’s plenty of official and third-party software support. (The Good)

2. HVGA native resolution looks much better than QVGA on the 3.27-inch screen. (The Good)

3. An upgrade to later versions of the Android software is not in the cards. (The Bad)

4. The built-in camera performs poorly even in well-lit environments. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.27"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

Far from a bad little smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 looks quite funky with its yellow battery cover and isn't as sluggish as you'd expect for a phone with an 800MHz processor. With a decent battery life, the problem with the Mini 2 is that it's slightly over priced even at £100 on a Pay-As-Y...

- Niall Magennis, TrustedReviews
Mobile88

For its asking price, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 does come feature-packed with just about everything an entry level user could want and then some. It suits most budgets real nicely and teenagers will find much to love about it given its overall design. A worthwhile purchase for sure.

- Mobile88 team, Mobile88
GSMArena

The mini 2 finds its market niche in the same vicinity as its predecessor, although this time around Samsung have boosted the specs to something more respectable, adding a higher-resolution screen, more storage and RAM, and a faster processor.

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
T3

It’s a struggle to see why the fun sized smartphone market exists when larger smartphones with better cameras, processors and add-on freebies like HTC’s 25GB DropBox subscription sit in the same (or much lower) price bracket. It’s the price tag that hits the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 hard. It’s simply n...

- T3 Online, T3
Know Your Mobile

The Galaxy Mini 2 is being thrust into a market that is slightly different from the one its direct predecessor occupied some time ago. It's not uncommon to see 1GHz phones for under £100, and while we fully expect network operators to pick up the Mini 2 on PAYG deals, at the moment it's only availab...

- Damien McFerran, Know Your Mobile


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Screen Size
3.27"

The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2's screen size is 3.27 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7227 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1300 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 22.5 days standby time, 680 minutes.

Galaxy Mini 2 Specs

Overview
Release date June 6, 2012
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7227 800 MHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
ROM 4 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.917 W/kg
Body: 0.624 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 680 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 cm (4.3 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 106 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.27 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 25 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable (YouTube, Android Market)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-S6500

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