The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is an affordable smartphone with multimedia, web browsing and social networking tools at its heart. It has a 3.27-inch display with a 320 x 480 resolution, has an 800MHz processor, and runs the Android Gingerbread operating system. The Galaxy Mini 2 also has a built-in 4GB memory, and microSDHC memory card support for a total 32GB of storage.
For an affordable smartphone, the Galaxy Mini 2, despite its plastic build, is a well-built piece of kit. It feels better than even some more costly smartphones, and is very reassuring from the moment you pick it up. Design-wise it’s pretty basic, but a stylish coloured back panel helps to make the Galaxy Mini 2 stand out from the crowd. Without it, the Galaxy Mini 2 would resemble your bog-standard Android smartphone.
The interface might be looking a little dated now, but is still handy for keeping track of what your mates are up to using the widgets and access to social networks on board.It’s dead-easy to get to grips with. Typically bright menus, large folders and and an array of features, on board apps and settings let you personalise your preferences to make the Galaxy Mini 2 your own.
The Galaxy Mini 2 does not come with Facebook and Twitter installed, but there’s always plenty of room to install more apps and games. And plenty of them there is, too. We’re talking thousands upon thousands of social apps, productivity apps, just-for-fun apps, and games from Angry Birds to delightful TV console-to-mobile ports. All this of course means that like with other Android smartphones, it will take you a long time to grow bored of it.
And that’s without mentioning its ability to browse the web. The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 isn’t the most powerful of smartphones, but it remains great for a bout of web browsing on the train. Pages load up reasonably quickly - making it great for checking up on the latest news, or blog posts from your favourite websites.
The best of today’s smartphones have brilliant screens for watching movies on. The Galaxy Mini 2’s screen is a tad on the short side, and doesn’t offer the best picture quality in comparison to the best out there. Those looking for a fuller multimedia smartphone experience are advised to look elsewhere, even think about upgrading to the superior Samsung Galaxy S3.
The 3-megapixel camera also fails to impress. The lack of autofocus is disappointing, and image quality leaves something to be desired. Images are pixelated, grainy, and very average, and only really decent for the odd social-networking snap to be shared over Twitter, or showing your friends on your phone. Performance is also on the slow side, although to be fair, it does well at browsing web pages.
The bottom line
Those looking for an affordable phone that does most of the basics right would do well to give the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 a look-in, however there are better, more powerful alternatives out there.