Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Budget handset, but that's not a bad thing

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Slightly disappointingly the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 comes running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box, with no sign of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich making an appearance on the handset.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Both the HTC Desire C and Sony Xperia U now have Ice Cream Sandwich on board, and this puts them clearly ahead in terms of software over the Galaxy Mini 2, and that could be a key factor for some customers when it comes to choosing a new device.

Looking past the omission of the latest operating system, the single-core, 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM in the Galaxy Mini 2 do a commendable job of running Android, with pretty smooth operation all round.

A swipe is all that is needed to unlock the Galaxy Mini 2, however some of you may be disappointed to learn there are no shortcut options on the lock screen, something we have seen implemented on the Desire C and Huawei Ascend G300.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

It's not going to be winning any performance awards, but we were able to comfortably slide through the homescreens - of which you can have a maximum of seven, giving you plenty of space for all your favourite widget and apps – although it doesn't feel quite as slick as its Sony rival, or even the cheaper Ascend G300.

Hold down on a free space on a homescreen, or hit the menu button below the display and select add, to access widgets and apps, with the stock Android offerings available from the off.

We found that the Galaxy Mini 2 didn't always pick us up when holding down on a homescreen, resulting in us having to take a couple of stabs at it which was a little annoying.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Apart from that the touchscreen managed to pick up all our other pokes and prods, which is good to see as sensitivity can sometimes be a little off the mark at the lower end of the price range – something we found an issue on the Desire C.

Pull down the notification menu from the top of the 3.27-inch screen and you'll note that Samsung, as part of its TouchWiz Android user interface, has added quick setting toggles to the top of the menu – allowing you to easily switch on and off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, silent mode and auto-rotate.

We're big fans of Samsung's implementation of these settings and it's something we wished all Android manufacturers offered.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

However an NFC toggle would have been a useful addition here, with us having to delve into the settings menu to fiddle with the near-field tech.

Basic apps such as phone and contacts open up instantly, but applications which require a bit more processing grunt do take a couple of seconds to kick into gear.

Even the messaging app took a second to think about what it was doing, before displaying all our lovely texts.

Samsung's TouchWiz interface, which we've already touched (ha!) upon, is a relatively decent stab at improving the Android user experience, offering first time users a slightly easier learning curve, while also providing all the additional goodies for hardened fans.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, EDGE, GPRS
SAR Value0.92 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy mini 2
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time11.33 Hour
Screen Size8.3 cm (3.3")
Screen Resolution320 x 400
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)106 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density176 ppi
Height109.4 mm
Width58.6 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time540 Hour
Product NameGalaxy mini 2
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineGalaxy mini 2
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S6500ZYABTU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Choose a phone that combines good looks with great functionality. The compact Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is ultra-portable but it makes a big fashion statement. Its super-clear HVGA TFT display also means you can make the most of all your videos, social networking and more. Life is smoother, too, when you use Near Field Communication to make secure payments and share data. And, with a fast 800MHz processor, 2.7GB storage, and a longer-lasting battery, the Galaxy Mini 2 won't let you down on the go.

Fresh & Trendy Design

Coast on a larger screen that's clearer and brighter, the best display for viewing pics, web surfing and all your social networking activities. Still cute, still compact and colourful, mini 2 lets you show off your lively personality -- who wouldn't be charmed? Keep your lines slim and trim (11.85mm) for oh so portable comfort.

Limited Warranty2 Year