Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

  • £149.95
  • $199

Budget handset, but that's not a bad thing

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Contacts

Contacts on the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 are dealt with in the standard Android fashion, allowing you to sync the list with your Google account, and then link each profile to various social networks.

Jab a finger at the contacts app, pre-installed in the app tray on your homescreen, and the application will open up instantly, showing you a list of all your best buds.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

There's a square button with a plus sign in it next to a search bar, which allows you to add contacts to your address book, and you can use the alphabetical column of characters down the right side of the screen to quickly jump in a specific letter in your list.

Contacts can also be accessed from the phone app, both of which belong to the same application, with the icons just taking you to different tabs within it.

The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 makes a decent attempt at matching your contacts with their respective Facebook profiles, but it's not fool proof and only managed to successfully match about half of our friends.

There's no fancy auto-match like in HTC's Sense overlay - although this is missing for the Taiwanese firm's budget Desire C handset – so you'll need to go through one by one, to join up the others.

This makes the process rather laborious and we found ourselves giving up after a while.

While the Galaxy Mini 2 can pull in your buddy's profile pictures, don't expect to see status updates or gallery images popping up in their contact profiles.

Calling

Samsung makes it easy it call people, as it's implemented a unique way of initiating a call direct from the contact list.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Swipe your finger over a contact's name in the list from left to right and the Galaxy Mini 2 will start dialling that number, swipe the other way and you jump into the text messaging app.

We really like this neat little feature and we found ourselves using it all the time, as it really makes calling a lot quicker.

Of course there's always the old fashioned number pad, found in the phone app, if you want to bash out a number like it was 1999.

Samsung has added smart-dial here, meaning the Galaxy Mini 2 will offer up suggested contacts related to the number you're tapping out.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

There's also a call logs tab in the phone/contacts app, which shows you all your incoming and outgoing calls– and thanks to the somewhat absurd inclusion of text messages in the list, it all gets a bit messy.

You can filter the call log to something more palatable, received calls for example, but as soon as you exit it resets back to the default "all logs" – annoying!

Call quality is passable, but the Galaxy Mini 2 doesn't cover itself in any glory here.

We were able to hear the other person on the phone, but it wasn't a crystal clear line, even in areas of good reception.

The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 was able to hold signal well, and we didn't experience any issues with dropped calls, even when hurtling along on the train.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourYellow
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
ManufacturerSamsung
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 Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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