Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Budget handset, but that's not a bad thing

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The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 comes pre-loaded with the stock Android browser, offering you an easy to use web experience without any unnecessary features.

There's Wi-Fi b/g/n on board so you can hook up to your home, work or coffee house's network, plus the Galaxy Mini 2 has 3G connectivity for data on the go.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Now you need to remember the Galaxy Mini 2 is only running an 800MHz processor and 512MB, so speeds are not going to be lightening quick.

That said the Mini 2 was able to load up the mobile version of TechRadar in four seconds, but when it came to the full version the lack of power started to show.

It took the Galaxy Mini 2 10 seconds to load the full-blown TechRadar homepage in a usable format, but almost a minute to full finish, with the ad banners really causing it some trouble.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Pinch and zoom is available, but it isn't the smoothest of experiences, especially on content heavy sites and more often than not we found ourselves lurching between the levels, instead of smoothly transitioning.

Text reflow has not been included here, which is a bit of a pain as the size of the screen on the Galaxy Mini 2 means you have to pretty much zoom in to anything you're reading, and that means there's lots of sideways scrolling.

Once zoomed in and you've given the Galaxy Mini 2 a second to render the page correctly, text and images appear sharp and clear, meaning you won't need to strain your eyes to read what's on screen, but that sideways scroll really bugged us after a while.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

As the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 runs Android Gingerbread it means that it can still support Flash, which has been discontinued for Jelly Bean, so you can catch up with all the videos on the BBC and check out all those fancy, flash built sites you love.

Flash even comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Mini 2, meaning you can dive straight into the browser and start reaping the rewards right out the box.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Thumbnailed bookmarks are now a mainstay of the Android browser and it's no different on the Galaxy Mini 2, with the simple yet pleasing to the eye system implemented here.

If you're someone who likes to save up a load of pages to read on the train home while out of signal then you're out of luck here, as the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 does not offer an offline reading mode in its browser – something the Desire C and Xperia U both do.

Overall the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 offers up an average web browsing experience. While it's not going to blow your socks off with speed, or treat you to vast amounts of space with a big screen, it's a perfectly serviceable solution, ideal for infrequent web visitors.

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