Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Budget handset, but that's not a bad thing

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Battery life

With a 1,300mAh battery the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 gets a slight boost over the original Galaxy Mini, which rocked up with a 1,200mAh offering – and this will be good for a claimed 420 hours of standby, or 6 hours 50 minutes of 3G talktime.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Those who don't think this is enough will be glad to learn that the battery is removable, meaning that you could put in a bigger power pack if you so wished.

As far a battery life goes it's pretty good, as you'd expect from a handset with a single-core processor and modestly sized screen – a full days use is easy for the Galaxy Mini 2.

You can even stretch that to two days if you're a little more careful with your usage, and it will last several if you rarely touch the thing.


The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is surprisingly well connected for such a keenly priced device, will all the big hitters making an appearance; Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, A-GPS, a microSD card slot and a microUSB port.

Dip into the settings menu and you'll see that you can set up a wireless hot-spot with the Galaxy Mini 2, allowing you to share your network's data connection with other devices, such as a tablet or laptop.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

However the connectivity options don't stop there, as the Galaxy Mini 2 also touts the latest in communication tech – NFC, or near-field communications.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

This allows you to interact with other NFC-enabled handsets, as well as accessories which also sport the technology.

Some manufacturers, such as Sony and LG, offer their own tags which you can place around your home/car/office and program, telling your phone to do certain things when it comes in contact with them.

Samsung doesn't look like it's offering anything similar for the time being, but we wouldn't be surprised if it rustled something up in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

There is a dedicated NFC app pre-installed on the Galaxy Mini 2 called Tags – the purpose of it being to interact with NFC tags you may find embedded in adverts on the street, or to share information with other NFC enabled devices.

It's a simple app which is pretty intuitive, although it really doesn't push the boundaries of what is possible with NFC and it would have been nice to see Samsung do something more creative with it.

Samsung has also stuck its AllShare app on the Galaxy Mini 2, which allows you to stream videos, photos and music between compatible devices via DLNA such as laptops and smart TVs.

Once again it's another well implemented application from Samsung which provides the basics for streaming content to and from a mobile device.

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