Samsung Galaxy Mini review

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Samsung Galaxy Mini review: Verdict

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Considering the Samsung Galaxy Mini can be yours from as little as £10.50 per month on contract, one can't complain about it not being a 'bells and whistles' device.

The social media integration, ease of use and white colour appeal to younger members of our family, so it may be worth putting on the Christmas list for your younger niece or nephew.

We liked

Fast 3G HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity allowed us to quickly surf the web. The GPS works really well, and when coupled with Google's own navigation app, you're likely to use the handset as a sat nav very often. We also like the price point, as it is definitely worth the price on the tag and not a penny more.

Samsung galaxy mini review

We disliked

The unresponsive touchscreen made the whole experience very slow. Coupled with the slow processor, launching applications is an even slower process. We also disliked the low quality screen, which made reading a chore.


If you're willing to make some sacrifices to the speed and responsiveness of the handset in order to save a bit of dosh, the Samsung Galaxy Mini is a decent choice. It will appeal to those in the market for their first smartphone, looking for a simplistic experience.

Android fanboys won't be very impressed with this handset as the poor screen quality makes the UI look just as low-end. Compared to the likes of the Orange San Francisco, which costs nearly half as much from some vendors, the Galaxy Mini costs more and doesn't perform as well, with a much lower-res screen and much slower operation.

Samsung has traditionally performed well in the low-end smartphone segment, with the Galaxy Europa winning a few plaudits from the review team - but the Galaxy Mini feels like a phone trying to do too much with too little. We'd recommend looking at the alternatives or saving a little more cash and looking at some handsets higher up the scale.

Thanks to Expansys for supplying us with this review handset.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory164 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA
SAR Value0.96 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourSteel Grey
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9.50 Hour
Product ModelGalaxy Mini
Screen Size8 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)106.6 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height110.4 mm
Width60.6 mm
Depth12.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time570 Hour
Product NameGalaxy Mini Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5570AAAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Galaxy Mini embodies great productivity and performance in a compact design. With a flashy colour stripe along the side, the Galaxy Mini is not only stylish but keeps you connected to everything that is important to you. It also conveniently has Google services built-in to the mobile, so you can enjoy all the familiar services that you are used to. Add to this the access to Android Market for loads of app fun, SWYPE texting, and the brilliant 3.14" screen, and you are ready to really embrace smartphone life. Never has a compact phone been so powerful and enjoyable.

Show Off Your Identity

The GALAXY mini is perfectly-sized for easy mobility and ergonomic comfort. The bright colour strip on the side makes a flashy statement and lets you know you're in for a good time. Bold and striking, the mobile commands attention and lets everyone know exactly what kind of person you are! Show off your mobile; show off your style!

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Mini Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide