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Samsung Galaxy Mini review: Media
Samsung obviously decided that media was not a priority on the Samsung Galaxy Mini. It comes with a bog standard media player and FM radio app, which gets pretty good reception even when on the go.
Listening to music with headphones is an average experience, but you'll have to buy your own as Samsung doesn't provide you with a pair. The jack is a standard 3.5mm so it'll be very easy to find some that fit.
Listening to music with headphones is much more pleasant than with the speakers, as using the latter distorts the sound quality, making it sound tinny and muffled. Tracks are also distorted when played at a high volume.
Navigating from one track to the next is as easy as hitting the next track button, and music can also be played on a loop. However, you won't be able to store much on the 160MB built-in memory. It does come with a 2GB memory card (with full SD adapter, which is handy), but again 2GB won't mean you can carry around your full music library.
It supports MP3, WAV, eAAC+, MP4 and H.264 formats, so you're relatively limited in what can be viewed or listened to, although it does tick the main boxes. DivX support would have been a great plus.
The Gallery app combines all videos and pictures taken on the Mini, which can be viewed as thumbnails or full screen.
There's also an option to change the format so that images are grouped by the date they were taken.
The Samsung Galaxy Mini doesn't come with any editing tools on board, but a quick search on the Market will bring back a list of suites – paid for and free.
In terms of streaming, the YouTube app comes pre-installed with any Android device, and the Samsung Galaxy Mini is no exception. Videos look better when the phone is flipped on its side, because when upright, information about the video is displayed at the bottom of the screen, making the clip much smaller.
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