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Review: Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

September 25, 2012 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments


They said good thing comes in small packages and the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is the true testament to that. This device was introduced back in early February and now it has become one of the smallest and much affordable Android phones in the market.

I can’t really think of any shortcomings, even though the Galaxy Mini 2 falls under the lower-middle price range, you’d be seriously surprised by what is has to offer.

Design

The plastic looking Galaxy Mini 2 has a solid unibody form with a rather trendy design and a bright yellow back. It fits pretty well and comfortable once I have it on my hand. Just like most of Samsung Android devices, the power button is located on the right side of the device. On the left side, you have the volume control button and an expandable storage slot for micro-SD card. The 3.27-inch TFT is nothing to shout about, giving you a 320 x 480 resolution display, just good enough for normal video viewing. The multi-touch screen enjoys a good amount of pixel which makes text and images appearing a little sharper. The colour from the display tends to be a little less vivid.

Right on the front, there is a physical Home button at the center with two soft-touch buttons that sitting between it on the bottom part of the screen.

Performance

Running on 800MHz single-core Qualcomm CPU, the device is powerful enough to load Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread.   Now do not think that the later version of Android is never good enough, I was rather surprised to find the Mini 2’s performance is snappier than I thought. It gets all the basic things done in a jiffy. Switching between apps and taking photos is rather snappy.

Connectivity

Browsing and getting on Facebook is pretty fast and smooth. Website gets loaded pretty fast and smooth even on my 3G connectivity. The Mini 2 works with HSDPA 2100/900EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900. Essentials such as GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are a must for all Smartphones and the Mini 2 is not short of it. In fact, I’m really impressed with the inclusion of NFC technology in the Mini 2. NFC is rather popular with other more powerful devices so it is indeed a neat feature to have on the Mini 2.

Camera

The Mini 2 is equipped with a single 3.15-megapixel back camera with Geo-tagging feature. It can record VGA video at 25fps. However, the only setback is a LED flash and a front-facing camera.

 

Specifications

OS: Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
CPU: Qualcomm 800MHz single-core
Dimensions: 109.40 x 58.50 x 11.63mm
Weight: 105g
Screen: 3.27-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB2.0, Wi-Fi, NFC
Others: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels back camera, 3.5mm audio
Network: HSDPA 2100/900 EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Battery: 1300 mAh

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Overall, I’m really happy with what the Mini 2 has to offer. A solid built device, decent performance and with an affordable price tag of RM599, what more can you ask?

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A creative professional and social media junkie, Galvin Tan has been blogging since 2005 and he writes about everything from food to gadget. An avid fan of football and loves playing foosball and basketball. For latest updates, follow him @galvintan on Twitter.

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