Not one to rest on its laurels the Korean giant Samsung has developed another edition to add to the Samsung phones portfolio. The first appearance of the new Galaxy Mini 2 was back in February this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where it was met with approval. It is a revised model of Samsung’s Galaxy Mini and this newer version has improved battery performance and a better screen size than its older counterpart.
The Galaxy Mini 2 is now available to buy in the UK. This Samsung smartphone is not designed to compete with the premium handsets such as the Galaxy S3, but is aimed to attract buyers at the lower end of the market, where there is significant market growth. Consumers looking to purchase their first smartphone are often searching for a more affordable device, but without sacrificing too much in the way of technology available to them. So how does the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 stack up?
The most obvious selling point of this smartphone is that it is pocket sized, as the name would suggest. Going against the current trend to create large mobiles, which can perhaps be less comfortable to handle, the Mini 2 measures 109.4mm x 58.6mm with a relatively slim profile of 11.9mm. However despite being more petite than some of the high end smartphones the Galaxy Mini 2 does have a respectable screen size of 3.27 inches. This makes the handset easy to hold whilst navigating the screen with your thumb. The touchscreen is not cutting edge technology, but for a budget mobile it is acceptable with a resolution of 320 x 480 and a pixel density of 176ppi. It is fairly responsive and generally bright enough to be seen in more glaring daylight but when it comes to using the on-screen keypad the screen in portrait mode is too small to be comfortable or very accurate. However, when used in landscape the virtual keys are spaced enough to use easily.
The Galaxy Mini 2 is powered by a 1300mA battery allowing up to six hours of talk time and runs on Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with an 800MHz single core Qualcomm MSM7227 processor. Overall despite being a low-cost smartphone it does run smoothly and quickly.
This Samsung mobile comes with 4GB internal storage, which can be expanded by using a microSD card of up to 32GB, and 512 MB RAM. It is fitted with the same 3 megapixel camera on the back of the handset as seen on the original Galaxy Mini. The Galaxy Mini 2 features ChatON, Social Hub and Music Hub which is the Samsung version of i-tunes and gives access to 17m tracks. In terms of connectivity the Mini 2 comes with Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0 and DNLA.
If this Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review has tempted you to sell your mobile you can get your hands on one from £149.99 or you can opt to take a 24 month contract with T-Mobile for a modest £15.50 a month.