Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 / Jena / S6500
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19 July 2012
Conclusion: Those looking for an affordable phone that does most of the basics right would do well to give the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 a look-in, however there are better, more powerful alternatives out there.
Pros: For an affordable smartphone, the Galaxy Mini 2, despite its plastic build, is a well-built piece of kit. It feels better than even some more costly smartphones, and is very reassuring from the moment you pick it up. Design-wise it’s pretty basic, but a stylish coloured back panel helps to make the Galaxy Mini 2 stand out from the crowd. Without it, the Galaxy Mini 2 would resemble your bog-standard Android smartphone. The interface might be looking a little dated now...
Cons: The best of today’s smartphones have brilliant screens for watching movies on. The Galaxy Mini 2’s screen is a tad on the short side, and doesn’t offer the best picture quality in comparison to the best out there. Those looking for a fuller multimedia smartphone experience are advised to look elsewhere, even think about upgrading to the superior Samsung Galaxy S3. The 3-megapixel camera also fails to impress. The lack of autofocus is disappointing, and image quality l...
Conclusion: While the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 offers snappy performance for a pocket sized phone, between the high asking price, out of date OS, under-performing camera and underwhelming screen, we aren't won over. The NFC on board is a nice touch, but if you're prepared to sacrifice that, the Huawei Ascend G300 costs just £100 and performs better across the board. If you're happy to stump up an extra £25 or so, you could even go dual-core with the Sony Xperia U .
Conclusion: The original Samsung Mini, released almost exactly a year prior to the mini 2, had very few points in its favor and the level of equipment wasn't among them. But it was cheap and it had Android. This made it a good option for anyone looking to see what all this smartphone business was all about, but wasn't ready to sell their firstborn in the process.
Cons: Poor display quality, Fixed-focus camera, no flash, No secondary video-call camera, Video recording maxes out at VGA @ 25fps, Sub-par ARMv6 CPU limits performance and app selection
Summary: Even for an entry-level device, the mini 2 is rather well-built and feels solid in our hands. The plastic parts are nothing to write home about, but it is presentable enough for it to be seen in public without you feeling self-conscious. Because of its compact size, all the buttons are reachable without much fiddling around, as everything is spaced out just nicely.
Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini – an affordable, smaller version of the big screen, dual core monster
6 May 2011
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini will be available on the UK’s 3 carrier, and will probably come to other countries, including the US, soon after. The pricing hasn’t been specified, though it should be around $100-200, seeing as its marketed as a high end device and has some pretty good specs. This is an excellent upgrade to the Galaxy S, and in the beginning it will be faster than other dual core smartphones, so it could be worth getting if the price is good.