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Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review: budget handset, but that’s not a bad thing
8 March 2014
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 showed up at MWC 2012 in February and slides in at the lower end of Samsung’s range, but it’s not the firm’s bargain basement offering. Replacing the original Samsung Galaxy Mini , the Galaxy Mini 2 can be picked up for around £150 ($200) SIM-free and you can get it for free on contract starting at just £10.50 per month.
Summary: The Samsung GALAXY Mini 2 is small, and deliberately so. It’s very much affordable and belongs to that lower-middle price range. You’d be immediately cautious of this stature; what is it about the Mini 2 that is lacking? And we’re here to tell you that, for its size, the Mini 2 has a lot to offer. Let’s start with the design, which may seem a little plasticky on the onset, but really surprisingly solid once you have it on hand. It feels tough, and well made.
Pros: Solid, trendy design, Good performance, NFC capable
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While the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 offers snappy performance for a pocket sized phone, between the high asking price, out of date OS, under-performing camera and underwhelming screen, we aren't won over.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.
Summary: The Galaxy Mini 2 is a solid successor to the original Galaxy Mini, but the competition in this sector of the Android market has intensified over the past year, so it might have trouble keeping its cheaper rivals at bay
Pros: Colourful, Youthful design, Sturdy construction
Cons: Average screen, Last-gen processor, Lack of Android 4.0
Summary: Samsung is hoping to strengthen its position in the low-to-mid range smartphone market with the Galaxy Mini 2. KYMI reviews the handset to figure out if it has what it takes to be the phone of choice for the youth. Aesthetics The Galaxy Mini 2 is aimed at the youth and first-time smartphone buyers and its styling reflects its stand. KYM got its hands on a yellow handset and its bright, playful appearance was actually quite appealing.
Summary: Budget handset, but that's not a bad thing
Pros: Sturdy build, microSD port, Removable battery, Pretty nippy, For a cheap handset the Galaxy Mini 2 produces relatively decent performance and while it doesn't have the zip of pricier handsets, it's by no means a slouch which constantly leaves you waiting. The clever placement of the microSD port on the side of the phone makes it really easy to swap between storage cards, helping you to build on the 4GB inside, plus a removable battery will be music to some people's ea...
Cons: No ICS, Hard to grip, Poor camera, The camera feels like a bit of an afterthought and it lags behind the competition, with even the cheaper Huawei Ascend G300 offering up a better snapper. It's also a shame to see yet another 2012 smartphone launch with Android Gingerbread, with Ice Cream Sandwich being established for almost a year now, and to add insult to injury it doesn't look like the Galaxy Mini 2 will ever get an upgrade to Android 4.0 .