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I have had this phone for almost a year now and my only words for it are that it is ok! My husband has the samsung galaxy and has been very pleased but only the min was available for me on my contract.
The phone looks ok. It is small and I went for the silver so it has a glossy silver back and the front screen is huge with a camera at the top and the words Samsung. There is just one button to be seen when the phone is off at the bottom. Plus there are lots of choices for cases online which makes it look nicer. In short it looks very slick!
There is a button on the side which turns your phone on and off and one for volume. Your phone comes on within seconds and there are square apps to show you what you have on there. You can add screens so using your fingers you can swipe to many screens which allows you to organise your apps. You hold down for a few seconds and you can move them from screen to screen.
You will already have the standard ones on there i.e. camera, calendar, clock. The camera is actually very good even wthout the flash and I have taken some fantastic photos which I have had blown up onto A4 and they have been perfect quality. You will have to download other apps such as facebook but easily done from the play store.
My one problem with this phone is the battery life. I send a few texts a day and spend about an hour on the phone and I have to charge it every day. There is a percentage by the battery and when it reaches 7% you will lose your ability to use your camera properly.
Also I find that the phone freezes a lot and wont ring but will tell me I have a missed call. Neither me or my husband habve managed to fathom out why.
You can get all of the stats online but I have around 400 photos and 15 videos recorded and it hasnt reduced the speed of the phone. In conclusion I think it is ok but would go for the normal galaxy if I had the choice.
I wanted an android phone on a contract and had my eye on the Samsung galaxy S2 for a while but didn't want to pay out for it and didn't really like how big it was. The shop advisor recommended the Samsung Galaxy Mini; I had a play around with it and really liked the style and size of it and was really happy that I could now download android games and apps for it. For the first 6 months I got on really well with the phone but after a bit of time it started playing up and being really slow, I had to remove loads of apps from the phone to get it to a normal speed again, it also started turning off for no reason and the battery life started to get really bad, obviously this is the case with most smartphones though and is something to be expected.
If you are on a budget for a new phone you may want to consider this. I got it on a contract for less than £13 a month this time last year and it's served me well, and I hope will continue to do so until I am due an upgrade next February. The phone is easy to use with a large touchscreen which is lockable, which is just as well because being fairly active in my previous job the touchscreen was very going haywire in my backpocket. Speaking of which, be careful that you remember any passwords linked to the password on the phone. I had to send away for it to be cleared after someone failed to input my code like 15 times and it just locked and I couldn't remember the password to the gmail account it was set up with. I was really surprised that the phone didn't come with a stopwatch but it didn't take long to find an app and download it. I particularly like the swipe function of the keypad which is basically a qwerty keyboard that you drag your fingers around and it predicts the words you are saying. I am sure that I don't take advantage of the many apps and stuff that are available, but they are there, I just have no real use for them, for texting and speaking to people and going on the internet occasionally it's great.
I bought this phone last year and I'm going to tell you about my experience with Mini through one year. It was my first smartphone. I like it's big screen, external appearance generally. I use applications that came on the phone and they are practical and useful. All those basic things like clock, google search, calendar were on the phone. But there are things I took from market - stopwatch (it was my first time I haven't find it on the phone and I though it was a bit strange). I also downloaded some nice facebook and news applications form market and they are easy to use. The phone it self has great music player, I love it! Generally I am satisfied with this phone but I can't compare it with some other smartphone because I don't have any experience. However, lately I do have some problems. The phone keeps turning off, all by it self. I don think it's a big problem, I turn it back on and it's ok then, but it's pretty annoying. Also, as the times goes by, it becomes slower and slower. I am a student, and for my needs, this phone is quiet good and I'm going to use it for another year.
As a smart phone first-timer, who admittedly was a little scared of the dramatic progression in mobile phone technology, I plunged in and purchased the Samsung Galaxy Mini. The little phone appeared to suit my desire for an advance in technology, while remaining fairly cheap and seemingly easy to use. I am on a sim-free contract (£8 a month) and therefore the purchase price of £70 from Three Mobile appealed to me.
I was able to try out the features of the phone in store and the sales assistant showed me through the basics of smart phone usage. I particularly liked the touch screen and although this is a lot smaller than other phones it still remains clear, bright and easy to navigate. My only quibble with the small screen is that when texting on the qwerty keyboard I do tend to press the wrong key (and my fingers are actually quite small!).
The initial applications that come on the phone are really useful - news, weather, google search, popular social networks, youtube etc. There is a social hub where you can combine your various acocunts, if social networking is your thing. The only problem that I have found with applications is that on the market (play store) there are limited applications to download. Some of my friends have been playing popular applications like 'words with friends' and 'draw something', however I couldn't access these.
Overall the phone is good value for money, as long as you aren't a complete techie. The battery lasts well and charges quickly, the camera takes quality photos, and it has never frozen on me once. I know other people who have more expensive models of the galaxy range and they don't really use many more features than I have - they mainly just go for the larger screen.
This was my second smart phone, the first being the basic Nokia one which was dreadful. I was not going to do another smart phone but was persuaded to try by other Samsung owners. So glad I did. I bought the Galaxy mini, because it is small enough to fit in my jeans pocket on a night out. The camera was supposed to have more megapixels than previous phones, but to be honest the photographs are of poor quality and blur often. I have adjusted the 'fine' and other elements, but it has not made much difference. The only other problem for me is that I cannot choose the alarm tone. It seems to be a pre-set sound and even after going through all the settings I cannot change this. The internet works well and you can make it smaller or larger. I was also pleased that I can turn off the auto-rotate, so that the screen does not switch between horizontal and vertical. I have found the phone will freeze, more often when trying to take a few photographs. I just remove and replace the battery and it comes back on okay.
The Samsung Galaxy Mini is a good little phone if you do not want, or cannot afford the latest all singing all dancing smart phones. Sure the Galaxy S2 and 3 are much better phones but they are not everyone's cup of tea.
The mini has a good touch screen which doesn't lag too much and does the job it's asked. While the camera is only 3 mega pixels it still takes decent pictures although don't expect much if you are a distance away from your subject. It is unlikely that you will take too many videos with this phone as the quality isn't great but for the odd moment you want to capture, it is ok.
While the internal memory is only 160mb, like most smart phones you have the option of inserting up to a 32gb micro sd card which will enable you to save a stack of pictures, music etc. on the card although don't expect to be able to download hundreds of apps as it just doesn't have the internal space available.
As for the speed of the phone I wasn't particularly impressed with the processor and you can find yourself getting rather frustrated at the length of time pages take to load.
All in all this phone is adequate if you are looking for maybe a cheap phone for your child or maybe a second phone for yourself or alternatively you just want a basic phone which gives you all the features of a smart phone without breaking the bank !
I've had this phone now for around four months and can confidently say I've experienced most of its positives and negatives.
After seeing my partner getting on well with this phone I purchased it. This was my first android phone and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. My previous phones are like bricks compared to this beauty. It has a sleek and lightweight body and has a touchscreen that is very receptive. It is also quite easy to set up and get working, It took me around a hour. You have five screens on the phone, where you can put any of your applications by just clicking on them and dragging them to the screen. You can also use widgets such as the clock or WiFi/packet data etc setting on one of these screens.
I was pleasantly surprised to see you could also download the majority of the same applications on the play store, as you can on an Ipod touch. I recommend doing this if you enjoy playing games as unfortunately the games you are given automatically on this phone are poor and only trial versions. The internet is also a positive with this phone and you can chose whether you would like to use packet data or WiFi. As the other person said this is automatically set to packet data so If your on a pay as you go package like myself disable the packet data or else you'll use up the majority of your credit on it. For messaging you are presented with a screen where you can view the whole conversation you have texted with the person (Think Instant messaging style). The backgrounds given with the phone are poor but with your internet being nifty you can hold your finger over a picture you like and save it into the folder(downloads), then use it as a background so that is unlimited. Ringtones are the same but you can also download mp3s on the internet on your phone and save them to ring tones. Something which came in handy was its great navigational tool with inbuilt GPS. Saved me quite a few times from getting lost!
Now for the negatives on the phone. One of the biggest negatives for myself personally was the quality of camera. The camera is average when taking an ordinary picture, and quite poor in bad light. The zoom facility on the camera can be used by pressing the volume button when in the camera mode. This however distorts the quality in picture quite a lot. I have had cheap phones with better cameras than this one has. The second quite fundamental negative I discovered was the battery life, and this seems to be universal for this phone as my partner has exactly the same problem. For an idea of how poor this is is we both charge the battery every night, I use the internet on my phone regularly but my partner does not at all and it's as poor for each of us. Another issue is it freezes quite often.
However dispite the negatives you have to take into consideration the price your paying. For an android phone of this type this seems to be quite a good phone. If your used to using Ipod's then you would be used to most of the problems already -Low battery, not too good camera and frequent freezing, and you have to accept that for all the applications, games and extras you get with it it will do some of the above sometimes. If in doubt lend a friend's and see how you like the functions.
The Samsung Galaxy Mini is a smartphone released in the early part of 2011. Its features include 3G, touchscreen, 3MP in built camera, GPS as well as full access to the android market. It is a cheap smartphone compared to many out there which is great for those who want something neat for a small price. So how good is it?
I got mine in summer 2011 on a contract with a large supermarket company. It was great as, because of the low price of the phone, I seemed to get many more minutes/call time included in my package. It was my first proper smart phone and so I have really enjoyed all it has had to offer. There is full compatibility with social networking and easy uploading of pictures.
You do however only really get what you pay for, and I have found a few niggly problems with the galaxy mini, including the occasional freezing, slow response time, random shut downs and due to its smaller processing power, lagging whilst playing many games. This has really limited to what I have been able to download and play as I have to ask myself whether my phone will be able to handle it.
Also There are several games which are incompatible with the galaxy mini, as again, it seems that its processing power is too small to handle it.
The screen itself is a nice and large, however compared to other phones, some may say it is not as crisp. The touchscreen feature however is great, making texting and surfing the internet a breeze. There is the ability to check your email as well as create memos, listen to radio, music and view photos. The camera is a high quality at 3mp and it takes great photos even for a little phone! There are three push buttons which include an options button on the left, and a back button on the right of the phone.
The overall design is neat, with a slim design and elegant black finish. It does not feel bulky in the hand and slips into your pocket easily. There are many cases which can be purchased for this phone and the battery life is average ie for me it would last approx a working day. The phone supports an SD mini memory card and headphone jack connection on the top.
Overall a decent phone for someone on a budget, but in hindsight I probably would have opted for something a little more powerful. It is available to buy for around £80+ for pay as you go, however, opting for a contract to enjoy additional perks may be a better idea for this one.
I bought this mobile mainly because of the deal it came with from O2 and was not expecting too much from it however it turned out to be an excellent mobile! It has great dimensions and is very lightweight but the software is the most fun. You can get onto free wifi and download yourself some fun free apps which will keep you entertained for hours!!! It has a large storage capacity so you can take lots of pictures, download lots of apps and store music. Lots of my friends have iPhones and this phone seems quite similar to them internally but a lot cheaper than an iPhone!
There are a few downsides to the mobile though. It quite often lags on different screens and can get quite frustrating - something which my mother also agrees on (she has the same phone). Another issue with this phone, probably as well as most other smartphones, the battery life is fairly horrendous! Even doing simple things as texting wears the battery down quite a bit and if you have an intense texting session with someone you will probably need to charge it again!
Overall, I love the phone and it serves me well at quite a cheap price a month!
The Galaxy Mini is exactly that, a mini, condensed version of the Samsung Galaxy, however they are not identical in terms of functionality, performance and features. The first thing I would like to mention about this phone is the exceptionally fast internet access. Within the Galaxy range this is the basic entry level, yet it still mangages to boast broadband like speeds, allowing for faster updates. However, the speed of offline use is rather poor with the phone regularly 'lagging' and crashing, requiring daily (and in some cases hourly) re-boots. This is very frustrating, especially when needing to make an urgent call or when in the middle of writing a text message. That said, as long as it doesn't crash the touch screen is otherwise fast and responsive.
The size is very well though-out, managing to stay pocket sized (un-like the bigger, brick like, smart phones of the day such as the i-phone). This is a great victory considering the features it packs, however it must be noted that the camera is of a poor resolution at only 3.2mp, wheras most phones are coming with a camera of around 5mp as standard these days. A further disadvantage of the camera is the lack of a flash. Whether this is due to the low price or compact design is unknown however a flash is such a basic function which I would expect.
This is a great little smart phone for under £100. The low price may also explain the lack of flash and poor camera quality, which are not really that much of a problem for myself as I never really use the camera function on phones. The ease of use is incredible, finding it so simple use(even my technology illiterate, 82 year old Gran had no problems working it), with a great reception amd phone signal also, making calls easy to make and recieve with no problems.
nice and small for a touch screen phone - fits in your pocket nicely
very user friendly
has a good wifi connection and also has good internet browsing functions
many apps avaliable, free and paid from the marketplace.
very light and durable, i don't know how many times i've dropped this, it just carries on
battery lasts a long time
removable storage option ( though doesn't come with very much to start with)
when looking through contacts it doesn't come up with the ones on the sim card, you have to go through your messaging system to aquire a number.
camera isn't very good quality, very hard to keep picture in focus.
not much storage, mine came with 2gb of storage, however i inserted my old phone's 4gb sandisk card and that worked great
doesn't have 3G
Overall this is a great phone and i really enjoy surfing the web, going on youtube and texting with it
Samsung Galaxy Mini - it may not be as big as it's brother but it's still got a powerful punch in the smartphone range. I got mine in white when they first came on the market and it's been my stepping stone into the world of touch screen technology. To be honest, when I received my first call I was furiously tapping the left hand button to answer it until a twelve year old showed me how to swipe the screen, did I feel stupid, you bet ya, but it doesn't take long to get used to it and now I wouldn't be without it.
It operates on Android and has all the bells and whistles I need to get me through the day. I have text, camera (which doesn't like semi dark areas), I've got a calculator and much the same as normal phones but my new best friend also gives me google and maps (always relevant in my life as I can get lost in my own garden), youtube for when I'm really bored and a million apps which my children keep downloading for me (or them really but I end up feeding the dragon to keep it alive and visiting the animals in Tap zoo !).
Ok, so it's not as big as some other smartphones but that just means I can use a small hand bag, pocket etc.
Let's not forget battery life, as long as your not on it constantly it'll easily last you all day.
As someone once said, size isn't everything.
This phone is a nifty number and didn't take me longer than the usual initiation period of getting used to a new piece of technology. Let me talk you through it.
It's a touch screen, easy to lock and unlock beginning with a button on the right hand side; you can even change the lock mode and set your own pattern code to unlock, a little something for the more security conscious.
The mode indicator, signal strength, battery life and time icons are all tucked away in the top bar, and the icons to the four main menu's that link you to everything else in your phone (Call Functions, Address Book, Messaging and Main Menu) are located in a bar at the bottom of the screen: leaving you lot of room on the main screen to "drag and drop" the icons of the apps you use most often from your Main Menu screen; you scroll along from the main screen and you have two more pages of screen space to use in the same way.
The camera is good quality, a 3.2 Megapixel but the button you need to press in order to take the photo pops up on the viewing touch screen itself, it's not an external button on the phone making it a little tricky to take pictures involving yourself and others, on nights out or self portrait shots for example. There is no flash option either to speak of, or I am still yet to find it and I have had this phone for two months now; now flash thus limits you to only being able to take decent quality photographs in the day light or a well lit room.
The phone is an Android, it's my first experience of the system and I have to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying it! There are thousands of Apps you can choose from, just like with an iPhone. You can find ones for everything from Facebook to Cooking Recipes and mini photo editing suites.
The only other real gripe regarding this phone apart from the non external button for operating the camera, is the battery life. This phone does need charging every day, but with technology offering us more and more these days, it can only be expected. Thumbs up for the Samsung Galaxy Mini.
~ SAMSUNG GALAXY MINI GT-S5570 ~
The Samsung Galaxy Mini is part of the Galaxy series launched by Samsung. It was released on mid-February 2011 and it comes in black colour, with a silver or lime green stripe around the edge and in white.
I bought my black/steel grey Samsung Galaxy Mini GT-S5570 on June from the Carphone Warehouse with the Pay As You Go deal of the "3" network for £ 100. The device was unlocked and "3" was offering the cheapest off-contract price comparing to other mobile networks.
~ Technological Features ~
The phone operating system is Google Android 2.2 that can be upgraded to the 2.3 version. It's a 3G phone with HSDPA for high download speeds, it provides access to applications from the Android Market and the Samsung app marketplace for applications specifically made for Samsung users. It has a powerful 600 MHz Processor and 279 MB RAM.
In terms of internet access, the phone is equipped with Wireless and the quick processor makes it very easy to go online and navigate. On the main Internet page, you can bookmark your favourite webpages (for example Facebook, Twitter etc.) for easy access. It further provides Google maps, Gmail, E-mail, YouTube, Google search, Social Hub etc. The YouTube app supports a lot of options such as like and dislike videos, read the comments and subscribe to channels if you are connected with your Google account.
It includes GPS and Google Maps and there is an option to show you the restaurants, coffee shops, bars, hotels, attractions, gas stations and ATMs near your location by using the Android Market App. In Google Maps, your position is indicated by a blue arrow that shows the phone direction relatively to your destination. This is particularly useful for me that I don't have a good sense of orientation as I can see if I am heading to the right direction. It can further provide traffic information if you travel by car. This option tracks your position and allows you to see if there is a lot of traffic ahead and the approximate distance that the road is blocked by traffic.
The phone is also equipped with FM radio and Bluetooth. The Android Music Player supports ringtones and MP3 songs with great sound quality. The Quickoffice option in the main menu gives access to PDF, Word Documents and Excel sheets, so that you can view them from the mobile but the limited edition doesn't support document editing.
The phone provides 164 MB internal storage that can be extended with a memory card and the card slot supports MicroSD cards with capacity up to 32 GB.
~ The Design ~
This Samsung model comes in a "Mini" size with dimensions 60.6mm (W) x 12.1mm (D) x 110.4mm (H). The black phone case has a plastic finish and all the side buttons are placed on the silver/grey stripe around the edge of the cover. The corners are rounded and there is an inward curve on the back side. The phone size in the hand is good and with the curved design it fits the hand perfectly. The handset weighs only 106.6 grams so it feels very lightweight.
The side controls include volume adjustment buttons, the on/off power/lock button, one USB port, the headset jack and a micro SD card slot. The back cover has a nice patterned finish for secure grab so that it doesn't feel slippery when you hold it in your palm. The 3 Megapixel camera is located at the top and the speaker at the lower part that jumps out of the flat back cover.
The display touchscreen is wide enough, covering the front side of the phone and three physical buttons are placed below the screen for easier navigation: the options button, the home button and the back button.
~ The Display Touchscreen ~
The display is a TFT 3.14" touch screen with 320 x 240 (QVGA) pixels resolution. Multi-screens can be set on the background and different shortcuts for the menu applications and functions can be set at each one of them. You can easily switch between the screens as it also supports pinched zoom to the main screens and the menu.
The screen size is wide enough for web browsing and playing games. The resolution and image quality are good, but when I am online the full web pages are displayed on the 3.14'' screen and it's impossible to read the details. This is partly due to the average resolution of the screen and I always need to zoom in to read those websites that don't have the custom mobile view option.
The screen is very smooth and responsive and the general outline of the menu makes it quite easy and straightforward to access the phone features and applications.
~ Navigation and Menu ~
The main screen has an instant Google search application window and the four icons on the bottom offer a quick way to get to the main menu, contacts, calls and messages. These options can also be accessed by the main menu. Further, shortcuts of the most important apps can be placed on the main screen for instant access.
There is a notification bar on top that can be accessed by pulling it down from top to bottom. The bar provides fast access to the some basic settings that give the option to enable and disable the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, auto-rotation of the screen and silent mode.
A very useful Memo notepad is included to take quick notes of things that you need to remember. The pictures are stored in the memory and they can be accessed by the picture gallery. Basic editing options are also available and the images can be shared with Bluetooth, Gmail, Facebook and Picasa.
There is a virtual keyboard on the touch screen for texting. The buttons are quite small and texting was tricky in the first days but now I text pretty fast. The Swype texting can also be activated which is a word based text entry method. If the Swype feature is activated you can form the words simply by drawing a continuous line above the keys that correspond to the letters that form the words. When you form the letters, the program automatically adds a space between the words when necessary. Personally, I have tried this feature but I prefer the standard keyboard for texting.
~ The Camera ~
The smart device comes with a 3 Megapixel inbuilt camera with 320 x 240 (QVGA) resolution for videos and extra features like Smile shutter and Multi-shots. The camera has fixed-focus and flash unit is not included. Besides the lack of auto focus, many shooting modes (panorama, add me options that can merge 2 images into one) and various scene selections are provided.
The image quality is good but not perfect and the photos are occasionally a bit washed out in colour, depending on the lighting.
~ Battery Performance ~
The battery is standard lithium ion of 1200 mAh capacity. According to the product specifications it offers up to 570 minutes (9.5 hours) of talk time (2G) and 380 min (6.3 hrs) in 3G. The standby time is estimated to be 570 hrs in 2G and 440 hrs in 3G.
In my experience, the battery is quite good for a Smartphone. I usually charge it every 2-3 days, switched off and after the battery is completely uncharged. Every time the battery runs low, you can check the battery use which indicates the activities that spend the most energy between consecutive charging sessions (cell standby, phone idle, display etc.) and the exact time of use since the device was unplugged from the charger. Additionally, you can make a few adjustments on the brightness of the screen or the screen timeout options that will save some extra energy and extend the battery life.
~ My opinion ~
The Samsung Galaxy Mini is my first Smartphone device and overall I am quite satisfied with the performance, the quality and the features that are offered for this budget.
Unfortunately, the particular model that I purchased from the store was faulty and the camera wasn't working. Every time I was trying to access the camera from the menu, the screen was going black and I couldn't take pictures. Additionally, the menu navigation was very slow and the battery was poor (I had to charge it every day). I decided to return the phone and request for a replacement so I went back to the store where they immediately replaced the device with a new model which was working properly.
The new device works perfectly so far. I use this phone for my second number and I am very pleased with the features provided for the relatively low price. The screen is smooth and comfortable to use and it responds very fast to the touch. It is easy to navigate the menu, the battery lasts more than I expected for a Smartphone and it has a lovely and compact design. The web pages are loaded pretty fast but the low resolution makes it a bit difficult to read the full pages if you don't zoom in.
The one thing that took me some time to get used to was the calling options on the touchscreen. The calls can only be ended from red "End Call" virtual button on the touch screen. Since this is my first device with touch I kept pressing the physical "Back" key that takes you to the home page, so when this happens the call disappears from the screen but the line is still open. In that case, the ongoing call is transferred to the top bar menu of the main screen and it can be terminated from there.
The reception is excellent and the calling quality is loud and crystal clear. The speaker phone that is placed on the lower part of the back cover is pretty loud and I am very happy with the sound quality and the impressively high volume levels. The sound from the MP3 player comes out clear even if the volume is at the highest level.
The range of features provided is great and there is the potential to further enrich the phone features by installing more applications or by upgrading the Android operating system. Comparing to the other models in the market, this Smartphone has lower quality display screen and although the design is light and stylish, the plastic material looks cheaper than the metallic (and sometimes heavier) models. The display resolutions might not be perfect but in terms of features the Galaxy Mini can compete many of the expensive models and it's actually a very robust device that functions well and really gets the job done.
~ What's in the Box ~
The power adapter and a memory card (Micro SD) of 2GB were included. But no hands-free were provided in the box when I purchased it. The warranty is for 24 months for the phone and 6 months for the battery. There is also a quick guide with general instructions about the phone (it shows the buttons, how to insert your card, make calls and write texts) but the complete user manual can be found online at www.samsungmobile.com.
~ Availability and Cost ~
The phone is currently available at the Carphone Warehouse from £60 off-contract (with the "3" Pay As You Go deal), it costs £90 at T-mobile and it is also available online at amazon.co.uk from £95 (Sim-free).
~ Conclusion ~
The Samsung Galaxy Mini is an affordable phone with good features and stylish look. Despite the disadvantages I am very happy with my purchase and I would definitely recommend it. I think it's a great starter Smartphone for the price range of less than £100 but if you want to give more money there are many more choices on higher quality and feature rich models that you should consider.