Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Good phone but depends on expectations!
Samsung Galaxy Mini
Member Name: macemum
Samsung Galaxy Mini
Advantages: Very receptive screen, great text message lay out and easy to use.
Disadvantages: Battery doesn't last long.
I have read the other reviews and I think it is worth putting this phone into perspective.
I have recently got this phone as an upgrade and it is my first Android phone. Like many people I didn't use any instructions in setting up the phone and I found it very easy to set up. There is a period of adjustment when using new phones but I felt this transition was fairly simple.
Within the first hour, I had set up Wifi, added all my contacts, taken a picture, set up my hotmail for easy access and disabled continual connection to the web (which was not easy by the way. You need to go to Settings, Wireless and networks, Mobile Network Settings then take the tick out of Use Packet Data). The last was a personal choice for me as I didn't want it to always be connected and I wanted the ability to use wifi when I was in reach of it.
I found the screen was very receptive and the usual necessary short cut keys are at the bottom (dial and number, contacts list, messages and menu). You can create short cuts on the main screen (a bit like your desktop on your computer) by pressing and holdy the icon in the menu area.
The camera isn't great compared to other phones out there but it is acceptable again it depends on your requirements. If you are not using it all the time and just want to catch the moment every now and then, then this is more than suitable.
This phone has been heavily criticised for the battery life. I do have to agree with this as the battery life isn't great and you can see it visibly going down. As I turned off permenant connectivity the battery life is lasting longer that at first.
I really like the text message display. You can see the conversation you have with your friends in one screen (your messages as well as your friends).
On the whole I would say that this is a great first Android phone if you are using it only lightly.
Summary: For a first Android phone, highly recommended.