Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy Mini
Member Name: StormLowe
Samsung Galaxy Mini
Advantages: Easy to use even for the not so techno savvy and Android offers wide variety of Apps
Disadvantages: Camera doesn't have an external button to operate it, phone needs to be charged every day
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.
Summary: Great touch phone, aslong as you don't mind needing to charge it every day