Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Fabulous first android phone, however, a few little issues...
Samsung Galaxy Mini
Member Name: Sparrow89
Samsung Galaxy Mini
Advantages: Great Navigation app, Conversation-style messaging, Many applications on play store, Good internet.
Disadvantages: Low battery life, Freezes often, poor camera quality.
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.
Summary: Overall a sleek and lightweight design,perfect for people new to android phones but poor camera.