From mini cars to mini-skirts, small is the new big. Even smartphones are finding a market for the cute and petite. The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is the follow-up to last year’s Galaxy mini, and like any “summer sequel,” it comes with some blockbuster improvements, despite its small package.
First up, the screen is bigger and now has a much-improved HVGA display. That’s on the outside. On the inside we see an upgrade from the 600MHz processor in the Galaxy mini to an 800MHz single core chip, and that’s just for starters.
Mini Phone, Maxi Improvements
At only 109.4 x 58.6 x 11.6 mm, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 stands by its name. This really is a very compact smartphone by today’s standards. Not surprisingly, it is also very thin and lightweight, weighing in at only around 105g.
Despite being a small and low-priced phone, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 does not feel cheaply made or chintzy. Its small design is probably its best feature. The mini 2 just feels nice in your hand, and all of the controls are easily and comfortably accessible.
Image quality is about what you would expect on such a small screen, but it’s vastly improved over its predecessor. Mainly due to that upgrade to HVGA, it has more than tripled the detail of the previous Galaxy mini.
The user interface is about the same as you would find on most Samsung android smartphones, except for the specific improved features that come along with the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The Galaxy mini 2 is reasonably fast for an Android smartphone running Gingerbread 2.3.6, largely thanks to its upgraded 800Mhz processor. There are few complaints about the web-browsing experience with a Galaxy mini 2, and most casual games run just fine without locking up or getting choppy. But make no mistake, this is an entry-level smart phone; do not expect to see “quad core” level performance.
Don’t expect anything more than the basics when it comes to imaging. There is a bare-bones 3 megapixel camera, and you can shoot standard def VGA video. But these features are comparable to other phones in the mini’s price point, which do not have its slim and trim appeal.
You can get a good 7- 8 hours use time out of the battery, again comparable to other smartphones in its class.
All in all, looking at this little phone from every angle, the big conclusion is the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is a very well-designed and functional entry-level Android smartphone. It is especially suitable for first time smartphone users who want to get a taste for the whole smartphone experience, in a package that is small in their pockets and on their pocketbooks!