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Samsung Galaxy Mini
Samsung has managed to deliver great handsets in all ranges from hi end smartphones to even low phones. But as we move towards the lower end phones there are some features which have to be given way. Samsung Galaxy Mini is affordably priced but when it comes to features there have been some compromises like small screen, 3.0 megapixel camera, lack of Flash. But these are only small things when looked at the overall packaging of the phone which has capacitive screen with charming build and display. Can this handset give you the versatile experience of an Android? Read on to find.
 

Design

The design of the Samsung Galaxy Mini looks highly inspired by the Corby series of the same company. The screen size is smaller with low pixel density. Therefore in order to read small texts you will be required to zoom in every time. The build of the phone is plastic with slopes and edges surrounding the display.
 
Below the display there is ear piece to plug in the headphones. Three physicals buttons are also situated just below it; main menu key is at the centre. On the back there is battery cover which has an inward curve. On the back there are 3.0 MP camera with no flash. On removing the cover you will find space for the SIM card and microSD card slot on the right. Speaker phones are situated at the bottom.3.5mm jack is right at the top with microUSB.
 

Display - 3.14 Inch TFT Capacitive Screen

Samsung Galaxy Mini is a compact handset which has been rendered with a small screen of  3.14 inches having TFT capacitive touchscren having the  resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The screen response is amazing and far better than the resistive one. However the resolution and the small size of the display makes it difficult to read small text with ease.
 

Interface and  Software - TouchWiz, Quick Office

There is Touch Wiz user interface which supports various menus on the home screen which makes it a smoother package. On the home screen there is addition of new up gradation called drop down menu. The contact menu and text menu are simple and easy to handle.  A simple tap will bring on your screen all the connectivity options available.

On the software front the phone is loaded with various applications like Quick  office which manages your files like PowerPoint, Excel and Word. However you cannot edit your file here. There is a issue called fragmentation with the Samsung phones which causes disintegrations of the  various programs.
 

Internet and Connectivity - 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE

Access to high speed Internet is provided through 3G, Wi-Fi,GPRS and EDGE. Surfing of the web is smooth with HTML browser. There is no Adobe Flash in the phone , hence you cannot play the online videos seamlessly. Text produced on the sites is very small due to low resolution and hence zooming is required.
 
USB are Bluetooth are also integrated in the phone to provided easy and smooth transferral of the data. This global phone supports all the four GSM bands
 

Camera and Multimedia - 3.15 MP With 2048x1536 Pixel Resolution

Camera of the Galaxy Mini is 3.15 MP having the resolution of 2048x1536 pixels. The overall picture quality is modest. The pictures are particularly bright on sunny day. Since there is no flash in the camera the pictures taken indoors looks washed out. This budget centric phone provides average picture with few attributes present like Geo tagging. Manual settings like shooting modes, smile shots and panoramas can be set. Videos can be  recorded  with  QVGA@15fps.

There  is both music and video player in the phone. With video player you can play decent MPEG-4 files. In order to play DivX and Xvid  you will have to search in the Android market. Music player also plays all kinds of music formats like MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player. The sound quality is amazing with loud and clear music reaching our ears through the headphones and loudspeakers. Besides SterFM with RDS is also present  to let you enjoy music on the go.
 

Memory and  Processor - 600 MHz Processor, Android OS Froyo, Upto 32 GB Expandable

Galaxy Mini is loaded with 600 MHz ARMv6 processor and operating system which is Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo). This combination supports various applications like social networking integrations like Twitter, Facebook etc.Other Apps are Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Google Talk.  
 
The phone has 384 MB of RAM and internal memory of 150MB which is expandable to 32GB to store massive amount of data in the compact phone. 2GB of memory card has already been provided with the device.
 

Battery - Li-Ion 1200 mAh, Talk-Time 9 Hours

Galaxy Mini comes with the pleasing battery life. If you use your phone like a typical smartphone with browsing calling , messaging and listening to music it will work out for a  day. The battery is Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh which gives talktime of 9 hours and standby time of 570 hours.
 

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy Mini is the simple and compact smartphone which has the normal functionalities which are present in other smartphones. With low resolution screen and   absence of Flash being the major drawbacks of the screen. Not many would like to go for this handset. But provided you can afford to neglect these shortcomings it is best phone to opt for in the minimal budget having the high speed 3G and Wi-Fi.