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Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Budget handset, but that's not a bad thing

There's not too much to shout about in the camera department on the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2, with no front facing option and no rear flash to help out in low light,

What you do get is a 3.15MP snapper, a little disappointing if you ask us, as the £100 Huawei Ascend G300 packs a 5MP rear camera with flash, while the similarly prices HTC Desire C also comes with a 5MP camera, but devoid of flash.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

There's no shortcut on the lock screen, nor is there a dedicated physical shutter button on the side of the Galaxy Mini 2, meaning you're left scrabbling around for the camera icon in the app list – however popping it on the homescreen will help.

The camera app itself takes a couple of seconds to load up, so once you've unlocked the Mini 2 and located the app there's no way you'll be able to take a spur of the moment snap.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

Options are few and far between with a handful of scene modes such as sports, landscape and night to choose from, as well as brightness, white balance and three basic effects (black and white, sepia and negative) to tinker with.

One slightly surprising feature is that the Galaxy Mini 2 can take panorama shots, plus there's continuous shot, which will take up to nine images in succession if you hold the shutter button down.

Let's not forget the 3x digital zoom, which will turn your grainy shots into a pixelated mess in next to no time, just dabble with the volume rocker switch to get your preferred level of blurriness.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review

There's no auto- or tap-to-focus, meaning you're left hoping the Galaxy Mini 2 is capable of sorting itself out, which can lead to mixed results in terms of image quality.

Once the shutter is pressed, there is a second pause as the screen goes black and the Galaxy Mini 2 takes the image, but it turfs you straight back to shooting mode, ready to go again.

Images, as you may have already guessed aren't brilliant – this is a camera which will suffice for the quick odd shot, but if you're into arty Instagram style shoots you'll want to avoid the Galaxy Mini 2.

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 review
Outside the Mini 2 performs reasonably well.

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Inside the Galaxy Mini 2 struggles with the various lights with grainy results.

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On full zoom the image becomes even more blurred - that's a horse by the way.

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The lack of auto-focus means there's lots of blurring.

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Negative is just one of three effects on offer here.

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Black and White gives your photos a more vintage look.

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The third and final exciting effect is Sepia – wow.

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Panorama mode is there, but the Mini 2 doesn't stitch images together well.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, EDGE, GPRS
SAR Value0.92 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy mini 2
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourYellow
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time11.33 Hour
Screen Size8.3 cm (3.3")
Screen Resolution320 x 400
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)106 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density176 ppi
Height109.4 mm
Width58.6 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time540 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy mini 2
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineGalaxy mini 2
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S6500ZYABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Choose a phone that combines good looks with great functionality. The compact Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is ultra-portable but it makes a big fashion statement. Its super-clear HVGA TFT display also means you can make the most of all your videos, social networking and more. Life is smoother, too, when you use Near Field Communication to make secure payments and share data. And, with a fast 800MHz processor, 2.7GB storage, and a longer-lasting battery, the Galaxy Mini 2 won't let you down on the go.

Fresh & Trendy Design

Coast on a larger screen that's clearer and brighter, the best display for viewing pics, web surfing and all your social networking activities. Still cute, still compact and colourful, mini 2 lets you show off your lively personality -- who wouldn't be charmed? Keep your lines slim and trim (11.85mm) for oh so portable comfort.

Limited Warranty2 Year