Samsung Galaxy Mini review
At S21, we like to call a spade a spade. We don't like to call a phone "Mini" unless it is. The Samsung Galaxy Mini isn't. It is in fact a normal size phone, with the advantage that it has a decent-sized 3.14 inch screen.
We get the point that this is a budget smartphone though. The price has fallen well under £100 since launch, positioning the Galaxy Mini between the entry-level Galaxy Europa and the Galaxy Ace, both of which are great phones. On top of the Android operating system it has Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 user interface enhancements, with features like the SWYPE-enabled keyboard and social networking integration to enhance the standard Android experience. With a decent-sized 3.1 inch capacitive screen and an acceptably fast 600MHz processor, the user interface is pretty fluid and responsive most of the time.
Being an Android phone, the Galaxy Mini is equipped with an Android music player, FM radio RDS, GPS with Google Maps and the very powerful Android web browser, plus of course access to over 150,000 apps via the Android Market. It's a 3G phone with HSDPA giving download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB. There are lots of good reasons here to want this phone.
But in a budget phone there are always compromises. The camera is very basic, lacking autofocus and a flash. The screen resolution is quite low too, for an Android phone. And worst of all is the battery life, which is really very poor. These are the reasons why, despite its low price and excellence in many respects, we feel the Galaxy Mini is a 3 star phone.
In the end though, the Galaxy Mini is a great smartphone for those on a budget. It's a step-up from entry-level feature phones and a lot cheaper than the Galaxy Ace, and it packs the power of Android, the really user-friendly features of TouchWiz and a decent-sized responsive capacitive screen. It has great features like fast web browsing, GPS with Google Maps and has the hardware to back it up: a fast processor, adequate memory and all the connectivity options you could dream of. The new Galaxy Mini 2 is its replacement.
Samsung Galaxy Mini features include:
- 3 megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom
- Video recording (320 x 240 pixels)
- Display: 240 x 320 pixels (3.14 inches) touchscreen with auto-rotate
- Music player
- FM radio RDS
- MP3 ringtones / 64-voice polyphonic ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, email
- GPS with Google Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Memory: 164MB plus MicroSD memory card (up to 32GB supported)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Internet: Android browser, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA 7.2Mbps
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900), dual band 3G (900/2100)
- Size: 110 x 61 x 12.1 mm
- Weight: 107g
- Battery: 1200 mAh
- Talktime: 380 - 570 minutes
- Battery standby: 440 - 570 hours
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Samsung Galaxy Mini user reviews
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Average rating from 295 reviews:
Reviewed by Raff
on 20th Oct 2014
Worst phone ever. Battery useless. Phone freezes at least three times
per week. Often think it's working but it isn't, so I have to switch
it off and reboot it. Spoke to Virgin today (20 Oct 14)and was advised
to remove memory card as a precaution. This proved disastrous as card
snapped and all contacts & photos were lost. Incidentally when I
purchased the phone (from Virgin shop) was told that inserting the
memory card was difficult and removal of it should be avoided at all
cost & so it proved! NEVER NEVER TRY TO REMOVE THE CARD, WHATEVER
ANYONE SAYS. Wanted to give it a minus score but can't!
Reviewed by steph
on 24th Aug 2014
my samsung mini is useless it uses battry really fat like in 2 days so
i charged mine on thuday and it sundy and it almost flat so i dont
like this phone the battry life is really bad
Reviewed by alexis
on 2nd Jun 2014
The samsung galaxy phone is very basic. if your looking for a small
easy to use smartphone thats budget is within reason, its fantastic
and would recommend to all. However for an android phone, the
facilities are poor. the camera is simple is basic , and does not take
good photos, the wifi signal is painful sometimes and the battery life
is awful. The worst downfall to this phone is the battery life, as
percentages arent given, and one hundred percent ct harge would allow
for say three hours. bowever exaggerated that may seem in it true in
reality. this phone is robust and i have enjoyed having it fo isr the
last two years without a scratch zor crack to its name, which is more
than can be said for alot of phones i know however mamy times i have
dropped it face down.
oh yeah and there is no inner camera,
which makes selfies in public awkward!! ;-)
Reviewed by Matt
on 15th Apr 2014
Kamrul, I had exactly the same problem. I got this as my first phone,
and like you said, the battery life is so bad!! I leave it charging
all night and it dies within an hour!! There's no front camera and the
only one doesn't even have a freaking flash!!!! Everything freezes all
the time and it's got real bad practicality. THIS PHONE IS JUNK.
Reviewed by D
on 3rd Feb 2014
This phone does have rubbish battery and will run out and leave you
stranded in the middle of nowhere when you try to use the internet to
find out train times or gps. It is also impossible to use whilst
Reviewed by Kamrul
on 22nd Dec 2013
Absoulute rubbish. my dad gave this to me as a first phone. bad
idea...the battery is BAD. the processor is BAD. Camera doesn't even
have a flash or a front camera, that's BAD. it's SLOW. it takes 10
seconds to dhow my contacts. can't play Angry Birds without lag.
DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!!!
Reviewed by Richard
from United Kingdom
on 12th Oct 2013
In 20 years of having a mobile phone this has to be the absolute worst
phone I have ever had the misfortune to own. As others have said the
battery life is useless, but my main bugbear is that the screen locks
during calls, the volume control is too easy to accidentally press
during calls, same with the on/off button, (which seems to change it's
function when it likes), the screen light goes off just when you do
not want it to, the touch screen is useless, to be brutally frank when
I buy another phone (which will not be Samsung and I have been loyal
to Samsung for 10 years!).
I will take great delight in smashing this useless piece of junk with
a 2 lb lump hammer until it is totally destroyed.
I have never ever been so frustrated with an piece of electronic
equipment as I have with this rubbish and I write as a former IT
Manager well used to technology.
Rating 1 star? You have to be kidding - I give it minus 100.
Reply by Ashley
on 17th Jan 2014
I could not have put it better. Bring back my steam driven Nokia. I want a phone, not some useless vehicle to Appland.
Reviewed by NAHIAN from Bangladesh on 29th Sep 2013
Reviewed by Gill from England on 26th Sep 2013
I have been given this phone by my son - he thought i might enjoy it. Well I
too have found the shock of the Battery life and have turned everything off
(I am a Grandma and I have come from my lovely little Samsung phone with a built
in camera which takes great photos. My questions are if someone can help me
please are -
1 I have read here of the JUICE DEFENDER. Can you please tell me what this is
and if it works?
2 I cannot download my photos from this phone with a USB cable. I did download
a program that I read would work. Can't remeber the name. Thankfully I did a
System Restore before I did because after this program was on my cumputer kept
getting problems/hanging, etc. So I retored back again.
So for the moment I am glad I did not buy it as I would be dissapointed. Re:
Battery had to wait for my husband to be in Day Surgery and thought I could
watch TV - but then thought better of it in case I had no battery to use phone
in an emergency. Thank you
Reviewed by NICK from UK on 17th Sep 2013
SAMSUNG MINI? RUBBISH PHONE WISH I HADNT BOTHERED . BATTERY LIFE RUBBISH SLOW
DOWNLOADS AND NOW WILL NOT PLAY VIDIOS THEY JUST FREEZE.Ok FOR TEXTS AND CALLS
AND THAT IS IT. WILL NOT BE GETTING LOOKED AT THE SOONER IT GOES THE BETTER
Reviewed by Mikael from Sweden on 25th Aug 2013
It didn't work to connect the phone to my PC with Windows 7 by only connecting
it by USB (which works with my LG). Rather, I had to go through a rather tedious
process, which was made even more difficult by the fact that it doesn't support
the PDANet app which would have fixed the problem.
It was hard to change default homepage in the built-in browser, because the
keyboard almost completely blocked the "Save" button, and there was no way to
hide the keyboard or scroll down.
After about a year of intermittent use, the Internet speed over the mobile wireless
network suddenly became worse than a 56 kbit/s modem for some unknown reason,
even if it worked normally on other phones with the same SIM cards.
Reviewed by rodney slicka from england on 23rd Aug 2013
Big problems poor battery and apps running in the background.Reasonable camera
Reviewed by Em from Australia on 17th Jul 2013
Hmm, I have only had this phone for a short while (2 weeks) and am starting
to regret my decision. The camera takes such bad resolution photos I am not
sure why it is there. The calendar will not show any entries once they are entered,
so you have no idea what is happening for the week, and can't delete unwanted
entries, until you get a reminder. The processing speed is abysmal. Web pages/emails
will often not load due to 'Too many pages being open' (??). The battery life
My advice is to save your pennies and buy a really good smartphone. This was
my first smartphone and I'm afraid to say that it may have turned me off Samsung
Reviewed by angela bachan subhan from trinidad & tobago on
25th Feb 2013
i love my samsung galaxy mini
Reviewed by John Read from UK on 6th Nov 2012
Awful phone.Unreliable, fiddly and prone to soft ware freezes that mean a trip
back to the repairer.
Avoid like the plague.
Reviewed by Mor from Israel on 11th Oct 2012
I'm in love with this phone! It's really cute, fast, and has everything I need.
The battery life isn't really good but it's also not that bad. Great phone.
I recommend to change the sd card to 32MB- it will solve the memory problems.
Reviewed by Ladytinkerbell from England on 6th Oct 2012
Just left my phone with 02 for the 3rd time - just received abuse from the store
manager.. Will wait for the repair yet again,but doubt if they will repair the
light sensor fault this time, as they haven't managed the two previous times.
As well as light sensor fault and screen going black, I'm also getting a lot
of the faults described - keeps activating internet will not asked - very expensive,
apps working on there own and re appering after I've deleted them. Contacts
are a nightmare - Buyer beware!!!
Reviewed by redfitz from england on 1st Oct 2012
I had this phone for 9 months,the apps constantly run in background no matter
how many time U kill them they start ,the battery needed charging 2 times a
day I just gave it to my dad for £00 think that's all its worth.
Reviewed by Winnie from Singapore on 29th Sep 2012
I've had my Samsung Galaxy Mini for almost a year now and I am honestly beginning
to hate it.
Recently, the phone has been all nutty. For one, all incoming messages are rejected
because there is - according to the phone - too little space. Fine, I'll delete
all my messages. Though there are zero messages in my inbox, I still cannot
receive any messages at all. In other words, the entire messaging system in
my Galaxy Mini is completely kaput. Secondly, my applications - Twitter, Whatsapp,
etc. - all keep force-closing once I open them! I have to restart my phone to
use these applications and even that works less than 50% of the time. Moreover,
this is not the first time I have been experiencing all these problems. I had
to master-reset the entire phone a few weeks ago and it worked fine for a while,
but now it is off its rocker again. I think it is safe to say that I am beyond
frustrated. I can barely use half the functions in my phone now, I must say!
Another very annoying thing: if I got a dollar for every pixel the pictures
taken by the camera had, I would get one dollar.
So as of now, I am stuck with this piece of junk from 1655 aka Samsung Galaxy
Reviewed by Sarah from England on 26th Sep 2012
I've had my samsung galaxy mini for almost a year now and it hasn't let me down
yet.. I love that it's not very big and i'm on 02 which I get plenty of signal
when i'm out and about, I have a battery saving app which makes my battery last
from when I wake up till I go to bed, which is perfect for me as I always put
my phone on charge when I go to bed so it's fully charged for the morning so
battery is no problem for me. One down point is it can be slow on some bad days
but that may be because I have over 200 songs on it, which means I cannot have
any games or apps as I don't have the memory, but I don't use my phone for games
just texting calling and facebook etc, but all in all I have really enjoyed
having this phone and I think it's perfect.
Reply by OBADIAH from Kenya on 18th Jul 2013
which is this battery app ? help. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviewed by Janet from England on 8th Sep 2012
Love everything about my galaxy mini except battery life its appalling if i
go on google battery drains so quickly but have to charge every day.
Reviewed by phil from england on 8th Sep 2012
rubbish phone broke with me many times faulty screen buttons broken and there
was always a virus even with proctection
Reviewed by Thomas from GB on 18th Aug 2012
Hated it, failed four times since christmas HATE IT DON'T BUY IT
Reviewed by Bethany from Australia on 16th Aug 2012
I absolutely hate this phone, the battery charge is extremely poor, can barely
last a day, and takes sooo long to charge, it cancels a lot of your applications,
and won't always let you call people in your contacts no matter on the signal.
I definately do not recommend this phone for long-term use.
Reviewed by Leigh from UK on 15th Aug 2012
Locks too often and the battery life is dreadful. OK its cheap for a smartphone
but you get what you pay for, next time ill pay just a tad more and get something
alot better. Sorry Samsung...FAIL
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 14th Aug 2012
I totally agree with Jay from Spain regarding the touchscreen. Locks up too
quickly, can't answer calls in time, locks up during phone calls - absolutely
appalling!!! As for the dreaded swype nonsense - forget it. I've found battery
life to be OK, not bothered about a camera or all the other stuff they put on
these days - but I've tailored my menus to suit me.
Would I buy one again - absolutely definitely NOT!!! Very angry with it and
thought better of Samsung!
Oh and by the way what imbecile placed the off button and volume control precisely
where you place your hands go when making calls?? Very annoying and totally
impractical design as I keep accidentally pressing the buttons whan making a
call and why does the screen lock during a call - most annoying having to unlock
then press "end call".
Right - I've let off enough stem but before I go I just thought Samsung may
wish to know I've bought myself a cheap and cheerfil nokia with proper buttons
- no dreadful touch screen, no poorly placed buttons, OK the screen is smaller
than the Galaxy mini but it's a far better user experience. And the sound quality
Have a nice day...
Reviewed by Richard from england on 9th Aug 2012
great phone for the price! all these idiots complaining about the battery life....
what do you expect for a smart phone under £100?
Reply by brian from UK on 18th Oct 2012
that it works
Reviewed by Jay from Spain on 6th Aug 2012
The touchscreen is not good enough. I've lost numerous calls as i cant get it
unlocked in time. Its just impossible to write texts.
The battery life is appaling. It takes hours and hours to charge by usb. And
only lasts a day on standby. Pathetic.
It keeps going wrong and need to be hard reset - which looses all contacts,
The camera is worse than my 5dollar webcam.
The kies software is the worst software i've ever had on my pc. Its bloated,
slow, and buggy. And poorly designed.
Sometimes text messages wont go. It says Failed. And there is NO RESEND option.
Deigned by idiots. Sold to Suckers, like me, from Evil phone company that has
NO REFUNDS/EXCHANGES. wtf is wrong with all these phone companies.
I'm going back to my old mobile. It was small, make phonecalls, and worked.
Reviewed by Rokib from London on 3rd Aug 2012
I recommend everyone who wants buy this phone,please please please don't buy
this phone(samsung galaxy mini) battery life is really poor.If it's fully charged
also you can't use it properly half an hour.Really, really,..,,, bad phone.I
am really unhappy with this phone.
Reviewed by JODY from INDIA on 1st Aug 2012
I JUST LOVE THE PHONE....ITS THE BEST SMART PHONE IN ITS RANGE...PLEASE BUY
THE PHONE...ALTHOUGH THE BATTERY IS A PROBLEM BUT YOU CAN AVOID IT BY CHARGING
IT FROM TIME TO TIME
Reviewed by iddssembirige87 from Uganda on 1st Aug 2012
da battery is hell
Reviewed by Leahmarie from England on 25th Jul 2012
-lots of free apps
-good overall phone
-texting is fast and easy
-if you drop it it wont break
-ending the call is hard cause my screen just goes blank
-sometimes texts wont send
-some apps arnt supported
but, ilove mylittlephone!:) x
Reviewed by Sam from Coventry on 17th Jul 2012
Reviewed by Ayesha from Pakistan on 14th Jul 2012
I recently bought this phone and I liked it, but the battery life is simply
AWFUL!!! Can't explain how much irritated I feel because of the battery life.
my main purpose of buying this phone was to use net in a better way but the
battery life just flies away so fast if I browse. so I would not recommend this
phone to net lovers. but if u can avoid only this problem then its okay. other
than this problem, its nice smartphone.
Reviewed by emmaaaaaaa from ................. on 14th
I orded a samsung galaxy mini online and it came in the post and i have to say
its amazing!!! whats all the bad reviews for guys??? This phone is perfect,only
con is the battery life isnt amazing, recommend to people who like apps,texting
and photos ec,etc,etc....... best phone i have had for a LONG time!! A********
Reviewed by melissa from england on 11th Jul 2012
no bad points
Reviewed by Cliff Maxen from UK on 10th Jul 2012
my phone is 9 months old, has broken down 3 times and is faulty now. Last time
it went to Samsung and I did not have it for 3 weeks. Faults have included:
camera locks up phone completely (x2,) can't find sim card, won't play music,
cannot find my location.
OK I probably have the only bad one?
Reply by OBADIAH from Kenya on 18th Jul 2013
yours is the only faulty one. mine works 100% you should review the settings
so that you are able to end calls using the power button . or you disable the
function that makes the phone screen to go off when making calls! there are
sensors on the phone that detects when you are making a call,they function when
you bring your body near the phone(eg ear,finger) .this function helps to save
Reviewed by Jo Norsworthy from New Zealand on 9th Jul
Totally agree regarding the rubbish battery life. Also, touch screen not all
that either - I find texting a chore. To conclude; an exercise in frustration
- don't go there!
Reviewed by Akis Tzortzis from UK on 3rd Jul 2012
Battery life is terrible. You leave home in the morning and at lunch time you
have 10-20% left. That is without browsing or making calls. It is almost not
fit for purpose. Most of its "android" abilities are useless in practice. For
example you cannot realistically use the GPS navigation because you will be
out of battery very soon. You cannot have it checking your emails because again
by lunch time it will be almost empty. This is a phone that spends more time
on the charger than in your pocket/bag. Whoever has given it good reviews have
not really tried to use it. Take it out of your house and go walking in the
woods or go visit friends in the country. You will always on 10% battery and
asking for a charger. Terrible is not the word to descrbe it.
The GPS is klunky. As soon as you switch the GPS on you really must stand still
until it locks to the GPS satellites. My other GPS devices are locked on and
giving me instructions way before the Mini has got a GPS lock.
The interface is also bad and while on a call very slow. You can be on a call,
the screen goes blank, no way to get it back in some reasonable time and put
the phone down. If you really must put the phone down it is far quicker to remove
Or throw this useless away.
Reviewed by xxxxxx? from xxxxxxx on 30th Jun 2012
it is not tht "mini" and the quality of hd issent good...but its an awesome
cute phone especially now i hav a keep calm nd carry on case but im trading
mine in for my dads blackberry curve 9320!! x
Reviewed by ian mearns from scotland on 25th Jun 2012
very pleased with my new mini and the budget price plan,as a pensioner it suits
me well.One wee problem i do not receive sms fromTesco,trying to sign in,but
get messages from family no bother at all.
Reviewed by Sally from UK on 23rd Jun 2012
Awful. I would not recommend this phone to anyone.
The battery life lasts half a day max,
The touchscreen is hard to use.
My touchscreen has recently stopped working.
My reception during calls is shocking despite having excellent signal.
To conclude, do not buy this phone
Reviewed by Jason D. from Scotland on 16th Jun 2012
i spend hours trying to transfer some pictures, and i cant.
That kies software has totally messed my computer.
Also the touchscreen doesnt work half the time.
samsung, i know totally hate you, and will not buy anything of yours for the
next 10 years.
Reply by Richard from UK on 14th Aug 2012
Totally agree with you there mate, Kies is absolute rubbish.
Reviewed by anonymous from finland on 16th Jun 2012
I used a very basic phone until 2012. I only needed to call, send an occasional
sms and use the calendar. Recently I decided to get internet as well and bought
this phone. It's probably rubbish compared to new high-tech smartphones but
for me it has been quite perfect. I'm not interested in games, phone cameras
or stuff like this, so these "limitations" don't concern me. The only problem
for me really is the battery, which doesn't last long. This however is a common
issue with all smartphones. Nice phone for people who are not looking for any
Reviewed by BigJonMX from England on 14th Jun 2012
While it is an OK phone, there are a couple of show stoppers. First, it is not
possible to transfer files (music, data, pictures) to/from the phone to a computer
without using Samsung Kies Software. If its not your computer - you're screwed.
If it is your computer - you are still screwed, because the kies software is
soooo buggy (and huge) it seriously damages your computer. (google it!).
So as i paid for a smartphone, but cant do anything 'smart' i feel i've been
Reviewed by susij from UK on 12th Jun 2012
Had this phone since November and quite frankly its the worst phone I have ever
had. Dont buy one
Reviewed by Annie from UK on 12th Jun 2012
This little phone is great, just wish the battery was better. The camera is
not great either but the nifty new features make up for this.
Reviewed by Sam from England on 10th Jun 2012
Whats with the bad reviews? The battery life on mine isnt too bad, the only
problem iv ever had was just getting used to its touch screen! Excellent phone
is it really has everything you need, inclueding some fun apps like Shazam!
Reply by kelsey from usa on 27th Jun 2012
init but the battery is a bit bad but agree with everything
Reviewed by planetlaxy2012 from United Kingdom on 10th
This phone feels good in the hand but looks slightly like the old style samsungs.
It doesnt work with all of the apps from android either but it looks good in
black and lime green!
Reviewed by Andre from . on 8th May 2012
Pretty good phone.
Though it is fast and responsive (most of the time), it sucks because of the
- BAD BATTERY LIFE (ABOUT 2 DAYS WBATTERY SAVER)
- BAD CAMERA (i mean REALLY RUBBISH, especially VIDEO QUALITY)
- MOST APPS & GAMES ARE UNSUPPORTED (Play Market doesn't allow me to install
them 'cause the resolution is too small, since the screen is very small comparing
to other Android smartphones)
- SMALL RESOLUTION screws up some games.
Average phone, but still pretty rubbish.
Reviewed by anonymous from parts unknown on 7th May 2012
very good, luv this phone. great app selections! got for christmas and has worked
ever since no probs with the charge.
Reviewed by Salwa Kamel from Egypt on 6th May 2012
It is a very bad phone. So many problems and the srevice of Samsung in our country
is awful, many problems with customers.
I thing the image of Samusung is becoming very bad, and I don't recommend any
body to deal with Samsung or to by this pnone.
Reviewed by Heather from spain on 4th May 2012
I got my phone last week, and I have had the same probs as every one else, try
to phone out no one csn here me, no body ever get my texts, battery life well
what can i say about that, NOTHING it's rubbish longest its lasted up to press
is prox 6hrs and thats not even useing it. Have taken it back 3 times and they
jusy shrug ther shoulders and say " NO SAY " sorry but its absolutley rubbish,
going back to my old phone, it might be a dinoursore but it works
SORRY SAMSUNG THIS PHONE IS *#+~* RUBBISH
Reviewed by liam from uk on 26th Apr 2012
I had recently bought the HTC Titan but found it horrible to use so I downgraded
to the Samsung Galaxy Mini and my life has become considerately a lot more brilliant.
You realize how much you have missed out in life once you get this phone.
Reviewed by not happy from belgium on 22nd Apr 2012
1 day max
if you play with the phone , a half day
android system is to complicated,and settings are very dificult tho find.
first time that i used the phone he was almost against the wall.
very disipointed in samsung!!!!!!qaulity of samsung where are you. or its all
about the dollars
Reviewed by mounir helmy from Egypt on 22nd Apr 2012
a good phone if accidentally it works!!!!! I bought one at the end of march
2012 it didn't work and returned it back to Samsung Egypt they replaced it after
20 days of problems!!!! the replaced new one worked just three minutes then
the screen went black!!!! I returned it back the same day and waiting now for
the third one!!!!!! .....Incredible bad experience with an incredible very bad
Reviewed by Emma from Uk on 21st Apr 2012
Nice looking phone but that's about it. Battery only lasts half a day so forever
on charge, not much use if your going out for the day !!!! Very disappointed
with Samsung on this model !! B
Reviewed by Claire from England on 21st Apr 2012
What can I say. Thought this was a great phone until it starting shutting itself
off and you can't get it going again unless you take the battery out and put
it back in again. The first phone I had did this, so the retailer replaced it,
I had only had it a week. the second one does exactly the same and to say I
am niffed off is an understatement. This one will be going back too. I have
never had problems with a phone before, so I am not impressed atall. Is anyone
else having this problem????
Reply by Lina from England on 27th Jul 2012
I know what you mean by it shutting itself down and having to take the battery
out to restart it. Both me and my son have exactly the same problems as we both
have the glalaxy mini. It happens at least 3 times a day with both of us. Really
beginning to do our heads in. No point taking them back as will only happen
with the replacements. Not impressed at all!!!
Reviewed by shine vs from lndia kerala on 17th Apr 2012
I love my phone nice phone
Reviewed by d from uk on 14th Apr 2012
Love the quick download speeds but screen too small you have to scan screen
left to riright constantly.
Camera too dark and grainy. Zoom rocker too fiddly.
Battery life rubbish. Thinking of buying a new battery cos this one only lasts
a few hours. Have to charge constantly.
Reviewed by penny from ireland on 14th Apr 2012
its a very good phone !
Reviewed by Jon from Bradford, UK on 13th Apr 2012
I've only had the phone a few days & so far, I am really pleased with it. As
this is my first smart phone I have spent quite a lot of time 'exploring'it.
The battery life is better than I expected, as I've only had to recharge it
once; compared with my previous Tocco Ultra, which needed to be charged every
48 hours even if it had not been used, this is quite impressive!
The screen definition is a bit coarse, but this can be improved by turning the
brightness down to about 1/4.
Based a a few days use, I have happy to give the phone 5 stars
Reviewed by jackbowden from brighton on 10th Apr 2012
really good phone, i tethered it to my pc and the internet is really fast (3g
lol) easy to use, deffinatly worth the price, only problem is battery life but
the batery lasts 2 days loo, i reccomend this to anyone! enjoy :)
Reviewed by bobby from bluesville on 8th Apr 2012
ok phone battery life very poor! does any one if you can download films(dvds)
on to it?
Reviewed by Jimillybob from Awesomeville on 7th Apr 2012
My phone is sorted all I had to do was restart the system so I'm now changing
my review to outstanding!
Reviewed by Jimillybob from Awesomeville on 7th Apr 2012
I got this phone yesterday and after about three hours it said my memory was
full after downloading a basic wallpaper. Also it kept making me force close
everything.Apart from that it is awesome and charging the phoneis quick.
Reviewed by hi from hi on 5th Apr 2012
it is actually giant! biggr thn my xperia! so, no NOT MINI lol
it's good just poor quality live wallpapers not very 3d or hd and is kinda cartoony
and not as colourful but really really good though! (:
Reviewed by hi from hi on 3rd Apr 2012
my mum is getting this! It's really good. It is not actually THAT small, but
I see why they call it 'mini' lol!!!!! Android
Reviewed by Venky from India on 1st Apr 2012
I am using MIUI GB rom and its battery backup is 2 days.I am very happy that
soon it will get android 4.0 aka cyanogenmod 9.0
Reviewed by Mariam from Egypt on 31st Mar 2012
it's awesome it is with me 2 months ago it's still likes new!! but my question
is how to turn off 3g ???
Reply by timothy from india on 6th Apr 2012
go to settings,wireless connection,mobile network,network mode&here GSM is 2g
and WCDMA is 3g
Reply by Hale Roe from UK on 6th Apr 2012
go into settings > wireless and networks > mobile networks > click only use
2g networks and that should solve it however you may also need to switch data
network mode off as well to do this you hold down the lock button at the side
as if you was going to turn the phone off but press the data network mode button
and it should say it is deacviated hope this helps
Reviewed by aisha from united kingdom on 31st Mar 2012
i think this phine is a outstanding phone and i would recomend it to everyone
Reviewed by Abraham from Ethiopia on 27th Mar 2012
I love the phone
Reviewed by tanzeel from pakistan on 21st Mar 2012
i love that mobile and i am using it
Reviewed by mahesh from Qatar on 20th Mar 2012
Ok not bad
Reviewed by Sylvester from My on 19th Mar 2012
A great phone. Upgraded mine to 2.3.7 cyanogenmod 7 (unofficial). support flash
player. weakness: bat and average cam.
Reviewed by yoy from yo on 18th Mar 2012
Kwl phone for defo... I really like it buh the battety is low al the time and
samsung and lg allways come up with similar phones like this is similar to samsu.g
fit and apollo but great phone anyway hop i helped xxxxxxxxc oh and im typong
this on my samsung lol so itz hard to type lol x
Reviewed by vysakh from INDIA on 15th Mar 2012
value for money! but battery back up is very poor.u should charge the phone
in 12-24 hr according to ur use.
Reviewed by Sean T Traynor from Northern Ireland on 14th
Recently upgraded from a Samsung E250 on t-mobile, not sure a good move, texts
coming in ok, but keep getting failed msg on txting out. My t-mobile is a waste
of time, and for someone hearing impaired like me, phoning 150 is a chore, about
to put sim card back in old phone I thinks
Reply by Annie from Scotland on 16th Mar 2012
I have the same problem - have to turn off 3G to text out. Can receive texts
with 3G on but can't send them.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on 16th
Starting to sound like a T-Mobile problem. Samsung E250 is 2G. Sean, does turning
off 3G fix the problem? Annie, are you on T-Mobile too?
Reply by jon from uk on 24th Oct 2012
This is exact thing that happening to me can not send texts on tmobile its in
shop now getting repaired I didn't check if I send them with 3g turned of coz
thought it must be a fault tmobile have said its a software problem wonder how
many people this has happened to on other networks
Reviewed by peter Berry from london england on 13th Mar
I have had three smart phones in the past year.but this one is the best so far
as it has all i need and is compact and has alot on it.my other smart phones
have been bigger with touch screen but not as good as the galaxy mini.since
buying this two of my friends have bought the mini galaxy.
Reviewed by Terry from UK on 12th Mar 2012
Got Galaxy Mini WiFi stopped working after abot two months wil not keep connection.
My wife and sistr in-law also bought and are having very problem wi-fi keeps
Dont't buy it better buying bog stadard phone than samsung galaxy mini
Reviewed by Emma from UK on 12th Mar 2012
I love the phone! It is full of gadgets and apps, its REALLY easy to use, after
getting used to it of course, and it does everything you need and want it to
do. Themes of the phone look really good, but if you don't like it there are
plenty of downloadable themes on android market/Google play. I never put the
phone down, literally. I am constantly learning of something new it can do,
or something else I didn't know about it. Everything about the phone is amazing!
Reviewed by Mechelle Henry from Australia on 11th Mar
I am disgusted with Samsung for failing to provide an adequate user's manual
with the Galaxy Mini S5570. I have tried unsuccessfully to download one and
have noted the same frustration of others who cannot obtain a user's guide.
I have tried for two days and am now returning my phone and demanding my money
back. I haven't enjoyed the phone at all. I have never experienced this problem
with other phones. All the smartness in the world means nothing if the market
itself is left in the dark.
Reply by Pedro from UK on 12th Mar 2012
Here is a link to the manual... www.three.co.uk/.../Samsung_Galaxy_Mini_UM.pdf
Hope it helps
Reviewed by Joanne Fearon from UK on 11th Mar 2012
Been a nightmare from day 1 just been sent back to SAmsung today by T mobile
can ring people but they cant hear me and i cant end calls. Not zooming properly.
Camera appalling colours wrong and no flash. buttons clonky. Internet doesnt
seem right. Been back in shop 2 or 3 times per week since brand new. Given a
terrible nokia about 15 years out of date till gets fixed. Suggested I sold
and bought new hand set what a what a waste.Dont touch this phone. Thinking
of putting a sim back In my old o2 phone my old samsung jet better and its supposed
to be out of date this aint no smart phone and neither am I for getting it could
have saved money and got better hand set. only been using this since last month
Reviewed by Someone from Somewhere on 8th Mar 2012
Best phone ever! Only complaint is the battery life, but a BRILLIANT phone for
Reviewed by Danny from N Ireland on 8th Mar 2012
I have now had enough of this pathetic phone and changed my sims card back to
my old Motorola untill I can afford a new one. This phone has been nothing but
trouble believe me.
Reviewed by Jerome from Philippines on 7th Mar 2012
I have this phone, Its pretty cool too. Its a great low budget android smartphone.
Ive had this phone for 1 month and I did not get any problem, I give this a
phone a great 4 stars... Great for me!
Reviewed by DHAIRYA from UAE,Dubai on 6th Mar 2012
it just rox can download any thing from anroid app store.
it's worst part is its battery.Battery back up is so less
Reviewed by hadi from Malaysia on 3rd Mar 2012
i think this really is a worthy buy for people under budget like me. I can download
all the game from the market and do many thing. but yes the battery runs like
water in desert. but apart from that totally worth every cent. if you want better
performance put more money in your budget but this phone is better than galaxy
y in many terms execpt from processor speed
Reviewed by rv from BH on 3rd Mar 2012
this is my 1st Samsung mini its good.but problem is how to save internal memory
n how app copy 2 SD card some body help me ........
Reply by Ace from UK on 13th Mar 2012
Hi, Go to Google Play (formerly Android Market),and search for a free app called
MoveApps. hope it helps you
Reviewed by Sheralyn from United Kingdom on 2nd Mar 2012
I have had the Galaxy Mini for 13 months and going by my experience I would
not advise anyone to buy it. When typing text messages the keypad activates
itself and it looks like I am trying to communicate with aliens. When a call
comes through more often than not I am unable to unlock the phone, so end up
missing most calls. I must admit I have come close to throwing it over my balcony
through sheer frustration. I know through experience that these phones are sensitive.
But this one tops the lot!
Reply by Michelle from Greece on 11th Apr
I think you need a wee tutorial ...I have had this phone for a year and have
none of those issues..
Reviewed by ◑‿◑ x (-: from ◑‿◑
x (-: on 1st Mar 2012
omigosh! this is like tht samsunggg galaxy apollo plussss + y wont it load my
wordzz? I actually wrote something nice, no vile language or anything!! but
anyway, the phone.. this phone is sensitive which ppl TEND to hate buh others
tend to love or find ok. It has android which is gud and comes in use! thanx
for reading! buy it if planned! samsung is a very good brand tho can get bored
easily, I still love my samsung and have had it a couple of months no problems!
Reply by Jason from Fox on 5th Mar 2012
Assuming you are not illiterate (which you may be) why don't you write in plain
English? Your message is almost impossible to understand without reading it
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 29th Feb 2012
I simply cannot believe any have not noticed probably the most important thing
about this phone [ although some of you have been bright enough to work out
that ALL of the initial problems are because it is being sold with out-of-date
software, you MUST upgrade using kies to get any kind of reliability]
BUT here in the UK it is illegal to drive without hands free..
So when my blue-tooth would not auto answer Samsung agreed to replace mine because
"it is obviously faulty" it was only when one of their own backroom staff heard
about what was/is going on that he chimed in because he had to give up on using
his own phone when he found out after wasting hours, that his bosses had the
feature taken out as part of the money saving exercise to bring the price down!!!!!
Oh & by the way read the other forums, the cannot-end-call prob' is STILL very
much ongoing never mind what anyone says.
Reviewed by Tayzone from England on 28th Feb 2012
It started off, beautifully, with everything going perfectly.
Few days later... my phone screen blacked out completely, a few problems had
gone on before that such unresponsiveness to touch (ridiculous I know) and more
force closes than I could appreciate, oh and of course I just couldn't make
phone calls, so am lot of the times my phone was completely useless.
I returned it and got a new on about three weeks ago. Can't say this is much
better, a lot of force closes, it responds to touch (Yay) and phone calls are
good. But it still has some freezing moments.
Generally, it's a beautiful looking phone, I love the swype thing, its fantastic.
The screen resolution - horrible, sorry. And the battery is horrific (but you
must realise this is an ANDROID phone and there are apps for this kind of thing,
some better than others). Good gaming except for the terrible screen, the connectivity
if substantial and it's a pretty easy phone to get used to if you're okay with
a few force closes, phone crashing, mediocre camera and bad screen resolution,
Oh and of course, sometimes this phone has a mind of its own (I will now switch
off and laugh as you try -failingly - to turn me on for the next 30 mins). Please
realise this is a very greatly priced phone.My sister has one too, with most
off my problems but she's not one to moan.
All in all, it calls, it takes pictures, you can download most apps, you can
watch movies, listen to your music, read your bible and get on the internet,
you have swype so well, you can't deny the fact that it IS actually a phone,
dysfunctional at times, but a phone is a phone.
I like my phone but it's android siblings are much much better. The S2 for example
is a beautiful phone but that's a another story.
Reviewed by shah from brunei on 28th Feb 2012
i like my samsung galaxy mini , its so cool ,very versatile with android capabilities
and very affordable smart phone.Really worth buying.
Reviewed by Akhil from Dubai on 27th Feb 2012
Amazing phone... only problem is battery life. any ways for longer battery life
Reply by Hale from England on 28th Feb 2012
turn of wi-fi,3g anything like that then get JUICE DEFENDER from android market
and that should do the trick
Reviewed by Gerry from India on 26th Feb 2012
Yes it looks gud but it cant support flash player. By this some content related
to this cant run in websites and also when I want to download some mp3 song
from musical websites it cant download, batt. backup is ok when put wifi, background
data and gps on off mode and also when brightness is at lower level, its clear
wastage of money
Reply by Adang from My on 19th Mar 2012
With custom rom, u can install flash player 10.3..
Reviewed by david from england on 23rd Feb 2012
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 22nd Feb 2012
First smartphone and overall very pleased with it. Similar to others battery
life is short but only when all applications are on. I switched everything off,
WiFi B/T GPS DATA and the battery lasted so much longer. But you buy a smartphone
to use these facilities.
My wife has the same phone and is experiencing the following problem. During
a call she is cut off. Could this be because she is putting a finger over the
proximity sensor on the top left corner above the volume key. Any feedback would
Reviewed by Thiery from Zimbabwe on 22nd Feb 2012
The phone is super. I think the battery is ok because for me its enough to go
to school and back without its battery going down. The one thing which bugs
me is sometimes it lags.
Reviewed by Mudassir Hashmi from England on 20th Feb 2012
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Galaxy mini has lot of fun but the only worry thing is the timing of its battery
which is very low if you charge it full without using multimedia it will be
remain on only for 6 hours after that it will be off.