Samsung Galaxy Mini Black Green

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A cheap handset with a vibrant personality, complete with a surprisingly effective Android operating system. Great for tight budgets that need a little extra in terms of features.

THE GOOD

Neat Android interface, low price, bright and colourful exterior, good social networking integration.

THE BAD

Images from the 3MP camera are poor quality, sunlight legibility and screen resolution fail to impress

User Reviews (61)

7.8 read reviews
Talk Time
Standby Time
Network (Band)Quad GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2
Software Memory
Display Resolution320 x 240 pixels
Display Size3.10 inches
Display Colours
Dimensions110.4mm x 60.1mm x 12.1mm
Weight105g
GPSNo
Camera Resolution3.0 megapixel
Video CameraYes
Camera FlashNo
Camera Features3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, and Geo-tagging
DataGSM/HSDPA
Browser
Bluetooth2.1
TV OutNo
TouchscreenYes
Memory CardmicroSD, up to 32GB, and 2GB included
Internal Memory160MB
MMSYes
E-mailYes
JavaYes
Wi-FiYes
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Razzle Dazzle ‘Em

This phone may be small, but it is mighty

This is the Barbara Windsor of mobile phones – small but with lots of razzmatazz!

What We Like

The Galaxy Mini makes us smile; it may be small but its colouring doesn’t make it diminutive. It has a glitzy green edge that screams show-off, but the matte back cover is textured so it’s comfortable to hold.

The processor isn’t the best – only 600MHz, but the Galaxy Mini also runs Android 2.2 Froyo, so there’s enough for everyday use.

There are seven home screens that you can fill with widgets, including extra Samsung ones, but if seven screens are too much, you can reduce them by pinching any one of them.  By pressing the menu button on any of the home screens you can add different items, or change the wallpaper, though we were disappointed to discover that live wallpapers are not supported.  You can also use the shortcut to access the settings menu, notification area, or Google search.

We were pleased with battery life; moderate usage with GSM standby and constant WiFi only had us reaching for the charger after 3 days.

Samsung have included its own TouchWiz on top of the Android’s original look in order to make the user interface better.  It automatically makes all app icons into big buttons with bright colours to effectively make better use of the low display resolution.  These can be arranged to your needs across unlimited pages.

Despite the low resolution, viewing angles are good and we found we could still read text in bright sunlight.  We also liked the fact that we could rotate the screen if we wanted to because of the inbuilt accelerometer.

What We Don't Like

Even though the 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen redeems itself in places, we were seriously unimpressed with the resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.  Samsung has done some sub pixel modifications to the fonts and icons to improve them, but we still feel this phone is lacking in this area.

The three-megapixel camera is only suited for the occasional photo.  It has a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, and there isn’t a flash, or a shutter key.  Having said that, the photos do usually have good colour and contrast.

Frustratingly, even though the Galaxy Mini runs Android Froyo, which is capable of supporting Flash, there is no Flash in the Web browser.

Conclusion

This is, without question, an attractive and well built phone that is quite capable, thanks to Android 2.2 Froyo backing up the run of the mill processor, of doing what you ask it to, even playing some games.  Connectivity is never an issue with options including GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and 3G.

What does let the Samsung S5570 Galaxy Mini down, is the low screen resolution and the lack of Flash, which ironically is one of Froyo’s key selling points.

We think this phone will appeal to young people looking for a cheap, versatile handset, or those looking for a good entry smartphone.

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Avg. Rating

7.8

excelletn phone. budget friendly and doesn't turn you down. features are greata and the design is very attractive. gotta love it!

8.5out of 10

The UI on this phone is great. It love its design and the Android phone is surprisingly easy to use. I never had an Android phone before and now I know why people love it. I'm loving this phone. Bought it, nothing to complain.

8.5out of 10

this phone looks good. it looks like a high end smartphone and it works fine coz i've been using it for a few months now. i love the android os coz its easy to use just like what they say. the casing looks solid and light. the screen is fast and responsive too. i would recommend this to people who likes touchscreen and not pay too much for it. get it guys! :)

8.5out of 10

This is a cheap priced phone. I find it very useful and it has served my purpose well. I'm not into too much gadget high tech but I do need Social Networking, it's part of my job. This phone is good enough for my use.

8.5out of 10

It is very nice good phone bcoz i really liek it and am satuisfide wit it and all programs and softwares and i like it a lot thanx vry much Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 use it

9out of 10

hey guys. this phone is awesome. at first it was very buggy then i upgraded to Gingerbread OS and it became awesome! Great phone guys! I have good experience with it!

9out of 10

dont be decieved by its name "mini"! it has a lot of features! it's really great! and the touchscreen responds really well. apps and user interface is amazing. i bought this phone 2 weeks ago. so far, it's pretty good.

9out of 10

for such a cheap phone, this is definitely a great buy! it has smartphone features and it has good performance! you wont wastye your money buying this! get this guys!

9out of 10

this is a basic smartphone. some people compare this phone with iPhone or any high end smartphone and complain about it.. that's just wrong because this is a phone that belongs in the low end smartphone price range! it has, of course, low specs! anyway, talking about this phone's performance. as a cheap smartphone, this is a good choice if you wish to buy it. basic stuff, good browser and good build quality.. for the price i paid? this phone is excellent.

9.5out of 10

this is the cheapest smartphone i have ever known! it works well as a smartphone but of course it doesnt have everything that a galaxy s2 have! the important thing to me on smartphones or touchscreens is that they should be able to access wifi and the galaxy mini does that! it's the best phone in its price range i must say!

9out of 10

this phone has rubbish user interface... it looks like cardboards stacked up together.. its also laggy.. rubbish phone

3out of 10

this phone has rubbish user interface... it looks like cardboards stacked up together.. its also laggy.. rubbish phone

4out of 10

It may be small but it is filled with so many features. They are all outstanding too. The applications are not really that amazing for me but the phone is a complete package I should say.

8out of 10

Best buy. These two words best describe this phone. It's affordable for a smart phone but it also performs really well. I think I got my money’s worth with this phone.

8.5out of 10

small phone with mediocre features. it is cheap, with that i recommend this to my friends.

8out of 10

Well, I do not have much to say about its looks and the way things work but it is okay as a whole. I would wish it to be a little bit faster. It would be much better then.

8out of 10

What good is an Android Froyo operating system if the touchscreen is very sluggish? Tell me. If this phone's touchscreen responsiveness is a little bit faster, I would recommend it to anyone. But it is not.

7out of 10

Excellent phone quality! I love the menu and the graphics and everything else combined in this tiny budget phone!! You must buy it!

9out of 10

cool phone, but could have been better.

8out of 10

There are actually 2 minis that you can choose from, the S5570 and S6500. I was lucky to own both as both are very affordable compared to other smartphones out there. Both are also very reliable. However, they are just too small for my taste though. The S6500 has an edge on internal memory as it has 4GB internal storage while the S5570 only has 160MB. That is why I prefer the S6500.

8out of 10

It's too small for convenienece. Well, that is according to my preference because there are also other people who find the size just perfect. I am not one of them. They should have made it just a bit bigger.

8out of 10

I would not play flash videos here. So basically it is a waste of time.

6out of 10

This is one of those best smartphones ever. Better than advertised high end smartphones. It is dependable and very efficient. The storage is superb and the performance is really impressive.

8.5out of 10

It is affordable while its features are very good and will get your satisfaction.

8out of 10

It is a dual touch screen, Quad band, and is a very handy phone. Its features are very good even though it is small. I like this phone.

8out of 10

You have to zoom the small fonts so that you can read better.

8out of 10

The screen is very responsive and I enjoy the widgets.

7.5out of 10

My phone was dropped a lot of times, yet there are no sign of scratches.

8out of 10

This is a best example of the phrase “small but terrible”.

7out of 10

I am always entertained by the FM radio and the RDS of this phone.

8out of 10

Best mid range smart phone ever, for students its dependable and quite good its camera maybe so perfect, but the best performance is the best when compared with the mobiles of the same price. Do Update the mobile to android 2.3.6 its battery standby will improve and application transfer to SD can be made.

8.5out of 10

All the application that you downloaded and install in the internal memory, no matter what the size of the sd card is. But still there are ways to move applications to sd card. You can do it by pulling the sd card and installing custom rom. You can also search the web.

8out of 10

I hate this phone, it bothering’s me a lot, I bought this 12 days ago and no wonder its annoying me and I really regret of buying it, the back option button on the buttom don’t even have lights. You cant hang on a call you have locked it with a security code and you have to unlocked it then cut the call.

6out of 10

I was using Galaxy mini, it is good but some times when ever some one called to me that time mobile not displaying the incoming number but ring is coming. When I am trying to receive the cal that time mobile was displaying force close, when I press the force close call disconnected and not showing the received phone number.

5out of 10

Cool phone that I can easily make updated with the features, or upgrade it into most higher features. I have this phone a gift from my lovely mom, when I receive it I like it right away, from the appearances to the features it is very nice and really a cool one.

8out of 10

All the applications that you download install in the internal memory, no matter what the size of SD card is. Bit still there are ways to move applications to SD card. You can do it by partiting SD card and installing custom ROM. You can search the web, I have a partition of 500 mb in my memory card. Si I can install application up to 500 mb in my card when the partition is full application will be installed in internal memory.

8out of 10

All I can say is that the device is very fantastic, but there is only one problem of this device the memory is very small, it has a good UI but you can make the phone even faster by updating to Android ginger bread, its design is very comfortable in the hand so if you love small smart phones galaxy mini is the one.

8out of 10

Ive been using this phone for a year plus and this was my first ever smart phone. In general, this phone satisfy all my daily needs. This is a low end smart phone. Which is why most of the applications on Google play are compatible with this phone. For those users out who have rather uge hands like mine, you will certainly feel that this phone is rather light and there is kind a lack of the grip to hold on to the phone.

8out of 10

I have been using this phone for about a year now since I purchased it. The only thing I got is satisfaction, because it has everything I need. To declare interest, am a good phone user, so I have tried lots of application and couldn’t find a disappointment. Good for browsing, good for updates, good for UI, to be honest I have no regrets buying it. For those who dislike this phone I can only see two things involved. First, they aren’t good phone users. Second, they aren’t able do updates.

8out of 10

I have a good experienced with this phone. Its cute and handy, specifically because of the color I purchased, which is color white. And because of the applications I installed on it. I enjoyed using all of them. Its kind a user friendly for the basic features. It has a good camera quality. The sad thing about this, there is no temple run applications game available for it.

8out of 10

I have this phone for nearly 6 months and what so special about this phone is the performance, the cpu was an armv7 capable of playing and supporting hd games and many other applications in fact I have already installed 60 different apps 4 of them are hd games and I also downloaded many videos from you tube I don’t have an sd card but the internal memory is quite big 4gb and it is enough.

8out of 10

Amazing, The screen of this phone is scratch proof because I used the tip of the plies cutter and rub it to my phone and I thought it had a scratch but when I rub it with my cloth and there’s nothing happened. It is totally amazing that up to this time there is still a good phone to be used.

8.5out of 10

This phone is awesome 4 gb internal storage I have a huge amount of applications and games and it has perfect text keyboard for teenager who chat a lot and he is confused about choosing a normal phone or qwetry keyboard phone I tell this awesome and its resolution and screen size are very good and 512 mp ram you can run a lot of games and apps without getting slow.

9out of 10

I bought it and its also my first smart phone and its resolution is very clear compared to my friend's Sony Ericsson Satio and it is thinner then the thin Nokia e5 and its processor is very well in multitasking and one time I opened music and another two programs and Face book and go chat and whatsapp and it didn't crash while playing music, its video recording is wonderful even when I shake the phone the video stills clear.

8out of 10

I actually have this one, All I have to say is, well I love it very much. Definitely I have no regrets. I'm a college student and it's my first smart phone. I can say that can do all the things I want it to do perfectly. The resolution's clear not magnificent but clear. The size is great. I wish it were a little bit thinner but it fits very well already in my tiny pockets.

8.5out of 10

I'm using this for about 4 months. This is a great phone. I can use about 3.5 day with power managing app. Usually I take 1 to 1.5 hours call per day. If any one thing about the battery I think you don't have to. There are 2 things to be improve. They should increase the processing power and ram. On all other round this is the best phone you find for the given prices.

8.5out of 10

This is an ok phone, can be upgraded to ginger bread, though it has only 160 mb storage, you can use your sd as a your internal storage if you root, like what I did, so far its good, you just have to take maintenance clean caches for better performance, the camera is not bad, surfing is not that bad, I’ve been using this for 1 year and a half and still contented.

8out of 10

All the apps that you download install in the internal memory, no matter what the size of sd card is. But still there are ways to move apps to sd card. You can do it by taking out sd card and installing custom rom. You can search the web. I have a partition of 500 mb in my memory card. So I can install apps up to 500 mb in my card and when the partition is full apps will be installed in internal memory.

8out of 10

I have use this phone last 11 months but now few a days I have facing problem in downloading thru google store, problem is that whatever I download that save in phone memory I also download software 'phone to sd that show the real player is in sd card memory but actually this is save in phone memory.

7out of 10

I can tell that this device is fantastic but there is one problem the memory which is very small, it has good UI but u can make the phone even faster by updating to Android gingerbread, it’s design is very comfortable in the hand so if u love small smart phones galaxy mini is the one.

8out of 10

I'm pretty much satisfied with it. for over a year and a half of use, this is a great phone.

8out of 10

bad phone overall... mainly because it doesnt have flash player which is required to play games on the internet. that's all i can say about this.. i regret buying it..

7out of 10

Best Midrange smart phone ever. For students its dependable and quite good its camera may be , you know but its performance is the best when compared with the mobiles of the same price. Do Update the mobile to android2.3.6 its battery standby will improve and app transfer to sd can be made.

8.5out of 10

The internal memory is full in your mobile, do one thing remove your sd card and go to the privacy setting and restore your phone memory then your mobile will look like a new one and the internal memory will free and u can download and manage u r phone this is the easy solution .

8out of 10

All the apps that you download install in the internal memory, no matter what the size of sd card is. But still there are ways to move apps to sd card.. You can do it by partating sd card and installing custom rom. You can search the web. I have a partition of 500 mb in my memory card. So I can install apps up to 500 mb in my card and when the partition is full apps will be installed in internal memory.

8out of 10

Seriously, call a phone with 3.7 inch screens "mini" is absurd. 3.7 inch is the limit for the comfortable operation with one hand, even if it doesn't matter for too many people, I can guarantee that a phone with a giant screen like 4 inch or more will be very inconvenient sometimes when you need to do quick operation with one single hand.

8out of 10

Compared to amsung Galaxy Y, I like this phone better for the simple reason that it has longer battery talk time. A difference of 3 hours!

8.5out of 10

Looking for a fast phone? Look eslewehere. You will die waiting when using this phone.

2out of 10

Nice and good phone you can also upgrade this phone if you want. And I have this it’s pretty fast the performance is good no problem at all. So what are you waiting for grab this phone now.

8out of 10

A nice midrange smart phone good for Samsung they made this kind a phone. I really appreciate with their hard work, nothing I can say keep up the good work.

8out of 10

Nice phone the performance is quite good it’s smooth with no hang or lag. And good camera with a nice photo quality and better connection for surfing.

8out of 10

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