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.
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.