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Reasonable budget android phone
on 4 January 2012
The Samsung Galaxy Mini is a phone I wouldn't recommend for heavy mobile users, because has got various annoying problems such as the following:
Low battery (can barely hold until the end of the day when using 2G internet, forget about 3G if you don't want to constantly charging the battery of your phone);
Bad quality WiFi antenna (loses signal easily);
WiFi can stop working if using mobile internet (you may need an APN app for that as I did) for a long period - this is fixed with restarting the phone;
Small internal memory (this is important because most applications can only be installed in the phone internal memory);
Lack of compatibility with a big amount of great applications (mostly games);
Lags playing games such as Angry Birds.
The four main good points (there may be more) to look at on this phone are:
Good touch screen sensitivity;
Great price for a phone with android operative system which gives you many possibilities and various useful applications to use with your phone provided by Android Market for download;
Great resistance to impacts (mine already fall at ground many times and everything is working fine, nothing broken);
Compatibility with Micro SD cards, which makes sure that you can have always more space when you need available for your photos, videos and music.
The camera quality is fine with its 3.5 MP to shot photos but poor with videos. However, don't expect to take great photos with this phone (and remember you'll have to hold your hands still for a little longer time so that you get a good still photo). Camera starts within at maximum 3.5-5 seconds, which may not be good enough for a good amount of people that enjoy to take instant photos.
I would recommend this phone to you if you are new to android world and you are not a heavy mobile user, and you want to explore a good android phone without spending too much money but without getting a very cheap looking and poor product. Not recommended for you if you are very habituated with android phones and you use their phone very often (you install and use a lot of applications, you are surfing internet on your mobile a lot or you send many messages) because you will get tired of the wireless problems and out of internal storage on this phone soon. Also if you like to play games in your mobile you probably aren't going to stay happy with the limited game choice you have for it. If you are a heavy user searching for a not very expensive but great phone, don't buy this because you won't be happy with it! Instead save a bit more money and buy Samsung's Galaxy Ace or Galaxy S and you will be happy with any of those. If you have a bigger budget, than go for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus, or if you prefer there's also the iPhone 4 and 4S.
Hope this review helps on your choice!!