Samsung Galaxy Mini Budget Android Smartphone Overview

The Galaxy S has become one of the most popular smartphones in the world, with over 10 million units sold worldwide, and Samsung has decided to continue the line and get into other markets under the same Galaxy brand. For this year, besides the Galaxy S2 and Infuse 4G, they have planned the middle end Galaxy Ace and the new entry level Galaxy Mini.

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Samsung Galaxy Mini Android Phone

An affordable smartphone with a nice screen
The Galaxy Mini is supposed to be an affordable replacement for the hundreds of millions existing old-style cellphones (you know, with a numpad, small screen and all) and be easy to use by people who are new to the smartphone world, as well as have enough features to let them become more proficient with them and accommodate users who are already familiar with the iPhone, Android, Symbian and other full-fledged mobile operating systems.

It has a small 3.14 inch display with a very small resolution of 320×240, which is made better by Android, but is still barely useable for more than an hour (try surfing the Web on it). Still, it is more than enough for people who come from those puny 1.8 inch displays (a lot of which aren’t even color) and it can also show 262,144 colors, which makes the picture look better than most 65,536 color smartphones out there (like the older HTC Magic and Hero, for example).

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Samsung Galaxy Mini

All the features you need and up to 32 GB of memory
Feature wise, the Galaxy Mini is pretty good, as it has everything a modern smartphone should have. There is a 3 megapixels camera on the back for taking pictures and video clips (only 320×240 resolution, though for the latter), support for Wifi and Bluetooth, accelerometer, compass, assisted GPS, a 3.5 audio out jack, mini USB port, FM radio and more.

The device is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and there’s no mention about the amount of RAM, though I assume it should be around 200 MB (that’s the minimum for a comfortable Android experience). There are 160 MB of onboard storage space, with the possibility to extend that to 32 GB using a micro SD card slot (which are actually pretty cheap nowadays – a good 8 GB card is about $25).

Android 2.2 Froyo makes everything better
Of course, what makes the Samsung Galaxy Mini worth it is the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, which is a major step up from any custom OS with limited capabilities that most cellphones have. With over 100,000 apps on the marketplace, you can make your phone do almost anything you want! The proprietary Touch Wiz user interface is not a very welcome addition, though. Some users may like it, but it will most probably conflict with some apps and crash the worst moments possible.

The Galaxy Mini was released in the first quarter of 2011, and the price shouldn’t exceed $50 with a contract (else nobody will buy it) on most networks. There should be a lot of people who would want to have the new smartphone instead of their old cellphone.

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