Samsung Galaxy Mini

Samsung Galaxy Mini

The Samsung Galaxy Mini is, like its name says, small and lightweight – a miniature phone that easily fits in your pocket.

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Our Rating: 78%

The One Plan

Currently, Three's most extensive price plan. The only One you are likely to need, this '3' price plan gives you 2,000 (yes 2,000!) anytime, any network minutes, 5,000 Texts, 1GB internet usage and 5,000 minutes of calls to other 3 mobiles each month.

Value for Money
The One Plan
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 2000anytimeany network 1GB FREE £28a month
 
Value for Money
The One Plan
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 2000anytimeany network 1GB FREE £28a month
 

Ultimate Internet

The ideal Three priceplan if you want to use the internet on your smartphone as much as you like, without worrying about how many megabytes you’re using. With no data limits and built-in usage alerts for calls and texts, you can relax and enjoy using your phone.

Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 100
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 100
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 300
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £18a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 300
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £18a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 500
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £23a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 500
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £23a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £25a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £25a month
 

Essential Internet

If you're not a heavy data user, the Essential Internet tariffs from Three are for you. With a fixed data allowance, Three guarantee you can’t accidentally spend more than you planned. When you reach your data limit, Three will send you a text alert. If you want more data, you can add 250MB data for £2 or all-you-can-eat data for £5 - both last for 30 days. Or just wait till your allowance refreshes next month – Three will block data usage until then so you can’t accidentally run up any extra data charges.

Value for Money
Essential Internet 100
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network 250MB FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 100
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network 250MB FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 300
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network 250MB FREE £15a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 300
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network 250MB FREE £15a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 500
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network 250MB FREE £20a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 500
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network 250MB FREE £20a month
 

Pay As You Go

Pay As You Go
 
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER No Contract
Details Cost  
Samsung Galaxy Mini BLACK SILVER | ThreePay £69.99
 
Pay As You Go
 
Samsung Mini WHITE No Contract
Details Cost  
Samsung Mini WHITE | ThreePay £69.99
 

Our Samsung Galaxy Mini Review

Samsung is entering the race for high quality, budget friendly smart phones with the Samsung Galaxy Mini. You can get one of these smart phones without taking out a loan and still get many features found in standard devices. If you are making the jump from a basic feature phone to a smart phone this may be the choice for you.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy Mini is, like its name says, small and lightweight – a miniature phone that easily fits in your pocket. It comes in stylish black with accent colors such as lime green. It is fitted with a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen. Underneath the touch screen are three buttons – back, menu, and home. Samsung has placed protective plastic covers over the microSD card slot and the USB port which we found fascinating. Power and volume buttons are ergonomically placed. The back of the device is home to a 3 megapixel camera. The overall build of the phone is secure and appears to be a great value for the price of the phone.

We were not so happy with the 320 by 240 screen resolution. Hopefully Samsung will move up a pixel size in future generations. The internal aspects of the Mini feature a 600 MHz CPU and 384 MB of RAM. There is 150 MB of storage dedicated for apps. The hardware is not super fast, but it is fast enough for us considering the price.

Software

The Samsung Galaxy Mini operates on Android 2.2.1 or Froyo layered with TouchWiz. If you are familiar with TouchWiz you will notice it has been trimmed to fit the screen size but still operates similar to other Samsung phones. The phone is loaded with up to seven home screens you can customize with Android widgets and Samsung apps. You get the standard Swype keyboard app which speeds up typing. Android apps include the music player, calendar, clock, and a new Social Hub. To transfer media and receive firmware updates the phone utilizes Samsung Kies. The Mini has excellent download speeds for a device of its class. On the 3G network you can expect up to 4 MB per second in urban areas.

What We Liked

We liked the battery life we got with the Samsung Galaxy Mini. You will get a day’s use off of one charge unless you are into heavy usage. The camera is decent and the resolution of photos is average for this class of smartphones. The big plus is the speed. For a budget smart phone we were pleasantly surprised to get the speed we discovered when downloading and using the phone. Finally, the UI was easy to navigate.

What We Disliked

The lack of a camera flash is a big disappointment in this day and age. Some of the preloaded app shortcuts are impossible to remove – for example, the Casino app. However, this seems to be a common practice with smart phones these days.

Our Final Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Mini is an excellent choice for anyone making the jump from feature phone to smart phone. It is budget friendly and offers many choices for owners.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 110 x 61 x 12 (mm)
Talk Time 371 mins
Standby Time 387 hours
Weight 105 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 3.20 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 160MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 32GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Samsung Galaxy Mini Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 110 x 61 x 12 (mm)
Talk Time 371 mins
Standby Time 387 hours
Weight 105 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 3.20 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 160MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 32GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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