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Thursday March 31, 2011

Comparison - Samsung Galaxy Mini vs Samsung Galaxy 5

Translated by N.Chew
Written by Yud 

The Samsung Galaxy Mini and the Samsung Galaxy 5 are two Android-based smartphones targeted at budget conscious consumers who wish to have a taste of the latest technology without having to shell out extra for the bells and whistles of the higher end models. However, which of the two has the best bang for your buck? 

While both the Samsung Galaxy Mini and Samsung Galaxy 5 are powered by a 600MHz processor, the former runs on a newer Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS while the latter is still on an Android 2.1 (Éclair) OS. Further inspection also reveals that the Samsung Galaxy Mini, despite its namesake, has a slightly larger display at 3.14 inches compared the Samsung Galaxy 5's 2.8 inch screen. 

Both smartphones are comparable in terms of their internal memory, though the Samsung Galaxy 5 takes one home by having more memory at 170MB as opposed to the Samsung Galaxy Mini's 160MB. However in terms of memory expansion, the Samsung Galaxy Mini triumphs over the Samsung Galaxy 5 by supporting up to 32GB of MicroSD storage space, which is double the latter’s 16GB limit. 

The Samsung Galaxy Mini also possesses a superior camera against the Samsung Galaxy 5, at 3MP, while the latter has a mere 2MP camera. Both cameras are able to record QVGA videos at 15 frames per second. 

Connectivity wise, both smartphones are equal, equipped with the usual features, such as Quad Band GSM/GRPS/EDGE network supports, 3G network support with HSDPA of up to 7.2 Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support, Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS. 

With a clear advantage over the Samsung Galaxy 5 in terms of specifications alone, you would be surprised to know that the Samsung Galaxy Mini retails at a lower price. To recap, the Samsung Galaxy Mini runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo), has a comparatively larger screen and a better camera, making it the hands down choice for those who want a budget Android-based smartphone. 

Samsung Galaxy Mini

Android 2.2 (Froyo), HSDPA 7.2 Mbps + WiFi, 3.14 inch capacitive screen, 3-megapixel Camera, GPS, a 600MHz processor  

The Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 is an Android-based smartphone powered by a 600 MHz processor. It has a 3.14 inch capacitive display which supports Swype. 

The Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 has the measurements of 110.4 x 60.8 x 12.1mm weighing a mere 105 grams. It comes equipped with a 3 MP camera, 160MB of internal memory, FM Radio, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G network support with HSDPA, WiFi and a MicroSD slot capable of supporting up to 32GB of additional memory. Juicing the smartphone is a 1200mAh battery. 


Samsung Galaxy 5 (RRP: RM699) 

Android 2.1 (Eclair), HSDPA 7.2 Mbps + WiFi, 2.8 inch capacitive screen, 2-megapixel Camera, GPS, a 600MHz processor 

The Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-i5503 runs on an older Android 2.1 (Éclair) OS, with a 600MHz processor. Despite an old school candybar design, it is fitted with a 2.8 inch capacitive TFT QVGA screen. It comes equipped with a 2 MP camera, 170MB of internal memory, FM Radio, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G network support with HSDPA, WiFi and a MicroSD slot capable limited to 16GB of additional memory. Its 2.0-megapixel camera has Geo-Tagging functionalities with Smile Shot. Like the Samsung Galaxy Mini, it is also powered by a 1200 mAh battery.  

ModelSamsung Galaxy Mini S5570Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-i5500
Market StatusComing SoonNew Technology
technologyGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 900 / 2100
GSM (850/900/1800/1900), 3G (900 / 2100)
Dimension(mm)110.4 x 60.8 x 12.1108 x 56 x 12.3
Item Weight105102
Screen size240 x 320 pixels, 3.14 inches240 x 320 px, 2.8 inches
Screen ColorTFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colorsTFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Line of Text--
Menu TypeTouchscreen : TouchWiz v3.0 UIFull TouchScreen
Design TypeBlokBlok
Navigation keyTouchscreen : Swype text input method5-way navigation key
Soft Key--
Other keysAccelerometer sensor, Proximity sensor-
Keypad Lighting--
Phonebook-Unlimited entries and fields
Internal Memory-170 MB
Memory Expansion-microSD, up to 32GB
Battery TypeNULLLi-Ion 1200 mAh
Talk Time(minutes)570 minutes
Standby Time(hours)521 (2g) , 375 (3g) hours

CustomizationYesYes, Mp3
Video SupportMP4/H.264/H.263 playerMP4/H.264/H.263
Voice Support-WAV, AMR
Audio SupportMP3/WAV/eAAC+ playerMP3/WAV/eAAC
GamesYes + downloadableYes

BluetoothYes, v2.1 with A2DPYes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared (IrDA)NoNo
USB portYesYes
EDGEYesYes, Class 10
Support 3GYesYes
Data Types/GPRSYesClass 10 (4+1/3+2 slots)
WIFIYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
HSDPAYes, HSDPA, 7.2 MbpsYes, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
Data cableYesYes

EmailYesYes, Push mail
Instant MessagingYesyes

WAPNot SupportedYes Ver 2.0
Platform/OSAndroid OSAndroid OS
Predictive TextT9
Speech Coddecs-Yes
PIM Application-Organizer, Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), BlackBerry maps, MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player, MP4/H.263/WMV player
OtherApplicationA-GPS, Digital Compass, SNS integration, Document viewer/editor, Image/video editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integrationA-GPS support, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Social networking integration,

Caller IDYesYes, photo caller ID
Profile IDYesyes

Camera Features
Mega pixel3.02.0
Max. Resolution2048x1536 pixelsWVGA, 1600x1200 pixels
Digital Zoom
Night Mode--
Extra FeaturesGeo TaggingGeo-tagging
videoYes, QVGA@15fpsYes
Photo Format-JPEG
Video Format--

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