I’m not exactly the biggest fan of touch-screen phones, simply because I’ve already developed this very special nexus with buttoned-phones. Until today, each and every mobile phone that I’ve used before has to be operated through the clicking of buttons only. Hence, the relationship I have with buttoned phones is no ordinary one. We’re more than just friends.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate touch-screen phones; it’s just that I’m really used to using a phone with multiple buttons. From the very first Nokia to my current Blackberry, all of which are button-operated phones. I’ve never really thought of switching over to a touch-screen one, no idea why. It’s like I’ve always been dating college girls and all of the sudden I’m asked to start dating high-school girls. Sure, it’s gonna be really fun and all, but there’s bound to be some form of hesitance in switching over. Wait, I equate girls with phones? Gee, no wonder people call me an ass.
But switching over to a touch-screen phone isn’t all impossible. I just need to start off with a right phone. One that isn’t too sophisticated to navigate around for someone who has been relying on mobile phone buttons through out the years. One that has a user-friendly interface to accommodate newbies like myself. And most importantly, one that isn’t too costly. I’m something of a cheapskate.
And quite fortunate enough, I was given a Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 for a test-run-cum-review session courtesy of Nuffnang. For 2 weeks, the phone was under my very possession and control. And for the very first time, I had to learn how to make phone calls with a phone that is virtually button-less. It was an immense change that I had to make through out my 20 years of living. My entire life’s direction was about to go astray. Okay, I acknowledge and admit that I might have a tendency to overuse hyperboles. Sorry.
Quite surprisingly, using the Mini 2 wasn’t THAT bad of an experience after all. My perspective towards touch-screen phones had been made different through out those 2 weeks of usage. As a starter touch-screen phone, it was a pretty enjoyable gadget to own. I’ll break my review down to several sections so that this whole article won’t look like one never-ending piece of bore. That job belongs to textbooks, office reports and science magazines.
Today, it shall be about the looks of the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2. Even though the saying is that ‘never judge a book by its cover’, it is an undeniable fact that we do, judge a book by its cover. The first thing we take notice when selecting a phone is to see if we like how it looks. I can give you a phone that has the most canggih-fied functions and specifications mankind could possibly create, but you die also won’t want it if it looks like a piece of rotten log with decaying leaves dangling on it.
The one thing that amazes me when I was first introduced to this Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is its lightweight. This thing is freakishly weightless! So without my mum’s knowledge, I secretly used her kitchen weighing scale to see how heavy the Mini 2 is.
And true enough, it weighs only slightly over 100 grams (105.9 grams to be precise). ONE HUNDRED ODD GRAMS. Y’know, some phone batteries itself weighs over 100g. But this phone, my friends, is an anorexic model. Gorgeous looking but physically light and skinny, which may be good to a certain extent but bad in the other.
You can virtually slot the Mini 2 into any of your pockets without having it bulging out on the surface of your pants. This is especially vital if you’re a fan of skin-tight jeans, where having a bulky phone in your side pocket is like having a boner on your thigh. Not a really good sight, actually.
As for the ladies, when you keep the phone in your handbags or purses, it really doesn’t take up a lot of space. You’re gonna have so much more extra space to keep so much more irrelevant and meaningless things in that little black-hole of yours.
The Mini 2's lightweight could also turn around and be a downside. The phone is so light that if it somehow slips out from your pants or purse, you’re not gonna realise it immediately, more than ever if you’re a person who is not vigilant. I have to admit, as a spectacularly careless person, I almost misplaced the phone every time it slips out of my pocket when I’m sitting down.
Thank goodness I have this really useful device around me that will knock me hard on my head and remind me to be more careful in the future every time the phone drops out of my pocket. It’s called my mum.
One thing I don’t like about this phone is its striking yellow back cover, which quite frankly, makes it look like a toy-phone and could not be taken seriously. It’s like having a highly qualified and professional lady dressed up as a schoolgirl (what’s with me and schoolgirls anyway?), which will completely undermine what people think she is capable of due to the manner she dresses. Or how the everyday Malaysians will put it – the yellow back cover looks chehkai and chapalang.
Personally, I prefer phones that are white, grey or black in colour. If you too, share the same pickiness like me, the Mini 2 is sold with a black back cover as well. At least the black-coloured back cover makes the phone much more presentable, to my likings, at least. Take out the yellow cover and slot the black one in, this phone is a sure-thing on my Christmas wishlist. Or you could perhaps present me this phone alongside one of those clip-on smartphone casings that is readily available in most of the mobile phone accessories retail outlets.
Other than that, the physical appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is close to perfection. The screen isn’t too wide or too small, the thickness perfectly acceptable and the lightweight defeats a whole range of touch-screen phones in the market. For starters like myself, this phone is highly recommended.
Just by judging the cover of this book, I would say that it’s going to win the adoration of many readers on first glance. Well, that is if the back cover isn’t yellow in colour lah.
More to come: After expressing some personal opinions about how the phone looks, I will go on to narrate my entire experience with the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2’s interface and applications.