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Samsung, $169

★★★★ Avail­able today, Samsung’s

new minia­ture model of­fers a lot for less than $200. The Galaxy Mini 2

im­proves on its pre­de­ces­sor in sev­eral ways, most no­tably with a larger, 3.27-inch screen of­fer­ing sharper im­ages than be­fore. The shrunken smart­phone runs Google’s

An­droid Ginger­bread soft­ware us­ing an 800MHz pro­ces­sor — a faster model

than the orig­i­nal — and ar­rives with 4GB memory built in for stor­ing apps,

pho­tos and videos. The phone also comes with a 3.15-megapixel cam­era on its back, plus an ex­tra cam­era for video calls up front. While it’s sim­i­lar in size to the Mo­torola, the

Mini 2’s form shows Samsung’s usual at­ten­tion to de­tail and style and the metal bezel makes it look


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