TODO alt text

Samsung Galaxy Y review

Samsung's latest low cost Android smartphone

Samsung galaxy y review

There is no question about it the Samsung Galaxy Y is certainly a budget smartphone. It packs all the basic features but it will not blow you away.

We liked

For the price it is hard to knock. The Galaxy Y gives you Android, a camera, video camera, music player, web browser and even a sat-nav for around £100.

It is lightweight, pocket friendly, comfortable to hold and Samsung's TouchWiz interface makes it easy to use which will suit first time smartphone users who are likely to be drawn to this handset.

We disliked

Unfortunately the Samsung Galaxy Y does have its downfalls, from the small screen that makes browsing the web or watching video a less than enjoyable experience to the poor keyboard which had us pressing more wrong keys than right.

The camera is not as good as competitors' and the screen resolution is noticeably average. The value-brand processor also makes a noticeable difference when trying to perform demanding actions with slow down and lag a common occurrence.

Verdict

So is this the top budget phone around and should little Darren and Sharon be saving up their pocket money for a Galaxy Y? Sadly no.

Samsung has by no means done a bad job with the Galaxy Y, but there are better alternatives out there for the money. The HTC Wildfire S and Orange San Francisco 2 are both just a bit more polished and back beefier specs – nudging the Samsung Galaxy Y to the back of the class.

Thanks to Expansys for sending over our review model

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory180 MB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, EDGE, GPRS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1900, GSM 1800, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelY
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)99.7 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution240 x 320
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density133 ppi
Height104 mm
Width58 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time350 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Y Smartphone
Processor Speed832 MHz
Processor TypeARM6
Product LineGalaxy
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5360MAAFOP
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Start your new smart life with GALAXY Y for young, dynamic mobile users on the go who want to stay in touch and connected. All the bells & whistles of an Android-driven smartphone with exciting apps, faster downloads, Wi-Fi connectivity on a more intuitive, enticing UI. Accessing web-based apps and mobile Internet has never been easier for a new generation always on the move. Stylish smarts are full-featured on this model including big 3" display and larger QWERTY keyboard but still compact. Welcome to a smarter, better life.

Powerful & Compact

Powerful performance meets stylish, compact design in the GALAXY Y. Strong processor, faster download speeds of 7.2Mbps makes this already a winner. Add the attractively compact form factor and 3" screen for ample viewing of videos and for playing games and you're really on top.

Rich Smart Experience

The most up-to-date Android operating system provides a smoother user experience ramped up by amazing Google Mobile services that interface web-based applications with real life options in entertainment, leisure and lifestyle choices. Social Hub integrates your texts, messages, emails and SNS updates into a single chronological feed to be accessed at any time. Free Samsung Apps (and also paid) are both handy and invaluable, and make your life easier and more fun.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Y Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 2GB microSD Card