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Samsung Galaxy Y review

Samsung's latest low cost Android smartphone

Our Verdict

We'll bring you our final verdict when we get a fully-working review sample of the Galay Y in.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 180 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 240

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For

  • Compact
  • Cheap
  • Good range of apps
  • Galaxy branding will appeal

Against

  • Low resolution, small screen
  • Poor camera
  • Battery life suspect.

Samsung galaxy y

The Samsung Galaxy Y ships with Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) but with the specs it's packing don't expect an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. Ever.

Samsung has slapped its TouchWiz interface onto the operating system which is simple to use and relatively easy on the eye.

However due to the 830MHz processor the Galaxy Y lacks the zip TouchWiz has on high-end phones such as the Galaxy S2, with the overall experience a bit laggy.

Samsung galaxy y review

Widgets are available, but with just three home screens and a tiny display you'll want to pick and choose very carefully which ones you want taking up that valuable real estate. Compare that to the HTC Wildfire S and its severn home screens and you may feel like you've been a little bit robbed.

Hold down on a free space on a home screen to open up the Galaxy Y widget menu. The basics are there including; clock, weather and date options, news feeds, email and YouTube.

Don't expect any particularly fancy options though – there's no calendar or notes app for example. You can't resize widgets like with the Galaxy S2, which is probably a good thing given the amount of space you're provided with.

Apps are stored in the applications area, which is denoted by the blue button with four white squares on the home screen. Apps are displayed in no particular order, but you can re-order them to suit your taste. Press the menu touch button and select edit to move or delete apps.

Due to the small screen, just 12 apps are displayed at a time, so if you have a tendency to download a lot you will find yourself sifting through reams of pages.

Samsung galaxy y review

Folders can be created the same way as widgets on the homescreens to allow some organisation of apps. However you are unable to place folders in the app draw, which means there is no escape from those endless pages – frustrating.

Menus on the Galaxy Y have been given a nice splash of colour, notably in the Settings area which gives a pleasant appearance.

The TouchWiz interface is simple to operate and works well even on a small screen. Don't expect to be dazzled with 3D animations, but we were able to find our way around without too much hassle.

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
Memory Card Size Included2 GB
Memory Card Type IncludedmicroSD
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Timer, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Conference Call, Call Divert, Fixed Dialing, Call Forwarding
Pixel Density133 ppi
RecycledYes
Height104 mm
Width58 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
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