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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 review

Contacts

On the Samsung Galaxy Y contacts can be accessed via the dedicated app or the phone app. You can select how the contacts are ordered and displayed in the settings, by forename or surname.

Images can be associated with a contact and you are able to add multiple numbers and emails addresses to a person along with various other details such as birthdays.

Social media integration is included with the Galaxy Y able to pull your contacts from Facebook and Twitter allowing you to match them up and although this is simple to do, it has to be done contact by contact. There's no slick mechanism to do it automatrically as there is on the Wildfire S thanks a feature in HTC's Sense interface.

Samsung galaxy y review

A nice feature of Samsung's TouchWiz interface is the ability to view history, activity and media exchanges between yourself and each contact. Great if you need to see what call/message/picture you sent to you're mates after one to many beers the night before.

Adding, editing and deleting contacts is easy and the Galaxy Y gives you the option to save the contact to the phone, SIM or Google – depending how you want to be set up.

For those of you who have numerous friends you may find navigating the long list of contacts tricky on the small screen. Only 4 contacts fit on the screen at a time – but there is a search bar available allowing you to quickly jump to a contact.

Calling

Call quality was respectable and we didn't find any issues with signal dropping. The people we called said they were able to hear us fine and the speaker volume was adequate, even in noisy locations.

Samsung galaxy y review

The call screen is easy to use with quick buttons to bring up the keypad, put the phone on speaker and add people to the call.

Making a call can be done through the phone and contacts apps. Even on the small screen the number pad is big enough not to cause problems. Smart dialling is supported with the Galaxy Y, providing you with suggested contacts as you start typing a number.

Samsung galaxy y review

The TouchWiz interface makes contacts and calling easy and the Galaxy Y performs well. The only issue here is the size of the screen can make it fiddly at times.

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