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Samsung Galaxy Y review

Samsung's latest low cost Android smartphone

Samsung galaxy y review

The Samsung Galaxy Y offers the standard array of messaging options including SMS, email and social media.

As with most Android phones the Galaxy Y comes with Gmail and Email apps – annoyingly keeping your Gmail separate to your other email accounts, although you can add your Gmail account in the Email app as well.

Social Hub is a bundled Samsung app which allows you to pull in your social media feeds such as Facebook and Twitter along with your traditional SMS and email communications to one central place.

Samsung galaxy y review

Unfortunately there is no unified inbox – a feature found in this app running on the more advanced Samsung handsets such as the Galaxy Ace. You are just greeted with a list of your accounts and you have to select each one individually to view.

It's a little surprising that the Facebook and Twitter apps are not pre-loaded onto the Galaxy Y, especially as it is aimed at the youth market and sells itself on being a way to stay in touch with your friends via various communications methods. A quick trip to the Android Market sorts this out though.

There is a dedicated Messaging app which allows you to send witty texts to the masses. It is easy to open up a new message and select the contacts from your list, but as soon as the onscreen keyboard pops up the trouble starts.

The screen on the Galaxy Y is just too small for a full QWERTY keyboard and we found ourselves continuously hitting the wrong letters as we desperately tried to tap out a message to our mum saying we would be late for tea.

Samsung galaxy y review

There is slight relief when you turn the handset into landscape mode to get a better spaced keyboard, but this hides any message you may be responding to.

Even with the extra space we still found the keyboard lacking, with response poor and incorrect key hits still occurring at an unacceptable frequency.

The Galaxy Y is able to deliver the principles of messaging well, with an easy to use navigation system albeit lacking dedicated apps and a unified inbox. However for a phone which is marketing itself at the youth of today who are keen to stay connected the quality of the keyboard is a real hindrance – making message a chore instead of a rapid response.

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