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Samsung Galaxy Y review

Samsung's latest low cost Android smartphone

Samsung galaxy y review

It's pretty obvious that the Samsung Galaxy Y is not a media machine with its entry-level specification better suited to the more basic mobile tasks.

Internal memory is a pitiful 160MB, however a 2GB microSD card does come in the box and the Galaxy Y can support up to a 32GB card.

Wi-Fi capabilities feature to help with downloading, but there is no DNLA streaming option unlike the Galaxy S2.

There is a basic music player app pre-loaded on the phone providing you the ability to create playlists on the move and a nice feature in the notification bar allowing you to skip and play/pause tracks without having to open the app.

The Galaxy Y supports MP3, WAV and eAAC+ music file formats.

Samsung galaxy y review

However there is no accompanying homescreen widget, which some may find annoying.

Audio playback is acceptable for an entry-level phone. The Samsung Galaxy Y is able to deliver reasonable treble and bass tones as long as the volume is not at maximum level.

You'll also find an FM radio app on board which uses headphones as an antenna. It is a basic app allowing you to save 4 stations as favourites and features a simple dial to manual tune or arrow keys to auto tune allowing you to quickly jump through stations.

Due to small screen and budget focus of the Galaxy Y we were not surprised to find no dedicated video player app pre-installed, but there are several available for free in the Android market if you need one. Videos are stored in the gallery among photos, which can make finding a video a slow task. Playback supports MP4, WMV and H.264 formats and is simple to use with play/pause and skip buttons, plus the ability to scrub (skip through the video).

Playback quality is acceptable given the screen which is included on the Galaxy Y. It's fine for watching the odd YouTube clip and thanks to its small size also comfortable to hold, but we wouldn't use it to watch films or TV shows.

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