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Samsung Galaxy Y review

Samsung's latest low cost Android smartphone

Samsung galaxy y review

The Galaxy Y packs a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery which can provide a quoted standby time of 540 hours (3G) and 6 hour 20 mins (3G) talk time.

Samsing galaxy y review

We found after a days moderate use we still had some battery left, but a nightly charge is required if you're surfing the web and playing music frequently, due to the small nature of the juice pack.

Connectivity wise the Samsung Galaxy Y covers all the main bases which is impressive for a low-end phone; with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and a microUSB port all on board. It will even let you use it as a wireless hotspot, allowing you to use the phone network to browse the web on a laptop or another Wi-Fi enabled device.

Samsung's own desktop software Kies allows you to easily pull information on and off the Galaxy Y and the update to version 2.0 of the software has seen it become more stable and relatively user friendly. Kies allows you to easily see what content is on your phone and computer and transfer between the two without fuss.

There are very little in the way of additional apps pre-loaded onto the Galaxy Y, you don't even get Facebook and Twitter on a phone that sells itself to the youth of today.

What you do get is a bit of Samsung bloat-ware like the totally pointless Samsung Apps app – which is a greatly reduced Android Market - and the slightly more useful Social Hub and voice recorder and search apps.

Samsung galaxy y review

Quickoffice finds its way on board allowing you to view and edit Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF documents; however on such a small screen you may not want to bother.

As with all Android devices the Galaxy Y comes with Google Maps pre-loaded and it is really the only map solution you need. Thanks to the A-GPS on board your Galaxy Y can also be your sat-nav, with Google's free turn by turn navigation also included. The small screen size can make it hard to view the directions on screen while driving, but it's not bad for a budget phone.

However the under-powered processor comes back to haunt you as maps are slow to load and the Galaxy Y takes a while to find your location - around 20 seconds in our test.

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