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Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Y Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Introduction:

Samsung keeps churning out smartphones as if there's no tomorrow, stuffing the channels with sometimes marginally different handsets six months after it introduced the previous crop.

The Samsung Galaxy Y is not an exception to this strategy – about half a year since the company launched something like the Samsung Galaxy Mini, for instance, it announced the Galaxy Y, which, according to the new naming scheme, should be an affordable handset for teens or emerging markets.

Some of its specs are marginally better than the Galaxy Mini, like a slightly faster processor and less weight, but the camera is 2MP, for example, against the Galaxy Mini's 3MP, while the screen resolution is the same (QVGA). The biggest improvement seems to be the Android OS version – we are running Gingerbread on the Galaxy Y, but this is not a huge advantage, as software can always be updated.

So does Samsung's fresh naming scheme an event enough to merit a new, largely unchanged, low-end Android entry from the manufacturer six months later, considering it's getting somewhat crowded down there? Read on the preview of our non-final unit to find out...


Design:

The outer appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Y is differentiated from the sea of black plastic rectangles  or ovals with... a silvery back cover and chrome-like sides. Alright, one for the design team here, since it found a cheap way to break from the mould. Moreover, the battery cover is dotted like snake skin, which makes the phone easier to hold for our slippery, shaking hands.

The Samsung Galaxy Y is differentiated from the 
sea of black plastic rectangles with a silvery back cover 
and chrome-like sides - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Y is differentiated from the 
sea of black plastic rectangles with a silvery back cover 
and chrome-like sides - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Y is differentiated from the 
sea of black plastic rectangles with a silvery back cover 
and chrome-like sides - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Y is differentiated from the sea of black plastic rectangles with a silvery back cover and chrome-like sides


Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Y with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The basic 3” LCD display has the pretty appalling 240x320 pixels of resolution, but the colors are fairly bright. We know it's an entry level Android from Samsung, but a slightly larger screen would have made a big difference, or a slightly better resolution than the previous low-ends even.

The Samsung Galaxy Y has a basic 3” LCD display with 240x320 pixels of resolution - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Y has a basic 3” LCD display with 240x320 pixels of resolution - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Y has a basic 3” LCD display with 240x320 pixels of resolution


Left side - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Top - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Right side - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Bottom edge - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

Left side

Top

Right side

Bottom edge


Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Y chassis looks and feels like the manufacturer is skimping on many features, including telling design, in order to stay mass market and affordable, but the two-toned shell is somewhat of a compensation.

Back - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Camera - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



Samsung Galaxy Y 360-degree View:



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posted on 17 Sep 2011, 08:35

1. hritu paul (unregistered)


plz! compare it with ace ; on basis of value for money!

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 20:02

2. eon (unregistered)


can't find the RAM capacity of this device...

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 07:26

8. sri2hari99 (unregistered)


256 mb Ram and 164 mb intrnl mem

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 10:52

3. Arvind (unregistered)


This phone's no way near to ACE, which's nearly twice the price tag of this phone.
Samsung Galaxy Y – 3-inch LCD, 320 x 240 resolution
Samsung Galaxy Y – 832MHz processor
Samsung Galaxy Y – 160MB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB
Samsung Galaxy Y – Android 2.3
Samsung Galaxy Y – 2-megapixel
Samsung Galaxy Y – 104 x 58 x 11.5 mm, 97.5 grams
this phone can be best compared with GALAXY FIT!

Compared to Galaxy Y, ACE carries,
Huge screen (320 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches) , 5mpx cam with flash, OS : Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3
CPU : 800 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset

Have seen people complaining about Galaxy ACE's battery performance, which drains very quickly when multi-tasking and gaming.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 11:01

4. Arvind (unregistered)


If you are looking for an android device with decent camera within 10K price tag go for Galaxy FIT, since it carries 5mpx camera(without flash)
Pro : Upgradable to 2.3 gingerbread,Decent camera, large screen (3.3' screen) useful for people who text/surf more.
Con: Even if upgraded, 600mhz processor might slow the device and hang, weighs little more than Galaxy Y.

If you are performance lover, need the latest android OS pre-installed and doesn't require camera features within the same 10K price tag go for Galay Y,
Pro : Android 2.3, 832MHz processor, Cheap competitor to mid-range android phones,sleek than Galaxy FIT
Cons : Small screen (3' screen), 2mpx camera (without flash)

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 10:39

5. krishanguru143 (unregistered)


How Can I Pre-Order Samsung Galaxy Y or Y Pro?

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 09:44

12. Vysakh (unregistered)


ts available @ online stores like e-bay & flipcart

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 01:39

6. Sanjeev Kumar Verma (unregistered)


Why Samsung has not included a front camera for video calling? Hard to find affordable android gingerbread with video calling.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 03:51

7. troy (unregistered)


the samsung galaxy y is better smart phone of this year Android 2.3 832MHz processor, and this phone buying well decision

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 01:47

9. SUDHAKARAN (unregistered)


Front camera is the must for 3G world and minimum dualsim.Otherwise it is waste and descenting the buisness.The graph may be to down and duplicate products may leads the market

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 09:47

13. Vysakh (unregistered)


Dear, Androind doesnt support video call over 3G, you can make calls by Voip only.. So think about it. If you want a front facing camera in low end andro mobile, then go for Micromax A70.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 03:17

10. Galaxy Y (unregistered)


Display is very poor ,because if display 256k colors and camera is very low pixels

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 08:41

11. galaxy askwer (unregistered)


what is problem with galaxy y?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 05:53

16. Liju_b (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)


I own it and i feel both Display as well as camera is good in 2 MP category. Having some problem with low speaker volume... Anyway for this price this the best phone in the market

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 09:50

14. Vysakh (unregistered)


@ a price range of 7K, you cant expect more than this.

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 09:15

17. bhavesh16 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


doesn't it have light in its touch sesitive buttons???

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 16:22

18. fones (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


HOW LARGE IS THE TOUCHSCREEN.AND HOW LARGE IS THE WHOLE PHONE ALTOGETHER.

I VISITED LIKE 20 WEBSITES TRYING TO FIND THAT OUT!! BUT I STILL DONT KNOW!

IS ANY ONE SMART ENOUGH TO FIND OUT?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 08:25

19. ravian_40 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


Well,I can't just understand the rating criteria of PhoneArena as you people have given this phone 7 and the Nokia 603 6.5 why????
While comparing the specs
Nokia 603
320x640 screen resolution
210 ppi
3.5" IPS LCD Clear black display
NFC,Tv-out,Usb on the go,Ambient light sensor,5mp camera and HD video recording.
On the other hand this small handset has just got 3" display,180 ppi,240x320 screen resolution and many other downsides
And with the Carla update Nokia 603 will get Html 5 support,Dolby digital Surround sound and better NFC integeration.
Now can anyone justifies the point scoring.

posted on 15 May 2012, 01:44

20. joshefmayer1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Samsung Galaxy Y is a cool phone @ Rs. 7,750/- at shopbychoice.com having the an impressive features:
o Android v2.3 operating system.
o 3.0 inch capacitive touchscreen display.
o 2.0 MP camera with panorama smile shot features.
o 32 gigabytes using micro SD card.

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 832 MHz
Size4.09 x 2.28 x 0.45 inches
(104 x 58 x 11.5 mm)
3.44 oz  (98 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 17 hours talk time

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