Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Preview
Android 2.3 Gingerbread runs very well on the 832MHz processor of our Galaxy Y Pro preview unit, perhaps because the TouchWiz overlay doesn’t flaunt any transitional animations, semi-transparency or other resource-consuming eye candy here.
Since there isn’t any virtual keyboard, the relatively small 2.6” screen feels spacious enough when typing texts, emails, or updating your social network status.
Since the handset is teen oriented, Samsung’s Social Hub will be pretty often used, as it covers the popular Facebook and Twitter, but also contains a Microsoft Exchange setup for the business crowd.
Internet and Connectivity:
Gingerbread’s browser is a rather funny experience on a 2.6” display. We are not used to the lack of pinch-to-zoom and Adobe Flash, but text reflow and panning work quite well, so it is still rather usable. Besides double-tap, you can zoom in and out with the usual magnifying glass icons.
The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro sports a decent set of connectivity options – 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Bluetooth, as well as FM radio with RDS. No bells and whistles such as DLNA or Wi-Fi Direct, but we didn’t expect those here anyway.
The camera interface is basic, but functional, offering several preset scene modes and effects. The 3MP shooter here makes fairly sharp photos but our test unit is not final, so we’ll refrain from comments. The maximum video capture resolution is just 320x240, we’d like to see at least 640x480, as this CPU should be able to support it. There is no front-facing camera for video chat.
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Sample Video:
The default TouchWiz-ed music player is what takes care of your tune needs, and it sports a bunch of equalizer presets with enigmatic names like “music clarity” or “externalization”.
The video player runs MPEG-4 files up to the screen’s resolution and even a tad above, but for other formats you’d have to hit Android Market.
The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro looks conceived to replace popular entry-level portrait QWERTY handsets like the Nokia C3, which has sold millions since launch. It, however runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread like a champ, which immediately gives you the Android Market backing.
Phones like the Galaxy Y Pro, targeted at teens or emerging markets, are usually guaranteed to sell in volume, if they are a compelling combination of features, and Samsung seems to have all the right ingredients here. Now it will all depend on the price - according to the new naming scheme, the entry level “Y” models are reserved for the sub-$180 category, so the Galaxy Y Pro could stand a chance. We'll save our opinion for when we get a final unit and review it.
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Video Preview:
This is our preview based on a prototype unit, expect the review soon.
4. ewww (unregistered) posted on 11 Sep 2011, 14:48 0 0
look at the comparison pictures. phonearena picked the wrong images for the galaxy y pro. was it just because an accident? or you acctualy hate samsung? iphonearena
6. akbar posted on 27 Feb 2012, 11:12 0 0
The phone has been released for a while, can we expect more detailed review?
How much RAM actually this device has? I could find it anywhere in the net. In some places it is mentioned only 256MB, which ridiculous even for a cheap phone as this one.
7. Billabong posted on 15 Jul 2012, 02:23 0 0
still waiting for the review and it does has a virtual qwerty keyboard ...