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Samsung Galaxy Y Review

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Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Introduction:

We’ll skip past the “Samsung, why?” jokes about the new entriest level Android handset from the Koreans, the Samsung Galaxy Y, since entry level doesn’t necessarily mean a subpar device, and such devices often sell by the boatload. The Y stands for “young”, and means an affordable handset for teens or emerging markets in the sub-$180 price bracket.

Some of the Galaxy Y’s specs are marginally better than the Galaxy Mini, for example, like a slightly faster 832MHz processor and less weight, but the camera is 2MP vs 3MP in the Mini. The biggest improvement actually seems to be the Android OS version – we are running Gingerbread on the Galaxy Y.

We also have a design that is not your typical cheap black plastic handset, but is this an event enough to earn big sales in the low-end Android range, considering it's always crowded down there? Read on the review to find out...

Samsung Galaxy Y Review
In the box:

  • Samsung Galaxy Y handset
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Warranty and instructions leaflets

Design:

The outer appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Y stand out  with a silvery back cover and chrome-like rim around the screen half – only the front is black. Alright, one for the design team here, since it found a cheap way to break away from the mould.

The Samsung Galaxy Y is very small, and gets lost in larger hands - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
The Samsung Galaxy Y is very small, and gets lost in larger hands - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
The Samsung Galaxy Y is very small, and gets lost in larger hands - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

The Samsung Galaxy Y is very small, and gets lost in larger hands


Samsung Galaxy Y Review

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

Moreover, the battery cover has tapered edges and is dotted like snake skin, which make the phone easier to hold. The phone is very small, and gets lost in larger hands, but the 0.45” (11.5mm) thickness is just enough for a good grip. Needless to say, working it with one hand is not an issue, and your thumb reaches everywhere.

The basic 3” LCD display has 240x320 pixels of resolution, but it is fairly bright, and the viewing angles are decent. A slightly larger screen with better resolution would have managed to set it further apart, since now it sports a display equal to the previous lowest of the low from Samsung. Even at that small size, the interface still looks grainy due to the crappy resolution.

Front - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Buttons below the display - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

Front

Buttons below the display


The power/lock button on the right, and the volume rocker on the left are easy to feel, and get pressed with soft but distinct travel. We have a microUSB port at the top covered with a protective flap.

Volume rocker on the left - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
microUSB port at the top - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Power/lock button on the right - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

Volume rocker on the left

microUSB port at the top

Power/lock button on the right


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

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



Samsung Galaxy Y 360-degrees View:



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posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:18 3

1. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Perhaps it should be called Samsung WTF? The Samsung Exhibit II is a Galaxy W phone with 3.7" screen and comes with a 3 MP shooter and 4G all for $200 without a contract. The Samsung Y is going for $150?? Spend the $50 and have a better experience.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 05:41 3

5. pegasso (Posts: 132; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


FYI, the unlocked / SIM-free Samsung i8150 Galaxy W costs about US$310 here.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 17:35

9. tadi268 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


you must be a yankee coz in england and ireland it costs £70 plus a top up..... so i doubt its a wtf anf btw when it came out here it wasnt 150 it was 120 ish

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 13:34

27. frickinactionville (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


yeah.. we dont use pounds in ireland

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:42 4

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The Samsung Galaxy Y, the phone that questions its own existence.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 17:25 4

8. tadi268 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


no need for such a non nonsensikal and bland joke

posted on 11 May 2012, 03:05

21. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


....lame and retarded joke. nice try ''clown''.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 15:37 5

3. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


lol same score as the Samsung galaxy note.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 02:49

16. disime (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


whats the matter in galaxy note?

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 03:10

4. mr_uzzo (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


f**k!!!!! galaxy y disappointed me. its battery life only last for 4 hrs(continuously use) and approx 80 hrs in idle mode...i bought dis phone last nov 19.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 19:53

11. habagat (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)


attain the battery life of 80 hrs?? don't use it LOL hahaha... joke joke joke.... peace bro.

posted on 11 May 2012, 03:08

22. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


THE BATTERY LIFE DEPENDS ON HOW YOU USE IT! If you are the power user type, go get something like an SII or even One X or something, don't get such a phone, and power use it, and at the end say it sucks. my Wildfire S lasts for 4days (5mths old) and its still working and running fast. why? becuz i dun power use it, i mean, don't use it continuously as long as 30mins.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 14:01

6. rosslechef (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


At almost 60 I have had mobile phones for 20 years . This is the most awkward , hard , dumbfounding and annoying phone I have ever had the disspleasure to own .After years of being a Samsung fan this one is for the bin .

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:18

18. Kuroneko (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I don't understand. Why buy a phone designed for younger people?

posted on 11 May 2012, 03:09

23. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


this phone does not suit you. thats why. its design for youngster, get it? and i would recommend you a Samsung Galaxy Note. that phone is the thing to suit you :)

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:27

7. bhosaleakshay2009 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


hey guys will you be able to tell me when is android 3.0 & 4.0 is gonna come for galaxy y??
or rather its gonna come or not,...
plzzzz answer me fast...

regards.
bhosaleakshay2009

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 08:44

10. KevinM (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


I guess Android 3.0 for galaxy Y will not come cause 3.0 is used for tablets. I think the next version is 4.0 already. For the sony ericsson's case from 2.3 to 4.0.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 04:14

12. saran (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I bought this phone last week. user profile change option(normal,office,house) is not available in this phone(I checked). Only silent and flight mode available. How to change the user profile. Another one not able to set mp3 music for default ring tone. Its possible only caller ring tone.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:11

30. nobuhl (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Changing the ringtone is a bit bulky but do-able. First you have to play the song you want. Ten click on the menu button and set a ringtone is an option. After that, your song will appear on the ringtone list. My problem is that to change an alarm ringtone, you have to first change the phone ringtone for that song to appear on the alarm ringtone menu.

posted on 29 Jan 2012, 08:33

13. marawanmustafa (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


does it has a secondary cam ?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 02:48

15. disime (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


none..

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 02:45

14. disime (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


i'm also a samsung galaxy y user for 1 month and i was dissapointed...
the battery life is too short but the charging hours is too long..
i'm hoping that samsung will make a resolution on this, better if they will recall all the units and replaced it with new battery with longer battery life..

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:17

32. nobuhl (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


I'm not a power-user so to speak, but my battery can last up to 3 days when my 3g or wifi is off. When it is on, I get almost 24 hours if I'm using the phone a lot...but I'm sure that's only because my talktime is relatively low...airtime too expensive here to talk all day.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 07:15

17. aravindan3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


guys for faster browsing on your sgy use opera mini browser
for apps and games for galaxy y go to galaxyyoungfans.blogspot

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:27 1

19. Kuroneko (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


This phone is good and I feel like it's a premium purchase considering it's price tag.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 17:33

20. ymborrego (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


I'm between this phone and the Galaxy Fit which one is better?? I think battery life is okay for me since don't talk that much. Please a little help!! Fit or Y?? Thanks!!

posted on 11 May 2012, 03:10

24. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


WAITING FOR HTC WILDFIRE C/GOLF- a android ics 4.0 budget smartphone to come out! :) currently a proud and contended and pleased wildfire S user.

posted on 13 May 2012, 16:39

25. ymborrego (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


I was between this phone and the Galaxy Fit, and I ended up choosing this one, why? I'm not much of a cell phone user just for 10 mins. or less calls and yes I do use Wi-Fi, and Battery life suits me, it lasts 2 days until the next charge. I've only been a week since I got it and I love it. So, it's just a matter of usage, if you think this phone doesn't suite you don't buy it and look for another one that fits your needs and usage.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 06:46

26. billlang (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


this is so far my favourite phone since i ve replaced the stock battery on 1500mAh mugen battery.
http://www.mugen.hk/mugen-power-1500mah-extended-battery-for-samsung-galaxy-y-s5360-wave-y-s5380-galaxy-y-pro-b5510.html
with stock i barely got through one day, now i get solid 2 days between charges with constant usage.
i love the phone it is small and comfortable.. definitely worth more attention.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 10:32

28. SoumikH (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Hi everyone,
I bought Samsung Galaxy Y today, and I can't register for the Google Account. I tried everything, yet it fails to work. It shows something like "Can't establish a reliable data connection to the server"
"This could be a temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services. If it continues, call cutomer care."

I have a 2G connection, and can access Google, facebook etc.-is that the cause of the problem?
Thanks

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:21

33. nobuhl (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Try ticking te unknown sources feature in application settings. The other setting you can tick if that one doesn't work is in accounts and sync settings. Try enablinb te background data there and see if it works.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 13:20

29. bhimanshu (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


i m using this and it is satisfactory for its price , i got it for 6.4k last november

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:14

31. nobuhl (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


I've learned to love the phone but hate the user manual. As a result, after 10 months I'm still learning features on this phone. Fortunately this is my first smartphone so it can only get better for me.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 14:23

34. nobuhl (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Anyone who can help, please do:
I've upgraded my Samsung Keis. When I try to go to the apps store, I receive a message that i'm missing a plug-in. Does anyone know how I can find the plug-in they are looking for?

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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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