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Samsung Galaxy Y Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it, which is of the simplest variety – no bells, whistles or transparencies like on the more powerful brethren, a bit of fading is all you get when traveling around the interface. It behaves well while navigating, though, the 832MHz processor is enough to power Gingerbread in a decent manner sans stuttering or hiccups.

At this resolution both the interface elements and the apps themselves don't look pretty. While the UI might not look flashy, all of Android's functionality is in place, and that's all we can hope for in the marketing niche the Galaxy Y is targeting. As usual, we love the connectivity switches Samsung is integrating in the pull-down notification bar – a very quick way to turn off your Wi-Fi or GPS, for instance.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
QuickOffice - Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
   

QuickOffice

Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy Y is with the TouchWiz overlay on top of it


There is a version of QuickOffice preinstalled for viewing documents, and out of all Samsung Hubs you are only getting the Social Hub that integrates your communication venues, which is explicable, since the phone can hardly be considered a multimedia monster.


Messaging, Internet and Connectivity:

We'd lie if we say that typing on a virtual keyboard spread out on a 3” screen is easy, regardless of the display's orientation. The keyboard is well spaced, even in portrait mode, but unless you are in high school, you won't be spending your time typing on the Galaxy Y for too long, and will most likely keep your texts and emails short and to the point.

Virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

Virtual keyboard


The updated Dolphin browser of Samsung supports Flash Lite 4.0, like the default one on Symbian handsets, for example, meaning that you'll be able to see the occasional Flash ad, but forget about rich content like Flash-based games. Otherwise the browser handles basics like text reflow, pinch-to-zoom and double-tap fine. The 832MHz is sufficient for a decent overall performance while browsing, too.

Dolphin browser - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Dolphin browser - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Dolphin browser - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

Dolphin browser


The Samsung Galaxy Y is well-connected with its support for 7.2Mpbs HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 HS, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and FM radio. Of note is the lack of DLNA support.


Camera:

The basic 2MP snapper sits lonely at the back of the Galaxy Y, unaccompanied by a flash, and again it's an eyebrow-raiser why Samsung didn't bother slapping at least the 3MP shooter that is on the Galaxy Mini, considering how fond people are of megapixel count. The interface sports a couple of shooting modes, including Panorama.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

Camera interface


2MP or 3MP doesn’t make much difference rather than the actual quality of the snaps, and sadly the Galaxy Y doesn't shine. While exposure and colors come out fine (the photos are really taken in a gloomy day), detail is on the lower side. Still, the natural presentation makes the day photos usable in small internet-friendly sizes (for Facebook for example).  Inside the pictures turn out noisy, save for very well-lit objects, and we have no flash to illuminate darker scenes.

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

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Indoor samples


Video is shot in QVGA with 15fps, so it is basically unusable.


Multimedia:

The gallery app for watching said pics and video is of the same Android flavor we are used to since Froyo, while the music player has been slightly TouchWiz-ed and offers the usual rich set of equalizer presets we've come to expect from Samsung's smartphones lately, even the most basic ones. The loudspeaker on the Galaxy Y is of average quality – it is clear enough, but could pack some more punch in the volume department.

The music player has been slightly TouchWiz-ed - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
The music player has been slightly TouchWiz-ed - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
The music player has been slightly TouchWiz-ed - Samsung Galaxy Y Review
The music player has been slightly TouchWiz-ed - Samsung Galaxy Y Review

The music player has been slightly TouchWiz-ed


The Samsung Galaxy Y's 832MHz processor and accompanying silicon runs up to VGA videos in MPEG-4 format pretty well, but codecs like DivX/Xvid are a no-go with the default player.

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posted on 22 Nov 2011, 09:18 3

1. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; 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: 161; 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: 896; 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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