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Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

Samsung Galaxy Y

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Interface and Functionality:

Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Galaxy Y is the one we know and like, but the TouchWiz overlay on top of it is of the simplest variety – no bells, whistles, transparencies or transitional animations like on the more powerful brethren. Granted, we have a preview unit, so anything goes until the final release.

At this resolution both the interface elements and the apps themselves don't look pretty, but that's the price to pay for a small tag. While the UI might not look flashy, Android's functionality is still there, and that's all we can hope for in the marketing niche the Galaxy Y is targeting.

Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Y - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Y - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Y - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

Interface of the Samsung Galaxy Y

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 does the job, 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 Preview
Virtual keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

Virtual keyboard

Samsung's new ChatON messaging service can be found on the handset, which allows for all of its users to group chat and exchange files.

The updated Dolphin browser of Samsung supports Flash Lite 4.0, like the default one on Symbian handsets, for example, but not full desktop Adobe Flash like the more powerful Android phones out there.

Otherwise the browser handles the basics like text reflow, pinch-to-zoom and double-tap.. The 832MHz should suffice for smooth performance in the final unit.

Dolphin browser - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Dolphin browser - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Dolphin browser - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

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, but something had to give in order to achieve that sub-$200 price sans contract that the “Y” indicates.

Camera and multimedia:

The basic 2MP snapper sits lonely on the back of the Galaxy Y, unaccompanied by LED flash of any sort, and again it's an eyebrow-raiser why Sansung didn't bother slapping at least the 3MP shooter that is on the Galaxy Mini, the difference in cost probably measures in cents..

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

Camera interface

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Y

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



Low light

Indoor samples

Video is shot in QVGA with 15fps, and anything below 640x480 is not even worth mentioning, so it will be watched only if you really care about the content, not because of the pretty imagery.

Samsung Galaxy Y Sample Video:

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.

Gallery - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Music player - Samsung Galaxy Y Preview
Samsung Galaxy Y Preview


Music player


The Samsung Galaxy Y's 832MHz processor and accompanying silicon ran videos in MPEG-4 format pretty well, and above the screen's 320x240 resolution, but other formats like DivX/Xvid are a no-go with the default player.


We'd be hard pressed to mention something that piqued our interest while handling the Samsung Galaxy Y. It is a decent low-end Android handset from a brand name manufacturer and that's about it.

The silver back cover and the new naming scheme can't hide the fact that its specs are suspiciously close to phones like the Galaxy Mini that was outed back in February, with the only advantages being a slightly faster processor and newer Android version. We would have expected a new model, albeit entry level, to improve on its predecessor in more ways than two marginally better specs, which are offset by one worse, like the crappier camera.

These shouldn't have warranted yet another barely discernible Android phone in this form factor, but probably Samsung felt it needs to start off the first batch of handsets in its freshly-minted naming nomenclature with new faces to cover every letter of its smartphone alphabet. We had a preview unit, so the final piece might alter our impression, but it won't be by much.

Thus, if you are looking into a low-end Android right now, there is no point in waiting for this one to come out. You could easily go and pick the Samsung Galaxy Mini predecessor, if you find it somewhere cheap, and won't be missing out on much at all in comparison. Or you can grab a more sophisticated design with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini, which also runs Android Gingerbread, and get a better camera too.

Samsung Galaxy Y Video Preview:

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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)




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
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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