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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


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

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

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

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

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Medium

Low light


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

Gallery

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.


Expectations:

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.

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PhoneArena rating:
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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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