Samsung Galaxy Y Review

Samsung Galaxy Y Review

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...

In the box:

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


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.

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.

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.

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1. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

5. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

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

9. tadi268

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 06, 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

27. frickinactionville

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

yeah.. we dont use pounds in ireland

2. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

8. tadi268

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

no need for such a non nonsensikal and bland joke

21. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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

3. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

lol same score as the Samsung galaxy note.

16. disime

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

whats the matter in galaxy note?

4. mr_uzzo

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

11. habagat

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

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

22. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

6. rosslechef

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 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 .

18. Kuroneko

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

23. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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 :)

7. bhosaleakshay2009

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 20, 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

10. KevinM

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

12. saran

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 18, 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.

30. nobuhl

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

13. marawanmustafa

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

does it has a secondary cam ?

15. disime

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 03, 2012


14. disime

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 03, 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..

32. nobuhl

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

17. aravindan3

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

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

19. Kuroneko

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

20. ymborrego

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 28, 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!!

24. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

25. ymborrego

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 28, 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.

26. billlang

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

this is so far my favourite phone since i ve replaced the stock battery on 1500mAh mugen battery. 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.

28. SoumikH

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 15, 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
Galaxy Y
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(6.16h 3G talk time)

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