Samsung Galaxy Y

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Samsung Galaxy Y is one of the phones to Samsung’s budget Android smartphone addition from last year. The Samsung Galaxy Y comes to you for a very reasonable price. For the common man this phone is surely really nice to use. The pricing on this phone is just perfect. Just like the other or shall we say most Galaxy budget phones this one went out and won hearts too. It has sold thousands of units in India. Let us have a closer look.
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Samsung Galaxy Y Design
Samsung Galaxy Y looks simple with the design. The built quality is considerate for its cost. It is made out of plastic. The smartphone is curved on the corners and the edges at the back. It feels light in your hands weighing just 97 grams. It is a small phone anyway, it has to weigh less. The phone does not look very sleek or sexy; it is just well, normal. Not too thick or too thin, average thickness as well. It scales around 104 x 58 x 11.5 mm (4.09 x 2.28 x 0.45 in). You get the usual 3.5 mm headphone jack, microUSB port and volume rockers.


Samsung Galaxy Y Display
The display on the Samsung Galaxy Y is very satisfactory. It has a 3 inch TFT Capacitive touchscreen display. It comes with a low resolution of 240×320 pixels and a pixel density of 133ppi which is also very low. So obviously the display will be pixelated, you can see the grain present on the icons, webpages, videos and everywhere else. You would also need a scratch guard for the display as it is highly sensitive. The display does support the multitouch.


Samsung Galaxy Y Camera
Everything on this phone is just ok, the camera too. Samsung Galaxy Y has a 2MP camera. It is not at all good, just ok. It is just there because it has to be there. It takes images in a low resolution of 1600x1200pixels. It does not have any sort of smile detection or face detection capabilities. There is no secondary camera. The primary camera can take videos in a very terrible QVGA quality at only 15fps. The colours on this image are washed off. Shutter speeds are really slow. This camera can only serve you in good lighting conditions. Otherwise, it is just a big mess.


This phone has an 850MHz processor which along with just 290MB of RAM is quiet a slow phone. But you cannot expect any better for such cost. The phone lags its way through many applications. Do not go out fancying a good boom on the memory because that will make your phone short of power and it will starve to maintain your already running apps and also the one you might be using at that very moment. But it does do well with lesser apps running and when you have not loaded it lots of data. The phone will detoriate over time.


Samsung Galaxy Y Software
Samsung with the Galaxy Y gives you the power of Android and their TouchWiz UI. The phone runs on the v2.3 Android Gingerbread. The maximum users on Android are still on the Gingerbread v2.3 platform. With a low cost and one of the best OS, it is redefining the mobile experience for people who cannot afford much. It gives you an idea on what the other operating systems are based on, what is their foundation. With Android Gingerbread you get a nice notification panel. Quick toggles to switch on or off various things such as your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, screen orientation, mobile data and lot more things. It also gives you a hand on good multitasking. It has a good number of games that you would love to play. Much interactive music or any other entertainment related apps too. It’s just blissful to make available such an OS for the common man.

Memory and Data

Samsung Galaxy Y has an internal memory of just 180MB but use the microSD card slot and expand it. It is expandable to up to 32 GB but we advise you not to jump to that because it will make your phone very laggy. Like time consuming laggy, we are talking in minutes here and not seconds. It has a main memory/ RAM of 290MB. The phone has blutetooh v3.0 to share files and microUSB slot to be connected to other devices.

Final Thoughts

Samsung Galaxy Y is a very “ok” phone for an “ok” price. It gives you pretty much of all your minimum needs and gives you an Android platform to exploit. It comes with a reasonable cost too. There is nothing more to be said. If you are looking for a budget smartphone, this is a good one to consider.

Samsung Galaxy Y comes for Rs. 5975


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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2011, August
Status Available. Released 2011, October
BODY Dimensions 104 x 58 x 11.5 mm (4.09 x 2.28 x 0.45 in)
Weight 97.5 g (3.42 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 3.0 inches (~133 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– TouchWiz UI
– Touch sensitive controls
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 180 MB, 290 MB RAM
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot functionality
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, HS
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, QVGA@15fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
CPU 830 MHz ARMv6
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Metallic gray, white / changeable back covers in pearly white, dark black, fruity orange, bubblegum pink and silver platter
– SNS integration
– MP4/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Quickoffice document viewer
– Voice memo/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERY Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 850 h (2G) / Up to 540 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 17 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 20 min (3G)



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